I though I knew what I was doing

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John Stephen Grace
Lostredneck
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I though I knew what I was doing

I like to build a new computer every 5 years or so. That being said I like to tell myself I know how to build a computer. Boy was I wrong. I must have rewired this system 10 times between figuring our something else I did wrong and had to redo everything.

Things that I realized too late

MSI MEG Z390 ACE:

The M.2 slot with a built in heat spreader. There are 2 screws under that heat spreader for different M.2 hard drive sizes. Just removing the screw from the shorter drive isn't enough, you need to remove the socket as well. This can not be done with a screwdriver. I had the best luck with a 5/32 socket.

There is only 1 JRAINBOW connector on the board, My fan controller and my case both needed access to that single JRAINBOW connector. Maybe more of an issue with the other parts but something I could have taken into consideration when choosing my parts.

Phanteks Evolv X :

That PSU shroud is completely unmovable. I know this is something that should be self evident, but if you ever need to get back to the PSU it is a very tight fit. My hands barely fit if I needed to get back in and adjust the cables for whatever reason. ( I needed to a lot because I am bad at this). There is very little room after installing a HDD under the PSU shroud for excess cableling to go. My shroud is stuffed with extra wires.

Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360 TT:

The hoses connecting the radiator to the pump/cooling block are too short to mount this radiator to the front of my case. like I had origionally planned. Again that is information that would have been helpful before I started.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Theme: Color
Size: ATX

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Hardware

CPU
Intel - Core i7 9700K
Cores: 8
Socket: LGA 1151
Motherboard
MSI - Meg Ace
Chipset: Z390
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Memory Support: DDR4
Memory
G.Skill - Trident Z RGB
Capacity: 32 GB
Type: DDR4
Storage
Samsung - 970 EVO
Capacity: 1 TB
Form Factor: M.2
Type: SSD
Storage
Seagate - BarraCuda
Capacity: 2 TB
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Type: HDD
Graphics
MSI - Gaming X Trio
Chip: RTX 2080
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
PSU
Thermaltake - Toughpower iRGB PLUS 850 Platinum (discontinued)
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Form Factor: ATX
Modularity: Fully-Modular
Case
Phanteks - Enthoo Evolv X - RGB BLACK
Motherboard Support: ATX, E-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Type: Mid-Tower
Cooling
Thermaltake - Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360 TT
Compatibilty: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, LGA 1151, LGA 1155, LGA 1156, LGA 1366, LGA 2011, LGA 2011-3
Type: AIO
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