And the grande finale ! The desktop paired with my laptop, of course the blue color theme throughout, because, why not?
Starting to prime the system, oddly enough the coolant began to foam, the froth dissipated over time.
The cable management was 180* from where it originally was! Hard to believe everything is in there.
With the fit confirmed with the modded GPU water block it was time to get the thermal pads in place on the GPU. Using a razor blade and tweezers made removing the final layer of foil from the back of the new thermal pads MUCH easier.
End result, two areas of the block had material removed, for being free hand and a first time for me, I think it turned out really well! The water block and card sat flush to each other and it even posted later on after the initial boot!
X Marks the spot, despite the claim of being compatible the copper block required modification in two location to fit the Founders Edition RTX 2080.
Another shot of the setup, used a towel to prevent stratches on the clear side of the card, and of course 'liquid courage'... uncharted territory for me
After the MASSIVE cooler is removed, it's hard to believe so much power lies within such a thin PCB ... little did I know those components to the left of the PCIe pins would make the later steps, STUPID challenging
Removing stock RTX 2080 cooling block
Seems like a good way to break in a day old card, break the warranty... sure!
with the fittings on the 240 and 360 I am glad I didn't do two 360s, the fittings would have been challenging without a handful of 90* fittings (that I didn't pick up... doh)
main rad in, cpu block on, ram in, now for the 240 rad
BAM, RAM in, didn't intend to but the build has a storm trooper vibe with black and white.
EKWB 240mm rad + Corsair LL 120's (Push config)
prepping the 240 for install
Roughing out where to install the 360mm radiator. With the side feelings it was difficult to sort the exact location. Corsair LL 120's x3 (Push config)
The angle to the inlet and outlet of the pump was challenging to align with the video card. While the LianLi case was large it was still a tight fit.
Decided to get another 3 LL120's , the first three held up well and were great with being almost silent during normal operating temps.
Laying out components from the EKWB 360 kit, pretty solid foundation to build a custom loop from.
Brought the case down to metal
Retiring the older components
Better shot of the indentation left by the i7 4770k,
This graphite pad was used only once for about a day on the i7 4770k, you can see the indentation where the CPU previously was
Pulling out cables and disconnecting components
close up of the RTX after it took the place in the 4th gen build. (Swapped out an EVGA GTX 1070 Hybrid)
Old build prior to the breakdown. Of course when the RTX 2080 came in I had to see how the i7 4770k would fair... pleased to say it actually was respectable!