i think this build went pretty well, very happy how it turned out. i setup windows for the gaming stuff but will most likely be running Debian on it most of the time.
one thing i dislike about gigabyte's rgb fusion is that, it really doesn't sync well. and once the app is closed, it just goes back to the plain colors, is that how rgb+software really work?
joining the rgb bandwagon
first option was a 3600, 3600x was priced 10euros more so wtf not?
wanted an sff build, there might be better option but this was the only top-notch itx mobo available from where i live, which doesn't require a long waiting period
the sx8200 pro wasn't my first choice (was going for WD black), saw a review at Level1Tech on how these perform (competes side-by-side the evo 970)
tridentz neo, a 32gb CL18.. these are overpriced but they look damn good. i was going for CL16 version which was 20 euros more but went out of stock
not my first choice again, Sapphire 5700xt Nitro+ SE won't fit with an AIO and this bad boy is right at the edge
was going for Kraken X53, but it was too thick that it wont fit the gigabyte 2070 super goc gpu, also these are way cheaper which made it an easier replacement.
i had in my cart, Fractal ION+ 650 SFX right before I hit buy, it went out of stock BeQuiet 650 SFX-L also out, SIlverstone 750 Platinum was waaay out of budget, while 650 gold was out of stock. this is huge, might choke the GPU but i don't really want to wait, i'll replace it in the future if necessary.
original choice was Streacom DA2, but i wanted to encourage and introduce my kids to PCMR.. they might find rgb interesting.
as soon as i got an email from the store that the components are ready, i wasted no Effin time.
this board looks and feels solid, the IO shield and chipset/m.2 heatsinks makes quarter of the weight plus the backplate.
first time ever to have installed an m.2 drive, the last time i built a pc was in 2010, i switched to Mac to focus on work and programming
fitting the gpu in the case... based on the dimensions on the product's website, it should fit but at this point i'm expecting that it wont, i've accepted the fact that i'll be falling back on the stock cooler.
at this point, was very happy to see the aio fits with few cm space between the gpu. but the water tubes are quite hard to bend. also, those rgb cables are soooo laborious to deal with.
this build is looking great so far, it's insane how those extension cables makes it look cleaner. i wish the cpu cooler brackets are in black... or white, other than that it's all good
that's the mess i'm trying to hide, i didn't want to stick the cables inside as it's going to block the airflow coming from the radiator to the gpu.
that WD spinning rust is from a portable drive I acquired in 2014 putting it into use. too slow tho, loading a steam game from it is a bit laggy
this is just here because it's nice too look at