This build was a first for me in terms of building a custom loop and a small form factor build.
Theres always been something daunting about building a custom loop, but at the end of it it was totally worth it.
The build is purely for gaming(maybe some web dev), currently on a 144hz 2k monitor but plan on upgrading to a widescreen soon.
The Meshlicious is on the larger side for SFF builds i beleive but none the less its a tight squeeze to get some of the components in but the people at Ssupd have made it easy to install components as the case itself is very well desgined and allows for a lot of adjustments.
With the CPU side i tried to bend the tubbe around to give me access to M.2 and ram.
Theres not much else to add other than difficulties/learnings i encountered:
Meshlicious doesnt really cater for any pump/res mounts so i ended up modifying one of brackets for the EK FLT120 and bolted that through some drilled holes in the case(internal screaming)
BIOS FLASH my own fault as i reminded myself to flash the bios for use with ryzen 5000 series...however when it came to it i completely forgot and my fans and LED's would turn on but it wouldnt get to the post screen...DOH, had to remove the cpu and flash the mobo, after that it was all good.
Fan headers, the mobo only comes with 2 fan headers(For me i needed 1 header for the pump and 1 for 2 fans) however when the PC is on one of the fans from the splitter would go to 100% and at 3000rpm... boy was it loud. Initially i thought it was something wrong with the splitter but after some research i found out that some PWM headers are advertised as PWM header arnt fully PWM(correct me if im wrong). i swapped the fan splitter to the other fan header(cpu fan header) and had no issues after that.
And finally the GPU output clearance is tiny, so 90 degree adapters are a must unless you make some feet for the case.