Oh man, 2 or so year update? Looks like all of the picture links are borken cuz I'm silly. ANYWAY.
Since the last post the PC had got a new CPU. I traded my 3570k for a 3770k + $50. So not a bad deal I guess? Got a Samsung 850 Evo SSD, EVGA Supernove 550w PSU, Ran that till about early 2019. About that time I got a bug up my butt about needing a new monitor. So I went out and bought a 1440p 144/165hz monitor. Cool right? Only thing was my GTX 970 struggled to run games at 60ish fps at decent graphics settings as well as I noticed minor CPU bottlenecks in games say GTA V and Anthem. I OCed the CPU basically to its limits. I managed to run 4.5Ghz on a 3770k at like 1.4v (oof) it ran so hot and I basically didn't care because I planned on upgrading if it died. So I thought well the lesser of 2 evils was to just get a new GPU. I settled with a EVGA RTX 2070. Chill $500 later the minor CPU bottleneck became a BIG CPU bottleneck which lasted a couple weeks till I just said whatever ended up just redoing the whole rig. This time around I figured not to get an i5. Ended up getting a i7-9700k, Asus ROG Z390-E mobo, G.Skill TridenZ RGB RAM, Corsair RM750x in white. First thing I said was ya know...See what kind of OC the chip takes...Managed 5Ghz at around 1.19v. Super happy with that and it runs sooooooo much cooler than the 3770k did. Rig plays all of my games at 1440p maxed out 60+ FPS.
But.....I couldn't leave anything alone....CPU ran cool but the GPU.....now even with the EVGA dual fan cooler it would still crest 65c while gaming which is just unacceptable. Problem was....nobody made a waterblock for my 2070. It wasn't till a couple months after I built the rig and checking EKs website every couple weeks I seent that they released that some 2080 waterblocks they sell fit my card and that conveniently PPC's was selling it for like $50 off. So I acted pretty fast on planning a loop and researching parts, new tubing, fittings, 360 rad. After some googling and consulting a friend who just did a custom loop he recommended HW labs for rads which is what I was mostly worried about. So I quickly put an order together for a 2080 RGB waterblock from EK, backplate, Primochill LRT white tubing 1/2" x 3/4", EK white compression fittings, HW Labs GTX360 rad just over $400 so it wasn't too bad imo. It wasn't till the day before everything was supposed to arrive it hit me....I kinda forgot fans for the rad....So a trip to microcenter later I picked up a pack of RGB ML120s along with a 9mm hex key to tighten the EK fittings.
Now the fun of rebuilding the loop. I thought it was going to be a simple swap the tubing, add the GPU boom ezpz....yeah no...My neglect of my loop kinda bit me on my ass. 3 years of the loop running and only draining it once. I had some minor algae build up which means I had to remove everything and clean everything with a vinegar solution and a tooth brush. Open the CPU block and res and clean them flush the rad a million times ect then i wiped down everything inside the case and scrubbed all my fans so everything looked brand new. After that couple day process. It was finally time for me to assemble everything. Everything went fine, putting the waterblock on the GPU was an "experience" to say the least and EK's instructions combined with what seemed like a million screws I almost hurt the PCB but everything ended up fine. The 2080 waterblock worked flawlessly on my 2070 even tho EK only stated compatibility based on "customer" feedback. I had a day span of contemplating what coolant to run. I didn't want to deal with algae again because before I used distilled plus a KillCoil. Was going to go with EK coolant but at $18 a bottle I was like damn. Well the primochill tubing came with a sysprep and a utopia mix with distilled water to make a gallon of "coolant" ended up going that route vs coolant and distilled with killcoil (mostly cuz I know EK's nickel plating history). Anyway, enough of the life story. Here is some finial pictures of the build. I'm super happy with it it definitely makes this full tower case look more filled and the GPU hardly cracks 45c hitting about 2040/2070Mhz core.
Note my destroyed apartment with stuff everywhere during the process.