Recently, I built my very first custom liquid-cooled PC system, featuring an NVIDIA RTX 2080 Graphics Card and an Intel Core i7-9700K. I was genuinely very excited about doing this build and enjoyed the overall learning experience. I have built PC systems in the past, however nothing quite like this. This one is an absolute beauty. Many thanks to Alphacool, CORSAIR, Elgato, Intel, NVIDIA for the components supplied help make this build happen.
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- CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K
- Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 6
- RAM: 16GB DDR4-3000MHz Vengeance Pro RGB plus light enhancement kit
- CORSAIR Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 cable
- Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Founders Edition
- SSD: Corsair 960GB MP510
- Case: Corsair 680X white
- Fans: 6x Corsair White LL120
- CORSAIR Commander Pro
- Power Supply: Corsair RM850x
- CORSAIR Pro PSU Cable Kit in white
- Elgato 4K60 Pro capture card
- CPU block: Alphacool XPX CPU
- Pump: Alphacool VPP655
- Reservoir: Alphacool Eisbecher D5 250mm
- Graphics block: Alphacool Eisblock GPX
- Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos ST30 360mm
- Fittings: Alphacool Eiszapfen 13mm HardTube, 90 degree and double 45.
- Tubing: Alphacool Eisrohr Satin 13/10mm Plexi
- Coolant: Alphacool Eiswasser Clear
My ‘OLD’ System Specifications:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
- Motherboard: Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K7
- RAM: 32GB DDR4-3000MHz Vengeance LED
- Graphics: NVIDIA 1080ti Founders Edition
- SSD: CORSAIR MP500 M.2 480GB
- HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
- Case: CORSAIR 460x
- Fans: 6x CORSAIR Black LL120
- CORSAIR Commander Pro
- Power Supply: CORSAIR AX760
- Cooling: CORSAIR H1150i Pro Liquid Cooling
Whilst my ‘OLD’ system isn’t far behind current specs, I’ve owned it for well over a year now, and I am looking forward to seeing how the new one compares. Especially considering my old PC was all air cooled with the exception of a CORSAIR H150i Pro AIO liquid cooler. This time around, I have a complete custom watercooling system in place using Alphacool hardware. My system fans have also been upgraded to Corsair LL120s. Of course, there is also the fact that my previous system was based on AMD’s Ryzen CPU, which has now been upgraded to an Intel 9th Gen Core i7.
In terms of gaming performance and frame rates, I am intrigued to see the difference between the NVIDIA GTX 1080ti Founders Edition and the new RTX 2080 Founders Edition.
I don’t have any benchmarks to share just yet but stay tuned for an update soon once I’ve had a chance to put this new rig through its paces!
KitGuru says: Once I’ve had a chance to use this PC properly, I’ll put together a follow up video with comparisons between this NEW system and the ‘OLD’ one. We’ll have 3DMark scores, gaming benchmarks, Cinebench results and of course, a good look at the thermal results.