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*I originally had G.Skill Trident Z Royal DIMMs, but I exchanged them for Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB. I'm too lazy to retake all the photos, and I'm unable to edit the parts list to reflect the swap.

*I ended up moving the GPU to the top slot, as suggested.


CPU: Ryzen 2600X provides a heck of a lot of power while being decently priced. Given the bang-for-buck factor, Ryzen is a great choice.

CPU Cooler: I started out with the 2600X stock cooler, but wasn't getting the cool temps that I expected. Being too chicken to attempt a closed loop, I thought I'd give an AIO a shot (quality air coolers are quite bulky imo). After seeing the X62 in person, I knew that there was nothing currently in the market that looks better...not to mention the X62 does a great job of cooling. I am still amazed at how great it looks and fits in my build.

RAM: Splurged on 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM (3200MHz), but worth every penny imo.

GPU: It's as if Asus designed the backplate just for me. This card kicks butt in most AAA games...what more could you ask for?

Motherboard: I went with the X470-F on account of its 2x M.2 slots, addressable RGB header (even though it's not in use, you never know), and overall appearance.

Case fans: I can see why these are popular, but this is probably the only part of my build I wouldn't recommend. These fans are very pricey, and Corsair Link isn't all that great.

PSU: 80+ Platinum certified; a bit overkill, but that's OK.

Custom cables: Fantastic work by the folks at CableMod. For those thinking about getting custom cables, I have 2 recommendations: you don't necessarily have to splurge on aluminum cable combs like I did, and make sure you get more cable combs than you think you need. Custom cables are essential if you want to "complete" you aesthetic build. The only downside in my case is that the bulky ATX cable covers the RAM.

Case: Lian Li's PC-O11DW was the cornerstone of this build. I completely understand why so many people are building in this case... there is not 1 negative thing that I can say about it!


Misc. modifications:

  1. All front IO cables have been removed. I’ll probably never have to use the front USB 3.0/type-C/audio ports, so I unplugged and tucked away those cables.

  2. Replaced the stock radiator screws with flat-heat machine screws in order for the top case cover to close with the magnetic dust filter in place.

  3. Shifted GPU down in order to fill out the floor space. I did this stictly for aesthetics, as I'm not a gamer and the drop off in performance doesn’t bother me.

Potential upgrades:

  1. Adding white sleeving to the AIO <— edit: I got the sleeves from CableMod, but was very disappointed in their cheap fit and quality
  2. Replacing/adding white thumbscrews
  3. Adding a third cable comb to the 24-pin cable... Done.
  4. Down the line I'd like to add a second NVMe drive

Thanks for looking!

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 6 points

Hey you should move the GPU up to the top slot so it's running on 16x. And personally I'd flip that middle fan so that they're all moving air the same way instead of conflicting with one and other

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

For the combination of 2600x +RTX 2060, I don't think the system will saturate the 8x... maybe an overclocked 8700k + 2080ti would need the 16x... but I don't think there is going to be any real world performance impact here.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the RTX 2060 being in the lower x8 PCIe slot? I was hoping that there wouldn’t be a noticeable dip in performance vs the upper x16 slot. I haven’t really put it to the test yet tbh

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You can test it if you'd like... I'd be curious myself. That said, I have seen testing done by others and the only time a true difference is usually seen are with really high end components running at lower resolutions... (gunning for maximum FPS with 1080p and a 1080ti GPU). For general gaming on midrange gear, the GPU is going to be the bottleneck before PCIe bandwidth becomes an issue. I would expect virtually no performance differences in your build unless as mentioned earlier, you drop down all settings to the lowest and push for 200+ fps.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build a lot! I have a very similar spec in my PC. I would recommend for you to move the GPU up a slot, as you may get better speeds that way by using a x16 instead of x8 PCIE. Also, that RAM is T H I C C.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Recommend to move GPU to the top slot, then maybe put 3 fans on the bottom of the case to fill space and give you some good intake. Also, the x72 would have worked for you and filled all three fan slots on the top. Nice build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! It's like my two Threadripper builds had a baby. lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a fan of the Trident Z Royal.

+1 for that beautiful case.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Your fans are conflicting with one another. Not very efficient. For better airflow to the gpu ... some bottom fans are needed . With your fan set up your entire system's heat passes through the cpu cooler. that one reverse fan does nothing but cancels out the other two intake fans airflow. Also ... you do know that moving that gpu down to that slot not only lowers your pci bus speeds but adds latency because of the motherboard's chip set capabilities... right?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

https://imgur.com/4tXoX5k

Does this mean that both slots are x16?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Physically, yes. But only the top slot is electrically wired as an X16 slot, as you can see from this backshot of the board.

https://imgur.com/dHyBZxw

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It really looks... Royal. Nice work on that one. What a beauty.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

One fan pulling and 2 pushing on the radiator? How are those temperatures? I've never seen that before.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what I was thinking tbh... rest assured I flipped the middle fan around though

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

wow that's a beaut

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, when people have good taste, they just have it. This looks so elegant and clean. Also no RGB, just clean white light, again, good taste!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Kraken strikes again, it looks like it impeding the 1st slot of the second ram channel. I don't like the look of the ram and the Lian Li branding inside the case (but that's purely down to my own sense of aesthetics) otherwise it's exactly what you wanted to do a classy, aesthetically pleasing, black & white PC. +1 from me for that.

You may wanna move your card up to the top slot and your fans are probably not orientated in the most efficient manner but others have already mentioned that so you have probably addressed those issues.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the feedback. I definitely addressed the middle fan. Lian Li's branding isn't the most subtle, but you don't notice it after a while. The pump tubes do hover over the 1st RAM slow, but they don't come in contact with the left-most RAM stick. Thanks for the +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Our builds were VERY similar in appearance and execution. I went for a white/black/silver motif and used the same case, similar chipset (Ryzen 7), same cooler, and same brand of RAM (in a brushed aluminum finish with the non-rgb white accent, though). I love the fans but you weren't kidding about the price! Still weighing options there, but once I have some installed I'll post it. Absolutely STUNNING build, really enjoyable photos. Thanks for sharing!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

i noticed u got the video card on the bottom pci-e lane. i could be wrong but i think only the top lane is 16x the bottom one is only 8 or 4 x only. but this needs to be looked into i could be wrong but most probably im not. also that middle fan. hmmm i dont know. with the side panel closed i don't see how thats a good idea to flip that.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a beautiful build. I am currently assembling my build with the same board and I have a similar question to what some have said in the comments. I want to mount my GPU in the lower slot as well. I will probably call ASUS actually, but the spec makes it sound like both are PCIe 3.0 x16

AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics /7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 mode) AMD X470 chipset 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode) *1 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 AMD Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Processors 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. I would like a confirmation on this as well. From what I was able to gather, even though it reads like they’re both x16, that’s not the case. I don’t really game these days (at least not enough for my GPU fans to start spinning) so I’m not concerned about it. I’d like to know what Asus has to say about this though.

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