First endeavor to build my own high-end PC. Vids of completed build can be seen here, in all the RGB glory:
I took a photo at the beginning of all the unopened or attached pieces: this was what I initially thought I'd need. Many pieces of peripherals I already owned (speakers, headphones, mice, desk, chair, 3 monitors, etc). Primarily I'll focus on the PC case and it's contents.
I completed the build using as many tips, forums, videos, documentation, and determination I could find. LTT, Jayz2Cents, Paul's Hardware, etc were excellent reference videos and I encourage others who have never built a PC to watch their tutorials.
Pieces added after initial phase 1 components purchase I was actually able to complete the build with only my initial purchased products. In the end, pieces I didn't purchase initially but had to buy for "phase 2" included, in chronological epiphany order:
2 additional fans: the case has capacity for 8 fans. The purchased H150i AIO had 3 fans and there were 4 others already in the case. However. 1 of the fans was standard with no RGB (the back one). This caused it to stand out as the outlier so I replaced it and added the additional missing fan, for a total of 2 new LL120's.
RGB LED Expansion kit: bought after initial build primarily because I didn't know how much more lighting strips I'd need, if any
LL120 3-pack: Turns out the H150i comes with no RGB (magnetic fans). So this again conflicted with the rest of the build. So I bought a new 3-pack of LL120's.
Corsair Commander Pro: Despite now having 2 Corsair Node's, I needed the commander pro to run all of this. In the end, every connection port into the Commander Pro ended up being used. It ends up resulting in all Corsair lighting showing up in iCue and can be controlled from there (including fan performance/RPM)
OPTIONAL: Newegg ran a sale on WD SSD so I picked up 2 as additional storage option between the M.2 and HDD just the day before writing this description. It isn't needed but I have it now.
- First thing first: I love the build, with a few caveats. It looks amazing and there are a few small cosmetic changes I may choose to make to really enhance it (i.e. custom GPU backplate that RGB can be controlled through iCue). Performance is amazing as well: I overclock GPU to 2050 MHz and 5.0GHz on CPU and I never get the temps higher than upper 60's it seems.
Case thoughts The Case is the one piece that I love and hate at the same time. Love that is has separate compartment for cable management and non-RGB pieces. Glass side means easy access. Also it's sexy as hell.
Fans are not white and one fan has no RGB at all.
If attaching a 360mm radiator, which is obviously possible since I did it, then there is no room to attach top fans (the fan closest to radiator won't fit above the water line from radiator). What I ended up having to do was recess the fans above the metal casing, just below the glass. In this orientation I cannot put the dust shield on. Also, it isn't self-contained in the case and protrudes out. (see pics)
Check your GPU length! Mine barely (one can say it didn't actually) fit. To get my Strix 2080 TI to fit I had to remove the screws in the middle of the radiator that attach it to the fans. There are still plenty of other screws to fans at top and bottom of radiator but it's missing the middle screws. That's how tight the fit is: the couple of millimeters the screw head adds means the GPU was too long.
Minor PSU issue
This is minor but the 1200i has gen 3 motherboard 24pin connection (24pin Motherboard <-> 7x7 & 5x5 PSU). The Corsair white Pro cables came with the gen 4 cable with 4 extra pins (9x9) that connect to the PSU. That configuration is actually most common for PSU's. However, it didn't fit the 1200i. So in phase 1 build I used the black cable included with the PSU instead of the white cables. I had to order the gen 3 version directly from Corsair for about $20 and used it on phase 2 build.
Other than the case configuration issues, most everything else went smooth as butter. It fired up and ran great after phase 1 build, no issues with BIOS, overclocking, Windows installation, etc.
Phase 2 build added cosmetic updates like RGB lighting strips, replacement LL120 fans, and the Corsair Commander Pro for added lighting and fan speed control.