When in build 4 the computer randomly shut off one day, I didn't think too much of the shut off and tried to turn the PC back on. When I turned it back on everything spun up then the GPU suddenly caught fire near the 8+8Pin connectors. I have no idea why it caught fire and can't explain it but it sure scared the crap out of me!
Only the GPU was damaged in the fire, the rest of build 4 went to a friend where it still runs perfectly.
Yes, the top two fans are exhaust fans pushing through my radiator.
A 2 fan GPU would be fine for cooling honestly, you wont see much of an increase in cooling with a 3 fan GP, my 2080S sticks around 65-70c oh a full load with 100% fans (about the same as my previous EVGA 980Ti).
If you're going with Dominator RAM then I reccomend cutting down to a 2 fan GPU and front mounting the CPU cooler.
I wish it was more forgiving too, it's a very tight fit on my RAM and I don't think I will be able to take it out and put more in in the future.
Yes, there's a clearance issue with my 2080Super and my H100i. I believe a 2 fan GPU will fit with the H100i and similar sized coolers (the H100 Pro XT looks about the same thickness with stock fans). If you used slim fans it would fit easily with a 2 fan GPU.
I am currently planning on upgrading my gpu to a 3xxx series when they release, I will know more at that time. I plan to stick with a top mounted radiator though, it's easier to mount and I only have a small clearance issue with the RAM.
I reccomend either going with a 2 fan GPU, a water cooled AIO GPU or top mounting the H100 Pro XT and use non-tall ram.
Nope, it fits snuggly when top mounting the radiator. If you just stick with the three front intake fans with no radiator then you should be fine.
There might be a space issue when front mounting a radiator and trying to put a 3 fan gpu in.
Yes, there's a clearance issue when top mounting. I did manage to squeeze the radiator in there but it's not ideal. I don't recommend using tall ram if you're top mounting, you may need to squeeze it in. However it is possible using the Trident Z Royal, you need to mount the mainboard with the ram installed and all cables connected, then you can squeeze the radiator in. It would be easier if you got a different mainboard as the Taichi has a thick heat sink.
I would recommend front mounting a 240mm radiator.
Loving the monitor, it's great. I can definitely recommend it.
I did add an extra two fans on the front. Just some stock fans I got from an old build I ended up parting.
In all honesty it ran fine even without the front fans, but it's normally recommended to have at least one fan on the front.
Currently my friend is using this build with an Asus Strix 1060 6GB instead of the 980Ti, he's not using any intake fans and his temperatures are in the normal 60-70c range (we're in Australia too, it's hot atm).