Latest component haul and why.
Asus STRIX X570-I Gaming
motherboard. Originally thought to buy a B550 board but got tired of waiting. When they were finally released, they became a rare creature. The small difference in price wasn't too far of a reach either. Also X570 boards were in stock. Regular retail at $239.00. No deals there.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU. Nabbed this for $368.00 paid in full. I just couldn't pass that up.
G.Skill Neo 3600 RAM
with Samsung B die chips, 32 GB. Saw this kit for $194.00 delivered and bought it. I overclock. This is overclock.net. Is there anything else to say about that?
The box may be upside down, but I promise to install them correct side up.
Sabrent PCI-e 4.0 1TB M.2 SSD
. All the rage these days.
Seriously, Sabrent has come on strong with great performing and lasting SDDs. Still need to land a new PCI-e 3.0 for the other socket.
Silverstone 700W SFX PSU
was a steal of a deal. I paid zero dollars and zero cents for this.
It is a positively reviewed PSU, costs less than competitors (at the time - if I had paid for it), gives me some headroom and cost me nothing. I will happily explain to anyone how it was free to me if they desire.
EKWB Quantum Velocity
POM/Copper CPU water block was my fourth choice. Third would be this same block in POM/Nickel. My first choice was POM/Nickel from Optimus. Second choice was POM/Nickel from Heatkiller. No stock.
I have nothing against EKWB. I use their gear. I do get tired of seeing build after build being EK-everything. There are many other top quality water cooling gear makers, who make great looking and performing products. Many don't seem to know exist. That is too bad. It's the same with Corsair. If I see another Corsair-centric build, I may puke.
EVGA K|NGP|N GTX 980
, will be removed from my current build and used here temporarily. When both AMD and Nvidia release BIG Navi and the 3000 series respectively, there will be a new GPU added to the system. Useless RTX premium and water block availability will also play a part in my decision. Hoping (again) for AMD to come through this time, finally. We need the competition. Pardon the fine dust in photo,
having our floors redone.
Cooling fluid - Not sure if I am sticking with Mayhems X1 Clear this go-round or maybe try EK-Cryo. Possibly another brand. Maybe. Possibly.
The Mayhems has served me well and every block tear-down for cleaning has resulted in no need for cleaning. They have been flawless. Hard to argue with that.
Fittings and tube? At least I have narrowed the tube down to hard line or EK-ZMT. For the fittings, black? Maybe blue?