OK, so everyone's used to my crazy, over-the-top, water cooling builds, . . . . and they are fun to engineer and execute,
but with the confinements of Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns,
I figured why not take the easy way out for a change and go AIO with a fairly straight forward build.
I mean worst case scenario is that's it's just a boring, ho-hum, snoozer of a build that I completely change mid stream.
So what are we working with . . . . .
I need a new PC for editing, and maybe for my Oculus Rift. . . . don't care about gaming, got an 8700K / RTX 2970 Super rig that games just fine for the miniscule amount of gaming I do.
I really liked the Lian Li Lancool 2 White version when I saw it on YouTube . . . well except it's more like a penguin than white, with most of the inside and all the basement being flat black, but a few rattle cans could put that right.
Anyway . . . when it popped up on Amazon, I hit the add-to-cart button, and added the usual add-on items for it like the USB-C cable, the vertical GPU mount, and the RGB strip for the side rail.
I also ordered a full set of new stainless steel hardware, as anything black oxide finished turns to rust in a matter of weeks down here in the tropics, and stainless always looks nice with white.
The case got here a couple weeks ago, which gave me time to paint the black parts I wanted to, white, while I waited on the hardware. The McMaster hardware go here yesterday, so it's been one of those SAR, (some assembly required) Saturdays.
Since this is planned as a "White Build", I went with an Asus X570 Prime-Pro board . . . not a top tier mobo, but decent overall . . . and did I mention it's mostly white themed . . . which was its prime, (see what I did there) selling point.
Got a 3950X, 64 Gb of Trident-Z RGB Neo 3600 memory, and an Asus 2080 Super GPU to do the heavy lifting, with a Samsung 1TB 970 Pro for the OS drive and a 1TB 970 Evo plus for storage.
I'll be trying to keep it cool via a 360 AIO, . . . . a white one of course . . . .
There will be plenty of RGB, as usual for a Diva build, got lots of Corsair LL and QL fans, and to try to keep airflow as somewhat of a priority, I went with an 800W Silverstone SFX PSU, so that it leaves the basement less encumbered than a full atx PSU, even if it is considerably more expensive.
Here's a video I found that has a layout very much like I plan to use:
And here's his build video where you can see just how much of the inside of the Lancool 2, White Version, isn't white at all: