Alright so here's the skinny. I have no idea when the Boxfish/d5 will arrive, I got impatient and ordered a Kinetic from EK which came in along with a second heat sink for my other M.2 drive and a 2060 super to aid in folding (Also the cards that will be in my folding rig). The dilemma is this: I have everything I need for the build now, BUT the Kinetic does NOT have top or side G1/4 ports which I was counting on to reduce the amount of 90 degree fittings used to increase flow. Secondary to that, the Boxfish has a Digital temp sensor built in, and the kinetic doesn't. I did order a T probe, but still that pisses me off. What do you think I should do? Wait for the Boxfish or build using the Kinteic?
Alright, Iv'e started the process. The preferred Boxfish res/D5 is lost in China somewhere, this is less than ideal because the EK combo does not have side or top G1/4 threads that I was planning on for this build. I don't have the baby this weekend, so I have 2 days to build before telework come Monday. I stripped down the case, removed the cables I won't be needing: Front panel audio, Bottom USB hub, and built in RGB hub, i'll be using an EK loop connect, so i'll run the front panel RGB to that. I removed one of the HDD cages and will keep one for good ole platter storage. This is by far the most spacious and feature included case I have ever built out of. I see the complaints of previous people with the ROG logo and will use a razor blade to take it off at a later date.
Congrats on skipping right over soft tubing, I wish I had done hard tubing in the first place but I was too intimidated. I had to learn my lesson the hard way (EK Duracrap leaked plasticizer in my loop AND turned lime green from direct and indirect sunlight, JOY). I also just recently upgraded to hard tubing, LOVE IT. Take your time! Also, if you don't have one yet, I HIGHLY recommend a pressure tester, EK sells one that is probably the most popular, "EK Leak Tester".
Putting a block on a GPU is time consuming! Make sure you have the correct pads in the correct locations and make sure you take the transparent plastic off of them (usually blue colored, but they can be transparent).