Edit: Thanks to everyone for your kind words! Feels incredibly nice to have such a support for someones work! Thanks to PcPartPicker for having my system featured. A great honor :)
I´ve finished this build 3 months ago but managed to take some proper pics yesterday, so I´m uploading this now. The only thing I´ve done is to install a watercooling loop using two EK reservoirs I already had from my other builds to get rid of the anoying noise coming from the fans on the GPU wile doing architectural rendering and gaming. The first build I did in this case was completely air cooled using the Noctua NHD15S with the white Chromax accesories looking like many other builds you can see here on PcPartPicker. The Noctua cooler worked impressively well, only issues like I said was the high noise from the GPU fans, so I decided to save up for some watercooling and try to figure out how to spend as least money as I could doing so and not going for mayor brands. I choose soft tubing because I like the look of it, more natural, less "aseptic" if you understand me. I´ve done a hard tubing build before but ended up not being completely in love with it. Soft tubing will always have this industrial feeling to it and it will really show the feeling that you´re watercooling your rig. As for the watercooling gear I choose to give FormulaMod store on AliExpress a try and what an impressive pleasure, really. I can not be more grateful for the attention they´ve given me during almost 4 or 5 pages of questions and searches for a compatible block for the RX 580 or if Bykski or Barrow would make one in the near future. As for the time writing this there´s no compatible full cover block made from any companies out there. Only Alphacool has the block I used. Thanks to Alphacool and the great support they have for any GPU out there.
I´m going to split every thing I liked, any issue, what I liked and not from the parts I´ve choosen:
I´m used to the speed of this processor that I´ve purchased a while ago. Probably I would recommend choosing a higher thread one for working with architectural rendering like I´m doing from time to time.
Asus Strix Z270i:
Nice board, good OC but you´ve got to purchase the NZXT USB hub if you will have everything connected to it.
G.Skill Trident Z 32GB:
Purchased some time ago, before the incredible price rising. CL14, not like the CL16 you can see in some offers.
Samsung EVO 250GB:
Only used for SO and main work software. Data storage is done in external USB drives.
MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X +:
Purchased second hand to make use of the freesync capability of the monitor on some games I play. Changed from a MSI GTX 970.
Nice sized case, not too big nor too small for a nice aircooled build. Challenging and a little bit frustrating when using custom loops. Installing a GPU that´s over 2 slots like the MSI I have would give you some temperature issues like other people pointed in PcPartPicker out. The fans are too close to the PSU shroud and the air intake is compromised resulting in higher temps and fan speeds. The rig is around 40cm. from me, so it´s quite annoying hearing the fans ramping up heavily. That was the main reason changing to water. Don´t buy this case for the controller, it´s not worth it. I was one of the lucky ones though, not many issues, but the ones I´ve found, like not connecting to the web sometimes, not loading the profiles, etc. made me unscrew it and installing a Quadro controller. If using this case only with air cooling in mind buy a SF PSU, it will improve airflow under the shroud and helping fresh air reaching the GPU. If watercooling buy a SF anyway. The space you have underneath the shroud is limited and you need to install the NZXT hub and probably some cable extensions. You´ll have a bad time cable managing if you go the full ATX PSU way. Ask me how I know. The led strip isn´t that bright, that´s the reason I changed it for the Aquacomputer led strips that came with the Quadro controller if you buy the bundle. Result: Don´t buy the "i" version. LoL.
Aquacomputer Quadro RGBpx:
Impressive little hardware. Full control over the fans with several options. Almost limitless combination of lighting effects on the strips. Temperature control over sensors or software. I purchased a Barrow inline temp sensor I´ve placed in the loop. Only thing I haven´t found is a way to have different fan profiles saved. Some help for this? The led strips that come with the Quadro controller, if you buy the bundled version, are intended to use on the backside of monitors because they can reflect the colors that are shown on the screen so you have a background lighting effect. But, as you see, they can be used as normal RGB led strips and they fit PERFECTLY into the lenght of the H200i. Simply put them inside, they´ve got magnets so you haven´t to use the glue strip they have. Only issue is that the final connection cable that run to the Quadro is quite long as it is done this way to go from the monitor to the PC itself but you can simply tuck it rolled somewhere over the PSU or any other hidden place.
Changed my 8 years old and used on several builds Enermax 1250W PSU for this Corsair one. As I told before a freacking nightmare to be able to do any cablemanagment with that kind of PSU. The Corsair comes with braided cables, main reason to go for this one being a little bit overkill though.
Bykski & Barrow Watercooling Gear:
FormulaMod's AliExpress store has an incredible assortment of watercooling gear at a good price point. Never bought on AE before but this time I went full over it. At first my intention was to buy only the fittings but looking at the prices of the radiators and waterblocks I finally decided going the full chinese way ;).
Radiators where flushed and only one tiny bit of what seemed being a paint chip came out. The paint finish on them is matte black and nice. Only the fins on them are a little bit weak and in some way flimsy. I´m the cautious type of guy so no problem for me. Performance is good and I don´t see any issues in temps in the loop.
CPU block. I haven´t noticed any deformation of the base and the overall finish is nice. Base is polished and plexi is clear. RGB lighting could be a little better but for the price it´s ok.
Pump is almost silent. I´m running it at 10% of the maximum speed. That is around 1850rpm for browsing the web and working on 2D architectural drawings. When using something more intensive I push the pump around 45% that´s around 3050rmp and you can only hear a litlle bit of a humming. The plexi could be more transparent on this one but the RGB is nice.
Flow meter is the best one of the pack. Shiny, transparent and nice RGB. Work as intended, not a big deal though.
Fittings. If you´re looking for cheap fittings but with incredible finish, these are the ones. No one leaked and sealing was tight. I used two types of tubing. The EK ZMT Matte Black 10/16 and the Primoflex LRT. The Ek one slip over the fitting nicely and quite easy but it was a nightmare to screw the fitting together. The wall thikness is a little too big and you wouldn´t probably be able to screw them in to the point I did by hand. I used some pliers to be able to get to this point. My fingers where sore for three days. The Primoflex one was another nightmare, but to manage to slip it over the fitting, the inner diameter is a little bit too short to make it easy, but the other part of the fitting screwed in by hand no problem.
Alphacool RX 580 Waterblock:
I´ve got to be sincere here. Didn´t liked the block before buying it. I was waiting for EK or some other brands to release some full cover block. Now that it is installed I think that it was the best choice. No fancy RGB, the matte black finish blends with the black of the case and radiators nicely and it performs impressively well. Thank you Alphacool for supporting every GPU out there!
Sorry for the megaimpossibletoreadneverendinginyourfreackinglife post, but if you´ve got some questions I hope they got answered.
Cheers everyone and enjoy your building more than your builds once done, because the way to the completion it´s way more pleasant than the finish line itself. Even when the way it´s a f***ing nightmare.