Stayed tuned as I hope to provide a link soon to as yet to be uploaded videos (December 27, 2019 - It's here: https://youtu.be/Ublnn0xiFNk
This is my first build of a high-end VR gaming computer, which I also hope to use in learning to program.
It is inspired by multiple you-tube videos. I particularly chose the color scheme of James' "Greenhorn Dragon" from the video series "James Builds a PC" (channel is now "Dragon Factory). You will see the same Heatkiller Reservoirs, Primochill Vue colors (NV Green and Silver), and custom cables are very similar.
I wanted a large case, so I went for the absolutely epic Enthoo Elite case. It was a real pleasure to work with and required almost no mods (I did put in an acrylic light floor to separate the upper and lower compartments), and had to screw on the custom cable combs in the rear compartment). It's stature is almost exceeded by the price tag, but I have absolutely no regrets.
I went with just one RTX 2080ti - I figure if I ever need a second one the water-cooling shouldn't be too difficult.
Despite the warnings not to use glass for my first-time water cooling, it proved not too difficult. I began this build with air-cooled components (The "be quiet! Dark Rock 4" for the CPU and the original fans of the Zotac Gaming Amp RTX 2080ti) for a number of months to make sure all the electronics worked. Then I did the GPU loop, particularly as my son was gaming 8 hours a day and the GPU felt hot (60 degrees C). I initially planned it out with PETG tubing to get the lengths correct - much easier to cut than glass, then cut the glass with a dremel and fire polished the ends for 8-10min over my gas range to smooth out any sharp edges so that the rubber rings inside the fittings wouldn't get cut. As a result, the loop wasn't just beautiful (the glass is clear and should not react with the fluid), it cooled the GPU at least 20 degrees (now barely over 40 C). The CPU loop is connected to the Quad Fan 480mm ST30 Alphacool NexXxos, while I have the GPU serviced by the other two radiators, given the larger heat generation from the RTX 2080ti, and to be prepared should I put in a second graphics card.
For the custom cables, I followed Hans Peder Sahl's "9 Step Guide to Perfectly Sleeved Custom Length Cables", along with the always excellent videos of Daniel Cannon at Singularity Computers .
If you are wondering how I could afford this, I'm a professional in my 50's and have saved for a long time for this; and I have a very understanding wife, who didn't look too carefully at the bills ;)