This is an upgrade to a build from last year. I really wanted to open up the air flow some and work on the aesthetics a little. This all started because I really just needed a reason to get a new RTX 2060. So as far as upgrades go, new video card obviously. Faster memory. Improved lighting and new cables. Also, open up the side panels just a little for better air flow.
As you can tell, this is a scratch built case. All aluminum interior framed in curly maple tinted deep red with acrylic front and side panels with a tempered glass top. Originally, I had envisioned something completely different but somehow turned into this. Before, it was red and white themed but had a gigabyte gtx 1060 that was black and orange. I had a mix mash of colors in there that didn't look right.
I wanted the GPU to be a focal point so I decided that I would mount it up in front of the motherboard at a 45 degree angle. At the time, I wasn't even sure if this would be possible. I cant tell you how many PCI-E riser extension cable I now own trying to make this work within the space I had. Finally, I came across the lian li one. It is made of multiple ribbon cables instead of one wide one. This allowed a lot more flexibility in routing the cable. This time around, I made my own sleeved cable extensions sized to minimize space under the motherboard tray. Initially, I made full cables but this proved to be overwhelming at the PSU and was interfering with the video card.
I added a phanteks halo ring to the cooler. I am using a raijintek aeolus A 140mm slim fan on a thermalright cooler so the fans would match. Problem is, a 140mm halo ring will not mount up to a 140mm fan that has 120mm mounting holes. I had to make a mounting plate out of carbon fiber that fit under the fan and would allow the halo ring to mount to. This simple upgrade of a new GPU started to become a project. In the end, it all worked out. The colors are more consistent and it looks better. Plus it allowed me to install the remote control stuff underneath with all the wiring.
As far as this 2060, it is a beastly little card. Faster than my zotac 1070ti in my metis build and just a little slower than my 1080 G1 gaming in my gaming rig. Over clocks great and runs cool. I like it. Temps are great. CPU idles at 28 and at load under aida64, 71 degrees overclocked to 4.8, GPU idles at 27 and 68 under benchmark load.
This is my HTPC for my bedroom. It is hooked up to a 52 in 1080 tv. Over kill for my needs.....Yeah. (netflix and stuff) but I like it and it games pretty good. Since I didn't build front panel I/O into this system, I have a USB hub and card reader built into the audio video cabinet. I realize that this is some what odd, so please be gentle.