Edit: Price is for the entire setup including a 4k TV and Oculus Rift. Rig cost is closer to $2,500. Originally listed with an 8600, non-K SKU, I screwed up my part list while starting this thing from my phone. :( My apologies. But, just to address a few justified concerns about it. I originally had a 4790k/GTX 970. A couple of years back I upgraded to an 8600k/1070 Ti combo. Sounds more reasonable, yea? So once the 2080 Ti's launched I happened into the funds (this whole thing has been pieced together over the years so none of this was bought at a single time) and pulled the trigger. When I moved to the 2080 Ti I thought about upgrading the CPU, but ultimately decided to wait on a 10th gen i7/9 since I had just dropped so much coin on a new GPU. So it was either a new GPU, custom waterloop and wait a year or so for new CPU, or upgrade both and watercool later. I decided the EKWB parts (excluding the CPU block) would all carry over if I upgraded the CPU later anyway, but if I upgraded the CPU now I would be potentially be stuck on an "old" platform/socket/chipset once the 10th gen CPU's launched. This way I'll deal with a "lower-end" CPU for a while and get everything on water as fast as possible. I think I made the right choice. Anyway, back to the original post...
As much of a meme as RGB lighting has become I still love it since you can really customize and change the look over time. I went for a black/silver/white build, as color-neutral as I could, so that the lighting will have plenty of material to play off should I change the color scheme down the road. I'm a big fan of the vaporwave/cyberpunk aesthetic if you couldn't tell. :P
The biggest challenge with this build was unsurprisingly the space constraints of the Fractal Design Nano S. Not that it's the case's fault, but running 2 rads (360mm total), thick 3/8 - 5/8 soft tubes, a D5 pump/res combo, ATX PSU, and a full-sized GPU was a tight squeeze for a <27 liter case. But that's also my favorite thing about this build. Other than not being able to fit two 240mm radiators, I really didn't have to make many sacrifices to fit "big boy" parts in my favorite ITX case.
Temps aren't amazing with a single 120 rad in the rear, a 240mm in the front (both as exhaust), and 120mm fans on top and bottom as intake, but significantly better than what I was getting with a single 120 AIO CPU cooler and the original blower fan of the Asus 2080 Ti Turbo. I was able to push the card a bit more than what's shown in the HWMon screenshot once I finally cleared those stubborn air pockets from the rads.
Personally, I struck the balance I wanted between form and function. Definitely heavy on the form side (like running all the rad fans in exhaust cause RGB), but with the performance that I would expect for the hardware. Sure I could get better performance bumps here and there with different orientations, but any additional gains would not outweigh my vain need for aesthetics. I mean, it's a $5,000+ setup, it better look killer.