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This is my first ever pc build, well over due upgrade from my previous rig that I purchased pre built about 6/7 years ago when I knew very little about the actual components of a pc.
Spent some time doing my research and watching tutorials on how to build a pc and decided to give it a go myself. Was a great experience and I have vastly improved my knowledge although there is still plenty I have to learn.
The build process went well with only one issue really, being the WD Blue 1tb M.2 storage I bought which I assumed I could install in the second slot on the back of the motherboard. Expect I didnt know it only supported nvme m.2 so had to send that back and bought the 860 Evo SSD instead.
Extremely pleased with the outcome and have certainly got the bug for pc building and overclocking. Currently have a very moderate overclock of 4.9Ghz @1.3v for now, I did manage to get up to 5.0ghz but the temps were abit high for me on load. Have been looking into delidding and may well do so in the near future.
Will post more pics of my set up also once I have finished it!
So after a little while I decided that I wasn't happy with how hot my GPU was getting whilst under load, along with the fans being rather loud running at 100% trying to keep it cool, it would easily get up to 80-85 degrees.
I come across the NZXT G12 bracket allowing you to mount an AIO to your GPU, I was a little uneasy about taking my GPU apart as this was my first pc build to begin with and I had never done anything like this before. Watched some videos and tutorials and decided to give it a go. The conversion wasn't to difficult, a little fiddly along with working in such a small case.
Extremely pleased with the results! My setup is now near silent under loads which I love. The thermals are amazing, it now idles around 25-30 degrees rather than 40-50 and under load it reached a max of 62 degrees! and again it is silent!
Went ahead and Delid my 8700k, another learning experience but well worth it! Was running 4.9ghz @ 1.3v pre delid with temps reaching 85/90+ quite easily during stress tests. Run the same settings post delid through the same tests and my temps were sitting in the high 60s.
Really impressed with these results and can now safely bump my 8700k upto 5.0ghz @1.35v and still not go over 70 degrees during testing. Have quite abit of headroom to push it further which I intend to play around with in the future.
Also installed a 2TB SSHD for additional storage