Hi, I'm very excited to finally share this build with everyone.
Until recently I had very little knowledge about building computers and since I had some time to kill, I thought it would be great to finally dive into this universe.
I wanted to build a strong PC both for gaming and running DeepLearning algorithms since I work in AI and often need to benchmark new algorithms and quickly train models... I had no intention initially to use water-cooling but it looked very cool :D. Later on, I took advantage of water-cooling to overclock the CPU to the limit. I'm currently running it at 5.2Ghz instead of the base 3.6Ghz which is crazy fast, and the idle temperatures are very reasonable (around 35°C). However, I'm using 6x120mm fans to cool the radiator.
I'm able to run games like (Battlefield V, Anno 1800, The Witcher, Anthem, Metro Exodus...) at 5K HDR, Ultra settings and a minimum of 120FPS. I use EVGA Precision X1 to overclock the GPU, and fans profiles to keep it cool without having them spinning 100% all the time.
What I want to share the most with you is the pain-points I went through building this PC with minimal knowledge :
I was very confused at the beginning since I excepted every part to have all the necessary cables to plug it in. However, when you buy an SSD for exemple, you need to find the right cables for it in the MOBO and PSU Boxes. So you can never be 100% sure that everything is fine only because you used all provided cables/screws, you really need to read every manual.
I didn't check how many internal USB 2.0 slots I have in the MOBO, so after mounting all the parts together I was surprised to have an additional 2x9pin USB cables to plug with no slots left. Luckily I found a cheap USB extender on Amazon (check the bottom of the part list).
Since I bought a NZXT case, I also bought NZXT fans and thought I could all plug all of them in the NZXT controller for it to work, but unfortunately the controller only have one channel so I had to decide either to plug the NZXT light strips or the fans. I decided to use the fans and instead of buying an additional controller, I bought different light strips that I could plug directly into the MOBO.
I went with Nvidia RTX 2080 Founder's Edition, and I was surprised they don't provide any software to change the LED light on the GPU. I ended up using the EVGA Precision X1 software to turn it off since that's the only option available.
I was heavily inspired by the following builds, so thanks a lot to them :
Finally, what I would love to do next is to mount the GPU vertically. It looks really nice and fills the empty space in the bottom of the case. However, the idea came to me after buying the case, and unfortunately the NZXT H700i back doesn’t have the necessary openings for the GPU to be mounted that way. So I’ve decided to wait until I get another case in the future, since I don’t want to cut the back of the case.
For anyone wondering about the name "TransLTR", it's a reference to the super computer in Dan Brown's book "Digital Fortress". I read it about 15 years ago when I was a kid and always wanted to have a high performing PC. I can finally die in peace.
Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas on how to improve this build.