So picking out the video card for Carmine ended up being a lot harder than I though. I spent a bunch of time debating on what to go with and when AMD introduced the 500 Series of cards I was leaning that direction. I tested out two options below
Frankly after checking them out, while the performance is really good. The build really felt like it needed more. With huge and expensive plans for the water cooling blowing up our budget on the Carmine build going with just a single RX580 wasn’t really fitting. So then I started to consider going Crossfire with two of them but after testing that out (you can see the article I posted on this Monday) it wasn’t really going to boost the performance when gaming on our ultrawide monitor. Sadly right now AMD doesn’t really have a card that fit what I was looking for so I decided to look at what we had on hand from Nvidia. The MSI GTX 1080 11Gbps Gaming X+ that I reviewed last week being fresh on my mind fit well. It has the performance the build deserves and the red and black theme should go well with everything as well. Considering our monitor has Freesync and this is a Ryzen build, I will most likely be looking at Vega options once it is out, but for now, the MSI is the card.
Be sure to check out my full review of the card at the link below, I don’t need to dive into all of the card features when it is all covered there.
To install the card I actually had to remove the card support bracket that Cooler Master includes with the 5t, I may reinstall it later flipped around the other way to help support the card but I want to wait until I get the water cooling all figured out. The card looks great in the build though adding just a touch of red and black.
So even with all of the main components picked out I do still have to get cooling figured out and do a few more things to tweak the look of the build. The components are coming in very soon and it may be a week or two before I follow up again but here is a preview of what we have coming. Expect hard tubing and a whole list of components from Alphacool to keep that overclocked Ry 1700 nice and cool.