Description

I'll start out by saying that I've been building my own PCs for the last 15 years. The last one I built was an x58 i7-920 based system in 2009. It could have used a video card upgrade to keep up with the newest games (GTX 670), but otherwise still suited my needs fine. I just felt it was time for something new/different. I call it "Box." It started with my first desktop and I've expanded from that for my other tech (laptop is lid, phone is latch, tablet which is used as a head unit in my car is called wheels, etc.).

This computer is mainly used for gaming as well as residential design using AutoCAD. While there was not really a set budget for the build I did restrain myself to keep the build somewhat reasonable/practical. Aesthetics were a concern for me. I definitely paid a premium for a few of the parts where a cheaper, functionally similar part would have sufficed. As you can see, it's not your typical red/black build. I wanted to do something a little different.

PCPartPicker was a huge help for keeping track of everything and watching prices as well as seeing examples of each part used in a build. A number of YouTube channels were also instrumental in helping me catch up with hardware changes over the last seven years (LinusTechTips, Paul's Hardware, Awesomesauce Network, and HardwareCanucks). Overall I am very happy with the way this turned out.

Below I'll list out each part and my reason for choosing it.

CPU - i7-6700K. I initially struggled with choosing an x99 or Z170 based system. x99 seems to be the more powerful enthusiast platform. Z170 benefits from the lower power consumption and lower TDP. I have no plans to add a second, third, or fourth video card. The power/thermal benefits of the Z170 system were ultimately more important to me than the additional cores and PCI-E lanes.

CPU Cooler - Corsair H110i. This is the first time I have used any type of liquid cooling. Water inside of a computer just doesn't sit well with me. Sound was a big concern for me. This meant I either needed a large air cooler that could run at a low fan speed or some type of liquid cooler. The Dark Rock Pro 3 was at the top of my air cooler list. The fact that it blocked the RAM slots and potential for damaging the processor from the weight turned me away from it. I could not find an air cooler that met my criteria and looked nice.

The H110i (same as the H110i GT) was chosen over the H115i (same as the H110i GTX) because when mounted in this case the Corsair logo faces the correct way. With the H115i the logo is upside down. The cooler works well and is very quiet. Many reviews stated the included fans could be very loud. I replaced them right away with Noctua Industrial fans which run at a low speed. No complaints with the noise! The Corsair Link software is terrible. When the LEDs are set based on CPU temperature the LEDS do not hold their color for the set temperature. For some reason they will cycle between the assigned color and a lighter version of that color. I was able to set a static color very close to the white LED on the 980 Ti, but am disappointed that I could not use the settings based on CPU temperature. I hope this will be fixed with a future software/firmware update.

Motherboard - Asus Maximus VIII Formula. This is definitely a case of where I overpaid for something due to the appearance. I hate to say it, but the available Z170 boards are ugly. The EVGA Classified K board was high on my list, but it has no USB 2.0 and seems overpriced for what it is. The Asus Z170 Deluxe was my next pick. While it did have some blue accents I did not care for the white. With the I/O cover removed and stickers peeled off the heatsinks it would have been ok, but plain looking.

The Maximus VIII Formula was announced around the time I started researching for this build. As soon as i saw it I knew it was a no brainer. The monochrome look is perfect. I also like the fact that it doesn't have any LEDs that tie it to a certain color scheme. I will be honest and say the onboard RGB LEDs suck. The idea was good, but the actual illumination has numerous hot spots making it obvious where each LED is. Unless the color is a solid red, blue, or green the color itself is not even/consistent. I leave the LEDs off which thankfully is an option.

Functionally this motherboard works very well. I would have preferred a couple of USB 2.0 ports on the back of the motherboard for better compatibility with my wireless mouse and keyboard (they have issues when plugged into USB 3.0 ports). The board does have two USB 2.0 headers, so I was able to get everything to work. Asus does really well with their BIOS/UEFI and included software. This is my third ASUS board and I've never had an issue with one. Setup was a piece of cake. If you have the means, I would recommend this board.

One last note, the motherboard did come with a free Asus ROG Gladius mouse (Newegg Promotion). I am in the process of trying to sell it which will offset the higher price of this motherboard a bit.

Memory - Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB, DDR4-2666. I don't have a lot to say about this. It's memory and it works. From an appearance standpoint it was the obvious choice. 32GB is definitely overkill at the moment. In hopes of this computer lasting another 5 years it was worth the small upgrade to do 32GB right away rather than 16GB now and swapping it out for a 32GB kit in the future if needed. Adding a second 16GB kit even with the same part number can cause compatibility issues if is from a different batch.

The 2666 speed seemed to be the sweet spot for price/performance among the available Dominator RAM. I chose a 4 x 8GB kit over a 2 x 16GB to fill the available slots on the motherboard. The top cover for the heat spreaders are reversible. I was able to remove and flip them so the text was in the same orientation as the "Maximus VIII" on the motherboard. If you haven't caught on yet, appearance was a major factor for me. I may add the light bar kit available from Corsair in the future. I haven't decided on that one yet.

Storage - Samsung 850 Evo 1TB SSD and Western Digital Black 6TB HDD. I'll cover both storage devices at once here. My old system had a 256GB SSD, 1.5TB HDD and a 12TB RAID 5 array. I had the OS installed on the SSD and my applications for work. This did not leave much room for games so they were all installed on the 1.5TB HDD along with other general storage. Because of this, I didn't get the performance benefit for gaming (load times).

My goal here was to have all games and applications installed on the boot drive. I was eagerly awaiting the release of the Samsung 950 Pro 1TB M.2 drive. I decided I was not willing to wait any longer for it. 512GB would have worked at the moment, but would have left very little room for growth. I settled on the 1TB SSD for now. I plan on upgrading to the 1TB M.2 drive at some point after its release and when the price drops to a reasonable level. I also considered the Intel PCI-E storage options. 800GB may have been enough and was expensive, but somewhat reasonable. The 1.2TB drive would have been ideal, but absurdly priced. The benefit of hiding an M.2 drive under the motherboard cover in the future was more appealing than an additional PCI-E card. The 1TB SSD will be repurposed as a general storage drive in the future.

I did not want to install the PCI-E raid card and additional 4 drives into this build. I was only using ~6TB of the available 9TB (3TB lost due to RAID 5/redundancy). For the immediate future, the 6TB HDD will replace the RAID array. I am saving the RAID card and drives so if the 6TB drive does fail, I still have the data. My next project will be purchasing a pre-built NAS or building my own in a mini ITX chassis. I am still evaluating my needs/researching. I can then use the 6TB drive to back up the most important 6TB of the NAS.

Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW. - I considered buying a 970 to use for a year or two while I waited for a reasonably priced single 4K capable card to be released. Realistically, it may be a bit longer before that becomes a reality. I opted for the 980 Ti now. It's overkill for 1080p. The Division averages well over 100 FPS on Ultra settings. I would like to upgrade to a 1440p main monitor in the near future which would be better matched to the capabilities of the 980 Ti. This will hold me over until the next build 5 years down the road. I'll upgrade to 4K then.

I chose the EVGA card because it looked better than the other 980 Ti options from other companies. There are no red accents, the cooler looks normal, the white LEDs are unobtrusive, and the backplate was an added bonus. I chose the FTW version of this card specifically because of the blue FTW logo and the dual 8-pin power connectors vs. the typical 8-pin and 6-pin (for the appearance of the sleeved cables). Waiting for a sale plus mail-in-rebate put this card right in line pricewise with the rest of their 980 Ti cards. This card did come with a free copy of The Division. I also received a free copy of the game with my keyboard, so I sold this copy for $45 to further offset the price.

Case - Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX (Anthracite). Choosing a case was without a doubt the most difficult part of this build. Too many cases look like they belong in a sci-fi movie. Once I got over the thought of losing the 5.25" drive bays the decision got a bit easier. My last case was a Lian Li PC-V1000. It was purchased in 2005 and was used for my last two builds. The unusual layout worked really well for me, but it was time for something new! My last two cases were silver with bare aluminum interiors. The anthracite exterior with the black interior is a welcome change.

I liked the clean lines and large window on this case. The thick aluminum exterior panels give the case a solid feeling. The "basement" for the PSU to hide cables and a generous amount of rubber grommets made cable management a breeze. I appreciate the ability to add up to five additional 3.5" drives on the front of this case. This would allow me to temporarily install my RAID array if I ever needed to.

I believe this is the best ATX case currently available, but it isn't perfect. The black finish on the interior scratches very easily. There were many scratches around rivets and screw holes that must have happened at the factory during assembly. I was careful during the build and did not notice any additional scratches after. The window isn't clear, but smoked. Combined with the black interior it is difficult to see the components inside the case without some sort of lighting (a black motherboard doesn't help either!). Since taking the pictures I have added the NZXT Hue+ to help with that. (For those wondering, I am aware that the motherboard does have an RGB header. I priced out compatible strips, connections, etc. and the Hue+ was almost exactly the same price. I appreciate the additional control available with the Hue+ as well.)

To move the front 140mm fans up (to allow for the sata cables to run across the front) the 3.5" hard drive cage must be removed from the basement to access the screws. I would have preferred threaded holes with longer screws that could me attached from the front similar to a radiator setup. If I ever change the bottom fan out the HDD cage will need to come out again. Hopefully I will no longer have a HDD in this system at that point.

Radiator mounting is very flexible with the option to mount the radiator on the top or on the front. Looking at many builds in this case I did not care for the fans hanging down from the radiator and blocking the view of the motherboard. There is a lot of wasted space above the radiator bracket, however there is a lip on both the bracket and the top structure of the case preventing a fan from fitting in the space. I used a Dremel to cut these lips off and drilled holes in the top to allow me to screw in the fans to the radiator. There is a guide for how this was done with pictures here: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Top Fan Cavity Mod

The Phanteks case badge was replaced with a custom machined badge with the computer's name engraved into it. I pulled the badge off and recreated the size in CAD. A friend was then able to cut it out of 1/8" aluminum plate and engrave the lettering. The letters were filled in with a mix of a couple different Testors enamel paint colors (to match the other blue accents) and protected with a clear coat.

The blue thumbscrews were purchased off eBay and shipped from China. They're nothing special, but really tied everything together. My options were light blue or dark blue. I ordered both because they were so cheap. Light blue was the better match for the HX logo on the power supply.

Power Supply - Corsair HX1000i. I know 1000W is more than I need for this build. I was looking at the 850i, however the 1000i went on sale first and with a mail-in rebate was cheaper. I didn't complain. The fan does not run at less than 50% loads which makes this silent. Even when gaming I have yet to hear the fan turn on. I use approximately 450 watts while gaming. This would not have been possible with the 850i. The blue accent fit in with the rest of the build nicely making this an easy choice. 80+ Platinum, fully modular, all black cables, and the ability to monitor power usage through Corsair Link all factored into the decision.

At idle this system consumes ~80 watts.

The sleeved cables came from Ensourced. They are custom paracord sleeved cables rather than extensions to reduce cable clutter. Each cable was made to the length that I specified to further reduce cable clutter. They were excellent to work with. Prior to ordering the cables I requested samples of a few different colors. For a minimal fee I was sent not only the colors that I asked for but a few others that were similar. I am grateful for this because the best matching blue was not one of the colors I originally asked for. For reference, the colors used were sky blue, smoke gray, black, and white. If I did this again I would likely skip the 8 pin CPU connector and the SATA cables as these are hardly visible. It took two weeks from the time that I ordered until the time that they arrived. This fell within the estimated timeframe that I was given. I will say that they were worth the wait!

Operating System - Windows 10 Pro OEM. - Not much to say here. My Windows 7 copy used on the old system was an OEM copy. With the drastically different hardware I could not activate Windows in the new system.

Monitors - Asus PG278Q and PB277Q, 27" 1440p. - Fall 2016 Update: I replaced my Asus VG248QE and VE248H, 24" 1080p monitors with 27" 1440p monitors from Asus. I still feel like we are a few years away from 4K gaming with a single video card. 1440p is a great compromise. At 27", 1440p is the ideal resolution for typical desk viewing distances. 4K would require Windows scaling to make text large enough to read. I have used a 14" laptop with a 4K display and can tell you firsthand that Windows scaling is atrocious. When the text is magnified it gets blurry. Older applications not optimized for scaling look blurry as well.

G-Sync is amazing on the PQ278Q for gaming. At 1440p, most games hover around 100 FPS on ultra settings with the 980 Ti. A 1080 would certainly max out the 144 Hz. Due to the price of the PG278Q, I purchased a PB277Q as my second monitor. Out of all of the 27" 1440p monitors from Asus, this was the best match. The most noticeable difference is the bezel is slightly larger. I was a little bummed since my 24" monitors had identical bezels. For the nearly $380 price difference, I can live with it.

Keyboard - Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum. - I've been looking for a standard looking RGB (or even just plain white LED) mechanical keyboard without the typical macro buttons that add to the footprint. The Corsair K70 was almost perfect except for the "floating" keycap look and light bleed beneath each key. Some people like that, but not me.

Logitech finally did it! I couldn't care less about the rainbow effects, but like that I can fine tune the color to match the rest of the system. The Roemer G keys feel like a hybrid between a Cherry MX Brown and a membrane keyboard. It took a few days to get used to (I had a G710+). I really enjoy it after using it a few days. The keys are nearly silent for a mechanical keyboard.

This included a free copy of The Division which I was planning on buying for $60 anyways. Because of that I deducted $60 from the price paid for this keyboard. At $160 this keyboard isn't a very good value. At $100 it's a bargain.

Mouse - Logitech G700. This also carried over from my previous build. The battery life is terrible, but I do like the wireless option. The four thumb buttons are perfect for FPS gaming (assigning 1-4 to these buttons makes for incredibly fast weapon switching). I am waiting for Logitech or someone else to release a normal looking gaming mouse with a similar thumb button arrangement (wired or wireless with a wired option).

Headset - Audio Technica ATH-AD700X with ModMoc. Fall 2016 Update: I was desperate to replace the Logitech G930 headset that carried over from my previous build. After a software update I had constant connection and static/garbling issues (update was required for the G810 keyboard). When they worked they were great.

The new headset consists of the Audio Technica ATH-AD700x paired with a ModMic. These sound much crisper and clearer than the Logitech. There is definitely less bass due to the open back design. Footsteps and surrounding noises are much easier to hear in games. I do miss being able to get up and grab a drink or run to the bathroom without leaving group chat. At the same time, I don't have any connection issues and don't need to worry about recharging the batteries. The trade off was worthwhile.

If you actually read through all of this, I'm impressed. I hope some of this is helpful for anyone else considering a similar build. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

Cable management is on another level!!!!!! Really slick build. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The case did most of the work for me. I used the original PSU cables to ballpark the length needed for the sleeved cables (within 10cm). This combined with a fully modular power supply cut down on a lot of the extra cable clutter.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Upcoming featured build!

Congrats in advance. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Well crap. A damn skittles colored pc got featured. This one is better. Maybe it needs more of the excellent photos.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i used to say the same things and some fa*t reported me and they banned my account.So i made a new one..Featured builds here are a joke my friend.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Just when you think you have the criteria for a featured build figured out, here comes some random pick. I thought the criteria was great pictures, and description with a clean build that is not a joke or insulting and parts choices that make sense....but mostly great pictures. Or some antique like my dad's Apple 2e. It seems like it's a rushed choice lately or maybe it is a random pull from a grouping if good builds. The one that got it is still a good build, I just like this one's professional looking presentation better. BTW this one is rated higher so far without being featured. Ought to tell folks something.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW this one is rated higher so far without being featured. Ought to tell folks something. -enough said-

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I hear you. I noticed the featured build is different now aND the poor fellas build that was only made it to 59 upvotes. Well it's not my decision as to who gets featured. I suppose there is a lot to sift through to choose one. Too bad this one didn't get it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

this is perfection. good build

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice write up man. Im one that really appreciates any extra detail in build descriptions, real helpful for the rest of us. The Phanteks Evolv is up there on my list too, really looking forward to the full tempered glass side panel ones coming out soon..

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The tempered glass side panels look amazing! Unless the backside is against a wall your cable management will need to be on point.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very true abt cable mngmt, with that full exposure on the back side, things like fully sleeved cables as opposed to just extensions probably would make a huge difference!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have custom cables made it would be pretty easy get it right. I used the original Corsair cables to get the system running then measured how much I would need to add or take off from that cable to route it the way I would like. Ensourced had options every 10cm which got me pretty close. The price for the custom cables wasn't all that bad considering the amount of tedious labor that goes into it. I planned on making my own, but after figuring out the supplies needed and the time involved it was so much easier to have them made by someone that's really good at it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I agree, Ensourced seems like one of the best options out there imo, Ive been set on using them from now on (I just missed finding out abt them when I was looking for extensions recently, but next time for sure)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I watch Doug Bernards on YouTube regularly and I know its kind of off topic and different from most posts but I would LOVE to see the tablet / headunit in your car.

Also this build is freaking SUHWEEEET!! Clean, robust, but with a nice bit of flair, kind of like what you would expect if Unique Whips did a PC. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Doug built it. ;) I pulled the radio cage out and shipped it to him. It's one of the very few things in the car that I didn't feel comfortable doing myself. It turned out great!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/notegbacks/Jetta/null_zps0b0b09ac.jpg

The making of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1HVR30kDO4#t=7m18s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1HVR30kDO4#t=9m41s

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot wait for the day I can afford to replace my wanna-be OEM look-a-like replacement headunit with at least something better than what I have. I would love to have an iPad setup but that is just a ton of cheddar to let go of (ipad, dashkit, time, materials to build it with, Stream/Steer Blue, etc) ... all that could EASILY add up to +1000 in no time. If you don't mind me asking, what version of the mini are you using (generation, capacity, wifi/cellular) and are you happy enough with it to justify the $$$ you spent?

Also side note what else do you have installed in the Jetta?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the first generation 32GB cellular. I started the project right after the iPad mini was released. I don't actually use the cellular part, but the wifi only model didn't have the GPS chip. With the GPS chip I can use a map app that stores the data on the iPad for navigation instead of relying on Apple or Google Maps (uses data). The hotspot from my phone allows me to use the iPad normally otherwise.

Overall I'm happy with it. Bluetooth audio quality isn't great, but it works. having to manually connect the hotspot and start playing a song each time the car starts is a little annoying. If it was in the car I drove everyday I may consider other options.

I had a Pioneer touch screen unit with an iPod stashed in the glovebox before. The navigation sucked and I needed a new unit to work with my new phone. All the new units at the time (and even current ones) required a cable to the phone for full functionality. This is why I decided to do the iPad. The price between a new touch screen navigation unit and the iPad setup were pretty similar (not including the cost of the actual iPad). As an added perk, I now have an iPad I can use daily outside of the car (although between a Macbook and iPhone the iPad rarely gets used). When wireless CarPlay becomes a thing it will be hard to make a case for the iPad.

I also considered building a car PC. The iPad was so much easier and isn't limited to only being able to use it in the car.

Build thread for the car is here: VWVortex Everything done to the car is in the first post. Most of the pictures are broken. I foolishly reorganized my Photobucket account without realizing the implications. Sorry. :( If you would like to see the rest of the pictures send me a message and I'll share the password for the album.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Really love the result of your rig man, I choosed the silver model but definitely the antracite one is a thing of beauty!

BTW, How was the process of attaching the USB 3 cable man?lol!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Part of me wishes I would have gone with silver again, but the anthracite is growing on me. It goes better with the black interior.

Trying to plug that USB 3 cable in was one of the more frustrating parts of the build. Thank you again for posting your build which made that a little bit easier.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful! No, really it looks amazing. You mentioned aesthetics being a big deal and you really nailed it!

You know, instead of upgrading one monitor to a 27" 1440p display, why not swap both out for a 34" ultrawide curved display? I had a setup similar to yours right now and replaced both screens with a Dell U3415W. I could not be any happier with it. Productivity is excellent - tons of real estate and great pixel density. Gaming is fantastic as well. It's not as hard to drive as true 4K display and is much more immersive to game on than 1440p. Give it a look. :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have thought about a single ultrawide monitor. I often use the second monitor to watch a video full screen while doing something else on the main monitor. It kind of acts as my TV. With a single wide monitor this wouldn't be possible.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

all i have to say is thank you I almost have the same build I was just wondering if I was going to have corsair dominator ram issue with the gt 110i in this case but you answered that for me thank you! Also thats one beast of a computer +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 That mobo, memory are so damn expensive. Try enabling Rapid using the samsung magician. The performance of my Samsung 850 Evo 250gb out performed the Samsung 950 Pro 512gb M.2 NVMe SSD. Samsung 850 in rapid = READ: 2868.59 MB/s WRITE: 2343.71 MB/s compared to Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 = READ 2168.43 MB/s WRITE: 1449.98 MB/s and so on. This is due to the use of ram as cache for your ssd. In default once you activate it, it will take at a maximum of 1 gb ram. I'm pretty sure you will have some unused ram. Note: after enabling it you will be asked to restart. just restart and you can close the program and remove it from startup. my Samsung 850 evo 250gb bench CrystalDiskMark and comparison to Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will look into this.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

SWEET! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent!

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, I'm liking the colors as well as someone's who's using the same case it's by far my favorite.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

very well done with the sleeved SATA cables for the SSD.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build award goes to you. Great job.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a killer PC, it looks amazing! Speaking as an aesthetic person myself, I can definitely appreciate all the thought and effort you obviously put into this, if I'd been able to I would've done exactly what you did, picked looks over price a little bit xD also, because of looks, did you ever think of using another Lian Li? Just because they have amazing cases as well :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lian Li was the first place I looked for a new case. While their cases are built really well, I didn't care for any of their current options.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see :) I, for instance, would snap up a Lian Li PC-08 if I could, but that's just me :D You did an amazing job!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I came

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Early?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's different

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The blue around the case adds to the sleekness of the build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks really great mate! THe minimalistic touches really pull this build together! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I smell a feature...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and very nicely executed. Easily contains some of my favourite components in the form of the case and motherboard and you done a stunning job.

Great write up also!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build and I enjoyed reading through it. I agree wholeheartedly on the aesthetics of the Phanteks Evolv, and I would very much like to build in one as it is a magnificent case. Great job breaking from the normal Black/Red, the blue/gray-scale looks great and I can imagine that powered on it looks pretty awesome. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I will get downvoted for this like I did last time but,

fap fap fap fap fap fap fap, and finish

In all seriousness though, awesome build. Do you think you could post some benchmark scores?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

What benchmarks would you like to see? If the programs are free I don't mind doing it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok try,

www.userbenchmark.com/

That is free.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn just ran this on my laptop. Wow what a dissapointment. My laptop sucks. I bet this build is a nuclear sub in ratings.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give me the link to your results?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol sure

Www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/928237

Trying to get my ram speed up now :-(

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great choice in color scheme, my friend. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Too bad this build was overlooked.It should be featured.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I built it for me and only me, not with hopes of getting it featured.

The other builds on this site were invaluable for visualizing the orientation of the AIO cooler, location of the 8-pin plugs on the video card relative to grommet placement in the case, different color schemes for sleeved cables, etc.

The build was posted here to help others out looking to build something similar. It's my way of giving back to the community that helped me build mine.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yet it's a shame it was not featured.From a non featured build it has really high ratings.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on getting the same case and now that I've read this I'm going to attempt the fan/rad mod. Thanks for the idea!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build mate, so simple and clean yet so beautiful. Well done! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy... this is amazing. Stunning build! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build. Just beautiful.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect run down. I'm stuck on the motherboard and case choosing phase for a week or 2 now haha.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What length in centimeters did you order your GPU, CPU, and MOBO cables? I will also buy sleeved cables form EnSourced and I will also use the same case. Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU: 60cm GPU 40cm (these were a little long, but the excess is hidden by the psu shroud) 4-pin: 70cm Sata: 60cm (to reach from power supply to the SSD in the front)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks very helpful! One last quick question. If I were to do the top fans mount mod you did in this case, would I be able to fit 3 120mm Noctua fans instead if the two like you did. I'm trying to see if I can fit a 360 rad under the fans with the mod so that way it won't cover up the motherboard that much.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you would be able to fit 3-120mm fans up there due to the power switch encroaching on the space required for the fan closest to the front on a 360mm radiator.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Bouncing off this comment really quick... I looked at the mod link you have in the description and its slightly different from yours as you managed to keep all 3 top beams at the top of your case and you said you used the Dremel to cut off the bent/curved lips. How did you manage to get the 2 140mm fans in there without that middle beam being removed? And how loud do those Noctua industrials get under lets say about 50-75-100% load?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I held the fans from the bottom and pressed them up to the bottom of the beams then slid the radiator bracket in place (no radiator attached). The bracket once in place kept the fans from falling down. I could then slide the fans around, hold the radiator up from the bottom, and line everything up/screw it in place.

I believe the original poster cut the beams out so he could insert the fans from the top after the bracket was in place. With some creative assembly cutting the beams out is totally unnecessary. The lips on the beams that stick down need to be cut off for this to work, but it is better than losing the entire beam.

As far as fan noise goes, I have them set to 20% and really have to listen to hear them. At 50% they are very audible, but tolerable. 75% and 100% is unbearable. I use the Asus Fan Xpert 3 app to control the speed. If temperatures increase it increases the fan speed accordingly. The only time the fans ramp up at all is when gaming they may hit 50%. When this happens I'm wearing headphones anyways, so I can't hear it.

The non-industrial Noctual fans I have used in a couple of other computers. They're pretty much the same thing, but spin at lower RPMs. Even at 100% I would say they're about the same as the industrials at 50%.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I was half asleep when I typed the above reply. By CPU cable I meant 24-pin motherboard cable and by 4-pin I actually meant 8-pin motherboard cable. Not sure what I was thinking...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous! I'm Inspired, especially with those sleeved cables. I have plans for a similar build, would you be able to -tell me exactly what "Extensions Types and "Lengths" you used? Would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I used custom sleeved cables from Ensourced rather than extensions because the power supply was fully modular. No extensions helped cut down on cable management. For the cables that are not visible I just used the original cables that came with the power supply.

24-pin motherboard: 60cm 8-pin motherboard: 70cm GPU: 40cm (these were a little long, but the excess is hidden by the psu shroud) Sata: 60cm (to reach from power supply to the SSD in the front)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent! Thanks again :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, i'm late, how is airflow in this case, looks really restricted

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest, it's not great. 2-140mm intake on the front, 1-140mm intake in the power supply (only runs over 50% load), 1-140mm exhaust on the rear, 2-140mm exhaust on top of the radiator (because there is no air filter on top). With this setup air pressure inside the case was negative. Air was being sucked in through the rear vents (no filters, so dust too) due to the imbalance. All fans were running at low speed to keep the noise down (it's very quiet).

In order to get positive air pressure I had to do the following:

  • increase speed on the front intakes slightly at idle temperatures for more intake

  • set the psu fan to run at a low speed 100% of the time for more intake

  • disable rear exhaust fan until temperatures creep up (only while gaming) to reduce exhaust

While gaming the GPU does hit 80 degrees occasionally, but CPU temp stays low due to the AIO cooler. It isn't ideal, but it's good enough for me.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, i see, and was it easy too mod the top fan slots, or not really?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're comfortable using a Dremel it's pretty easy, just time consuming. If you don't have a lot of experience with DIY projects it may be more of a challenge.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks, im not too hand with a Dremel, have used 1 be4 though, how easy is it to mount at the front

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

No modifications required to mount a 360 at the front, but you lose the two hard drive trays near the front.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Man that looks killer! Really like the colors.

Can you elaborate on the H115i causes the Corsair logo to be upside down? I dont understand that, i would assume they are configured in the same manner. I think i saw another build with a H115i front mounted and the logo was orientated correctly.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You can see in this build that when the H115i radiator is mounted in the same orientation (at the top with tubes on the left) that the Corsair logo is on the right side instead of left and the logo is upside down: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/TWHNnQ

I have no idea why Corsair did this or why they even have two different 280mm radiators (made by different companies).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhhh i see what you're talking about now, i thought you were talking about the CPU logo. Yeah that's strange why they would do such a thing.

I was actually thinking of doing a front mount setup; http://pcpartpicker.com/b/2nYrxr Possibly/Probably a push/pull instead of just a push though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive! One of the better looking EVOLV builds on this site. Strange I didn't run into this one however until now though. 1+!

Two questions, however.

  1. How is the quality of the cables? I've never heard of these guys, and was interested as I was thinking of either going with Mainframe (Lutro0) or IceModz. If the quality is up there, then I'd absolutely love to consider these guys!

  2. Think of switching to the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV TG Edition? ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

The quality of the cables is excellent. I was actually blown away when I received them. I love that they are actual paracord instead of the plasticky type of sleeving.

I like the tempered glass edition of the case, but I won't switch to it. Simply swinging the door open on its hinge is much more convenient than four screws to remove the side panel. I also don't care for the tempered glass behind the motherboard tray. Even though this is against a wall on my desk, I don't like the idea of all of my cable management being on display. It's not the prettiest thing to look at.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, good to know.

Also as I will be using the EVOLV for a build in a few months, what were the cable lengths that you had to give out? It would just be good to know it for now so whenever I do end up ordering the cables everything is correct

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

24-pin motherboard: 60cm 8-pin motherboard: 70cm GPU: 40cm (these were a little long, but the excess is hidden by the psu shroud) Sata: 60cm (to reach from power supply to the SSD in the front)

Be aware that since the cables are custom there is a bit of a lead time. I was told approximately two weeks and that is how long it took. This time may fluctuate depending on his workload. The number of options/colors/quality definitely made the wait worth it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, you've probably saved me days of online researching to get these numbers xD

Also nice to note as well, I'll keep that in mind when I do order from them! Again, thank you!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah... I searched for lengths with no luck. Ultimately I assembled the system with the stock Corsair cables, measured the extra slack, and then subtracted that from the overall length of the Corsair cables.

When the Ensourced cables arrived I simply swapped them out!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for this info, really helpful. Was going spare trying to figure out which cable lengths to order.

Obviously love the build - especially impressed by the work you did to the mounting bracket area. That's the one aspect that normally lets down builds in this case, but you nailed it

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy to help!

The radiator mounting situation was my biggest gripe with this case. I intentionally purchased the case first so I could order an air cooler instead of the radiator in case I didn't think the mod would work.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful Build!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi you mentioned that you used 'sky blue' for the blue in your custom cables, but thats not listed as any of the colours on the ensourced website, was wondering if it was perhaps either colonial blue or regal blue instead?

PS. absolutely love the build.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not on his website, but he does have it (or did at the time he made mine). When I requested samples of a few of the colors he sent the sky blue and a some others in addition to the ones I requested.

Thanks for the kind words regarding the build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Where Did You Get The Case Badge Because I Am Very Intrested In Investing In One. And Beautiful Build Man.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The badge is a custom part. I measured the original Phanteks badge and drew it in CAD. A friend of a friend took the file and did the cutting/engraving for me on a piece of 1/8" aluminum. The paint I did myself by thinning the paint and using an eye dropper to drip a drop at a time into the engraving. Before it dried I wiped the excess off the top and finished everything with a clear spray to protect it.

I do have a couple of extra blanks without the engraving. When I was searching for a place to make the badge for me I found a number of places locally that would do the engraving, but couldn't cut the badge. I had the extra blanks made in case I ever wanted to change it up. If you're interested in a blank, send me a message!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok Once Nearing My Build I Will MSG You If You Still Have Them. Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I'm shocked you chose that AOI cooler over the other because of the logo direction, I'll never understand that.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

First, the H110i was cheaper than the H115i. They're both 240mm AIO coolers. Why pay more for essentially the same thing? There is no performance improvement. The H110i and H115i are made by two different manufacturers, hence the two different model numbers. I don't understand why Corsair even sells two items that are so similar.

Second, the logo direction did matter to me. If the H110i was $5 more than the H115i I would have gladly paid it. It's the attention to detail that sets an average build apart from a great one.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

For 5 bucks I can understand why you'd choose one over the other. That is an easy decision for sure! Of course, if I was in the same position I would pay that difference for a logo to face the correct decision, I had previously thought there was a slightly higher difference in price.

Side note... I have attention to detail, I'm just not hauling my computer around to show off or striving for internet fame, so I have limits on the details. I wasn't insinuating you don't.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, felt like almost everyone is doing the skylake build. Good build and i dont want to offend u

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is 9 months old...

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a lot of concessions (wireless, USB, mute button with indicator) and bought the Audio Technica ATH-AD700X along with a ModMic.

I've gotten used to to the cord and the weird wing system on the headphones (using a rubber band around the wings helped with the fit on my head).

There is a bit of static/noise from the mic. I think it's caused by the motherboard. It's tolerable though.

There is probably a better solution out there, but this was a huge improvement over the Logitech G930.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely have a bit of an OCD problem... haha.

Thank you for the kind words.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Somewhat reasonable and practical meant keeping it to a single video card, no more than 32GB of RAM, etc...

Benchmark numbers don't really concern me, but what benchmarks would you like to see? If they're free apps I don't mind running a few.

Installing Windows off a thumb drive was interesting and I needed to create imaged of my architectural software on a second computer. Rarely do I need an optical drive, but it's really nice to have one. A $20-30 external drive may be smart.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Box is the name I gave my first desktop as a teenager to make it easier to find on the network. I really don't know where it came from, but it stuck.

I am aware the 1000w power supply is overkill. I was planning on purchasing the 850w version, but this was $40 cheaper with a promo code and a mail-in rebate. A power supply is most efficient around 50% load. Assuming a 400-450 watt system the 850w would have been perfect.

The fan only runs above 50% capacity. Even at full load (450w) the fan never kicks in.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Get the biggest you can afford/justify. Good deal.

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