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Watercooled Black and White Evolv ATX

by RansomedAmbassador

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36 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 16, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.29GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

Description

So this build was pulled from my White and Black H440 build and modified to be installed in to my shiny new Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX.

I had decided that while the H440 is a beautiful case I did not care for the all white case anymore and I wanted a case that had a little better intake capacity. Don't get me wrong the H440 was fine in terms of non overclocking and what have you but I really wanted to get into overclocking and therefore decided a shiny new case should kick it off!

This machine is used for gaming, light illustrator work, and some minor web design. Nothing too serious at this point and sure maybe water cooling might be overkill but this is a hobby so why not!

Originally this build featured only a water cooled CPU featuring an XSPC Dual Bay Res with a D5 attached to the back. The last picture shows the before status. I decided that hardline cooling should be something I pursue and was able to find a EVGA GTX 980 Classified being sold with an EKWB Nickle Classy block. Picked this bad boy up and got to planning my loop.

Boy was I in for a surprise when trying to plan this loop out. Figuring out bends and where to place a drain and how I was going to fill my loop was an event and I ended up changing bends several times. Initially I had my radiator draining back in to the top of my res. I quickly realized that this is a problem because it was causing air bubbles (obviously.). Obviously I changed that run to go to the front of the res and the problem was solved.

The next problem that arose was an epic crap ton of micro bubbles from the dish soap I had used to get my silicone tube into the PETG for bends. I thought I had efficiently cleaned the lines until the water hit the pump. You would of thought I added white dye to the loop there was so many soapy bubbles. Needless to say I ended up setting up my loop to pull water from a bucket and drain into the sink to clear the lines.

Finally getting the lines cleared I finished getting everything together and running. No leaks, insanely cool and in my opinion beautiful!

The backplate on the GPU was spray painted white, the top of the XSPC block was also painted white to match the build.

Some things I do plan on doing in the future:

Changing out two of my ram sticks for either white heatsink ram or getting some water cooling heatsink to match the two I already have. Adding in some more lighting either another Bitfenix cable or potentially going with a Hue+. Adding another EVGA Classy for some SLI action. Replacing the PSU with a fully modular model and getting some custom cables.

Oh well this post is already long enough! Thanks for checking out my build leave comments below and let me know what you think of it! Or if you have any questions about anything I have done in the build I am more than happy to answer those as well!

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OccamAsylum 9 Builds 4 points 12 months ago

mmmm evolv

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Yes mmmm is right. This case is so lovely I am glad I picked it up. The build quality is exceptional and the ease of working with it makes it even better!

Wrecsworld 1 point 12 months ago

Great build, I'll have a very similar build done in march once the glass ATX comes out. Can't wait! +1

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Oh wow that thing is beautiful. Hopefully they sell the side panel separate.

Radox-0 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Very nice. Love the case and the loop and custom touches really do it justice. Very awsome work. +1

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

What kind of PETG tubing are you using? I purchased the XSPC PETG tubing and the XSPC compression fittings and they are nowhere near as secure as soft tubing with compression fittings.

When attached, I can pull them right off with medium effort. Was this the case for you as well?

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I used primochill PETG tubing and primochill Ghost compression fittings. I can pull my tubes out as well with a little force but the oring ensures no water leaks.

Just something that comes with using rigid lines because the tube isn't being "compressed" by the fittings like flex lines do.

If they require a little force to remove you should be fine. Just make sure you run that leak test with nothing but the pump powered!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Just something that comes with using rigid lines because the tube isn't being "compressed" by the fittings like flex lines do.

I figured this was the case but I wanted to confirm with someone who has recently been through it. Thanks for helping put my mind at ease!

FaultBat 1 point 12 months ago

Oh man, that hardline loop with the crystal clear fluid is so sexy it should be illegal.

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! The wife recommended going with clear fluid instead of colored so I went with it. Turned out to be a good decision.

Dmolitor 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

She's a keeper!

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Indeed!

Xeph 1 point 12 months ago

beautiful build i love it

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you very much!

mb67 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

This is a really awesome looking build!

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you very much! I tried!

Just0ut 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

This build is so legit, I just wish you had a better camera to show us it's real glow

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I do have a better camera just didn't pull it out. I will be replacing the pictures with pics from my DSLR tonight probably.

jhall18 1 point 12 months ago

That cable management tho!

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! Definitely something I cannot stand is cables everywhere. I do want to replace the power supply and pick up some custom cables to make it easier. Well see might just try and sleeve them myself.

jhall18 1 point 12 months ago

Very impressed you could keep this build that clean with a non-modular psu.

Faizan 1 point 12 months ago

I've been looking for a black and white build in a silver EVOLV ATX for so long! Finally!

How does the silver (which I've heard is very Macbook-like) complement the black and white color scheme? Is it too silver or is it fine?

Because I don't know if I should get this case or the black case. Comment down below, guys, if you know of any other black/white themed builds in the silver EVOLV ATX!

EDIT: Looks at pictures Never mind...

esquimo 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Have started saving for a new pc and was thinking of going with the H440 with aio water cooling but started thinking about the custom water cooling option. After seeing your setup am definitely going with a custom setup and the evolv case, cheers for the nudge in that direction. +1

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Glad to hear it. The H440 was a pretty case but the Evolv ATX was just so beautiful I had to make the switch. Glad I did. The build quality is exceptional and I really feel they didn't spare anything with this case.

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LuxLikeFun 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

About to do a WC build in the evolve, what mounting clamps did you use for the res? mine doesn't work because it's too wide :c

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Just saw your question hopefully you got it sorted out. I actually used the circular clamps and I drilled holes into the plastic covers and mounted with nut and bolt so it wouodnt move. Worked like a charm.

LuxLikeFun 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Gotcha, I was planning on doing the build when the 1080 custom coolers come out so like 2-3weeks. I'm going to try and use https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-holder-60mm-2pcs these as they only need 1 screw, hopefully one of the holes matches the size. If not, I'll do what you did and drill into the plastic. Thanks.

XxPCbuilder2016xX 1 point 8 months ago

Hey was the building experience with the case? Also AMAZING BUILD! Love custom loops!

bodywash 1 point 8 months ago

Hi RansomAmbassador! I'm still pretty n00b at pc part picking, and I a couple of questions I would greatly appreciate being answered.First off, do you need 3 case fans for the radiator for the liquid cooling? And also do you have any tips for building liquid cooling for the first time? I feel like it's overkill as well but it would look as cool as that beautiful desktop you built. I mean it's quiet as well. Thanks again, and I really appreciate it if you answer these questions!

RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

You need however many fans as you have radiator space. So if your running a 240mm rad you will want 2 120mm fans. Is it required probably not but there is no reason to not put the fans on the rad. One thing to remember more rad space doesn't always lead to lower temps. The benefit of running bigger rads is that it allows you to run your fans slowly and keep the noise levels down.

As far as building the loop you need to decide if you want flex or hard tubing. Hard tubing looks much cleaner but is harder to build properly. Flex tubing is easy to work with and has less likely hood of leaks because of the way the fittings compress the tubing. The biggest downside to flex tubing is you will have to replace the tubes because they will start to turn yellow and cloudy because of the plasticizers in the tubes. Hard tubing doesn't have that problem. Either way draining your loop at least 1 a year is optimal and changing the fluid. Make sure you get something like pt nuke to keep algae from forming in the lines. Yes it is overkill but it looks nice and it can be operated extremely quiet which is wonderful.

The best thing to remember is check double check and triple check your fittings. Test your loop over night to make sure there are no leaks. And when you test it make sure nothing is plugged in to the power supply. If a little water spills you can dry it out and it will most likely be fine. If it spills while it's running that's when you have problems.

bodywash 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks so much!

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RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It has not been featured.

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RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Why is that weird?

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RansomedAmbassador submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Well I will take that as a compliment. I have no clue though how feature builds are selected.