Description

The Oven because it is toasty in there.

CPU: I can conclude 6700k is overkill for my use, should have gone with 6600k and use the extra cash for something else.

GPU: Hot - Blower fan sucks. Stupid me paid over MSRP for this. Should have waited just 2 weeks for cheaper and cooler alternative. Planning to upgrade to an aftermarket GTX 1080ti next year and sell this.

MotherBoard: Great Board. Have zero problems with it. Would have gone with the Asus Pro Gaming board if they were in stock, but I am not regretting.

Ram: Cheap and the color matches my MoBo.

Storage: Nothing fancy. 120GB SSD as boot drive and 2TB HDD as media drive. Probably need another 250GB SSD as my game drive because currently games are stored in the media drive and loading time sucks.

CPU Cooler: Too puny for 6700k in such a tight chassis. CPU was hitting 80c+ in stress tests. It improved a bit after I replaced the stock thermal paste with Noctua NT-H1. The radiator also heats up and block the 200mm front fan's air path into the case. Considering switching to air cooling, maybe Cryorig H7.

PSU: Quiet and gets the job done. I bought some custom black and red silicon modular cable as well to spice things up a bit; silicon cable is much softer and bendable compared to regular sleeved cable, great for SFF builds like this.

Case: Essentially a Tt Core v1 with a flat front panel, so it looks better but runs hotter. Generous space in a small package with a logical layout and easy cable management. Drive bay bracket mount is super ghetto , but it works. GPU sucks fresh air from the side panel. But the 200mm fan in the front doesn't seem to provide sufficient airflow into the case with the radiator blocking the airflow. I may add two 80mm fans at the back to help.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast. But 6700k is overkill for gaming, should have gone with 6600k and use the extra cash for something else.

Motherboard

Great Board. Have zero problems with it.

Video Card

Hot - Blower fan sucks. Stupid me paid over MSRP for this. Should have waited just 2 weeks for cheaper and cooler alternative. Planning to upgrade to an aftermarket GTX 1080ti next year and sell this.

Case

Essentially a Tt Core v1 with a flat front panel, so it looks better but runs hotter. Generous space in a small package with a logical layout and easy cable management. Drive bay bracket mount is super ghetto , but it works. GPU sucks fresh air from the side panel. But the 200mm fan in the front doesn't seem to provide sufficient airflow into the case with my aio radiator blocking the airflow.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend going for all in one CPU+GPU coolers, because that eliminates the need for 1) space and 2) clear path of air flow.

Try looking at the EK predator series, or the coolerID hunter Duet. That should work wonders in a packed system like yours.

*I run a mini-ITX build too, and like you I also refused to scrimp on features

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The Hunter duet seems like a cool solution, but the problem is that this case only fits 140mm radiator, wish I have gotten the Phanteks Evolv ITX like you. I looked at the EK predator and Swifttech 140mm AIO, can't seem to justify the price and they aren't readily available from where I am located. Plus a bigger radiator will block more of the main entrance for fresh air, so the hot air inside the case cannot escape, hence the thought of adding two 80mm fans in the back.

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm so glad you didn't get the Phanteks case! There are over 9 pages of Phanteks Evolv ITX builds on PCPP and frankly I can't stand the sight of them anymore. You are only one of 7 Suppressor F1 builds on PCPP and it's an excellent choice! I've had one on my shelf for over 6 months now and haven't decided what to do with it yet but I feel a build coming on soon! I think the Phanteks case is the "go to" case for people who want to downsize into the ITX platform since it's easy to build in and they don't really have to compromise, and also every storm trooper inspired build goes in a Phanteks case for some reason!?!?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it! Yeah, you need more fans, until you add those, it will keep running hot. I would not change the CPU cooler, it is more than enough, but I would have tried to mount the radiator on top of the case (if possible). I would also, add three-four more fans, especially if you chose not to move the H600 Pro; add two fans in the rear and one or two fans mounted on top. There was just a YouTube video on this very subject, and they way you think fans should be mounted, many times is not optimal, you have to try different configurations until you get the best solution.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Remove the 200mm fan altogether and replace it with a 140mm pull fan to draw heat out from the radiator. This will still fit under the front panel and instead of drawing air in, which you don't need because you are watercooling anyway, it will push the hot radiator air out of the side vents and should alleviate your overheating problems! Just throw two 80mm fans in the rear to draw cool air in. Hope this helps!

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