This is my very first water loop. and maybe my 4th or 5th PC build in my lifetime. Let me tell ya, 3 separate times I almost said screw this!
First of all, if you are new to water looping and are planning to build a new PC with a custom water loop, definitely do a complete research! And if you think you've done all the research, go back and double check! Triple check all parts especially from this website, (I completely ignored the fact that my mobo wasn't actually compatible with the Phantek Evolv Case, and pcpartpicker tried to warn me.)
You maybe asking yourself, why is this idiot spending all this money on x99 when x299 will soon be here?
I too am asking why did I spend this money?!!! My original plan was to build an editing PC with gaming capability and was going to invest in the EVGA CLC quick release systems once they release. But I got impatient and went all out on EK.
Speaking of which, EKWB is a great company, I love their customer service and I like the idea of their configurator..... Unfortunately with that in mind, I should have listened to Jayztwocents and should not have completely listened to their configurator all the way. More on that in a bit.
On to the parts.
I was originally going to choose the Strix x99 board, but after reading all the bad reviews on Newegg and Amazon, I decided to go with the Rampage V Edition 10 board. Its a very nice board, has RGB hook up, easy way to OC if you want, wifi, beautifully lit!
I chose the 6850K because I read its really good with gaming while not having to spend $1000. I decided against Ryzen, because I've had bad experience with AMD in the past.
I purchased the FE 1080 Ti SLI's when they first released and was originally going to put a hybrid cooler on them.
Originally was going to purchase Corsair Vengeance, but I've always wanted Dominators but was always away from budget. Not this time, I'm YOLOing as it is already so why not?
I did ALLLOOOOOOOOT of contemplating which case I should buy. From the Corsair Crystal Series, to InWin's sleek design cases, and ended up choosing Phantek because it had the best blend of Modern Minimalist design but had the coolness of RGB and Temper Glass. Boooooy was I freaking wrong!
The SuperNOVA is prolly overkill but its a carry over from my last system.
For the watercooling loop, I went with all EKWB. From the rads, to the blocks, fittings, and even tubing were all from EK. I went with what EK's configurator recommended for this build, which was a 360PE and a 240PE rad and a D5 Revo pump.
Lastly the EVGA CLC 280 was originally purchased because I was going to do a CLC loop with an EVGA Hybrid loop on the cards but it ended up the way in which you see now. Initially used it to brick test the mobo and base oc test it prior to installing the loop. It will either be packed back up and sold or it will go into a capture PC system (which is my old system).
On to the specs:
6850K OC 4.3 @ 1.26v
Nvidia 1080 Ti FE SLI OC @ 2050 Mhz (160)
Dominator 3333 32GB OC @ 2666 mhz
Temperatures are: (Front and top case covers taken off)
GPU 1 29c GPU 2 33c CPU 29c
aida64, CPU 60c, GPUs 40-45c
Realbench CPU 55-60c, GPUs 40-50c.
The Phantek Enthoo Evolv ATX TG is a really beautiful case! Everything fits neatly together and is just enough space for what I needed in this build. Its really modular and has alot of compatibility for custom water looping.
Its somewhat compact, I wouldn't say its actually compact, but its definitely alot smaller than the old case I had, Thermaltake GT, Yikes!
Phantek sells some really nice RGB lighting accessories and it makes it very easy to install in the case and with the mobo.
This case is absolutely horrid with rad airflow. I had to change out my 1800 RPM Varder fans for the 2200 rpm ones, (actually for asthetics, i didn't like the gray look, black definitely matched this build better.) But even with the 2200, I had to crank up the rpms on the mobo just to keep the temps down. Because of that, my PC is now louder than my air cooled PC. This defeats ALLLLLL THE MONEY I spent for a water loop!!!
CPU temps idled at 37c while GPU's idled at 32-35c. Under load CPU peaked at 70c while GPU's peaked at around 65-70c. Let me ask you if this is acceptable for you if you spent this kind of money? I also have to point out that while temps went back down to around 44c after load was done, it took 20+ min for temps to get back down to idle.
Also because of the case retaining heat so well, it clouded up all of my soft tubing!!!
I was seriously (actually still am) thinking of spending even more money to split the loop, separating the CPU and GPU because of how hot they run inside the case.
I tried stuffing the air gaps on the towards the top to prevent heat from coming inside the case, and still wasn't happy with the temps. Maybe 2-3c lower. I'm not confident enough to try to delid the cpu...
Before giving up on this entire build, I decided to do tests with both the top and front cover off.
This is where everything changed.
All the temps went down to acceptable numbers, still a little high but its manageable for now..
I read that x99 chips and the 1080 ti/ titan x pascal cards ran hot, but come on give me a break?!!
And if I am to expect that keeping the temps down means keeping the covers off of this case, then it defeats the purpose of having this case. Its not beautiful anymore. Its functional, but ugly! Therefore I cannot recommend this case to anyone wanting to build a very similar system.
The second con with this case is it doesn't support E-ATX. Well at least it doesn't fit the Rampage V edition 10 without modding. The Board comes with a nice backlit LED but unfortunately the case has a slight ramp that prevents the board to sit flat with the back light led installed. So I had to do without the LED.
That's pretty much it
So, if you are considering the Phantek Enthoo Evolv ATX case and want to loop an x99 chip and any card above a 1080, please consider looking elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, its such a beautiful case, and the airflow for air cooling is great, but you'll rip your hair out trying to water cool these particular components being limited with a 360 and 240 rad space..
I cannot recommend this case for watercooling an x99 chip. At least on a single loop.
Please enjoy the abstract pictures, though I might have over done them. They were taken from the video build that will be posted at a later date. Can we say," OBSESS MUCH?!"
Someone wanted camera specs:
OAF Canon 7D with Sigma 20mm, Yongnuo 35mm & 50mm lens.
Thanks for reading guys!