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Hard tubing Watercooled Phanteks evolv itx

by davidmitchard

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86 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 17, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.128 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

First water cooling Build This is the same spec pc as my earlier post: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/FbYrxr I have added another 8gb of the kingston hyperX RAM And I watercooled it. I cant recommend hard tubing in this case. Its an excellent case for water cooling but dam flexible tubing would have been so much easier. However this is much more rewarding to look at.

Water cooling Parts List: - EK supremacy evo nickel acrylic CPU block - AquaComputer kryographics gtx 980 black edition with backplate that has VRM heatpipe - Magicool DCP 450 Pump Reservoir perfect for this case, only just fits - Magicool 240mm x 27mm dual fan radiator - Alphacool 240mm x 30mm dual fan radiator - EK-HDC Fitting 16mm 10 of them really add a nice red accent that complements the RAM and the MOBO - 16/12mm acrylic tubing

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Thecautiousone 10 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

Great job on the Tubing Bends!

TCO

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

yeh it was a ***** took me exactly 3m of acrylic for all these bends and as you can see there isnt 3m in this pc XD.

brandong003 6 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

Got Milk?

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AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

Love this build! Great job my friend

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

wow thanks, I saw your build got featured today, its awesome.

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

No Problem man this build is great! Love the tubing runs...and pretty much all of it...great work. Thanks man I appreciate that!

m52nickerson 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Very nice!

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

This is an awesome looking, liquid-cooled build! Great work and lovely parts! You have my up-vote.

Durann31 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Clean, Sleek, Sexy, amazing! +1

sponix 6 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Simply Amazing ....

Thanks for Sharing !!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

This is stunning! I can't find the words to express my love for this build. Gorgeous accent lighting. +1

Alsvid 2 points 39 months ago

I absolutely love the general look if it, and the specs aren't bad either. Well done, old chap!

CycoChris 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

you gonna throw some cereal in with that milk?

freaking awesome btw! <3333

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theodurry 2 points 36 months ago

best build here

Atron 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Very good, very very good I love that case an Im glad you managed to fit hard tube custom looping in there so cleanly +1 from me

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I love this case too and its so cheap!

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Why is the air cooler still in the parts list? :P very nice build, gotta love that case and hard pipe watercooling is always awesome

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

haha I just linked the part list from my old posted build but yeh the be quiet shadow rock slim is a brilliant air cooler for the price.

VitaminGBK 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Awesome build but no water-cooling products in the list? Cost is deceptively low and is easily doubled due to WC parts =P

That case tho <3 I was torn for sooooo long between it and NCASE M1.

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Is the top rad passively cooled, or were you able to hide fans above it if you removed the top panel?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I took the top off and used some silverstone 15mm slim fans http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=500&area=en

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Do you think standard fans would fit there?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

yes just but you wont get any airflow go with 15mm or less

Dasper 1 point 39 months ago

I was planning for just about the same watercooling setup actually! Question tho, how did you fill (and how do you drain) the system? And as a second, How much space do you have left above and under the res/pump? Would you be able to use a 40mm rad up top?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No you can not use a 40mm rad, filling/draining is difficult but I end up syphoning it to the point where i can remove the gpu tube then I blow the rest out, btw this pump/res leaks, I used silicon to seal around the acrylic cylinder and the top and bottom

Dasper 1 point 38 months ago

Allright thanks! gonna try and find a way to switch the loop up so i can fill/drain the system a little easier. It's a shame it's a pump/res in a category of it's own. it has a lot of potential in builds like this but from what i saw from research it isn't the best build quality indeed. Hoping i can use the new EK D5 top with some small res or something.

Anyway thanks for answering!

mjmiller814 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Did you use the be Quiet! fans in your other build? I seen a video online saying they were difficult to install in the front, is that true?

iBurnt 1 point 38 months ago

Are you selling this and how much all together did this cost?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

By are you selling this, do you want to buy it?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I have added it up and it is around £1300 - £1400

iBurnt 1 point 38 months ago

Damn sorry dude I can't buy it only got $800

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

haha Ok

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Very well designed for a mini itx...it's nice to see a complete custom loop. well done... pity an exhaust fan couldn't fit at the back...a Scythe Slip Stream SLIM 800RPM Fan - might go in there though...I think it'll benefit from having one unless you getting great temps in there already

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

well my temps are good on both the cpu and gpu obv, My mobo stays well within limits just from the airflow of the front radiators.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

that's good to know as I'm planning to downscale to a smaller form factor and looking to get the evolv itx..not sure I'm brave enough to go with the hard pipes lol...thanks for the info.

Jimmer26 1 point 37 months ago

Really tidy build David, looks awesome. I'm thinking of making a similar build (prob without the hard tubing though as I'd probably mess it up!). Was just wondering, what configuration are your radiator fans in? Push or pull? And generally, when it's all set up and running would you say you get plenty of airflow? Or a bit restricted but that doesn't matter because the temps speak for themselves? Also, how loud is it? And kinda follow on question is the noise because of your components or is the case loud/quiet. Thanks!

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Ok so the front radiators have bequiet 140mm in push config fans and I know they aren't high static pressure but the temps are fine so icba changing them. The top fans have silverstones ultra slim fans (around 12mm thick they are in pull ) they are very restrict on the airflow not only because they are mounted above the radiotor imo makes the build much much cleaner but the top of the case is only and barely vented rounds the sides and the back anyhow the fans all run off of a 3.5 inch scythe fan controller at lowest rpm and so are silent and you can see the temp of my gpu with that overclock so yeh temps are good.

Jimmer26 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks for your reply and info. Yeah I've seen a few builds that put the top rad fans inside the case, which I guess would be more effective but this looks much nicer, and seems to do the job!

theokik 1 point 37 months ago

Such an awesome build! Gratz. Could you help me figuring out how much clearance there is for the rads in tems of thickness? I see you used 27 in the front and 30mm up top. Would 35mm fit in you expert opinion?

Thanks in advance, you have been very helpful so far, thats awesome.

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

35mm in the top? If 35 mm will not fit in the front, 30mm wont fit in the front, the 27mm just does it hits the metal of the pump bracket that phanteks have. 35mm in the top is fine but would recommend a 30mm because it wont effect your cooling what so ever but it will make the case look less crowded and give a cleaner aesthetic.

Jimmer26 1 point 36 months ago

My case has arrived, just been looking at the dimentions. How do you find your pump? Is it silent or does it have a hum?, and does it do the job of pumping through the whole loop with ease?
I'm considering the same pump with two alphacool rads, or this rad:

http://www.hardwarelabs.com/nemesis/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=120

with this pump:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ekwb-ek-xres-140-revo-d5-pwm-high-performance-cooling-pump-plus-integrated-reservoir-4pin-molex-plus

The HWLabs has much more restriction so worried the Magicool you have won't be up to the job.

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Front rad needs to be 27mm if you want to keep the pump bracket in. That pump will not fit unless you remove the bracket and I still do not think it will fit because the gpu is below that unless you have a really short gpu. top rad has as much clearence as you want depends on how cramped you want the build to look.

Jimmer26 1 point 36 months ago

Ah OK I see why you went for the magicool rad for the front then, cool thanks.

MuDuRkKiO 1 point 36 months ago

Front RAD to res bend. I got goosebumps. xD Such a clean looking build. +1 :D

jonkel52 1 point 35 months ago

Hey, really awesome build you got there :D I was just wondering how do you drain/fill the loop? I know you already answered that question down below in the comments but i don't relly get it, could you please explain? :D

Thanks in advance!

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

I syphon it from the top of the reservoir fill port. You can remove the top part of the case and then I just cut a hole out of the plate blocking it with a hack saw.

zeiler 1 point 35 months ago

Hey man, this is so funny. I've got an air cooled build in my Silverstone RVZ01 at the moment, but not only is it very loud, it's also very hot and I've always wanted a window in my case so the Enthoo Evolv had been in my sights for long. My only issue was that I didn't want to mod it, but I did want to put two rads in there for optimal GPU temps. I was afraid this wasn't possible but now I've just found this!! So happy to see it fits with a 27mm rad. Now, my only question to you (awesome build btw!!) is, do you think this would be possible to do as a beginner intermediate if I use flexible tubing for it? I assume I could always upgrade to hard tubing if I suddenly feel bold? Hoe much space do you have for your GPU? Is it right next to the second rad or does it have some space?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I was a watercooling virgin when I made this and it was a bit difficult but only because of the hard tubing with flexible tubing it would be easy give it a try. The gpu touches the rad when it is in. However the gpu is an r9 295x2 and is about as long a gpu as it gets so whatever gpu u have should be fine.

theodurry 1 point 34 months ago

is the pump reservoir thing suspended by anything other than the pipes?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

just pipes, never move system so all okay.

theodurry 1 point 34 months ago

cool

David95 1 point 34 months ago

How the hell did you fill it with coolant when you have like 5mm between the reservoir and the radiator?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

hey, The radiator is offset, so the fill port is behind the radiator. You can remove the top panel with a lot of screws, I then cut a whole in the radiator mounting thing and Job done.

wrcusic 1 point 33 months ago

did you have to cut out a piece of the midplate for that front rad to fit?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Nope a 27mm radiator fits in the front with the phanteks plate its a VERY tight squeeze but it works

Baumy_15 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

with the front 240mm radiator is there still room for the HDD cage? thinking about doing a build like this myself and need both the HDD mounts

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

No there isnt... I use a m.2 ssd and there is a 2.5 inch mount for a hdd round the back, hope this helps.

Baumy_15 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thankyou, do you think a 140mm radiator would fit in the front right beside the res/pump? Sorry for the questions your the only person i can find online with this case and custon watercooling

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

A 140 should fit to the right of my res but a 280mm wouldnt with phantek's pump bracket thing

magicammo 1 point 31 months ago

Hey man what's up this build looks amazing. One question though how are your temperatures? I'm really interested in this case and I want to use a swiftech 220 x2 . Basically going to be having i7 6700 k and the Nvidia Pascal equivalent to the GTX 980 TI. Please reply thanks my man

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Should be good... My 295x2 sits at around 50 to 60 degrees and the 295 has a 500W tdp which is around twice that of a 980ti

ojx 1 point 29 months ago

how do you drain your system?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

siphon through the top of the res until i can unplug one of the pipes and drain it more easily

id9e6osoedk 1 point 28 months ago

How did you mount the Pump/Reservoir Combo?

Also, can the plate be removed with the Pump/Reservoir Combo mounted?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

The pump is just sat there, as i dont move the pc and it being such a small pump res the hard tubes are enough to hold it in place. and you can remove the plate with thumb screws round the back

Brccklyn 1 point 28 months ago

Great looking build! How did you manage to fit the 240mm rad in the front? Im assuming you removed the Hard drive trays underneath? I have the same case and was looking to make a custom loop and this would be great if it fit without cutting anything. Thanks in advance

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Yeh had to remove the HDD cage but with an m.2 ssd and a 2.5 inch HDD round the back i was fine. Didnt have to cut anything, the HDD cage unscrews. you will need a 27mm or thinnner rad possibly the EK slim rads are ther best idea at 26mm. Having a thin rad allows you to still utilise the pump bracket that sits above the GPU.

DillPickle5698 1 point 26 months ago

How does the front rad fit in?

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

with the pump bracket, 27mm is your limit.

dooxyirl 1 point 24 months ago

I am looking to build something like this but i have a really hard time getting help as this will be my first watercool build. how are your temps? are there issue with the case and temps i have gotten feedback that a lot of user are having temp issues in this case.

Are you using push or pull? for the rads that is. :)

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Temps are fine, push for the front rads and pull for the top.

niinq 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

hey could you tell me what reservoir that is? i'm trying to see if I can fit an ek 110 ddc pump/res combo in there. if I can't i'll just order a different case but your help would be greatly appreciated :)

TheDanishBuilder 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hey Mate, can you maybe send me a link of all the watercooling stuff you used i really like it and want to build one, i have the same case tho, LOVE THIS BUILD!

pappi 1 point 20 months ago

sexy build im trying to water cool in the same case and i was wondering how you mounted the resevoir

davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Didn't held by tubing

Unrelated@Popcorn 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

n1

RichardSmithies 1 point 19 months ago

Around how much did it cost for the water cooling parts? Was it easy to install? Are there any videos you recommend to watch for installing water cooling? First time builder and thinking of this case

mroschwald 1 point 14 months ago

Wow amazing!

Arvnsard 1 point 13 months ago

How did you mount the res/pump and the front rad/fan? I'm planning on liquid cooling my build on the same case, and I think my lay out would almost looks like yours, but with soft tubing instead (first custom loop).

limelight55 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

How did you end up powering all of your fans? Are they PWM?

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davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

done.

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davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Yeh I am pleased with how well it OC and the temperatures.

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davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks!, It is 12/16 yeh but its not PETG, PETG is much harder to source in the UK so I got acrylic plus it was £2 per metre from a plastic merchant! And yeh that bend from the rad to the reservoir took a while to get right.

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AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

+1 to that!

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davidmitchard submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Marques Brownlee wallpapers

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Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Who's down-voting their comments?

* releases her cyber blood hound to sniff the culprit out *