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Hello everyone!

After recently selling my old desktop (FX-8120 based) because I was using my new work/school/gaming laptop (Clevo barebone, i7-6820HK, 32GB DDR4-2400, 500GB Samsung 850 Evo, GTX 970M) I never stopped regretting having a nice tower on my desk.

So after doing alot of research I decided to build myself a new one.

I didn't really have any demands, however it had to fit into the new Evolv ATX TG edition, because it is such a sweet looking case!

I knew I wanted to use the Z170 chipset, and my first choice was between the i5-6600K and the i7-6700K. For most gaming use a 6600K would more than suffice, however since I am going to be doing a little bit of work on the desktop I could really make do with the HT cores on the i7. Also I knew I wanted to have the CPU liquid cooled, and in the end I chose the H115i (same as the old H110i GTX). At first I was thinking about custom loop, but it was just going to be too much work for me. Also this works out perfectly.

For the motherboard I went with the Asus ROG Hero Alpha, and the Alpha mainly over its non alpha brother because of the LED RGB headers on the board itself. Which I will connect to the case RGB LED strip once I get the required adapter.

For memory I just wanted quick memory, that fitted the style of my motherboard, and honestly there was nothing better for that then the G.Skill TridentZ series.

For main OS (and some games) storage I wanted to try out the M.2 NVMe drive, and since I love Samsung SSD's I went with the 950 PRO 512GB stick.

For the GPU I really desperately wanted a Asus STRIX 1080, and after alot of struggle with orders getting cancelled etc: I finally got it!

Unfortunatly I had some real issues with the 1070, especially it not being delivered. So when I checked again the 1080 STRIX was in stock, and I should be able to put it into the system this week.

The case, well, after seeing that beauty need I say more?

PSU wasnt a hard choice, EVGA really delivers a premium feel/look for not too much money. It's 80+ Gold and fully modular, not much more I could want.

I swapped out the case and radiator fan for some Noctua's and it is all working like a charm.

P.S. I apologize for my English, as it is not my native language it may contain some mistakes.

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  • 43 months ago
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gr8 build

  • 43 months ago
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Thank you :)

  • 43 months ago
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Should of gone with that 1080 man. Great build though loving the motherboard!

  • 43 months ago
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should have and the 1080 is more expensive

  • 43 months ago
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I wouldnt mind paying more for a 1080, but the only ones availabe right now are Founders Editions. And a FE isnt worth the extra money to me.

  • 43 months ago
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What makes the founders edition worse? I was looking into getting the same card you have

  • 43 months ago
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The cooling isnt as good as it should/could be. And for the 1080's it lacks decent overclocking possibilities because of the limited amount of power you can feed it. But under normal use it should be quite good anyways, just know its limitations.

  • 43 months ago
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Thanks for the reply and I like your build

  • 43 months ago
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Honestly the availability is really an issue at the moment. Especially for the Asus Strix model.

So i'd rather wait for the Ti to come out and just "make do" with that 1070 right now :)

  • 43 months ago
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Hey, just wanted to let you know I managed to get a 1080 after all :)

  • 43 months ago
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I have the same beast case! +1 just for that!!

  • 43 months ago
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Thanks man, it is a very beautiful case, and high quality aswell!

  • 43 months ago
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Finally the 1070 is coming to me as it has to you. Cool build +1

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  • 43 months ago
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How did you know I have a double personality?

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  • 43 months ago
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Question on the 115 CPU Cooler please --- Did you set it up as an intake or exhaust? I am trying to decide that myself. Mine will be mounted on the top. Many enthusiasts say that if you set it up as an intake, it blows hot air into the case but cools the radiator (and thus the CPU) better. If you set it up as an exhaust, the inside of the case is cooler but the radiator does not cool as well, plus your case is not as well pressurized which increases dust. What did you do? Thanks ... nice job you did..... Greg in San Antonio, Texas (about to do my first build).

  • 43 months ago
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Hi there, thanks for your message!

I have the fans on the radiator set up as intake. also I have 4 fans on it for push-pull. Good luck on your build! Hope to see it here soon :)

  • 43 months ago
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So you set two fans above the case (in the fan slots) pushing air into the case, and used the two fans that come with the cooler mounted below the cooler pulling air through the radiator into the case? You have a great build and I am going to copy some of it. I'm a little nervous because I've never done a build. I'm about to order the parts but am waiting on some more options on the new 1080 -- hoping we get more options than the Founder's Addition.
What two fans should I order to mount above the radiator? Should I just use the stock fans that come with the 115 for below the radiator?

  • 43 months ago
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I have 4 fans setup in the front of the case. Ill try and make a clear photo of it when I get the chance, and upload it here. Honestly im quite flattered that you might take my build as an example :)

Also I bought Noctua fans to replace the stock ones, as the stock fans can be quite loud, but they are a little expensive. You can check all the parts I used in the parts list next to the build.

  • 43 months ago
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Added some more pictures. Hope it all makes sense. I have the radiator sandwiched in between Noctua fans.

  • 43 months ago
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Hey how is that cpu cooler under? What are your temps under load

  • 43 months ago
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Havent stress-tested it yet. Will put it in here when I do.

  • 43 months ago
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Is that case in the gray or black?

  • 43 months ago
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It is the AG, or Anthracite Grey version :)

  • 43 months ago
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Picture 4 is my personal favourite picture look at the glass gotta get that picture :P +1

  • 43 months ago
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How'd you get the corsair logo to be rightside up. I'm struggling

  • 43 months ago
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Honestly I just puzzled a bit, because I really want it upright. Guess im OCD like that :P

But to get to it: the tubes can twist and turn quite a bit, and thats just what you have to do to get it right. What I did was screw in the radiator first, and heck placement of the CPU cooling block after that. Making finding the right position a little bit easier.

  • 43 months ago
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Great looking build! Congratulations!

Those are almost the same parts that I will use for my build, with the exception of : Evolv in silver, maybe Maximus VIII Formula and one 850 EVO 500GB SSD.

Now, I don't know how noise is affecting you but I presume by those Noctua fans that you want a quiet system. Can you share your opinion about the noise when the case is closed and while your PC is actually doing something (not in IDLE) Thanks! :)

  • 42 months ago
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Hi there, thank you for your message :)

I did want a quiet but well performing system, and I must say I have really succeeded in doing so. The Noctua fans are present, but not in a disturbing way. I have the fans running all in performance mode (Corsair software) all the time, and the system is pretty quiet. You can then even set them to quiet or silent mode, to bring the noise down even further.

tl;dr System is pretty quiet under load.

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks! :)

  • 42 months ago
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Someone with English as not their native language

I apologize for my English, as it is not my native language it may contain some mistakes.

Someone with English as their native language

it okei?

great build tho.

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