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Dat Glass (Evolv ATX TG)

by czanron

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11 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 19, 2017

Date Built

May 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.63GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8GHz

Description

It was time for a major upgrade that turned into a completely new build. Compared to the FX-8320 and CrossFire XFX 7870's I had, this build is really impressive. My old rig was a custom waterloop but I've decided to settle with an AIO watercooler that might just keep me from a custom loop again.

I wanted a build that would look nice and the Evolv ATX TG was perfect for that. Granted, tempered glass on both sides proved to be a challenge, but I think I did a pretty decent job.

Part Reviews

CPU

Decided to still stay AMD. Compared to my older AMD FX-8320 I'm really enjoying what AMD has brought to the table in this generation of CPUs.

CPU Cooler

No complaints so far other than the CAM software can be a hassle sometimes. Still waiting on the official NZXT AM4 bracket for this AIO as I'm currently using a 3D printed bracket a friend printed out for me.

Motherboard

A solid motherboard, AM4, and X370. My only issue still is an annoying red LED signaling an integrated GPU issue according to the manual. However, Ryzen 5 (or 7/3) does not have integrated graphics... No option to disable this check in the BIOS yet. I contacted MSI support who were just becoming aware of this. Hopefully a BIOS update will be out soon. In the mean time... Electrical tape?

Memory

RGB RAM was a little out of my price range so I decided to go with something low profile that would blend into the motherboard and the tempered glass. No complains so far other than not being able to hit the full 3200 speed but that's a Ryzen thing.

Storage

I was leaning towards a Samsung M.2 SSD but for the price I wanted a bit more storage and went with Western Digital. This is my main OS/programs drive and I can boot into Windows in roughly 10 seconds or so. Pretty happy with this purchase.

Storage

Needed a new mechanical HDD since my old Western Digital 1TB Black was pushing almost 8 years. I also wanted a 2.5" drive due to the radiator taking out the 3.5" drive bays in the main and lower bay. This is where my games are loaded and hopefully after playing the same game a few times it'll get faster due to being a hybrid drive.

Video Card

This graphics card was a major upgrade compared to my dual AMD XFX 7870's. I've decided that I'm done with dual graphics cards and wanted something that could easily handle 2k gaming down the road. Decided to switch to team green this time around with ASUS being my manufacture of choice due to the 3-fan cooling, neutral colors, and RGB accents. So far I'm really enjoying this card.

Case

Glass, and a lot of it. This is my first Phanteks case and after this build, Phanteks will probably be my go to case manufacture. The case looks sleek and with just the right amount of RGB's can really make it pop.

Cons: -The side panel mounting mechanism could be different as it's kind of a hassle to unscrew the four thumb screws while making sure it doesn't slide off the side. But how often are you really going to be taking the panels off?

-I wish the velcro straps in the back were a tad longer.

-Airflow isn't really that great at the top but I knew that going in. Aesthetics over performance sometimes wins.

Power Supply

Solid PSU but I wish the assorted cables that were included were a bit more flexible and included a single 8-pin power connector for the GPU. The only 8-pins included had an extra 8-pin dangling off which I managed to hide.

Other

If your motherboard or case supports these new RGB headers, I can really recommend this RGB LED strip. With this and the combo kit's 2x 400mm strips I managed to LED both sides of the Evolv ATX TG pretty well.

Comments Sorted by:

jskang1226 2 points 12 months ago

Nice build!

i have the exact same case and i know what you mean by the velcro straps on the back. But you can make them a bit more stable. See how your velcro straps go around all the cables than the comes back around? Make it so that the cables are against the case itself and than put the velcro strap over the cables and around the hole and attach.

czanron submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I briefly thought about that, but threading those strips back through the loops was a hassle :p

super6O 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Looks very nice to me! I used additional velcro strips to help keep things tidy within the phanteks velcro loops in my evolve atx tg. I did not put any led strips in though so I had fewer wires. The most difficult cable to keep organized cleanly was the front panel usb3 cables.

AldoApache 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Excellent build fellow 1600x builder . That red light on my mobo is pissing me off as well lol

czanron submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Glad I'm not the only one. I've tried searching online about it and can't find anything on it. Hopefully MSI pushes out a BIOS update to address this.

Merj_Banks 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

QUESTION 1) Are you overclocked? 2) Whats your cinebench r15 score?

czanron submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Haven't overclocked yet, and haven't had the need to. My CPU score was 1204.

sokrey 1 point 10 months ago

nice build man! btw is that seagate firecuda 2.5 drive (ST1000LX015) any good for games? and would the boot times be good on it?

czanron submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

For boot times I wouldn't know, my OS is on the M.2 drive. But I've had no complaints for using it as my game drive.

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czanron submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I have a 500GB Western Digital M.2 SSD listed and installed.

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czanron submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I have a 500GB Western Digital M.2 SSD listed and it's my boot drive.

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