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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.