The choices I made for this build were with silence in mind, thus the air-cooled set-up, didn't want to have to deal with pump-noise, and also the potential hazards that come with AIO coolers. In addition some future-proofing and definitely aesthetics were considered.
Installing the cooler was quite easy, unlike what your hear from most about this unit. I highly recommend securing the bolts on the mounting bracket on the cooler, setting it atop the screws on the motherboard mounts and just flipping everything over so the mobo is resting on the cooler and screwing it in from the back. With this method it took less than 5 minutes. I did add an extra 120mm Silentwings 2 PWM fan to create a push-pull config on the cooler.
Ahh, the Phanteks Evolv ATX... what a nice looking case! It does a great job at making everything look nice and tidy however cable routing can be a bit rough. Definitely plug in the 8-pin CPU power cable as soon as you install the board. The rad bracket with the fans totally obstructs this area once installed.
The rad bracket on the roof made installing the 3 x AF 120s a breeze (no pun intended). I also put one of the hue+ strips on the bracket behind the fans, plenty of room back here.
Speaking of the fans, the corsair fan cables are comically short... I couldn't get any of the cables to reach the PWM hub in the back without using the Low-noise Adapters to extend the cable, thankfully I intended to use these any ways.
The NZXT Hue+ is mounted to the HDD bracket in the basement, great spot for this and had no problems reaching all corners of the case with the extension cables.
In consideration to the basement I do recommend having everything connected BEFORE you install the PSU. I plugged everything in leaving the all the cables hanging out the back, plugged them in first THEN installed the PSU as the very last thing I did. Its impossible to plug anything into it once its installed.
Video card is overclocked at 7.92Ghz Effective Memory and 1269Mhz Core Clock through MSI Afterburner (120% power and +37mV). This card is a place holder until the Pascals are out, plus Ill need a monitor upgrade for 4k as well. I chose this card even though the MSI would've co-ordinated better simply because of the sound factor. Its quieter and the fans don't need to come on until 50C. Just fine for the 1080p set-up for now.
For the same point I opted for the RMx 850, as the fan doesn't need to come on until 65% load, so with the load this machine puts out it should never have to come on.
With the UPS feature and the PSU features for voltage cleaning I'm sure the CPU is getting exactly what it needs in addition to the pure sinewave Cyberpower UPS. What is unique to the RMx/RMi series is the capacitors installed on the cables to help reduce voltage ripple, which is why I opted for the Cablemod C-series sleeved cables designed for this PSU as they do include these caps on the line. However I do really like the Ensourced customs, so maybe ill try those next go around since he doesn't do the caps for this PSU.
Quick note on the speakers, the Kanto YU2's. They have very similar quality to the Audioengine (kevlar woofers, silk tweeters etc) and they are hand-made in Vancouver Canada, at a lot less of a price point. Got these on sale through NCIX.ca and they sound amazing!
Firestrike 1.1: 11745
Memtest: 100% pass (Full Test) G.SKill TridentZ XMP 3000Mhz
Realbench 8-hr stress: 4.4Ghz--1.235V--63C
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