Description

Purpose

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.

Assembly

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!

Tests

Firestrike 1.1: 11745

Memtest: 100% pass (Full Test) G.SKill TridentZ XMP 3000Mhz

Realbench 8-hr stress: 4.4Ghz--1.235V--63C

Thanks for viewing and look forward to reading your comments and feedback.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good part picks, organised and clean looking. Job well done, +1 from me.

Btw, I see you have your GPU in the bottom PCI-Express slot on some pictures and on the top one on other pictures. Make sure it's on the top one, that's a x16 slot (when single GPU), the bottom one is just a x8 slot.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree about the gpu but a 970 will not lose anything at all from being in an x8 slot.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, but i wanted to make him aware of it at least. A more powerful GPU would definitely suffer from it.

A tip for next time :)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I did a firestrike test for both configurations and found about a 50 pt difference which is somewhat negligible. However this card is a placeholder for now until pascal of course where I will opt for the x16 slot for sure. I just really like the how it looks this way where you can see the ROG LED on that south bridge :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, blame the thick air-coolers of the graphic-cards nowadays! You can always go with a full water-block, i got the exact same mobo and i can see the ROG LED just fine now :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear ya, now that im a bit more experienced in PC building I would love to do a custom loop for the next build. I have seen the Titanium Red 2.0 when you were featured and am inspired by its beauty :) Cheers~!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad i could be of inspiration. Your system turned out real nice :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build with some flaws. You realise the first two of your top fans suck out perfectly good, fresh air before it's even able to reach your CPU cooler? ; ) You should turns your top fans around to pull air into the case or, that's what i'd do: just sell them to save money and reduce noise. : )

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting point... Typically top is reserved for exhaust and bottom for intake. Unfortunately the Phanteks Evolv has no provision for bottom intake. With the CFM of exhaust (3x top 1x rear) vs. intake (3xfront) I should maintain positive pressure (3:2 ratio) since its higher in the front, I believe that the PC is getting proper ventilation. What your saying does make sense though...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Large top spots are usually reserved for radiators. What you are saying does apply to such a scenario. In that case you've got proper airflow from front to top, with the radiator fans pushing air through there. In your case you've got split airflow from the front to back and top, whereas the CPU cooler would best benefit from a straight airflow from the front through the cooler to the back (sound level considerations put aside).
In the next days i'm going to change my H75 for a H105 installing it in the top of my case, with a straight airflow from front to top, while the exhaust fan in the back will be a low speed BeQuiet Shadow Wing, pretty much just to keep the heat coming from my room radiator out of my case. ; )
Since i used one in another build i've been considering switching to a Dark Rock (Pro) 3 and decided against, mainly only for asthetic reasons...that thing is a piece of art, just wouldn't go along very well with what i did to my build...
Anyways: Kudos for your build! You did good! : )

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks you make a good point. I really like that be quiet! build you did, they really do make nice stuff. Your coconut lime build is solid for sure, only out done by that sweet setup you have :) Im a musician myself also, recently purchase a new Ibanez 5-string base with a natural wood finish and a Gallien-Krueger to back it up! (a conversation for another day I'm sure).

Cheers.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, can't talk that talk. I'm just a plain dj...a patchwork-musician if you like. ; )

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very nice looking build! :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I just checked out your NZXT builds and I really like the Manta setup! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :-) I actually want a Manta build of my own now, after completing the one for my Dad's birthday. :-P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, one of the cleanest builds with a fan cooler yet. I am almost done with mine, very time consuming when you are busy. My last set of pictures should be up next week with my overclock results.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that means alot. Especially considering that AIO coolers seem to be the norm these days. Nice build btw :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Still on of the best looking cases out there. Very well built. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea its very slick. It really has an elegant look to it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the color theme and lighting choices. A+

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch, Ive tried a few different LED colours with the Hue+ but I keep going back to the dim white, it really accents the interior through the smoked panel.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! +1 Definitely a fan of the case and the TridentZ!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! ya the TridentZ are very aesthetically pleasing :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Looking to build something similar later this year once pascal comes out. How does the Corsair AF120s compare with the silent wings? And how silent did your pc turn out in the end?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! If you listen closely you can hear the air moving, but really they are very quiet. I had a setup similar to this with all Silent Wings which you couldnt hear what so ever. If your not listening for it or theres any background noise the AF120s arent noticeable. I do sit really close to the case though too. Hope that helps!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, it's good to see an air cooler in this case, I plan on building my first PC next month and planned on using the same cooler! Very nice wire management aswell, I am waiting on my Evolv Atx to arrive but I got the TG edition so I'll have to bring my A game when it comes to wire management especially on the back of the case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you set the Dark Rock 3 second fan? Y cable?

How about the temps vs only one fan?

Nice build

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

what do u think of this monitor how is the input lag and response time?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a solid build. Similar to my upgrades that I am waiting to arrive. I ordered the Dark Rock 3 . I was wondering how it is with clearing the RAM stick ? Was there an issue with that ? Also, why did you put your GPU in the lower slot ?

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

+2 for having a 970 instead of 980 ti with pascal around the corner -1 for razer peripheals

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

First Pascal needs to live up its hype..

Also, it might still take a while before Pascal's flagship models will see the shelf's. I for one will not get rid of my 980Ti for quite a while still, i'm sure of that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, the 980 ti is a very capable card, but with pascal rumored to be coming out soon, There isn't the biggest incentive to choose a flagship card. I may try to grab one before the sell out after pascal's release drops their prices

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought the asus strix 980ti oc like 15 days ago its going to take awhile before any card can pass the 980ti performance because the new pascal cards coming out are going to be replacing the gtx 970,980,980ti,titan . And it goes in that order so people thinking the the first pascal cards coming out right off the top are going to be better then the 980ti your wrong just look at nvidia's pass releases they always replace the lower cards first such as 960,970,980,980ti,titan it goes in that order they have done this with the 700 series and 900.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it'll be interesting to see what launches. The rumors are saying that perhaps the Ti and/or Titan may come out first.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the way the prices are determined is via supply and demand, once the first cards go onto the market, the prices will fall even if there isn't a 1080ti on the market at that exact time, because people will be willing to wait, and if the manufacturers have to clear stock they'll have to sell at lower prices

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya the rumours are that the 1070 and 1080 may come out first and they wont have the new 3D memory that will come with the Ti and Titan variants. Hopefully we find out more tomorrow!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, pascal will end up in this machine... why no love for razer? Seems to be treating me well so far...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

To me their keyboards and mice felt a bit flimsy, and I don't like the Razer greens, but that's personal preference. If it lasts, then keep it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Razer is garbage. The "Razer switches" are Kailh switches w3hich are lower quality than Cherry MX and everything else from them is also garbage software mouses mouse pads headsets mics etc etc.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

wow... just wow..

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, appreciate it!