Description

Time to Evolv - First PC Build

This PC was design to be used for: Gaming, Product Design and CAD - Solidworks

Introduction

After spending many year using a Dell XPS desktop I finally decided to look at building my first custom PC. Originally I set out with a budget of £1500, but after spending weeks and weeks learning about various component my budget kept increasing, until I finally thought hey forget about the price and just build what you want.

Case

As a product designer I spend a lot of time designing functional products which both work well and are aesthetically pleasing. The second I saw the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX chassis with its sleek aluminium panels I knew that was the one for me, however it did result in a 6 week wait for stock.

GPU

I went for EVGA GTX 980Ti Classified as I plan on purchasing a 34" ultra wide monitor in the near future. Currently being used on a 1080p monitor its extremely overkill as you can imagine. Originally I pre-order the G1 however after hearing about all the coil whine etc I took a risk and went for the Classified before any reviews had been released. God damn it was a good choice, the fans are super quiet and with a stock boost clock of 1392 MHz on my card it really does perform amazingly. 35 Degrees idle and 75 degrees under load

CPU Cooler

The Corsair H110i GTX was released whilst I was shopping for components to use in my build. I did plan on using the small H100i GTX but with the Phanetks Evolv ATX chassis supporting 280mm radiators I thought I'd make the most of the space. So far it seems amazing, keeping my CPU at 25-30 degrees idle and 50-60 under load. Fans are a little loud at max speed but that's something I will change soon.

Other Components

All other components I selected to fit the performance of the GPU. The Asus Maximus VII Forumla motherboard is a little overkill but I absolutely love the armour covering the PCB, with the black and red Classified text I new I had to have it.

Overall

I know I could of saved money on various components and got a similar performance but as a designer my job is based all the little details so I had just go for it, that the key advantages of a custom built pc, you pick what you want! Overall I love what I managed to build, performs well and looks great....JOB DONE!

Fire Strike

I thought it would be interesting to see how my new computer would compare to my old Dell XPS. I left both computers at stock speeds and ran 3Dmark Fire Strike and it really is amazing to see the difference (see last picture)

Comments

  • 52 months ago
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Awesome build! Where did you end up finding the ATX version of the Evolv? Also I love the lighting in the inside, what did you use?

  • 52 months ago
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Update! Phanteks has them for sale on the facebook page online store. The Gray one is sold out but the still have a few black ones left in stock. I just purchased mine! :)

  • 52 months ago
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They'll be for sale from the rest of the online stores by the end of the month!

  • 52 months ago
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cool. Although I just ordered mine, I have no idea how long the $14 shipping will take.

  • 52 months ago
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I talked to some with Phanteks and they said if you chose the "flat rate" shipping option your case will still ship using "UPS Ground".

So it could take anywhere from 2-5 days.

  • 52 months ago
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Then my case should be here any day now, aww yeah :D but then I realize I have no parts to put inside yet...

  • 52 months ago
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Cheers! I purchased the case from Overclockers.co.uk, did have to wait a very long time for it. For the lighting I simply used a set of NZXT sleeved white LED lights. took ages to set them up to light the right areas but it well worth doing.

  • 52 months ago
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You did an amazing job!

I wish I could find the case somewhere here in the U.S. :/

  • 52 months ago
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Same I was looking at this case on that overclockers website but I'd rather not pay $100 for shipping.

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  • 52 months ago
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dis build be sexy! nice job +1 JIPSTER WHERE ARE YOU

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  • 31 months ago
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Y does it give me a 404 error when I try to go to your profile?

  • 52 months ago
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I SUMMON THEE: JIPSTER

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  • 52 months ago
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lol

  • 52 months ago
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quick question. what do you think of the new h110i?

  • 52 months ago
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Seems pretty damn good, temps are low and very stable, also I only hear the pump from time to time. Stock fans are OK at low speed but get rather loud under load.

  • 52 months ago
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thanks for the info. debating on this one or the original.

  • 52 months ago
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Wow what a great PC excellent job ma..... wait... a second... hold the phone.... hold on there pal..... hold up.... is that a Kinect? What..... the hell.

  • 52 months ago
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Shh! Don't tell everyone

  • 52 months ago
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I'm sorry.. but you have betrayed all of us...

RALLY THE KEYBOARD WARRIORS

  • 52 months ago
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Beautiful build, an ultrawide monitor will be amazing with that setup. I never really payed attention to that case until now, maybe I'll consider getting one.

  • 52 months ago
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It really is a stunning case, I know people say the photogrpahs look but it looks so much better in person. It comes with loads of features which make it simple and easy to build in, defiantly worth considering.

  • 52 months ago
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Very well put together in a very sleek case, you put a lot of work into this and I think I feel a feature coming on. That is, if the kinect doesn't leave a bad taste in the shark's mouth, lol.

  • 52 months ago
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Haha thanks, a feature with my first ever build would be insane! Next time I will either hide the kinect or say its a mini sound bar haha.

  • 52 months ago
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Nice clean build, +1 from me

  • 52 months ago
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Nice build! Hope it ends up the next featured build.

  • 52 months ago
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**** is sick man, have you noticed the 980ti high end custom cards are a lot cheap than the 980 ones? Cause I've seen that the 980ti classified is only 700$ which is only 50$ more than reference, but the 980 classified was like 125 more. I'm stoked on it.

  • 52 months ago
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Awesome build man! That case looks sexy AF. Is your one Satin Black or Anthracite Grey? I am planning on getting the Micro ATX version of that case and I'm stuck between colors :(. Anyway beautiful build once again :)

  • 52 months ago
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Thanks it looks even better in peraon! You can either get the case in black or gun metal, i went for the gun metal version.

  • 52 months ago
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Ah okay thanks :) Hope to see your build in the featured section of the PCPP homepage soon!

  • 52 months ago
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Beautiful glamour shots! You really help show off the potential for this case. The accent lighting is perfect.

  • 52 months ago
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Simply amazing, Beautiful build and beautiful case as well.

  • 52 months ago
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Nooooooo I wanted to be the first person to upload a a custom built PC with this case on pcpartpicker but this case hasn't come out in the US yet! D:

  • 52 months ago
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Did you need a reservoir for the water cooler?

  • 52 months ago
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No this is a all in one cooler. The unit itself is completely seeled so you can't drain the liquid out, it's a simple unbox and install.

  • 52 months ago
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Wonderful! Did you just like put the liquid into the radiator? Sorry, Im new to this liquid cooling method

  • 52 months ago
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Don't be sorry, its always good to ask questions. No it comes with the liquid already inside so you don't have to do anything but fit the it onto your CPU and fit the radiator into your chosen place within the case, it even comes with thermal paste pre-applied. Just search for all in one CPU cooler on YouTube and you will find a tone of videos showing you how they work.

  • 52 months ago
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Awesome, thanks alot!

  • 52 months ago
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indeed this is a great build. this case is just beautiful. great finish on the panels.

  • 52 months ago
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A work of art, well done good sir.

  • 52 months ago
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Oh my god.. so nice! +1

  • 52 months ago
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Great build - I bet this rips through renderings!

  • 52 months ago
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picture 7 is my god amazing.

1+ for awesome build

  • 52 months ago
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Literally just this case alone makes me want to do another fresh build, this time with ATX. I guess this is my new favorite case but I don't know if $220 USD is worth it or not. Not to forget to include international shipping IF they do that since Overclockers is the only website I know that has this case. What a fantastic build. Nice work!

  • 52 months ago
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Awesome build. I am waiting for this case to be available in nz. You have just made me want it even more.

  • 52 months ago
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I'm still a little old school and can't get past the thought of not having a optical drive as I use them a lot, is there anywhere I can fit one in this case LOL.

  • 52 months ago
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Maybe this was asked already, I'm not sure, but how are you planning to change the loudness of the h110i GTX? I'm considering buying this and putting it in a Fractal r5.

  • 52 months ago
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In the last few days I have changed the fans to some Phanteks static pressure ones to make it much quieter. Also I have set the pump and fans to quiet mode on the corsair link software.

  • 52 months ago
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So I could use noctuas too. Those might be quieter?

  • 52 months ago
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Yea you can use any fans you like. If you buy the PWM versions with 4 pin connectors, you simply swap the standard corsair fans out and connect the news ones in the same way.

  • 52 months ago
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Another Excellent build. Glad to see that the Enthoo Evolv ATX is finally starting to show up online. Great job!

  • 52 months ago
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This is easily the best looking non-modified build I've ever seen. Your attention to detail for color coordination is incredible. I hope to do something similar with a Hero VIII this spring when I build my next personal rig. Great job!

  • 48 months ago
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One word.

Perfection

Amazing

Elegant

Ok maybe 3 but i couldnt decide on one lol. Job well done sir.

  • 48 months ago
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Hey mate, I'm about to build a very similar system in this case.

Was just wondering if you had your H110i GTX as intake or exhaust.

Cheers :)

  • 48 months ago
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Hey, I have the H110i GTX as an exhaust. Never had any issues with temps.

  • 47 months ago
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So I really want to copy your build now. lol.

  • 42 months ago
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I love your attention to detail and the tight look of the PC. I think the case front makes it look a bit less pro, but thats not you. Great cabling, solid and impressive job.

  • 52 months ago
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What screen are you using with this?

  • 52 months ago
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Just a Dell U2414H Ultra Thin 24" IPS monitor for now. I will soon be upgrading to a 34" ultra wide with the addition of another 980ti

  • 52 months ago
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Case is AMAZING (I actually suggested they add it) I really want one but it costs a fortune so Im not too sure

  • 51 months ago
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That case gave me a full on Semi Looks awesome

+90000000000000000001

  • 51 months ago
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so glad to see this i am going for more or less the exact same thing it would be great if you could show where you placed those led light strips thank you

  • 51 months ago
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Great build, nice and clean, +1. Couple of question, on the Classified I've noticed it looks like its got a hint of gold in places on the card, can't really tell from pictures. Secondly, what LED strips are you using ?

  • 49 months ago
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Indeed there is a very small amount of gold, very hard to see even with the case lights on. LED's are the NZXT White Sleeved LED Kit.

  • 49 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 49 months ago
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How did you manage to fit the H110iGT, and not hit the Dominator DIMMs? Mine's hitting it. :(

  • 49 months ago
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I used the Corsair H110i GTX not sure if there are the same dimensions. However the stock fans which came with it did touch the top of the RAM just. I have now changed the fans to some Phanteks PH-F140MP fans, I did have to file a small section on one of the fans as the surrounding plastic was thicker and wouldn't fit. See if that would work for you.

  • 49 months ago
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I have the same problem :( . Can you show pictures of how the fan looks? Are the Phanteks PH-F140MP fans better ?

  • 49 months ago
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In terms of fans yes they are better. However you will need to file a section off to get them to fit. Annoying to do but all works fine now

  • 47 months ago
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Great build! Love the blend of form and function.

I was curious how taxing doing Solidworks and any content creation is on your setup so I can gauge if a similar setup is necessary for myself.

I'm an industrial and graphic designer going strong on the X58 platform, but feeling that upgrade urge. Cheers and thanks for sharing your build with the community!

  • 47 months ago
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Wut desk? :-DDD

  • 45 months ago
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DROOLING INTENSIFIES

btw hows the airflow? the front panel is closed and air only flows from the side of the front panel...is it a bit of a problem? or not at all? @Ogl

  • 44 months ago
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I haven't had any issues with the airflow, temps are pretty standard and its never overheated. The 3mm aluminium chassis kind of acts a giant heat-sink.

  • 43 months ago
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Hi you can use corsair dominator airflow platinium this case ? I think the will not fit because of fans . I'll be glad, if you help me. My cpu cooler corsair h100i.

  • 43 months ago
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Hello,

Nice rig. I'm about to start my build in this same case.

However, I've noticed in other builds using this case that the SSD mounted on the front is always upside down do to cable routing hole being on the left and the connections to the SSD being on the right.

You managed to get it right side up. Did you route the cables under and around or how did you manage this?

Thanks.

  • 43 months ago
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I manage to route the cable through the bottom hard drive bay to the front of the case. You can then pull the cable to the SSD mount and connect the SSD up the right way. Its really easy!

  • 43 months ago
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Awesome! Haven't really taken a close look to see how much room there is on that side, but good to know.

Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
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Hi mate is that the silver or gray version? I can't choose which to buy D:

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  • 52 months ago
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Haha well done! I have been looking at this monitor. Also another 980ti is on the plan :)

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  • 52 months ago
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That's the one I will most likely go for however it is very expensive.

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  • 52 months ago
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Haha cheers for the comments! This case would make any build look good. I was surprised myself how the photos came out, didn't even have to do any editing in Photoshop.