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CPU: The Intel Core i-7 was an easy choice - achieved a 4.5 GHz overclock with minimal effort. Idle temps are fairly low, sitting at 25 degrees and load temps hovering around 65 to 75 degrees. This is with my fans tuned down to 20% speed. I was able to obtain 19 degrees idle and 58 degrees at load with the fans at max speed.

Cooler: Originally I went with the Corsair H80i AIO, however after a few days of testing, I switched to an the EVGA ACX cooler instead. Ultimately I was able to achieve lower CPU and GPU temps by switching to an air cooler.

Motherboard: I was going for an EVGA - themed build here, so the Z170 Stinger was an obvious choice. I had used the Z87 Stinger in the past and was pretty happy with it. Unfortunately EVGA (for reasons unknown to me) removed the Bluetooth and the WiFi from this model, which really was it's predecessors main selling point. That being said, the Z170 Stinger has been outstanding overall.

Memory: Pretty standard kit of Kingston 16GB RAM, 2133 MHz speed, no overclock.

Storage: 250GB 850 EVO SSD for primary applications and OS and a 2TB WB Black for bulk storage. I have the available space in my case to throw in another 2TB Black drive if needed.

GPU: EVGA (again, sticking with the theme) GTX 980ti FTW. I initially purchased an open box variant of this card. Unfortunately it was running very hot and incredibly too loud; after troubleshooting with EVGA, they recommended I return it. So I ended up purchasing the same one, at retail. Quite a bit more expensive, but I'm happy to say that the temps are as expected, given the small form factor of my case, it runs fairly quite at load.

Case: I selected the Phantek's Evolv Mini-itx case, because it was pretty much everything I was looking for in a case. Small form factor, yet large enough to accommodate high-end components. Also allowing for decent cable management was a plus.

PSU: 650W Platinum PSU from EVGA (theme >.<). 650 watts was plenty for my single 980ti, with enough headroom for overclocking. Modular cables (non ketchup and mustard) was a big bonus as well.

Monitor: Predator X34. This. The main inspiration for the build. 3440 x 1440 of pure beauty. This monitor is amazing, simply put. The only negative was the price tag. I was fortunate enough though to strike an unbeatable deal (20% off) at a local retailer.

Peripherals: Razer fanboy, so had to represent the green. Wasn't quite worth it to buy the microphone, webcam and Leviathan from Razer though...I have my limits.

Misc: Windows 10 Pro, because you can't beat keys for $18. Decked out in Phantek's 120mm, 140mm and 200mm fans connected to a PWM fan controller. Green LEDs inside and out. Burner for my sons music (car rides are so much fun....) and external HD for...well...externally storing things I guess >.<

But wait...there's more:

I've been very pleased with the performance of the build thus far. The 980ti tears through anything I throw at it and it all looks amazing on the X34. It didn't come easy though, as this was by far my most complicated and troublesome build to date. Although large for an itx case, it was still difficult installing everything. I found myself putting something in, taking it back out to make something else fit (rinse and repeat), again and again.

I'm happy with the way it turned out though, in it's current state, it fully meets my expectations. I'll be set for a good amount of time...I think ;)

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Fantastic everything! Awesome example of some really good cable management, making it aesthetically pleasing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I really appreciate that! Took me forever to do all the cables, both inside and out .

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I liked your snow show! Great build, enjoy.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! My wife was cracking jokes for me taking pictures outside lol

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  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Dat monitor DOH! 0_0

+1 for the being able to let yourself spend that much on a monitor! hehe

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I went to Microcenter and the sales rep told me he could save me $250 on the monitor lol

They had a bundle deal going on, 20% off with the purchase of an Intel processor.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What framerates do you get at 4K with the 980Ti?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the monitor isn't quite 4K. It's right between 3K and 4K. I get really good framerate though. Rise of the Tomb Raider usually stays around 60-80. Black Ops III upwards of 100. Hitman around 60.

Of course this is with the graphics maxed out.

I'm going to be upgrading to the new 1080 here soon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Great job! Cable management on point! +1

However, you've made me feel inadequate about my own cable management. Thanks :/

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that case :)

+1

Also, LEDs r amazing :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, thank you and thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Wonder why u dont choose evga hadron? Dope setup tho!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured I'd get this question ;)

I've built in it before; my wife's computer is in a Hadron. As much as I love EVGA, I'm not the biggest fan of that case. It's very cramped and restricted air flow. The PSU, although replaceable (I think?) is a bit small in terms of wattage.

I also had a difficult time managing cables in that thing. I had nightmares for weeks, cables...cables all over the place >.<

Anyways...Thank you! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yey another build with a X34!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, I couldn't be happier with it! It's an investment though, not sure it's worth the price for some people. For me, it is though :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Guys, can some of you convince me in to buying this monitor? I know its not ideal for gaming. But please!! I want it so bad

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I think it IS ideal for first person games. That is, unless you're playing Age of Empires (or any similiar RTS), where you gonna have to do more mouse hover from side to side.

IF you are after immersion in one monitor, this is the best you can get.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I find it difficult to get immersed with in example triple monitor setup because of the black borders between the screens. Well, do you think this would be good for, well Fallout and such i've heard the 21:9 aspect ratio might bug out the game, maybe it might happen with other games too

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, as far as I know, Fallout 4 did not support ultrawide yet, and I dont know how to manually change the res number setting. And for another game, please try to google which title(s) that did not support ultrawide.

And I think what I did was the opposite of convicing to buy an ultrawide, eh? Sorry, my bad.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it was a little stretched out when I tried it. I've seen videos of people getting it to work though, I think it just requires some tinkering.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Although slightly smaller than a triple monitor setup, I do prefer the ultra-wide setup over it.

As far as gaming on it goes...if the game supports it, you'll be in paradise. Playing Rise of the Tomb Raider right now and it's just the best experience imaginable playing on the X34.

Fallout though...that's another story. I haven't got to test it to much yet, only about a week in with the new build.

Check out Flawless Widescreen though. I heard it has a patch which fixes the resolution issues. If Fallout is your main game at the moment, it's worth thoroughly researching it first.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

IF you are after immersion in one monitor, this is the best you can get.

Yeah, couldn't agree more with this statement.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a 980ti (or equivalent SLI setup), you need a lot of juice to power that resolution.

That being said, if you have a 980ti, go out and buy it, NOW ;)

Microcenter has a bundle deal going on right now, 20% off with the purchase of Intel processors. What you can do is purchase a cheap CPU for like $40 and you'll still save slightly over $200. I confirmed this with the sales rep, it's all Intel processors, not just the Skylake ones.

30 day MBG, if you don't like it, take it back. I think you'll be happy with it though :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sadly, i dont live in the US. So i dont have micro center around here.. lol. The CHEAPEST price i can find for it 1450 $.. in Euros, tho

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Besides i think its fairly overpriced and i've been waiting for Asus to come up with something similar.. idk i want it tho

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, tough decision. I seen ASUS's ultra-wide that's supposed to be coming out soon, I wasn't the biggest fan of the overall design of it though. I think their pricing on it is going to be similar to Acer. Not sure.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep i dont like the ROG red-black theme either. I believe they are making a normal one too, which is similar to acers design, although it has a bit of red too

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

tf with it, im going to buy it. Guess i can always return if i dont like it. Wish me luck.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good decision! Best of luck! Let us know how it goes :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

We have a lot of the same parts! I got the bigger brother mATX version of the evolv though, looking at your gpu temps I'm getting just about the same temps as you (also 980ti FTW), I'm just wondering what kind of fan curve you are using, coz I've set the max fan speed to ~55% and it's pretty quiet, and on max load the temperature gets up to around 80c, which is fine for me I feel, I just didn't know if I had a defective cooler or the thermal paste wasn't installed properly, I guess I don't have to rma then! Gonna post mine after I complete my setup with a monitor, how are you liking your x34? I really wanna get one but I'm in canada and $CAD is just pure crap right now, it's too much for me. Gaming on a 1080p just can't push the 980ti to its full potential :(

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think low 80's are fine, especially in smaller form factor cases. According to NVIDIA's website, max temps are 92 degrees Celsius. So around 10 degrees less than max load temps should be okay. I've stress tested for 8 hours and obtained some good results. As far as the fans, I have mine set to max out at 50%. They spin at around 15% till 50 degrees, then ramp up from there.

The X34 has been amazing, very pleased with it so far. The price tag is certainly a hurdle to jump over, but it's one I'd recommend. I don't think there's a more immersive gaming experience, aside from maybe VR if that's your cup of tea :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

love the built

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!!! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

yes yesyes yesyes

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

:D :D :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

16 GB of DDR4 for $70... wow... RAM has really gotten cheaper. I got 16 GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum 3000 for $110, and usually this RAMs price is over the roof!

I'm in love with the color scheme of this, although the molex is a bit distracting it's not enough to distract me from the big picture! +++1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I needed it for my LEDs. On the plus side, it can't be seen with the side panel on :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

With that monitor how many fps are you getting? And what settings? In my build (http://pcpartpicker.com/b/vHHNnQ) I have two 980 Ti on SLI and the same monitor. The build is great and I'm loving that cable management, but in my experience you need more horse power to reach those sweet 100 fps at max settings with that monitor. I personally don't get the full 100 fps on demanding games like the Withcer 3 at 3440X1440p at max settings....

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Firstly, thanks for the feedback!

So far I've been pretty happy with the frame-rates of the games that I've played. That being said, I've only had the build for about a week, so I haven't had the time yet to play through most of my games.

Rise of the Tomb Raider, I get an average of 79 FPS, however I did just hit an area where my frame-rate consistently sits at around 55-59. Dying light I get about the same, around 70-80. Black Ops III, same, around 70-80. That being said, I haven't configured the settings at all, I've just been using the GeForce Experience recommend settings.

I wasn't fully expecting to hit 100 FPS in modern triple A titles, but I'm pretty happy with the performance so far. Sadly, my budget didn't allow for an extra 980ti :( I considered setting myself up, with the room to upgrade in the future, but I got some threats from my wife, so I thought best to stop where I was lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok. I'm glad you could make it this far!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Bruh...... this build is epically awesome. Great parts and clean af. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Appreciate it :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Best. Cable. Management. Ever.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! EVGA FTW!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed! Thank you :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than the garbage Razer gear this is actually a nice build with a nice description.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow great build! How loud is that CPU cooler by the way, I'm interested in maybe getting it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I replaced the fan with one from Phanteks. That being said, it's whisper quiet.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol,

I have pretty much the same setup, a 6700k. 980 ti FTW and am currently interested in downsizing my really overkill full tower case. I was looking to this case or the define nano s but am unsure. I have a h100i GTX to cool me CPU do you think it would fit in the front of this case.

Also, what are you temps for you gpu like?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you have clearance on both the top and front. If you mount it on the top, you might not be able to do a rear fan depending on the orientation of the AIO.

As far as temps, I run the fan speed whisper quiet. I think for me, it's around f40% at max load. That being said, the card quickly reaches it's target temp of 82-83 degrees and down throttles ever so slightly. I went from 1410 Mhz at the beginning of benchmarking, down to 1298 Mhz after 8 hours. So all in all, that was a loss I was willing to take to keep everything quiet.

If you're okay with the 'jet engine' sounds at 100% fan speed, then you could probably pull better temps.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the commander mini? I'm looking at that myself as it seems to be the only solution that fits both my needs and "wants".

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I see that's the phantex pwm controller, how's that working? I liked that the commander worked with corsair link but I'm not married to it just yet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if you could tell me how long the legs on the monitor are?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Giant! Over a foot, for sure. If you have the option, put this thing on an arm mount.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this build isn't new, but I just saw this and your setup is amazing! You have perfectly matched and beautiful PC hardware and your cable management is clean and sharp. I'm about to build in that case, can't wait!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Best cable Management I have seen.Great Build too.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm looking to do a similar build. Where did you connect your CPU fan and pwm hub with only 2 headers and one pwm? Thank you so much!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought a Phanteks PWM fan controller and used doubled sided 3M tape to connect it to the back inside of the case

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

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