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Carbon Fiber is the New Black

by s.a.wood15

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I'm going to be honest, this PC serves no specific purpose other than to satisfy my desire to build something new. I don't really do anything crazy on my computer, some gaming when I can find the time and a little CAD work every now and then. My previous build was entirely sufficient for my needs, but I had a few Amazon gift cards and some extra bday cash on hand so I figured I'd sell it and try something different.

Everything in the part list that shows a price of $0 was re-used from my previous build, and all other prices reflect what I actually paid after applying gift money and gift cards. I sold my previous rig for $900 (without the GTX 970, M550s, or H105), so I actually came pretty close to breaking even after all was said and done.

A couple of hardware/design themes:

  • Crucial - I work for Micron, so naturally I'm a little biased here (Crucial is our consumer products brand). Hey, we make good stuff, what can I say.

  • EVGA - In my experience, EVGA sells some quality stuff. Coupled with the fact that they have fantastic customer support, I decided to rely on their products heavily for many of the critical components in my build.

  • Carbon Fiber - Although the overall design of the Enthoo Evolv mATX case is absolutely gorgeous, the satin black version is somewhat of a fingerprint magnet. It bugged my OCD, so I decided to wrap the case in 3M Dinoc carbon fiber vinyl.

Other hardware notes:

CPU: Luckily I have family that lives near a MicroCenter and the 5820k was still selling for $300 in-store. Used a little bday cash to subsidize the cost and I only had to pay $200 for it out of pocket. Definitely a worthy upgrade from the 3770K, IMO. OC'd to 4.5GHz without a hitch and runs like a dream.

MOBO: This thing oozes quality, fantastic job by EVGA and much improved over the original X99 Micro. USB 3.1 type-C and M.2 support, audio isolation, intuitive BIOS made OC'ing a breeze, nice design touches such as IO cover. I love it.

SSDs: I have the two M550s in a 512GB RAID0 and they get over 1GB/s sequential read/write, which makes me very happy.

CASE: I love the design language of the Enthoo EVOLV line, Phanteks really outdid themselves IMO. The only gripe I have with this case is the window panel is pretty low quality: it scratches easily and has a kind of rippled effect from some angles, probably due to the fact that they thermoformed a fairly thin sheet of acrylic. A thicker polycarbonate would have been nice. Also, not a huge fan of the heavy tint.

RAM: Straight up sexy heatspreaders and rock solid, reliable performance.

GPU: 1507MHz boost clock? Yes please. Perfectly adequate for gaming at 1080p/1200p. When Pascal drops maybe I'll see if I can pick up a 980 Ti for a decent price.

PSU: Fully modular, 80 PLUS Gold, high quality. Probably a bit overkill for my needs, but oh well. I had some Amazon gift card money saved up that I used to subsidize the cost. I also picked up a set of braided cables from CableMod, which are fantastic, by the way.

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piemancoder 12 points 43 months ago

Can I borrow it for forever?

Phillip.Phillip 3 points 38 months ago

No I already took it .

PotatoAssassin15 8 points 43 months ago

May I just say

DAT CARBON FIBER DOE

vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

OMG I want those fans! They look so awesome with the way they're lit up! Are they very loud? Noise doesn't bother me that much, but if these are silent as they are cool, I wantz.

Carbon fiber job looks top notch. How was making the holes around the buttons and ports?

Great job on the price with every you did. This was an incredibly smart move, money-wise.

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

The fans are great, they come with an extension cable that can be used to reduce RPMs for lower noise, but even at stock they're still not that loud. I'd definitely recommend them.

It wasn't too bad wrapping around the ports, actually. I swapped the blade on my Xacto knife for something a little longer and narrower and it worked great.

tejadam868 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

sweet build +1, i actually recently put a few of their rgb riings in my build. The 3pack comes with a fan controller so its nice being able to just switch to low noise mode whenever you want. They're generally pretty silent though.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Those look totally awesome! I think I'm going to buy myself some.

xRyanNitro 1 point 43 months ago

Love this. I see why they featured you!

SquareOreo 1 point 43 months ago

The best build on the site imo....

Also what are your thoughts on evga motherboards?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Well I don't know about that, but thanks!

I've been pretty impressed with this EVGA mobo in particular, the build quality is top notch and it's pretty feature packed for the price. Looks like they've really stepped up their game lately in the PC component market outside of just graphics cards.

SquareOreo 1 point 43 months ago

What camera did you use?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It's a Canon Rebel T2i with a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens

SquareOreo 1 point 43 months ago

Sorry for so many questions but how do you do such pro carbon fiber wraping?When I tried doing it for my headphones (the headband top side) and I could not even make the cuts perfectly!

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

No worries. This application wasn't too complicated just because the case has a lot of flat surfaces and clean lines to work with. Generally though you want to make sure you clean the surface beforehand, then cut out a section a little larger than you actually need. Make sure to align the pattern of the vinyl how you want it, then apply from one end to the other, smoothing it out as you go to avoid air bubbles. I would recommend taping some cloth to the edge of a credit card or something to use as a tool to smooth out the surface and work it into cracks/crevices. When working with complex surfaces hit it with a heat gun or blow dryer for a few seconds, it makes it much more pliable and easier to shape. Then trim around the edges with an Xacto knife to clean it up.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

ah, another micronite, good to see. Very nice vinyl job as well. +1

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you, sir. You work at Micron, too?

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Contractor, Layoffs. Still have family out there, so I still have faith in them.

JessCraft80 1 point 43 months ago

LOVE YOUR BUILD AWESOME PHOTOS BTW

tankyman7 1 point 43 months ago

i got really excited when i saw 900 dollar i7 5820K and gtx 970, but then I noticed almost all of the stuff wasnt included n the price

shmattymcfatty 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Killer build. And awesome job on the Evolv wrapped in carbon fiber. Them Riing fans tho are simply the best added some to my build and worlds better.

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you!

Enlil 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Nice build and pictures! +1 I love the carbon fiber look!

One question, can you post your cpu & gpu temperatures?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I'll update it with some better info on the temps in a bit. The GTX 970 idles around 34C and actually doesn't get too hot during gaming, usually tops out around mid to high 60s. The 5820K usually idles in the low to mid 30s right after boot, but I've noticed that the longer I leave my computer on the idle temps gradually increase up into the high 40s. I suspect it's because the hot air exhausting from the H105 gets trapped in the top of the case. If I remove the top panel of the case the idle temps drop back down into the 30s.

johngerges582 1 point 43 months ago

This is beautiful.

ATSigh 1 point 43 months ago

Awesome job you've done there! I think it's kinda standard with the sidepanel quality. My S340 has the same ripple effect from angles and does also get some scratches... Forget about that minor detail and enjoy that lovely build ;D

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It's definitely a very minor complaint, nothing that I really care enough to do anything about. Thanks!

Glistening 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Dang, I wish I had micro centers near me ;-;

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iomega311 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Did you have to do any modification to the shroud on that motherboard? I just installed a Micro2 board and the shroud that covers all of the I/O ports does not allow me to get my 980ti in the top PCI port slot. I ended up having to leave it off... which bummed me out because it looks so nice.

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

No I didn't make any modifications. I loosened all the screws that hold the shroud in place and applied a constant upward pressure on it as I was installing the 970, then tightened the screws back down on the shroud afterward. It was definitely a tight fit, one of the very few design flaws on that motherboard.

Potato96 1 point 43 months ago

Great build, but almost got a bit angry you went with a 970 over a 390 but when realized it was from your last build. Solid build nonetheless.

RobertT313 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I'm Jealous :(

lol

ITneto 1 point 43 months ago

Chido carnal. +1

Alkzy 1 point 43 months ago

Those are some very nice looking pictures. The build it self is very nice looking, but the actual quality of the pictures themselves is also very high.

Pentel21 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Dem fans doe... +1

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Beautiful cable management.

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks, Phanteks really makes it easy with this case, the Velcro cable straps are awesome and really need to become an industry standard IMO.

alexanderthenotsogreat 1 point 43 months ago

That looks amazing with the lights off :)

VladimirPutin 1 point 43 months ago

I love how this desktop looks. I will for sure base this build and try to incorporate a similar look when I build my own pc.

Helvetika 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

This is a work of art! Absolutely beautiful build. :)

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Thanks! I keep telling my wife that my computer is my canvas but she just rolls her eyes. She just doesn't understand :)

Thisisslap 1 point 43 months ago

Can I have that computer? LOL that computers beast

Funkyozer 1 point 43 months ago

That CF wrap looks amazing, great work! You've got some great pieces in here, though I was wondering, how come you didn't get a Skylake processor? Would it not have been around the same price (as the original price of the 5280K)?

Sexy build. +1

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks! I decided to go with Haswell-E over Skylake because I could get the 5820K for $299 at MicroCenter, whereas the 6700K costs almost $370. An OC'd 5820K will give significantly better multi-threaded performance at a lower price, so I figured why not?

gotcha357 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I don't think this could of been done better. Loving the carbon fiber wrap. My hat tips to you sir! A+++

ToxicSteel 1 point 43 months ago

Damn dude.

VonKessler 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

That's one sexy as f**k case. Definitely an inspiration for my new build! Didn't think about using vinyl/3M for decals.

thardlol 1 point 43 months ago

Yep, that case is pure sex.

/drool

PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

this build looks great. good work.

DASGUUT 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

sexy fans +1

Mahmood 1 point 43 months ago

It's ....... I can't explain that WOOW it's awesome ........ great work man (:

vano411 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Wow... are you my twin brother? We almost built like the EXACT same computer. Haha.

Congratulations. It is a beauty and I hope you enjoy it.

CRS10114 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Very nice! Love the Tt Riing fans!

I've got a rig that's got them all over the place. They add such a great aesthetic to the whole theme.

Cheers

Dam5968 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Black with a touch of orange, perfect for the season. Great job, nice and clean and the carbon fiber is an awesome look. Love the use of Cougar fans.

asmcfall 1 point 43 months ago

This looks amazing. Those fans especially.

CasaNOVA_Fly 1 point 42 months ago

That has more carbon fiber than a McLaren

badum tiss!

Wait is that fake carbon fiber?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, it's carbon fiber fiber vinyl, looks just as good and doesn't cost a fortune :)

pantsu_bear 1 point 41 months ago

What is the interior LEDs you used?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I used two different sets (both bought off Amazon): BitFenix BFA-ACL-30WK15-RP and NZXT CB-LED20-WT. The BitFenix LEDs are a 30cm long strip with an adhesive back, they're extremely bright and look great. The NZXT LEDs are more of a rope (a couple of feet long) and take up a mobo slot because there's a small PCB to enable adjustable brightness and a power switch.

chronosc 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build, but VGA on photos isn't GTX 970 FTW+ ACX+, this one have 6 pin + 8 pin connectors, not 2x 6 pin connectors.

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Good catch, I didn't notice that when I was putting the parts list together. Fixed.

niconose 1 point 39 months ago

I would recommend against crucial 550s. I've seen dozens upon dozens fail. We always replace them with samsung or intel ssds. They are far more reliable. Excellent build otherwise. I'm considering a build in this case soon!

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks, highly recommend the case, it's a pleasure to work in and the build quality is top notch. Going on two years with the M550s and they've been doing great for me, so I'll offer up my own anecdotal evidence as a counterpoint to yours :) I'll keep riding them out until NVMe V-NAND products become more mainstream and drop in price or the M550s crap out on me, whichever comes first.

niconose 1 point 38 months ago

May your read/write be mighty and your redundant arrays never fail. V-NAND is getting cheaper, so hopefully before anything goes wrong! I've always wanted to do a performance mATX build. Have you experienced any cons after switching to the smaller form factor?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Haha thanks. I've built 3 different ATX systems in mid-tower cases before this one (Zalman MS1000, Corsair 500R, and Corsair C70). The biggest challenges for me moving to mATX with the Evolv were airflow management and space for extra storage. The Evolv doesn't exhaust hot air very well through the slits in the top of the case, and that's the only place I can put the H105 now that I've swapped the EVGA GTX 970 out for an Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix (which is a freaking massive card, holy cow). The 980 Ti barely fits lengthwise, and it's so wide that I can't put my HDD on the vertical mount at the front behind the intake fans. The only other place available for additional storage is under the shroud in front of the PSU, but fitting the HDD caddy in there is pretty difficult with all of the cables coming out of the front of the PSU. I got sleeved cables and they're a bit more flexible so it wasn't too bad, but you might have a hard time fitting extra HDDs down there with the standard issue cables that come with most PSUs. So overall, I love the compact size of mATX and being able to put my PC on top of my desk without wondering if my desk is sturdy enough to support it, but it comes at the expense of less flexibility in terms of additional storage and sub-optimal airflow at times.

Dannyboy1238 1 point 36 months ago

This is awesome!

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you, sir!

Popolocaba 1 point 35 months ago

Commenting so I can bookmark this build, It's fantastic btw. Good job!

FlamingNinja3039 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

HOW MUCH?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

1 MILLION dollars...

FlamingNinja3039 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

lol nice build man

Xorex64 1 point 34 months ago

Shut up and take my upvote!

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Well, if you insist :)

mckearney1150 1 point 34 months ago

You sir are great at photography according to these pictures you posted.

Sycotick4rma 1 point 32 months ago

Awsome build

Splitz 1 point 31 months ago

I know I'm late but that is the COOLEST thing I've ever seen!

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Hey, better late than never ;) Thanks!

hbs2018 1 point 26 months ago

Do you happen to have the cablemod lengths?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago
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EXILE157 1 point 17 months ago

Hey' Nice Build!!...Which 3M Carbon Fiber you used?...Black, Black Gloss or Graphite?

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks man, appreciate it. On this build I used black 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber wrap (CA-421). It's good stuff. On my current build (haven't posted it yet) I wrapped the front of my Phanteks P400S with black 3M 1080 series carbon fiber wrap, which I think I like better. It has more of a satin gloss look as opposed to the matte look of the CA-421 DI-NOC.

EXILE157 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the info!...Post those pic's up man!

iMoonTiger 1 point 17 months ago

Glorious.

Just glorious.

s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you, good sir

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s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Hey thanks a lot, I appreciate it! The first time I saw those riing fans here on PCPP I just knew I had to use them in my next build, they're great.

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s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Mmmm I love that case, do it!

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s.a.wood15 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Haha thanks man, I know I've done something right if Spycrab approves!

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