Finally, my beast build has been put together and ready to show off after much waiting for it. Feeling damn good over what I've done with it.
Thjis build was full of challenges for me. I'd to manage lot of hardware inside mid tower. Particularly two challenges were quite apparent for me. First, Asus Rampage V Edition 10 is not compatible with Phanteks Evolv ATX. Second, I was dealing 3 AIOs hence 3 radiaotrs and 6 hoses and I would need to make the build look pleasant as well.
Challenges were accepted and I'm quite happy with the outcome. This board has a backplate on it which unofrtunately doies not cover the full area. Only way to install the motherboard without ditching backplate was to setup both graphics cards on it out of the chassis and then put all of it inside the chassis at a time. Hectic, but I managed it and it went inside well. Next up was dealing with the bottom part of the motherboard to attach various cables as the cards were already installed, it left me almost no room to do that. Somehow, I did that. Phew!
As the board is covering almost half of the rubber grommets, so I had to pass all the cables (24 pin ATX + PEG Cables and SATA cables) before installing the motherboard in it. Power Links from EVGA are very good idea indeed as they hide the cable clutter from the front. But for those with custom cables, they are needless.
Took me hour or so in doing all that and finally motherboard was inside the chassis.
Follow up: After the build was done, I notice a bend on the PCB of the motherboard and I was already getting issues like both cards were not being shown in the GPU-Post in the BIOS. Ended up removing the backplate and both the rubber grommets. This reduces the bend quite significantly. Now, I can install graphics cards after installing the mother board inside the chassis. No issue what so ever afterwards.
Tip : Always keep the CPU socket on the motherboard covered. Now, once after all these components were inside and cables connected.
Once the hardware was inside, it was time to decide the configuration of the radiators and air flow. Quite a bit tough time there. I mounted three Corsair HD 120 RGB fans on the front. I went thru 4 different configs before settling on the final outcome and it has been widely appreciated. I've attached pics of all those configs. This chassis supports upto 360mm on the front and upto 360mm on the top with single 120/140 mm on the rear. Yup, that's correct, this is too much for a mid tower chassis but Evolv has magical design to it. I did not install the RAM earlier for a simple reason of routing the H100i V2's USB and fan cables in that area. Initially, I mounted the two 120mm rads on the front. Rest of the fans are ML Pros. But somehow, this config was not that much clean. Though I made it to the last and test booted with it. "Houston, we have a lift off"
These Metallic Graphite color sleeves are pure love. Decided to change the config and mounted one 120mm rad (bottom card) on the rear as exhaust. H100i V2 was on top as exhaust. One 120mm rad will be on the front as intake [Push/Pull]. But, somehow, it was not looking that pleasing as such as well. Decided to do the stupid idea. Took both 120mm rads on the front side thru the opening on the front of chassis. Mounted two ML Pros in pull inside the chassis on the radiators. Made the rear fan as intake as well and two fans on Corsair AIO were pushing the hot air outside. PSU was fan side down hence going for positive pressure. Then comes the next problem, ML Pro, if mounted on intake on the rear created nuisance and very irritating sound.
Then decided to mod the Chassis from the top to utilize the too much vacant space left there. I don't know what Phanteks was thinking there. Mod wass successful. Mounted two ML Pros in that part as pushing the air thru the rad inside the chassis. Two on the front were already intake. Made the rear fan as exhaust. Finally, totally positive pressure. Yup, had to ditch the HD fans, but no regret. They are only for show off. I wonder what Corsair has done with their SP RGB fans as they are 3 pin fans not 4 pins plus their RPM range is not at par with HDs and from air flow and stati pressure wise HDs also have advantge over SPs.
Finished it up with NZXT Hue+, HDD, SSDs and other remaining stuff. Time to test boot it first.
Made the Custom table for the build. Steel structure with duco paint on it and top in gloss finish. Remaining touch was added with the RGB peripherals from Corsair. Lived well upto RGB Fever. lol
SLI of both cards is above 2100MHz with +120MHz on Core and +500MHz on Memory. CPU is OCed to 4.4GHz at 1.360v. It passed 8 hrs straight stress test with max temp of 68C as a package temp.
Only upgrade left is that of monitor.
Thanks for reading and sorry for lengthy post.