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Alright guys. This is my first mini itx build. I wanted to do a budget build with a gtx 960 and use my old samsund 830 series sdd as the boot drive. At the last minute i decided to switch gears and go all out. I also added the 2 samsung 850 ssds at the end.

Im overclocking the cpu at 4.8 ghz. I overclocked the ram to 3200 mhz and i have not overclocked the gpu yet. Im running an intel 750 series ssd 2.5" as my boot drive with the u.2 connector. I have the two samsungs in a raid 0 and the wd 1tb blue hdds in raid 0. I mounted the intel 750 drive on the top part of the case. Ill try to remove the top cover and take more pics later for u guys. I aslo was able to get the corsair link working even though my motherboard only has one usb 3 header. I bought a nzxt expansion board and connected the front usb ports as well as the connections for the corsair link. Ill try to post pics on the later as well.

Ill take some pics of temps and benchmarks later. I also am using a wasabi mango 40 4k monitor as my display.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

"Budget build" to "all out" speaks to me on a personal level when I was choosing parts for my PC lmao

  • 34 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, i changed my mind when i decided to see how my cart would look if i got the parts i really wanted vs the parts i could afford.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

How Much clearance is there for the RAM with that cooler? Trying to figure out if Avexir's Raiden will fit in it when I would in that case

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Ill try to measure it for u. As i remember it had some space. But not more than 1/2 an inch.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

There is 3/4 of an inch. I could fit my thumb in between the ram and the fans.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Then the Telsa RAM won't fit

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build. Just wondering what each fan is doing? where's the intake point?

I'm looking at putting a Kraken X62 & EVGA 1080 Hybrid in the Enthoo and trying to work out the best fan configuration.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. The three on the right of the case a intaking air from the front of the case. The two up top and the one in the rear are exhausting air out of the case.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man:)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

it's very nice and cool build, i have question, what's that pcb on the back panel that you connect the blue cables to?

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. Its a NZXT internal usb expansion card. My motherboard only has one usb 3.0 header and no usb 2.0 headers. So i couldnt use corsair link. So i go this NZXT board and some adapters to connect it to the usb 3.0 port. Then i connected the corsair link connections from the processor and the PSU. I also connected the USB 3.0 ports from the front of the case to the NZXT board. I used an adapter to go from usb 3.0 to usb 2.0, those are those blue cables.

http://www.google.com/shopping/product/4271970915212153894?lsf=seller:8438988,rt:2&prds=oid:12677314228753126040&q=nzxt+usb+splitter&hl=en&ei=kLmvV_boF8XNmAHN_YnYAw&lsft=gclid:CjwKEAjwiru9BRDwyKmR08L3iS0SJABN8T4vhiAL6Qo3_O8eMBaw2QqzHOCvUAdQVavXRDuMwsTdnBoCRNTw_wcB

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for your reply, i think i might need that expansion card, i'm planning my mini itx build on the evolv itx too...

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice! Hope it works out for youm let me know if u have any other questions

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know what adapter cables you used? I'm facing the same issue. got an H110 that has a 2.0 header, and I already have the NZXT internal hub, but I dont have any way of connecting that to my 3.0 header..

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

very useful! I ended up finding some very similar parts to connect the 3.0 header back to NZXT expansion. I'll end up ordering the connector your recommended to connect the front USB ports back to the board.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been thinking about building a similar rig...well almost identical. I just had one question. The daughter board on the top of the motherboard...did it have any clearance with the liquid cooler you have on the top rail?

Great set up by the way.

Thanks.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your comments. I hope the build goes well for you as it did for me. I did not have any problems with clearance regarding the daughterboard. I'll see if I can get some better pics for you guys to see.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL i wanted to ask the same question as fuzzy_oz I am thinking of building a PC with the same Case AIO and Motherboard and a rear 140mm fan I really want to know if there would be any problems. Also dose the H115i only need 1 CPU fan header from the motherboard to power up the fans or dose it need 2 headers one for each fan ?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I did not have any issues with the daughterboard. But I did have to slide the H115i all the way to the right (front of the case) so i have room for the 140mm fan on the rear of the case. I bent down the top of the metal frame where the front case fans are mounted a tiny bit so the radiator could slide further to the right than it normally should. It didn't affect the fans at all. I also had to mess with the tubing a bit to make sure it didn't hit the 140mm fan in the rear. But either adjustment wasn't difficult at all and not really a problem. I'll try to take a close up pic for you. Also the H115i has a fan header for each fan but they go into the H115i Unit and one fan header comes out of there and it connects to the motherboard. I hope that made sense.. lol. Here is a link to the item on Newegg You can understand more of what i mean by looking at the 3rd picture.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181100

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

love this build going to do the exact same. However i was thinking of putting the GPU AIO in the back instead of the front. What do you think?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get it to fit on the back of the case with the H115i radiator. In order to make it fit you need to get a 240mm radiator. Hardwarecanucks did a build like that. you can check it out on his youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-ibmQ5kfE

To be honest I don't like the look of the 240mm radiator in this case. Thats why I went with the 280mm. It seems more flush and complete to me.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing, and close to what I want. Question, can the GPU rad/fan fit in the bottom front fan mount? I ask because I wanna do a similar build, but with a CPU air cooler instead. Essentially wanna put a fan on the top front fan mount to blow directly to the air cooler, and the bottom fan mount with the gpu fan/rad NOT blowing directly to the air cooler. I do NOT want a CPU aio cooler.

Looks like I'd have to unscrew a certain piece (HDD bracket? )to make it fit, but just want some pointers if it's possible.

This is the case I really wanna build in, and I don't really trust it to cool GPUs well unless it's a hybrid, while CPU air coolers tend to work very well on it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea u basically need to remove the hdd bracket. Also u will only be able to slide the radiator into that slot with the bottom 140mm case fan blowing air into it. Basically a push config instead of a push/ pull. I would recommend plugging that bottom 140mm case fan with the gpu instead of the motherboard.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks. Sucks that I have to do push config, as it makes it a hassle to clean between the rad and fan, but I'll take that inconvenience. And yeah, I would definitely set the fan to work off the gpu.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

btw, i saw a video on jayztwocents. He was basically saying how it doesn't make a difference if you mount a rad on the intake part of a case. he even ran some tests and benchmarks. Thats how I ended up going with this current config.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCZ5iP5cu8g

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I would be limited to mounting the gpu fan/rad in the front anyways, since I wanna use a Dark Rock Pro 3 as my air cpu cooler. Leaves no other open spaces for gpu rads. I guess the very top of the case in the front, but then it would be fighting the DRP3 for air. That or seeing it as intake on the top, bit I hear the top kind of sucks for intake on the Evolv ITX, so I prefer the front mounting.

Also hear that the best position for rad tubes are best on the bottom for rads, not the top.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

How and where did you fit all those storage drives? I see the SSD on the back and one of the 3.5" on the bottom, but where are the other 3?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

i've actually got 2 3.5' drives down there. the two samsung drives are stacked on each other using the phanteks dual SSD mount. and the one intel drive is above the radiator. i had to remove the top cover to put it there. its not really supposed to go there but it fits fine. its not shown in the photos.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm looking to build my first ITX case and I wanted to be as small as possible, but with AIO coolers. As of this moment I'm drawing a lot of inspiration of your build and that of CMD's.

I'm cursious, is your EVGA cooler blowing out to the front of the case?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, its blowing into the case.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it man :)

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)