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For this build my goal was to venture away from console gaming and come back to PC gaming. The primary functions this build will serve include gaming, everyday web browsing, and light office work (Microsoft Office suite).

Aesthetically I wanted a simple, clean build without too many in your face colors.

The case (Phanteks Evolv ATX - Black) was a pleasure to work in and made the process very easy although it was not perfect. First, two of the screws in the case sheared during shipping (the phillips head sheared away from the screw itself). This occurred on the PWM fan hub and the front plate that houses the USB ports and reset button. Also, I read a lot about the Evolv ATX having terrible exhaust at the top and the hot air recirculating into the case so I used aluminum sheeting from Home Depot (with magnets) to cover the open spaces next to the radiator. Lastly the side of the case used for cable management doesn't leave a ton of room. As such, thick cable runs made it difficult to get the case closed on that side. All of the cable management I did was a waste since I couldn't get the case to close. I will need to redo this at a later date. I had severe negative pressure using the 2x140 provided intakes (front), 2x140 exhaust on the swiftech (top) and 1x140 exhaust (rear). I flipped the rear exhaust to intake and now have positive pressure but I may go back to exhaust on that fan and modify the fan curves in BIOS.

The Swiftech H240 X2 Prestige is beautiful to look at (aside from the poorly defused LEDs). It is sturdy and incredibly quiet. My system is fairly quiet during most tasks. I'm running a 4.6ghz overclock at 1.29v and after 1 hour of Aida 64 the temps hover in the mid-high 60c range and peak momentarily at 74-75c. At idle temps stay mid-high 20c. I do have some thermal variation in the CPU cores (cores 0 and 1, 1 especially, tend to run 3c-6c warmer than cores 2 and 3). I am going to re-seat the heatsink to see if that fixes it and see how the thermal paste spread. I did that part by myself so it may be an easier process with a second set of hands. NOTE to anyone contemplating the swiftech h240 or H320 coolers with the Evolv ATX case. Clearance in this case is not great going all the way left or right (going all the way right wasn’t possible). When mounting it all the way to the left in the case, you have some overlap of the radiator fans and the rear exhaust fan. This is why I went with a centerish mounting position and closed up the open areas.

I realize now that the power supply was overkill but I wanted to keep my options open for going SLI with the GTX 1080 (which is not something I am now planning on since I settled on a 1440p monitor).

The motherboard was super easy to work with and overclock (first time overclocking). The only thing I have left to do is try to figure out how to re-wire the LED controller for the Swiftech to work with a button on the front panel of the case.

I picked up the ASUS PG279Q monitor and was very fortunate to not have any of the QC issues that seem to plague this monitor. No dead pixels, IPS Glow is normal and backlight bleed is not significant at all.

Overall I’m very happy with how it turned out and welcome any feedback.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Why 4x8GB of RAM not 2x16GB? People have been telling me to get 2 modules because the ASUS Maximus Hero VIII is a dual channel board and will put less stress on the mobo and cpu.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably for looks. You are correct in saying that Z170 boards optimally should have 2 x 16gb. Although it's not a huge perf difference

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally going to do a X99 build and simply forgot to update my cart. I've already returned the old ram and ordered a 2x8gb version of the same memory.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yay optimisation! Nice build by the way. I like the custom loop look without all the modular requirements :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

cool

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

cool

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build but, idk what your how you wallet looks after this lol, I would recommend picking up a backplate from V1 tech to make it look even more sexy. Also how is the Msi Armor Gpu been? any complaints so far? I'm kind a interested in the 1070 variant. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

They bought evga not msi.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the part list says msi though...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well whatever... i just assumed they picked the wrong model because an evga card is shown in the first picture

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The parts boxes included the EVGA founders edition but I returned that and picked up the MSI armor oc gtx 1080. I also had the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3 but decided on liquid cooling.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an Msi armor graphics card

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple notes.

You don't need an i7. "Gaming, everyday web browsing, and light office work" is never going to be using more than 4 cores.

You don't need 32GB of RAM. No game exists that uses that much. In fact, very few games are around whose entire install directory is >32GB.

Other than that, for 1440p 165 hz gaming, it looks like an excellent build. Just don't be that guy that goes "PC gaming is so expensive!!" when what you've got here is so colossally far beyond typical gaming PCs and any console that could possibly come out in the next 10 years.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed the ram and processor are more than I need but the extra few hundred wasn't make or break for the budget so I went for it.

Thanks for the comments.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

In reality, i7s actually improve performance in certain games

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

really? lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, sure, on some games which are cpu intensive

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That i7 is still a quad core so what's wrong?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. The main difference between an i7 and an i5 is hyperthreading. Hyperthreading takes each core and turns it into two threads (virtual cores), so techincally the i7 has 8 virtual cores. These cores see little performance increase in most games, but there are a couple which are either heavily CPU bound or support large amounts of cores which will see a performance increase.

In rendering and 3D work, an i7 will see a huge performance increase, which is why you should buy it. In standard gaming, 5FPS definitely isn't worth the extra $200.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Think he meant to say that "he wont be using all 8 threads". Basically is saying that the need for the i7 6700K's IPC is not needed for gaming. But for future proof needs, and if you have the cash, why not? Lower temperatures because your CPU wont be under much load, which means a more silent build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

why didn't you get the tempered glass version of the case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

I preferred that this version offered a way to conceal the cables next to the power supply as opposed to the tempered glass that left it on display. This side panel covers the bottom and the glass version didn't.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is the cpu cooler?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU cooler is great. Didn't use the included dyes as they appear washed out from the pics I saw. When at 4.0ghz my cpu is at 60c (approx) running Aida 64 and 75c when overclocked to 4.6ghz running Aida 64. I will probably not overclock for everyday use as the system is absolutely silent at 4.0ghz even at full cpu stress. I'm very happy with how quiet it is. Only real gripes are that the LEDs show hot spots (pictured) and there isn't an easy way to switch between the led colors without opening the case.

One thing to note is that the fans are mounted as intakes so I did end up flipping them around into exhaust orientation. Hi tech legion has a video on YouTube that showed only 1c difference on their rig between intake and exhaust.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, to run minesweeper at 4k, 60FPS i think you need 2 GTX 1080s. This build would hardly push 30FPS.

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