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Wanted to do a new build for VR. Unfortunately My headset doesn't ship till July, but I'll have fun running a bunch of my games on ultra settings with this PC.

This PC is hooked up to a projector and the screen is 120" running at 1080P.

This is also my first build, if anyone has any questions or if I should put up some more information just let me know.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I love EVOLV builds.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! When I saw this case I knew I found what I was looking for. Wish the pictures came out better tho. Looks much better in person.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks better in person. That case is good looking either way. Congrats on the build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit 8 strips of Hue+ LED strips in a mid tower...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good question. I was under the impression that the Hue+ only came with 3 LED strips so I also ordered the extension pack because I wanted 4 strips for the case. So when it arrived I was a little disappointed that I spent the extra money on it when I didn't need it, but the extra set of wires (with different lengths) came in handy.

The extension pack only came with 2 LED strips which gave me a total of 6 strips.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh... I remembered wrongly, so it only comes with 2... Well you have spares now :D~

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I found out that the bottom of the Evolv case is magnetic, so I put the two extra strips underneath the case on channel 2 and set it to comet mode. So I now have all 6 strips on a mid tower. ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you place fans on the top vents? Love the build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!. Yea I have two 140's that came with the case on the top. You can barely see them in the picture. Been thinking about switching them out for 3 120's.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would personally get an EVOLV case, but they are 2Expensive4Me. +1, Solid Build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bobdude!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like a nice build for you. It could use a few more pictures.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

FREAKING AWESOME! I'd like to see pictures of your complete desk setup though, mind posting them here?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats the thing, I dont have a desk set up. Its hooked up to a projector. Kind of a home theater/gaming set up.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, total newbie here. Your build is very close to one I've starting put together (same cpu, gpu and MB), and had a (probably super simple) question: The motherboard - Apparently good because it has Thunderbolt 3? Does thunderbolt interface at the MB or at the GPU? Both?

And is Liquid cooler necessary for this setup if I do it basically the same way? (I may also in future need to get a 2nd or so GPU. I do 3D Modeling/Rendering that utilizes GPU)

Inspiring build! And thanks for any/all comments related to my questions!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my first build and I was very happy with it. I had read many reviews of people getting various mother boards that didn't work right out of the box, but this one gave me no issues. The 2 thunderbolt connections are located on the motherboards I/O which is on the back of the PC along with the USB,Ethernet and mouse/keyboard connections. However I have not used the thunderbolt connections yet. I just wanted to have them in case I needed it in the future.

I can't say that the liquid cooler was necessary, but I wanted to keep the temperatures as cool as possible without having to go with custom water loops. My house is air conditioned and I keep the temperature at about 72 degrees F/ 22 degrees C. My CPU sits at 22 C at idle and my GPU sits at 26 C idle. I was actually surprised it keeps the temps so low, I didn't expect it to work as well as it does.

Let me know how the build goes.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for the reply! This is the only place I got one, and I posted on a few sites. Sorry for my late response -was working and thought I'd get an email about replies. I'll be more diligent about checking back in.

If you (or anyone else here) have a moment to take a look at my proposed build and let me know of any red flags or things maybe I don't need/could do better, I'd REALLY appreciate it!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HZVCBm Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HZVCBm/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($344.98 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon) Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.93 @ Amazon) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($194.99 @ SuperBiiz) Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($56.99 @ Adorama) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.99 @ Micro Center) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card ($653.98 @ Newegg) Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $1754.82

Thanks in advance!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, that's basically all the parts I used in the build except for the Corsair H60. So as long as the CPU cooler fits where you want it to you shouldn't have any problems. I had a Sandisk 240 GB SSD in the build, but it just died without warning 2 days ago after only 2 months of use. Caused a big headache to get everything back to normal again and i picked up the Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD to replace it. Works well enough so far. Good luck with the build. I think you'll love it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Think I'm going to go ahead and order stuff.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Follow-up for you. I'm about to out this thing together (first build!) and I have 2 Cases I'm deciding between. The one you have (Phanteks) and another one - Corsair Vengeance C70. The Phanteks LOOKS like it would be "significantly" quieter. Any thoughts since you've been using it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man! Do you have two fans infront of the radiator and behind it for a push/pull config?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I have two 140mm corsair fans on one side and I put two Noctua 140mm Fan NF-A14 FLX on the other side to replace the original fans that came with the Corsair GTX H110i cooler. The original fans were way too loud when they got to 60-70% speed. Now I just set the Noctua fans to 100% speed at all times and my PC is very quiet.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys, any suggestions as to where to research what (if any) fans I may need for my system? (FYI, I'll be using the system for 3D design/rendering.)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

https://youtu.be/gXAFYNE7Cl0

This guy has a ton of videos to help you out with building a PC.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

cool, thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the case hold the card is there any GPU Sag?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, there is sag. It's a very heavy graphics card. I wish there was something I could buy to fix it. Seen some people use fishing line to support it from the top of the case, but I don't like the way it looks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi again,

So,just realized maybe I could ask you about install b/c i've been trying for the last couple weeks with no love - jsut getting stuck on apple logo turning into "no entry" signal.

I'm trying to install El Capitan with basically the same hardware as yours. Did you use El Capitan? And if so, I would So appreciate your sharing whatever fixes you used (boot arguements, etc) to get your system up and running. I'm starting to feel the anxiety over trying to make this Hackintosh thing happen, and I need to get up and running for work. (*I've been reading tonymacx86 but I'm starting to get overwhelmed. I'm super nub)

Will send a box of candies, flowers, you name it. Thank you SO much

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I built my PC with Windows 10. I have a seperate Mac book pro for my apple stuff. The best I've seen is running Mac OS on virtual box thru Windows.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, didn't realize that.. Thx as always for quick reply!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Question for you. I noticed your mounted your rad in the front, where did you end up mounting your HDD? I was trying this the other day and couldn't figure out where to put the HDD since you have to remove the HDD cage

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I had to buy the HDD support bracket separate and mounted it in the basement. Details about the bracket are in the instruction manual that came with the Evolv case. Cost like 10 bucks on amazon. However if you decide to take that route, just know that it's going to be a tight fit since you will have all the cables coming off the power supply in that same area.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

My case came with the HDD "tray" if you will but that tray is intended for the slots towards the front of the case. Ya I can see that being an issue putting the HDD near the PSU, really tight space.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!. Had a lot of fun building it.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly, if I gave this one away I would not have the cash to build another. haha. Thanks for the love.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

O wow, thats pretty cool. Nah, I didn't notice until you mentioned it. I'm still pretty new to the site.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I fixed it in the saved parts list, however it looks as though I would have to repost the completed build for it to show up here.