Description

I just want to start out by saying this is my first PC build ever so I am in no way an expert. I had help from a friend in deciding what parts to go with but I built and assembled everything on my own. Any inputs or suggestions are welcome!

Background I've been a Mac user for many years now and was looking into a mac mini or an already built Hackintosh. I liked the compact size along with the fairly cheap price tag, depending on the model. (Mac Mini) After exchanging ideas back and forth with a friend he convinced me to spend a little more and build a PC. I was skeptical at first because I loved the OS X layout but after experimenting and playing around with Win 10 I like it a lot more.

Purpose I wanted mainly a "workhorse" type PC with the alternative to game if needed. I usually play consoles but I wanted to be able to branch out into PC gaming. Which is why i chose the GTX 1070.

Case/Theme So I started with the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV in White. I wanted something fairly small, even though this is one of the bigger ITX cases but I immediately loved the sleek and sharp design. (Especially the plexi window.)

I wanted LED's but nothing crazy or over the top. The 3 BitFenix 120mm Fans came with white LED's so I went with the Corsair Vengeance Ram with white LED's to match. I plan on taking apart my GTX 1070 to color match the logo to white as well.

As far as cable management goes, I didn't spend a ton of time on it. The case came with 2 velcro straps so i fed everything into those. I was just anxious to get this thing finally up and running. (I had all parts in mid June but I have been gone on vacation the past two weeks)

Display As for displays, I wanted 4k resolution as well as a close to bezelless design so i went with the LG 27" IPS UHD's. They look incredible sleek and wont break the bank. I do mostly photo/video editing so I opted for the higher resolution vs. refresh rate.

Desk The desk is a table top/leg combo from Ikea. The top is a 59" TORNLIDEN Brown Wood with LALLE black legs. My next project is all the power and display cable management, I just haven't had the time yet.

All in all I am very happy with the build. I don't plan on doing anything crazy with it, maybe a few games here and there. I just wanted a nice, moderately powerful PC to enjoy.

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!

Additional Equipment- - The GPU is actually an Nvidia GTX 1070. Not MSI - Keybaord- MechanicalEagle Z-77 White LED

I will add more pictures when I get off work tonight

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Gorgeous setup! How do you like the monitors?

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

I love them!! I initially had (2) 28" Samsung UD590's and they aren't even comparable. What sold me was the extremely thin bezel. I have pretty limited space on my desk so it fit perfectly. Also the IPS panel is stunning for watching 4k videos.

I can't wait to game on them

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a very similar setup to yours build-wise, I'd be very interested in what kind of benchmarks you can pull using the 1070. Happy gaming!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I will be running a benchmark very soon and will post the results!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for same background.

But no in seriousness, great setup you got there. But out of curiosity, how comes a unlocked CPU, but a locked motherboard to prevent you taking advantage?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I was waiting for someone to ask. When I started part picking I found the MB and was not told it was locked when I ordered the CPU at a later date. Don't want to pass the buck but mostly my friends fault.

I might look into a different MB later on but at the moment I don't plan on overclocking so it will do for the time being!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Again it is not that big of a deal to me. The processor was about a $30 difference so it isn't the end of the world

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you find the monitor? Is it what you expected, and is it worth the price?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I purchased from bestbuy. I personally believe they are the best 4k monitor for the price. I got mine on sale for $399 ea.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers fam.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with higher resolution pictures. Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You're on TechSource... Good job, watching it now and I saw your build and remembered it RIGHT AWAY.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man haha! I did get featured a while back. I changed a few things up and added another LG monitor so I am currently rocking 3 in 4k

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How does your GPU do for temps? I have an EVGA 1070, so if your fans aren't going nuts I would assume that I'd be fine with this case as well.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU temps are pretty low. The founders edition are recommended for smaller and crammed cases but you should be fine with the EVGA. My fans are set moderately low

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems with wifi, or have to change the wifi card on the motherboard?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I am running the original wifi card with no issues

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Running 5% load it is ~28'C via RealTemp. Low-Moderate load it is ~42C via GeForce Experience.

I haven't had a chance to push it any higher

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words sir!

It feels great getting recognition on my first build!

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