Description

Welcome to my build,

It is originally this build - https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/7syfrH - but upgraded to a slicker case: a Phanteks Evolv ATX Mid Tower, Anthracite in color.

I got rid of the sound card - did not offer that much improvement as to be worth it - , of the DVD drive, and of the network card. No more NZXT Hue LEDs inside neither, although putting in some Phanteks LEDs could be a nice touch to add in the future. With that money in my pocket again, I financed myself the new case, after returning the old massive NZXT.

Enjoy the pictures. For the inside it is basically the same as the original build but without some bays and expansion cards. Just refer to the PcPartPicker link up in this post. You'll also find all the building steps and mistakes on that previous post, much longer and detailed.

The monitor is an LG Ultrawide Curved 34", and is accompanied by two panasonic speakers connected through an amp.

Enjoy :)

Part Reviews

CPU

Will OC once I get X-Plane running to see how it performs.

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU cool, and is rather impressively silent with the stocks fan when controlled by Corsair Link.

Motherboard

Great MoBo, has everything needed nowadays, from 8 USB ports on the I/O shield, up to the latest USB-C a.k.a Thunderbolt 3.0 ports too.

Memory

Works flawlessly, great deal for the brand and amount of RAM provided. Vengeance RAM is known to be solid.

Storage

Beast, boot times are a joke. Had a bit of a hard time setting this boy up, but it's because my MoBo does not support it natively.

Storage

Bulk storage, does the job, acceptable speeds. Solid HDD very popular in the market nowadays.

Video Card

Wonderful video card, runs hot but doesn't go above the 80 Degrees even at full load. Impressed since Founders tend to run hotter, but they are more robust as well.

Case

Wonderful case, doesn't have any 5.25" expansion bays, but the case made me realize that those are obsolete today anyways. Steve Jobs took the first step into getting rid of those, and so far so good. We don't want to be running on floppy drives for ever, do we?

Tempered glass along the metallic anthracite body is a marvel, and the cable management is as easy as it can get with the Velcro straps included. Even the toolbox with the screws looks premium. Very good deal, a market-breaker.

Power Supply

So far so good concerning its job. I wish the modular cables were easier to work with, they are way to rigid and make cable management harder than it should be with a modular PSU.

Operating System

Windows 10 gathers the best out of Windows 7 and 8. The start menu is really useful, although I wish they got rid of the awful folder icons that date back from the 80's.

Keyboard

Good keyboard, but the CUE software is still very experimental. Only regret is that they didn't replace the plastic body by a metallic one. The keyboard is otherwise very good, and every key can be customized. Not very loud neither.

Beware: Media keys do not come by default, you need to set them through CUE. Fairly easy though.

Mouse

Excellent mouse, excellent design, responds instantaneously.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey there, love the build!! Beautiful work! What are you using to hold the cables to the desk underneath?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using these: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/small-cable-tie-base-black-100-pack-sj14q with zip ties\Glad you love it :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, just decided to randomly check out the comments and I am delighted to see that you guys like it. It's so motivating!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean asf

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Stunning build dude, how did you go about solving the M.2 ssd problem?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D I actually went into Computer Management > Disk Management > Selected the SSD as Boot Drive.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know where you got the desk table? Or was it custom made?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah it's from the accommodation I'm at. It's custom made from them when they made the student accommodation building. ): Sorry.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks <3

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

As soon as I saw it, I said "f**** it" to the case I originally planned on using and on which I had mounted the computer x)