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It has been 3 years since I have built up a PC for myself and the results today were satisfying.

Workstation use, gaming & working with music were the main drivers for this particular setup, with a view to chop/change/modify at any stage. I am always changing things as my nature is dynamic.

i6700k was the obvious choice, together with an MSI Pro Carbon Z170 M/board. I wanted to go in a different direction from Gigabyte/ASUS as the board offered the right aesthetics I was looking for and had a neat RGB LED strip on the edge of the board, which is kinda cool when you apply a meteor effect to the LEDs.

The NVMe SSD as a boot drive was of the most interest to me because 2,500MB/s read, >1,000MB/s write; that's why. Coupled with an 850EVO series from Samsung but in hindsight, given I use very little space as I store my data externally, I would definitely look at the 512GB version of the 950PRO and remove the 850 entirely. None the less, very fast system, games run very quick over on the 850 EVO.

GTX1080 Founders Edition - I have been following tech news since 2002 (building for that long too) and nothing quite swept me up in hype and excitement as the announcement of the Pascal GPU lineup. Previous investment was a pair of GTX560Ti cards and this just brought a whole new light of appreciation to PCs and PC building.

H100i cooler - True, tried & tested. The colour accents matched the GPU, RAM & the motherboard. Non-intentional but cam together nicely.

PSU - I have an issue with overkill.. - I mean.. "Scalability for the future" ;)

Few mods include the 6 x Thermaltake Riing RGB LED fans and the Phanteks RGB LED strip. So many variations to play with, built of course into the wonderful Phanteks Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition. I thoroughly enjoyed building into this case and the slight tint on the TG panels really takes the edge off the lighting, removing any overkill effect. This is great as it will be spending nights in the living room.

Not much else I'd like to add to this other than; Enjoy the build, if you like what you see, leave me a message below in the comment section. Thanks :)

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Damn!!!!! 1200 AUDs, holy crap and I thought 1000 CAD was bad lol.

Great build though, and great cable management! I get excited whenever seeing a solid cable management in this great case.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

excellent build man!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Might as well just buy another couple 1080s with that power supply (lol). Just use the extra for PhysX ;). Looks great man!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful clean setup for an air-cooled machine. Good work on the cables and lighting. There is plenty of room in there if you decide you want to do a custom watercooling loop in the future :P Nice job!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

As soon as I had photos, it came straight back down to safety ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have the model of the LED Strips you used? I wasn't able to really find a decent RGB LED Strip for this case.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The LED strip inside is the 1m RGB variety from Phanteks: https://www.pccasegear.com/products/28292/phanteks-multi-coloured-led-strip-1m/

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Very very nice! Love the green. It is making me anxious seeing that glass case floating in the air on top of another case...

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

So clean.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The H100i is listed on the parts list, the H100i v2 is in pictures. Good build though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Ah thank you for the catch. Will update ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

are the front fans AF or SP?

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Thermaltake Riing fans are only available in SP

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what AF or SP is... :S

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Air flow fans specialise in moving as much air as possible through them. Whereas static pressure fans are for pushing air through obstacles, like a heat sink or radiator

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the PSU for any possible SLI moves later on. Great build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build and choice of parts, also making use of the LED on the founders edition for a sweet looking colour scheme all round. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

This is amazing. Just wow.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Better name would be

The bogey man

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean Build, Beautiful Cable Management.

+1 Sir,

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Super clean, love the green.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing. Has a lot of parts that I want to piece together. Was thinking of a titanium color scheme with the movie/ram combo with an AIB GTX 1080. Seriously though. Looks amazing.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Why am I crying

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn that's beautiful!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build dude. The only thing I would comment on is the overkill PSU. The GTX 1080 is more power efficient than the previous generation. Two 1080 in sli would only require 850w PSU.

Btw I'm hesitating between the Corsair 450D or the Evolv ATX Glass for my next build. But the more I see Evolv builds, the more I lean toward it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the response. The ease of building into the Evolv has really captured me this time around. I would have otherwise been choosing an obsidian case, but I feel that this product edges it slightly

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

you mentioned that you where wanting to go with a different board, did this one turn out well? I'm thinking of getting it for my first build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This board turned out great for my intended use. My hesitancy was that MSI was a manufacturer I had never used. Once the ice was broken, I really quite enjoyed the product's aesthetic appeal, and the RGB lighting above the 24pin ATX connector is a bit of fun to play with (only during Windows though).

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Good looking build! Congratz! Is it loud?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

This machine runs very quiet, thankfully.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

might i ask where did you place the rgb controllers for the fans?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I placed them just above the slide in tray mount for the radiator. I keep the 4 screws for the top lid removed so I can pop it off when I feel like a change of colour ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. That's exactly the way I have mine! Awesome build, man!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

sob. sob.... It's beautiful... +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build.....looks great!

What are your temps like for the hx1000i psu in corsair link? I recently got the black evolv glass case and i noticed my psu temps rose 10 degrees on my hx850i from my previous 500r build. Not sure if it has anything to do with me moving the two front 140mm fans up from its original position

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your comment :)

The HX1000i idles at 27c degrees with the fan at 0 rpm. Fixed fan speeds bring this down a few degrees but have not tested the load temp as yet.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

ok cool...thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you have to buy a fan splitter to get all the fans connected? Beautiful build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

Each Thermaltake RGB controller (2 of them, each included in a 3 pack purchase) has enough ports to connect all fans, leaving me with 2 connections to be made to the motherboard.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build and definitely helps inspire my upcoming one!

Question: What cable tidies did you use in the front of the case to beautifully spread out and align your cablemod wires?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm assuming here based on the fact that the cables are from cablemodz, but I think he used the cable combs from their web site, they do a fantastic job of keeping them aligned and looking nice.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nail on the head ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

The CableMod kit included a set of cable combs (Transparent) and I purchased a further set to add to it. The combs can be found here:

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/32852/cablemod-c-series-basic-cable-comb-kit

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

hey lemme pay your PC

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Pay or Play? ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Still wanna buy? I'll sell for the right price :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this. Only question is where is the fan LED controllers mounted?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. There is a gap between the slide out tray (Where the top Riing fans are mounted) and the ceiling of the case. The are tucked in there.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! Super clean and love every component you used. Would have thought you'd go with a silver color on the sleeved cables to match the GPU and Dom plat memory but I'm sure you can always switch that up. Great job man!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dude. As strong a start point I could perceive at the time. I was honestly most excited that I was slapping a GTX1080 inside. The rest will come through fine tuning. Glad you enjoyed this.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question. How did you fit the corsair dominators? I am thinking of getting the 16x2 kit. I heard that they can't fit in it if the h115i are top mounted. I am also using the evolv atx TG case and the corsair h115i.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally missed this! :(

If still relevant, I installed RAM onto the mobo outside of the case.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

why only 4.4 ghz on the 6700k? Im getting the same mobo/cooler so im curious.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Factory setting on the MSI mobo. I was never particularly interested to o/clock too hard ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

The OC Genie makes that really easy to do huh? I dont blame you on not wanting to take it too far. I basically have done the same thing with my 6600k (4.1 GHz) on an MSI motherboard since I dont feel like trying to to get every ounce of OC out of it anyways. One-click OC For The Win and its very stable.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Dig the build, I have the same case, and looking at the same mobo. Which position for the radiator did you stay with? Any issues?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That vid card... Just 4k 60 fps on max games... More than I would spend on an entire computer... Are you a insane YTer or something? The cable management... GREAT BIULD!

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