Update! * I now have the cpu overclocked at 5.2Ghz * And a +150Mhz on GPU clock along with +500Mhz on GPU memory clock
Ever since i saw the Phanteks Evolv ITX case I've always wanted to build in it. First time i saw the case was actually on the origin pc site years ago. Then more recently i came across racerover's "White Monster" build here on pcpartpicker, and i new i had to build a Evolv ITX pc in the white tempered glass edition.
This was my first pc build from the ground up.
I got a deal on a used EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid (Founders Edition with hybrid kit installed) and that was the deciding factor that made me go ahead with the build. I really liked the idea of a hybrid card because of the form factor of this case. I had a 140mm - 120mm reducer 3D printed so i could keep two 140mm fans in front as intake and it just fit! I threw in a phanteks universal fan controller so i could simply control the fan speed on the lower front fan and gpu rad, because out of the box the hybrid kit i have would have run 100% all the time. With the the fan controller I have three options/buttons to set speeds; 1-Silent (40%), 2-Balanced (70%), 3-Performance (100%). This allowed me to quiet the pc when the gpu is not under load. Initially i was going to go with two 120mm fans in push pull on the rad but eventually just decided on a 140mm with the custom reducer.
I decided on the 9700K for Workstation/Gaming Balance. Considering my last computer had a dual core i7 this was a big step up for me! I stuck with console gaming for quite some time, but wanted to make the jump into pc gaming, and so after some reading i decided on the 9700K. Doing some research on cooling and with the advice of a friend, i decided on a Noctua air cooler. Their chromax editions look amazing in my opinion and seeing it in raceover's build made it a no brainer. It was a tight fit though! and i had to remove the top panel to get everything to screw into place. Anyone else building with this size cooler in this case be mindful of this!
I threw in two m.2 drives for quick read/write speeds and man are they fast!
If anyone is wondering about the name of this build "qakuqtuq" = "white" in Inuktut (Inuit Language)
I look forward to doing some over clocking in the near future! Especially for once i have the funds for a 1440p monitor. But for now this GTX 1080 does really well at 1080p!
This CPU was a perfect balance between gaming and workstation use. I do a lot of photo editing along with some music creation, so it was a good balance between price/performance!
This cooler is a beast! I wanted absolutely best performance from an air cooler the this thing delivered! I recommend it to anyone not wanting to deal with liquid cooling!
This mother board came with all the feature i wanted for my build. Built in wifi, dual m.2 slots, and the ability to overclock, i don't think there is a better z390 ITX board out there!
These low profile ram sticks are beautiful in white and match my B&W build really well. Was looking for anything RGB just simple and elegant, and these fit that bill!
Price to performance on this m.2 is amazing! I boot into windows in 15 seconds! I dont think i can go back to sata after experiencing m.2 nvme speeds!
This is perfect for a secondary drive, for me, for data storage separate from my boot drive. I recommend it to anyone as it is lighting fast! NVME is the way to go for me going forward!
This card stay real cool! Especially in an ITX case. I wasn't planning on overclocking but after seeing thermals i am going to get a little bit more performance out of the card and do an overclock!
This case is absolutely stunning! When i first saw the Evolv ITX i new i wanted it! But when i saw the Tempered Glass edition come out i know i was going to own it! I've read review that thermals wernt the best in this case but have been very happy with my build in it! I recommend it because it is a solid ITX with great cable managment, and a good amount of room for an ITX form factor.
The RMx white series is by far the best looking white PSU, for anyone looking for a white PSU! The fact that is it fully modular made cable management a dream!
I love Noctua products, and the chromax series, is the icing on the cake to make your build look amazing! These made my B&W build look like a million bucks! Paired perfect with my NH-D15.
Great airflow with these fans! I've got three in my ITX build, two for intake and one exhaust and my temps are great!
This is my first keyboard with Cherry MX switches and i couldn't be happier! I don't think I can go back to anything else. The media buttons and volume control are very useful as well!
Great mouse! Only reason i removed a star is that i find the cord a bit stiff as it is braided cable.
Really completes the look of my build! As beastly as the NH-D15 looks, these covers really make the cooler look slick!