Description

Alright folks, I'm back again for my 3rd build. This is probably my coolest build yet. It's going to be an editing PC for a friend of my dad's I built myself. I loved working in the Evolv, although the back side panel is a bit gross because I'm quite awful when it comes to cable management when not in the front. Some things to note is something plugged into the motherboard caused issues booting. It gave a Q Code 98, which is input connections failed to I guess be found. I unplugged everything and replugged it back in one by one till I found the NZXT USB HUB to be the issue. I left it unplugged and used a different keyboard and it worked great. Easy Windows 10 install. I got all the drivers installed no sweat too. Me personally, I do not like the cable management. I kind of flopped on some parts. The VGA cables are horrid. Kinda everywhere but kind of not. It's weird. The back of the 24 pin in the front is slanted, which bugs me personally, but you can't actually really see it unless you look in and try to. The Kraken cables are bad in a way too. The one that goes over the top VRM heatsink bugs me. And the front USB 3.1 was in a bad spot on this motherboard for this case. I would've liked it to the right next to the 24 pin. And to overclocking. I'm really new to the PC game quite honestly. Only 15, 3 builds in. The last 2 builds has EZ overclocking features. The MSI x370 Krait didn't have nearly as much overclocking features as this one. It's pretty crazy how much more freedom this Asus BIOS has over the MSI one. Anyways, I got an UNSTABLE 1.35v 4.0ghz overclock, which I plan to maybe get 4.0ghz 1.3750v soon. It's a lot better than my personal Ryzen build which is 3.9ghz @ 1.3750v. A whole 100mhz more. RAM overclocking kinda sucks.. kinda a lot. I can't get past 2400mhz on this kit and even at 2400mhz it's still unstable. I don't get it. Might just be unlucky. But I have a few days to get it to the max it can go while still being stable till it's shipped out. It's sem-quiet too. An average of 38 decibels while idle (not that good but still..). The GPU was a great scoop too. It was 100$ flat used on Craigslist and works great in games. Shadow of Mordor at 1080p max settings ran at an average of 70fps which is GTX 970 speeds but with half a more VRAM lol.. Not much else to say. Build was great but overclocking with a new BIOS is kind of a pain. Any help with overclocks would be great to hear? I haven't seen anything like SOC in the MSI BIOS, nor BCLK overclocking. Just any help with that would be obliged.

Part Reviews

CPU

Love the 1700 so much. Used it twice so far and doesn't fail on performance.

CPU Cooler

Pretty decent temps but only got a x52 because it fits the case better than an x62.

Motherboard

RAM doesn't go past 2133mhz while stable??? Asus Aura sucks and freezes and doesn't even show the motherboard on there either.

Memory

Looks great but Asus Aura software sucks and freezes when changing colors. G. Skill software works fine though.

Storage

It's a hard drive lol...at least it didn't come DOA like the last one.

Video Card

GTX 970 speeds with 500mhz more VRAM. Thanks AMD.

Case

Super expensive but an amazing case overall. Looks beautiful.

Power Supply

It's a PSU so there's that, but cables are pretty darn thick.

Case Fan

Lights up and cools fine.

Case Fan

Lights up and cools fine.

Custom

Pretty good. 20$ and helps if you only have 1 USB 2.0 like my motherboard but need more.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

I know you are going for the rgb fans, but I think the fans on the rad should be flipped to an intake position for better cooling.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

it should.. but rgb everything haha

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

He's right though. Your fans should be turned around so that you have air going through your radiator.

At the moment those two fans are blowing against your intake which will create turbulence and heat inside your radiator.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No he actually doesnt have any intakes, so there is no issue. The gpu suffers a little but the person using the pc doesnt use programs that are gpu bound. The cpu is 55 degrees at 100% load at 4ghz. No issue

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry my english is bad, but by intake you mean having the air going inside tha case? And not out?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Intake is to pull air inside the case.

  • Exhaust is to pull air / heat out of the case.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Am I the only one who is put off by rgb a little? the build is gorgeous, don't get me wrong. But I typically play a lot of horror games and having a laser light show in my peripheral vision kinda ruins the immersion

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree about your x52 statement. I just did my first build last weekend with the Evolv case and an x62 and found it to be a pain in the *** to fit. Awesome build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

i had to return the one i got because i wouldve had to remove the bracket piece above the hdd slots and i dont think it wouldve looked as good imho.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn this is my dream build. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

1+! wow! i really like it!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Now THIS is RGB! Awesome Build! +1! Need I say more?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't seem to be an ssd, which for a build of this kind seems a tad silly

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

i did suggest an ssd to the guy i was building this for and he said it wasnt really necessary for him, but i agree. i wouldve at least got a 128gb 960 pro for like 130$.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking something sata based but sure & ok

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

RED GREEN BLUE

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Those fans are glorious! Not many people decide to go for a negative air pressure setup. Not bad though. Only going to have air going in some unexpected places.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

i have so much thermal headroom on my cpu so i see honestly no bad effect.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

nice! very similar to mine

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone dogpiled in the comments about fan placement, lol.

But who cares. It's your PC, RGB all the things!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah i know lol. i couldve easily gotten better temps by flipping fans around, but it looks alot better this way imo. and i get 55c 4.0ghz 1.425v, so i mustve hit like the silicon lottery because that's alot of thermal headroom i have. gpu i havent done much testing but i will. thanks for the comment :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey im getting near enough same stuff i realllly want G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32GB but the ram speed is suppose to be bad as the Ram sticks are not samsung b-die (Which AMD4 favours over faster ram speed = More fps, and more faster at rendering) also i hear that if you use gskills or any software it over writes information on the Ram sticks and kills them). Are they still at low ram speed? how good are they at 32gb?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

funny story. i actually did kill a ram stick. only one too. lights still worked but just died i guess. i doubt it was the program because i did put 1.6v into the dram bc im dumb trying to hit 2933. and the max stability i could get was 2400mhz but there is a new agegis update coming out which adds like 20 new sets so maybe thatll help. but g skill does quick rma service. 3-4 days and you can get a new kit once they recieve it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

i was about to question the gpu choice but then i saw the price tag. nice build man

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i found it before the whole etheral mining thing going on. he thought it was only a r9 380 too so he priced it low. craigslist and facebook marketplace can have wonderous deals sometimes.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you take a picture of your cables and how you have them setup? I'm having some issues and I can't find solutions. You have the same case and mobo as me so I figured you could just help? Please

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

take a picture of the backside?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey any updates on the RAM compatibility? Reaching advertised speeds? Stable?

Cheers!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

i apologize but i actually sold the computer for a small profit. i hear there is a microcode coming out soon for ram compatibility though so that will most likely help. but 2400mhz 16-18-18-38 was stable. however anything above was able to boot off of but was unstable. hope this helps you some.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh really, how come you sold it? Did you end up building something else? :) RAM seems to be unstable on Ryzen and from what I've read Ryzen overall still needs a bit of work :/

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

i sold it and made $100. im building a black/red ryzen 1600, 16gb ram, and gtx 1080 this weekend for $1200. i just like building and selling pcs for a small profit. its just a hobby of mine. and yeah, ram is super unstable. but im 100% sure you can hit at least 2400mhz stable on most systems. just kept messing with settings and pushing till i hit what boots consistently with the most mhz is what i did.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that's a real shame, hopefully they can fix those issues with future updates :/

I would love to build PC's for a cash hobby but it's too bloody expensive here in Australia because we pay 2x what Americans pay :(

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

If only I got client builds

People down in Austin aren't very pc enthusiastic I've found

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That is why I am not a fan of that case. They could have tinted the glass to make it harder to see cables through it.

Then again with that much RGB blinding you I guess that serves the same purpose lol

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah wouldve been smarter if they released a side panel for this like the matx tempered version

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

it was so difficult with the super thick evga cables that came with it.

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