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This is my first attempt at building my own PC from the ground up instead of buying prebuilt. I built it for streaming, pic/video editing, content creation for Youtube, and of course gaming.

The case airflow was the one thing that was just terrible. I did some milling and added some primochill hex grills for the front and the top of the case which have solved the issue. I manually set the cpu vcore to 1.29V and LLC on turbo to help Vdroop and that kept the temps to hitting a max in the mid 60s C on 4.8ghz on all cores after and hour of realbench. Gaming on 3440x1440p for a few hours only reaches around low 50s C max or so, GPU stays around low 50s C.

Very happy how it came out after collecting all but the major parts for the last few years and just decided to go for it and get a 1080 ti while i can from Nvidia for $699 while they were in stock. I probably got one of the last 1080ti direct from nvidia before stock ran out and prices sky rocketed, very lucky.

I installed my own EKWB GPU waterblock and backplate, it was very easy, so anyone afraid to do it for the first time, don't let it scare you. Follow the directions and do not over tighten the mounting screws.

Thanks to performance-pcs.com for all the water loop parts. Those guys are awesome and I highly recommend them. And thanks to EKWB for making some amazing wet parts for this build.

Update#1:

Got another 16GB of the same RAM to make it a 32GB system. I noticed during streaming and gaming and a few other apps open it really ate up the system memory. Now when gaming and streaming I'm using around 16GB or more of ram. Adding 4 sticks increased temps slightly too obviously.

Also added some EVGA black cable combs. Not great quality, would not recommend, but they did the job. Get better cable combs.

Update#2:

I delidded the cpu and used thermal grizzly liquid metal on the die and ihs. Then their good TIM between the ihs and the cold plate ek monoblock. Results are about 15C drop in temps after an hour of stress testing. Worth it and easy to do. I used mg conformal coating to insulate the exposed contacts next to the die on the cpu. My chip is average, seems to need about .04V to go up each 100mhz. I used the rockit88 kit.

Update#3:

Coming soon...... switching to acrylic tubing. The primo advanced lrt is slightly cloudy. And switching from mayhems pastel, to mayhems x1 clear coolant.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool setup

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really clean! The mods look super professional too

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, those milling mods made a huge difference in temps and was fun to do.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

You may already know but for the future there are reverse cases with the glass on the right side so you can have it on the left facing the right way

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually did not know that. My desk blows and would not fit the X34 on the other side of the L shaped desk unfortunately. Thanks for checking it out.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome. Love the economical usage of the tubing.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I really dislike when builders use way too much soft tubing and have it hanging all over the place. I tried to make the runs as short as possible. Thanks for the support.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an excellent build and effective mods to boot. Great job OP! Literally the only feedback I have is regarding cable combs for the gpu cables, that's about it, the rest is pro execution!

+1 mate!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah its on my to do list to get cable combs and add another 16GB of ram while at it. Thanks for the support, cheers.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I love what you did with the case openings. I just tore down my evolv for painting and watercooling and contemplated this but I don't have to ability to do it myself and it might not be cost effective for me. I honestly didn't have temp issues tho. Have a 6700k with a x62 kraken and a hybrid 1080. All ran about 50° while gaming.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Any local reputable machine shop or place with a water jet cutter can do it easily, just pick out some grills from performace-pcs.com and find a local place to water jet cut it out for you and done. Shouldn't be too expensive. Thanks for the support.

It was mandatory for me, my 8700k ran hot until i undervolted it, and the lack of airflow let temps creep up in the 80C after awhile slowly and i didn't like that. The mods completely fixed it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Looks good however those panel cutouts are really not that appealing... There are much better services that offer this by the way: https://www.gosumodz.com/EVOLV-CNC-Service

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I know its not for everyone, but I'm an engineer and like doing things myself. So i programmed my mill for it ran the holes and tapped everything, it came out fitting perfectly. To me its fine and lowered my temps by about 20C, but i appreciate the criticism. Thanks for checking it out.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I sit about 2 feet away, its fine. The X34 really doesn't bother my eyes at all, and the 3440x1440 still looks amazing up close.