Description

My previous rig, 'The Olympian', was amazing. A 5820K and two R9 Furys in crossfire was capable of doing everything I needed and more. I had no immediate plans of upgrading and was quite happy with what I had until one day whilst casually scrolling the interwebs. This recent mining craze skyrocketed the price of my R9 Furys to nearly double what I originally paid. Since the price of PC components typically depreciate over time I decided to jump on this chance to do some upgrades for little to no money.

So what did I get for selling my Furys? I was able to buy a new case (Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX TG), motherboard (EVGA X99 Micro 2), GPU (EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid), a few case fans, and decided to get a little fancy and buy some CableMod extensions. All of this and I only spent about $200.

The Good: The build went together easily enough. Cable management is surprising easy in this case despite its small size and magnetic closing side panels. The performance is stellar. Thermals, acoustics, and power consumption are a huge improvement over my old build. Not to mention it looks beautiful.

The Bad: Like any build I did run into a couple of problems while putting it together. The first, and most annoying was a DOA motherboard. This was more frustrating than anything else. Troubleshooting it for hours before calling EVGA was not an ideal way to spend my night. However, when I did finally break down and call their customer support, they were incredibly helpful and my replacement board was sent out the next day. The next problem I ran into was the missing cable-combs from my CableMod order. Not as frustrating as the motherboard issues, but annoying none the less. An email to their customer service got me the correct order sent out a couple days later. The last problem I had to deal with was loose wires in the CableMod extensions. Two of them kept popping out everytime I tried connecting the 24pin extension. After a while I got them to stay in and since then I've had no problems.

UPDATE!

November 1, 2017: The latest upgrade to my personal rig has been the CPU. With the recent release of AMD Threadripper and Intel's Skylake-X CPUs, the prices on older X99 have dropped. I was able to pick up the amazing i7-6950X for just $800 on eBay.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

The stock fans are not that great but otherwise this an amazing AIO. Keeps temps low and is very asteticslly pleasing.

Motherboard

I love this little board. The best looking mATX board with the X99 chipset. The first one I got was DOA, but EVGA customer support is second to none and I got my replacement shipped the next day. No problems since.

Memory

RAM is RAM. This set works and matches my color scheme. Should be easy enough to upgrade to 16GB when prices go back down.

Storage

Using this as a boot drive. Does the job well. PC starts up fast and the whole system is snappy and fast. Very relatable and have no complaints so far.

Storage

Mass storage drive. Runs well in software RAID and gives me enough storage for my games, music and movies.

Video Card

I love this card. Runs cool and quiet even during extended gaming sessions. I'll update this latter with some benchmarks and thermals.

Case

I LOVE this case. Compact enough to fit on my desk's PC stand looks beautiful. The aluminum and tempered glass go great together and the all steel frame makes it very sturdy. Superb cable management despite its size and magnetic side panel closure.

Power Supply

A little overkill for this build, but it was left over from a crossfire setup. Very efficient and very quiet.

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Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the purple

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I've always had a fondness for purple, black and silver together.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks very nice! I love the shade of purple with the silver from the case. Regarding the title; I thought you, like many other people, were wanting to get a new graphics card and were tired of coin mining to crash so figured "F*** it! If I'm going to be spending alot of money for a gpu, might as well make it a good one!"

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have just recently got this case, and it's just such a beauty to look at! Only issue I found is the magnets could have been a bit stronger as the right glass pane pops open! +1!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same issue with the magnets. An excessive amount of time spent on cable management really helped although it doesn't ever quite sit flush.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

same issue here . Did you find any solution? maybe replacing the magnets?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Just need to spend time repositioning the cables until the side panel sits flush unfortunately. Might require you to take all the cables out and do one at a time :'(

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! I would expect more than 8 gigs of ram in this powerful of a system, though.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I expect the same thing! That 8gig kit was left over from a previous build. I just refuse to pay $75 for that extra 8GB so I'm waiting for RAM prices to go down. In the mean time 8gigs works for most all things I do (mostly gaming).

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

fro mostly gaming, why did you go with an x series cpu? just wondering.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Another member of the evolv tg matx club! Nice Build. The purple meshes with the silver wonderfully. The AIO though...something is off. From an angle, it looks like they are tangled. Other than that, A+

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's not perfect with the placement of the radiators. Crossing the tubes over like that is really the only way to pack it all in there.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What a deal on the r9 furys.........

DOA components can and do happen but brands like EVGA that's actually quite rare because of their quality control. Their customer support too is also great. I had a DOA r9-270x video card from ASUS before and it was the only DOA part I had from them and in the past I had purchased a ton of stuff from them. Again it was a similar experience as you have with EVGA and good to see you have it all up and running now.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That phanteks case is so roomy compared to my define mini c. I've also got a micro 2 board with a 1080 hybrid. Great combo. I can almost bake a potato on the top rad exhaust.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Another set of identical RAM can get you quad channel capability in the 2 remaining slots. X99 likes quad channel configs.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

ok very nice case premium quality.

but as it's been said the right panel has weak magnets.. Cable management is perfect from my side.

I wish this case had bolts instead of magnets.

Maybe it's easy to replace them with neodymium magnets that are super strong. I m not sure if they are appropriate though near the hard drives and motherboard. I guess that's the reason they put weak magnets from the right side. It's only a guess i really can't think any other reason.

Other than that it's a beautiful case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

just for clarity, because i can't quite tell from the photos, but the h100i v2 is an only white led right?

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build +1 aesthetically please with the exception of the liquid cooler line's crossing like that(not sure what could be done to change this).

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I played around with a couple different placements of the radiators and where the tubing ran, but this configuration honestly looked the best.