For this build my goal was to venture away from console gaming and come back to PC gaming. The primary functions this build will serve include gaming, everyday web browsing, and light office work (Microsoft Office suite).
Aesthetically I wanted a simple, clean build without too many in your face colors.
The case (Phanteks Evolv ATX - Black) was a pleasure to work in and made the process very easy although it was not perfect. First, two of the screws in the case sheared during shipping (the phillips head sheared away from the screw itself). This occurred on the PWM fan hub and the front plate that houses the USB ports and reset button. Also, I read a lot about the Evolv ATX having terrible exhaust at the top and the hot air recirculating into the case so I used aluminum sheeting from Home Depot (with magnets) to cover the open spaces next to the radiator. Lastly the side of the case used for cable management doesn't leave a ton of room. As such, thick cable runs made it difficult to get the case closed on that side. All of the cable management I did was a waste since I couldn't get the case to close. I will need to redo this at a later date. I had severe negative pressure using the 2x140 provided intakes (front), 2x140 exhaust on the swiftech (top) and 1x140 exhaust (rear). I flipped the rear exhaust to intake and now have positive pressure but I may go back to exhaust on that fan and modify the fan curves in BIOS.
The Swiftech H240 X2 Prestige is beautiful to look at (aside from the poorly defused LEDs). It is sturdy and incredibly quiet. My system is fairly quiet during most tasks. I'm running a 4.6ghz overclock at 1.29v and after 1 hour of Aida 64 the temps hover in the mid-high 60c range and peak momentarily at 74-75c. At idle temps stay mid-high 20c. I do have some thermal variation in the CPU cores (cores 0 and 1, 1 especially, tend to run 3c-6c warmer than cores 2 and 3). I am going to re-seat the heatsink to see if that fixes it and see how the thermal paste spread. I did that part by myself so it may be an easier process with a second set of hands. NOTE to anyone contemplating the swiftech h240 or H320 coolers with the Evolv ATX case. Clearance in this case is not great going all the way left or right (going all the way right wasn’t possible). When mounting it all the way to the left in the case, you have some overlap of the radiator fans and the rear exhaust fan. This is why I went with a centerish mounting position and closed up the open areas.
I realize now that the power supply was overkill but I wanted to keep my options open for going SLI with the GTX 1080 (which is not something I am now planning on since I settled on a 1440p monitor).
The motherboard was super easy to work with and overclock (first time overclocking). The only thing I have left to do is try to figure out how to re-wire the LED controller for the Swiftech to work with a button on the front panel of the case.
I picked up the ASUS PG279Q monitor and was very fortunate to not have any of the QC issues that seem to plague this monitor. No dead pixels, IPS Glow is normal and backlight bleed is not significant at all.
Overall I’m very happy with how it turned out and welcome any feedback.