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Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX TG - EK Watercooled i7-8700K / GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

by Serzyfritz


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Date Published

Nov. 2, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


It had been a while since I built myself a new computer so I knew I had to do it right so here is what I did.

-I painted a Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX all black case to have white insides -Purchased an EK Fluid Gaming A240G CPU & GPU watercooling kit that I then added an additional 240mm radiator too as well as angled fittings to clean up the look -Delidded the i7-8700K to be able to better control the temps and for a little more overclocking headroom -Overclock is stable at 4.8GHz with a reasonable 1.3v (I think I got a crap chip :( )

After getting all the pieces together I **** myself as after a few hours of operation the New Corsair CX550M power supply I originally had made a loud pop and went up in smoke. This caused me to tear down the entire build to check for damage, thankfully it appears as though only the power supply was injured.

Overclock Info: CPU - All cores 4.8GHz at 1.3v - Temps are around 30 Idle, 55 real world load, and 70 for extreme stress test (prime95) GPU - 2025 MHz Core / 6054MHz Memory

Let me know what you think of my build!

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eli_harper13 6 Builds 3 points 15 months ago

Great build man! NEVER cheap out on your PSU!!! I went through two Corsair CX PSUs before I learned my lesson.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Good job, I really like the soft tubing - minimal and clean. Post your voltage/temp/clock numbers for CPU/GPU under load.

Where would you drain your loop to refresh the liquid ?

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you. I’m still in the process of tweaking and testing the overclocks of the CPU/GPU so I’ll post the info when I settle on my final stable values.

In the last picture you can see the drain system I came up with. I ordered a plastic 3/8 T-fitting and a plastic Ball Valve from Grainger. Had to use plastic as I couldn’t find any pieces that were aluminum that would be compatible with the EK Fluid Gaming kit.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Oh, I didn't notice it before. Cool, everything seems easy to maintain with this build.

NeonPinHead 3 Builds 0 points 4 months ago

The ball valve is completely plastic? if so could you post a link or better description please?

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 0 points 15 months ago

In the basement obviously.

SeanPops 1 point 15 months ago

Awesome build. I am currently building my first gaming PC from scratch. I have been looking at buying that same monitor but don't know whether to go for a 1440p 144hz instead for the higher refresh rate

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

The monitor was a carry over from before I built this PC. The monitor worked awesome with my RX470 with its Free Sync feature but now that I have a NVIDIA 1080 Ti I am going to look to replace it with either a higher refresh rate monitor or a G-Sync enabled monitor.

MannyPCs 1 point 15 months ago

Nice setup. +1

HappyPanda726 1 point 15 months ago

Sexy build! I have a few questions. 1, why delid the 8700k? 2, link for the 90 and 45 degree fittings? And 3, what's that orange glow stick in the back? It's sexy!

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Wanted to delid for the best possible results with overclocking. The 45 and 90 i bought directly from the fluidgaming website. The orange in the back is the LED's that come mounted to the underside of the motherboard.

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ibedave777 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Clean!! Great job!!

Frostbite11 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Awsome build man, two questions though, what liquid are you using and how did you make the drain port?

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Drain was made with a plastic ball valve from Grainger. The fluid i have since changed out to the fluid that comes with the kit.

Frostbite11 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Did you use a splitter for the drain or something, because you can’t really see the setup of the drain in the photos.

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Oh yeah, there is a plastic T fitting that I hid behind the reservoir that goes to the drain valve.

Frostbite11 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

That’s what I figured, nice build, definitely one of my favourites in the case

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you!

Zaveix 1 point 14 months ago

What liquid are you using in this? Most of the white liquid I've seen isn't ALU compatible.

dylanerion 1 point 12 months ago

Just ordered the same kit with additional rad, did you need to use the slim fans up top so the reservoir would fit or was that just preference? I have the same case and am hoping I can make it fit without buying new fans

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Without slim fans up top they would pretty much touch the lid of the case, even with the slim fans there is low airflow out the top. If i located the reservoir differently you should of put the fans on the lower side of the radiator.

dylanerion 1 point 12 months ago

Got everything in the mail a few days ago and ended up needing to order the slim fans. Should be assembling tomorrow maybe I'll look into modding the top to allow more exhaust. Either that or mounting the reservoir in the bottom where the drive bays were. I'll be sure to update, thanks for the help!

limelight55 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Do you know if that pump has the same dimensions as the https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-100-spc-60-mx-pwm-incl-pump? (I cant find the ACR dimensions anywhere). Im looking into upgrading my build to hard line and I am having a hard time figuring out how I want to mount the pump. Does yours make a lot of noise?

I looking at this config or mounting their D5 pump horizontal with the top facing the window of the case. Specs say it should work, but i'm a little hesitant because I have seen literally no reservoirs mounted this way. I though about doing it this way:https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NxxG3C but I find the sag and sticker super unappealing.

TarikDurak 1 point 9 months ago

Did you have any problems with the length of the psu cables? I'm planning to use the same seasonic psu for my mini itx build inside of the nzxt h200i and i've seen several people complaining about cable length.

wknaak21 1 point 5 days ago

how did you clear the GPU and the rad? That's an ek rad, right? I am trying right now to build a similar build in the same case but I can't seem to clear the GPU with the rad and fans. if I put the rad on the other side of the bracket the holes don't line up to mount the fans and if I put the rad on the side that you have I can't clear it and put the graphics card in.

NeonPinHead 3 Builds -1 points 12 months ago

Cant wait for the fluid gaming 280mm Rads to drop. Looks awesome

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Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I had the delid tool from doing my wife’s 7700k and I’d like it to run as cool as possible in order to keep the fans quieter. The bright orange is from the Motherboard, it has a strip of LEDs on that bottom edge of it. The white coolant is from Thermaltake. Gonna run it for a short while and then check it to make sure it’s not gumming up.

HappyPanda726 1 point 15 months ago

Wow. That's really bright! Thanks man! I have a black and white build planned w the EK A240G. But I want 90 degree fittings so I can get rid of some tube slack, but it's not on their website.

Serzyfritz submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

You need to look at the fluid gaming website https://www.ekfluidgaming.com/parts/