Description

I use this build for 1440p gaming, Photoshop, After Effects, Schoolwork and browsing the internet.

Part Choice Notes:

CPU: I purchased this CPU in early 2013 for $329 and it is a very solid processor.

CPU Cooler: I purchased this cooler mainly because of teksyndicate's review, and the fact that it competes with a H100. I bought another for my other build because of how nice it looks. Likely wlll get a Fractal Kelvin S24 on launch.

Motherboard: This is pretty much the best Z77 ITX overclocking motherboard and was bought at the time for a build in a prodigy. I fell in love with the evolv but can't find any mATX z77 boards and refuse to buy another processor when my 3770k is just fine with all the tasks I do.

Memory: This kit was on sale september of 2012 for $85. The cheapest 8gb kit was selling for $65, so I bought this one. It has become very useful as I get into the adobe creative suite.

Storage: I got this Seagate SSD for $150 last year. It's essentially a Corsair Neutron GTX in a seagate body. One has failed me so far so I do not recommend it, but the reads and writes are usually around 500 mb/s and seagate support has been solid.

GPU: I got this GPU for $500 in the beginning of november. Should be a huge upgrade from my GTX 760 but i find it has a lot of fps dips. Not the quietest but gigabyte definitely made a solid GPU with a mean factory OC.

Chassis: The EVOLV is my favourite chassis to date. Feels insanely solid and looks insanely good. It really speaks for itself. I've had some issues trying to install my second NF-A14 intake because the fan holes are not standard.

Fans: I bought all of my fans for the legendary noctua silence. These fans rewally aren't much more than a whisper and i quite like the looks.

PSU: Bought this for around $85 when I got my CPU. Very nice PSU although the cables are really fugly.

Silverstone LS01 is in the mail to light my PC up.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 7 points

If you had sleeved cables your rig would look absolutely amazing! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly what I thought.. A sleeved 24 pin and GPU cables would make this even more sexy than it already is ;)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, my PSU is only semi-modular so customs are out of the picture, extensions would be the only way. I don't really see the cables through the window so it's not a huge deal. Planning on eventually getting an EVGA psu and sleeved cable kit, but even that is far off as this PSU works fine and money is tight.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeeeeeeeah! An Evolv! Great job. ^

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. Been scouting this case out for a solid 4 months.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig man :) I am looking at transplanting my setup into this case, do you think it can accommodate my 2 x Gigabyte G1-Gaming GTX-970 in SLI?

I'd be moving from my full ATX to either Asus Maximus VII Gene or the Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5 .

I'd also have to fit in my Corsair H100 cpu cooler but seems pretty straight forward to mount that at the top?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be fine. The evolv has some ventilation at the bottom so your bottom GPU won't starve. There is a huge amount of space at the top for a radiator as well and mounting is a breeze. I'd be slightly concerned about your top GPU but if you've been using them in SLI prior it should be the same.

You may want to look at the upcoming Evolv ATX as that will save you the cost of a motherboard swap- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShKOco2kzE

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

y yo keyboard be soo small????? nice build btw

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Because I don't really need all of the other keys.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor clamp is that specifically? I have the same monitor and having been looking for one. Nice build +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Mount-it dual monitor stand. Took the second arm off when I decided to go single-monitor. Pretty great for $60, would 100% recommend.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a leopold mech keyboard?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No, It's a KBC Poker II with cherry MX browns and blue Leda. :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks really close to it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the similar looks and the fact that the keyboard looks like a white rectangle in the picture can lead one to believe that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, the OCD in me loves that super clean desk.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I certainly am not a fan of overcrowded or messy desks. Can't work unless it's clean.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig Alex, certainly looks awesome no doubt. Good part choices as well. Only thing I'd do differently is maybe put in a hexa core 3930k, especially since the pc is used for rendering. Still nice job! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Eventually I'd like to get a 5820K but computer components are really expensive in canada and I really haven't ran into anything that this can't handle reasonably well.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks cool. You should change those noctua industrials for a true blackedout rig

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to get the iPPC fans but I weirdly like the look of the originals. Also industrials don't allow for the Low-Noise Adapter to be used which sort of sealed the deal.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The Poker II in pictures 6-8 is clearly trying to steal the show :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah :P

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello i have almost the same setup just msi 970 and noctua nh-d14 cpu cooler. I was thinking about going for the phanteks evolv.

How match noise does the case lets out when under load?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

The evolv lets out a reasonable amount of noise, all of my components are low noise so it emits around 40db at load. The evolv is quite a good case for silence especially considering its lack of dampening foam. Don't expect to not be able to hear it at all with your head in the case but It'll be a faint whisper if you've got it under your desk or a few feet away, provided you have the right fan profiles.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'm in love with it. I'm freaked out by how solid the aluminum feels coming from a prodigy.