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So I finally decided to replace my 6-year old desktop.

This was my first time working with an AIO water cooler. I opted to remove the included case fans in the front and mount the radiator there in a pull configuration. I replaced the stock radiator fans with two SP120 Performance Edition fans. The only other fan in the case is the AF140 Quiet Edition in the back for exhaust.

I was worried whether there would be enough airflow but the temps are pretty good. After overclocking the i7-6700k to 4.5GHz, temps were 25 degrees during idle and under 60 during a Prime95 stress test. This rig is pretty much dead silent even during the stress test. I'm glad I went with the SP120 Performance Edition over the Quiet Edition as the Performance Edition is already pretty silent.

The Enthoo Evolv ATX was an absolute joy to work with and awesome to look at . All the components are extremely high quality and there are just so many well thought out details throughout the case. I honestly don't know how any other case could top this one.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi , it looks like you have a great PC gaming set up , by the looks of it , a very good build. I 'm building a similar Gaming PC, with the OC Asus 980TI Strix , which is definitely a very good video card. I have a few questions concerning your gaming pc as I am looking to use Windows 10 for my build too ( DX12 compatibility for the future) , but am unsure if it is good OS coming from Win 7 as there have been compatibility issues with older games , that I intend to play , such as Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) , and older flight sims , but have heard of many incompatibilities , So i'm just asking if you have experienced any bugs or glitches with gameplay in games , and if you would recommend Win 10. Keep up the good work , also its great to see someone using the Acer Predator XB271HU monitor !

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I went from 7 to 10, and I ended up having to go back to 7 because the sound drivers for my motherboard and for my USB headphones both stopped working one day. It was extremely frustrating because there was no way to actually press any update or uninstall buttons. You could click them, but nothing happened. So after at least 5 hours of puzzling with looking up solutions and reinstalling drivers, I gave up. So, be careful when updating from 7. I think a clean install of the OS will probably be your safest bet.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I think for some older parts, Windows 10 might have driver issues. I had the opposite problem. I bought Windows 7 for this build to save some money. Figured I would just upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Ended up having so many problems. Windows 7 does not have drivers for the Samsung 950 Pro M2 SSD. I had to burn a separate disc with the drivers to get it installed. I then put the Windows 10 update files on my USB 3.0 thumb drive. But when I went to install the USB 3.0 drivers, EVERY USB port got bricked. This happened twice--once with the drivers on the Asus dvd and once with drivers downloaded directly from Intel. With no way to access any of my input devices, I had to reinstall Windows 7 both times. Then I had to burn the Windows 10 update to a disc and install again. It was so frustrating and I wish I had just bought Windows 10 in the first place.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly unpopular opinion:
I actually like Windows 8.1. It isn't as great as 7, but I have it on my laptop and once you get used to some of the weird UI stuff, it's not that bad. Honestly, 10 was ruined for me by driver issues.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have only noticed improvements going from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. No glitches so far.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

lovely machine, the gunmetal asus board and evolv atx seem to be becoming the new msi krait and h440 this year and rightfully so, they look wonderful. try grabbing some sleeved psu cable extensions, maybe in red, will immensely improve aesthetics for just about 20 bucks but that's only cosmetic. very nice +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Took your advice and got some red and black braided cables from BitFenix :] Put up a new pic.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

hey cool thanks for letting me know, definitely makes it look even more kickass

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build. What are you using to light the case?

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

NZXT CB-LED10-WT Sleeved LED Kit - White, 1 m http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=12-170-028

It has a controller that you can install in one of the slots in the back of the PC. However I mounted on the side of the case that doesn't have the window and then ran through the top of the case. I tried both ways and I it looks a lot better done this way. I have to open the side panel to get to the controller but the EVOLV ATX's side panel just opens like a door without any screws so it's not that bad. I normally just leave the lights off anyway.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I am such a sucker for that motherboard, RAM, AIO cooler, and graphics card combination. AH.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I disagree with your choice of peripherals, but everything else about your PC is perfect. You more than deserve a +1.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. I mean peripherals are such a personal choice so it's understandable. The mouse and headphones I've actually had for a long time. Only the keyboard and monitor are new.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. Still, it's the PC that really counts, so you're absolutely right. Very nice build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! I am loving systems that use the Evolv! I would like my system to use it but I'm pretty content with the Define S.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the Strix logo Pulsate only? Or can you set it to "On" always...?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I set it to On with No Animation in the GeForce Experience settings but it still pulsates. Unless I'm missing something, I don't think there is a way for it to stay on without pulsating.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the LED could you tell me what it is thanks.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT CB-LED10-WT Sleeved LED Kit - White, 1 m http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=12-170-028

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Upvote for front mount RAD, Everyone always puts it at the top which cuts off a huge view of the MOBO

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I think it looks a lot cleaner this way.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed 100%, ****** spot for a slide out mount, Only complaint about this case

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you mount your radiator up top where they literally made a slide-out bracket to do so?

+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Because in my opinion it makes the whole thing very cramped and ugly. There's much more space up in the front. Mounting it in the front was not difficult at all. You slide out the filter tray and then just put in some screws. However, both mounting options are perfectly acceptable. I think it's just a matter of personal preference.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

True. Good point.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Because of your build, I think I going to put my radiator up front then run 3 af120 up top. Looking great

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that is a perfectly good option. I will say this though, this build stays plenty cool even under heavy load without any top mounted fans. Although obviously I don't know what your exact setup is going to be like.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i ask, you said "Mounting it in the front was not difficult at all. You slide out the filter tray and then just put in some screws." Does this mean i cant have the Air filter on with the RAD?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea you still keep the air filter. Otherwise all the dust would just get pulled into the case. You just need to remove it temporarily to mount the radiator.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How's your pressure in the case? Are you positive? (ie what's the dust looking like) I know you said it cools well but that's a low number of fans for that particular configuration so I'm just curious. I'm about to build something very similar. Looks awesome though!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really sure but it is virtually dustfree. Haven't cleaned in months and I don't see any dust honestly. I have the CPU overclocked to 4.5 Ghz. Has been running perfectly stable that way since the day I built it.