I will be posting better photos tonight
I built my first PC a couple weeks ago, and like in all things in my life, it wasn't enough. That build, which was the base for this is here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/NrNNnQ
My goal quickly went from budgeting with an eye towards high end performance, to just going for high end performance with some overkill.
Now that i've done this twice, I have a much better feel for what I want and how to visualize it in the chassis. It's a shame I cant do one of these a week! Haha.
Part reviews are below, with the exception of two items that I feel I need to write about.
The Phanteks Hub. This is not a true PWM hub as stated in the part description. It is a controlled hub for variable voltage fans. I did a lot of reading on the various hubs out there and the motherboard needs. You need to read you user manual and understand the pinouts of your cpu_fan, sys_fan, cpu_opt etc. With my motherboard, and the hub connected to the sys_fan pin, I am able to setup a nice curve based off temperature but adjusted by voltage. If you do not set this up properly you WILL have your fans running full speed.
I originally was mounting two 120mm fans on top of the radiator tray and was going to cut the lid for a push/pull configuration. However, during mockup I put the stock sp120l fans up there and was appalled at the sound. Once I realized that they were all running full speed, and that the sp120l sounds like a turbine spinning up, I pulled and decided to see how things go without the pull fans. So far so good.
The LED strip. Yeap. I paid over $20 for a led strip. I LOVE IT! The strip is magnetized, allowing you to mount it virtually anywhere in your case. I played around with a few locations before settling on aft of the radiator to illuminate the rear of the case. Why have a case window if you can't see chit?!
The latest and greatest, right? I originally was going for a 5820K for the crunching power, but after realizing that I had made a purchasing mistaking in motherboards for X99 I weighed what i'd be really using the PC at home for, and opted for the 6700k. I OC'd it right away to firstname.lastname@example.org and eventually settled down at email@example.comV I am very impressed with this processors performance.
Another changed component! I started out with the H80i GT - and while that performed well I knew it wasn't going to continually meet my requirements. This clc fits perfectly in the radiator tray of the evlolv itx chassis, with room on each side for positioning. My only complaint would be the lack of orientation of the corsair logo on the radiator itself. It'd be simple to do a single design that fits both sides of the radiator regardless of positioning. Obviously not a performance issue, but it bugs my attention to detail aspect.
I purchased this solely based of Maximum PC's review of it, as I was not versed in the market at the time. I am quite pleased with the features it offers and it meets every need you have in an itx chassis. The bios is easily navigated though could be a little more precise in description. Most importantly, the manual as all pinouts clearly labeled, which was important in this build (I'll get to that later). An added bonus is the ability to enable to disable the audio light, it's red, so it can be a detractor for the eyes.
Overkill? Yes. Looks good in the build. I opted for 2666 over any higher because I frankly do not see the need.
Fast. Reliable. Samsung Magician is awesome. Not much to say here, it's an SSD.
I am using this for my primary storage drive. It performance as expected for a spinner!
This GPU is incredible. I originally had the GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ and was happy there. However, with the release of the division I quickly realized how soon it'd be where I wanted more. Enter the FTW, yay. I am waiting on my monitor, but currently have everything i've done set to max and maintain 85+ FPS at 1080P. This one came with a black plate, which really cleans up the bay.
When venturing out to build my first computer I knew I didn't want anything the size of a atx tower and found this beauty in a Maximum PC review as well. The case is great! There are many, many, options for cable routing. The slide out radiator tray is a great feature. The front of the case mounts either a single 200mm or two 140mm fans. There are removable filters are the front and bottom (psu). Multiple mounting locations for harddrives or other peripherals.
Cable management is this cases best attribute. I was able to tidy up quite a bit and leave the rats nest we see in many build behind.
I started out with a 650, bumped it up to this when I added the new components. I love the modular platform and how it helps with cable management.
Love it or hate it, its here. I personally love W10. I seamlessly move from my work environment on 7E to this.
Nice fan - good specs - choose your own rings.
I have these mounted to the radiator and connected to the cpu_fan pin. Great specs and do their job well.
These are mounted in the front of the case. I chose them for the leds and decent specs. However, I may be changing them to a higher static pressure fan in the future. They look great and are performing well.
I haven't had a mechanical keyboard since the 90's, haha. I was very hesitant to purchase one due to the cost of entry, but after a failed logitech device (during setup no less, I was mighty annoyed) I said F it and picked this at best buy. I have to say, I am a huge fan now but likely wont go beyond this here.
I love this mouse! I have never been able to adjust DPI before and it is incredible when needed. The buttons are all well placed and easily accessible by your fingers. The weights are a nice addition. I added all of them as I prefer a solid feel.
Great system, incredible amounts of configuration - no longer available new.