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Skylake Evolv Build

by jonathansun728

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61 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 4, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.3GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

This is my first build ever. Before this, I've been using a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro, and I play games on it. It's definitely not the best thing, but since its overheating and heavily throttling while I was gaming, I decided to open it up. I started cleaning up all the dust and before I new it, I was swapping out the RAM and re-applying the thermal paste as well. In short, I enjoyed fiddling with it. Though changing out the thermal paste made it a bit cooler, I knew i needed an actual gaming desktop to smoothly run the games I want. (I was playing TERA that time).

After watching a lot of YouTube videos (mostly LinusTechTips), I became more and more interested about building my own PC. There are times where I can't sleep at night, repetitively browsing the price lists of nearby computer retailer shops. (I live in the Philippines). After three (3) months, I've saved up enough money and chosen each part in my build very meticulously.

When it came to building the actual PC, it took me almost 8 hrs to assemble the thing. (Building it outside the case, inside the case, installing the LED lights, and overclocking). It wasn't exactly a smooth process since it's my first time. Had to redo some of the wiring and cable management at the back and all. But everything worked out fine in the end.

All in all, I'm very happy with this build. Everything was compatible with everything and it definitely looks SICK. Everything I could ever want for a gaming pc given my budget. Overclocked my CPU to 4.6 GHz @ 1.375V and my GPU to 1515 MHz. I'm getting 70 fps in Witcher 3. (Overclocked my monitor too for the lulz). The only thing I would change in this would be adding more RAM and getting some white cable sleeving.

Thanks for PCPartPicker for giving me the courage to post my build A BIG THANKS to Linus! For inspiring me to build my PC (tho he probly wont see this - big Linus fan here :) )

Let me know what you guys think of my build!

Part Reviews

CPU

Everything I would ever need in a CPU! Great for gaming, and very power efficient.

CPU Cooler

Got this coz of the sick LEDs (better than Corsair's imo), but it does great on cooling as well! And I love the CAM Software.

Motherboard

The best bang for the buck Z170 Mobo in the market imo. And it looks great!..... apart from the brown pcb.

Memory

Corsair makes good quality RAM. Can't go wrong with this.

Storage

Makes the system snappy. Less than 10 seconds boot time.

Storage

For storage and stuff. Weirdly, i love the way this HD sounds..

Video Card

A BEAST for gaming!! I run most games at 60-70 fps with this because of the overclocking headroom. And those ring LEDs, man..

Case

Most smexy case in the market imo. That 3mm aluminum on all sides makes it very sturdy as well. It's a joy working with this case a a first time builder.

Power Supply

80+ Gold rated PSU with full jap capacitors, can't go wrong with this.

Monitor

A fairly cheap monitor with good color calibration. Got a bit of back light bleed though, but after a day I couldn't notice it anymore. Maybe its gone. I was able to overclock this to 72hz using an HDMI cable.

Keyboard

I love the MX Silent Keys and the feel of this keyboard in general. Those LEDs really shine bright. The CUE software needs a bit of a learning curve but it definitely allows you to customize everything on this keyboard.

Mouse

The best mouse in the market imo. I waited for this one instead of buying the Proteus Core, cuz I love em LEDs.

Comments Sorted by:

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

wow!! Photo no.14!! The case is gorgeous... +1

Very nice build!

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Glad you like it. Thanks!

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

:)

Phillip.Phillip 2 points 20 months ago

This is hands down he best Evolv ATX build I have seen so far. +1

thanks for luving me!

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! Means a lot :)

PCsquared 1 Build 0 points 20 months ago

Please stop following me.

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 20 months ago

Wut?

PCsquared 1 Build 0 points 20 months ago

Every build I go to, you're there. STOP FOLLOWING ME YOU'RE LITERALLY EVERYWHERE I GO!!!

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 20 months ago

That was a joke, right?

PCsquared 1 Build 0 points 20 months ago

yes

Swaaha 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Real mvp, reviews all the parts...

Also Hue+ \o/ Everyone is going rainbow on this website, swag swag swag

(upvote)

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! Rgb ftw!

CrazedGunner 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Love the RGB lighting. But what is that stop button on the GPU for?

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thats an indicator for the fans. If it says stop, means fans arent running - systems cool enough :)

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Woohoo this one is Christmas in March. +1

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Good build, well thought out and seems like a good rig for the future. Congrats!

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks :)

isaac.w.clough 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

+1 for the Hue+ and the Kraken! Nice build brother! Amazing case choice! Love the frosted blue and white color combo you got going. My Kraken is actually the same color xD. Next thing I'm thinking about is a G1 Gaming 980 ti to do what you did with the matching blue color.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! Wish I've gotten a 980 ti as well, but the Xtreme Gaming one.

texasmayne 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Yup, this is sexy.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks :)

Ghrolt 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Epic.

Amanda47 2 points 20 months ago

I love the multicolored LEDs! Now I wish I'd gotten a windowed case

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks :)

PCIntake 2 points 20 months ago

Your build has more colors than my future... great job!

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

LOL Thanks!

Demi_Lim 2 points 20 months ago

I LOOOVVVEEE YOOOUUUU

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Love you too! hehe :)

Ubiquibuild 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Well done on your 1st system build!

I was particularly interested with your build as I am about to begin a Skylake build myself in the Phanteks Evolv TG Edition (Stay tuned). I would love to see you get the white CableMod sleeving to pimp the look a little further.

Great job - I feel even more excited to complete my build after seeing your success. +1

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks man! Glad to hear it. I'm sure yours will look better with the TG evolv :)

Ubiquibuild 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I should have my build submitted within 24-48 hours (parts are still coming in). Very exciting indeed. I really admire the work of Phanteks! Great job again ;)

brok249 1 point 20 months ago

So does the Hue+ control the LEDs in the front of the case as well? I've been thinking of buying an Evolv ATX and HUE+ and it would be incredible if that was added functionality I didn't know about.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yep. I had the hue+ led strips at the aluminum panel at the front of the case. You have to use the adhesive since aluminum isnt magnetic.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I'll add some pics how i got it there when I get home :)

brok249 2 points 20 months ago

I'd love those pics. I'm planning on getting a Hue+ and using some Amazon credit I've been saving to buy an Evolv ATX.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! Evolv ATX looks great with HUE+ :)

Jackasmacka 1 point 20 months ago

HOW DID YOU GET THE LEDS ON THE FRONT LIKE THAT ON PIC 1?! SO SEXY!

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

The hue+ comes with a two long and short extension cables. I used one short one and one long one so that the leds could reach the front removable aluminum panel

Jackasmacka 2 points 20 months ago

Cool, probably gonna be getting a Hue+ when I do my build :)

emgray 1 point 20 months ago

How did you overclock the monitor?

What stops you from going over 72Hz, does the monitor stop working or does the image quality start to degrade?

Doing this probably voids the warranty but if for any reason the monitor need to be returned can the manufacturer or seller find out what you've been doing?

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I overclocked it via Nvidia Control Panel > Change Resolution, then creating a custom resolution.

I actually got it to 72Hz stable at the most but decided to turn it down a bit. Setting it to 73Hz above just displayed a black screen, meaning the monitor couldn't handle that much of an overclock given my connection (HDMI).

Not so sure if the manufacturer could find out if you overclocked the monitor, but I highly doubt it. When I connect another device to the monitor it reverts back to 60Hz. It's still a risk though, since the components would run a bit hotter (which I have observed) but I haven't heard of anyone breaking their monitor because of overclocking it.

emgray 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the reply.

Enjoy your PC : )

BrackenXIII 1 point 20 months ago

pre ganyang ganyan din nararamdaman ko after ko baklasin mga parts ng luma nameng PC. kaso ang problema. di ko alam na need pala lagyan ng thermal paste yung cpu at cpu cooler. ayun nag overheat cpu ko. natuluyan. nag iipon p lang ako ngayon ng mga parts para sa first build pc ko.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Goodluck pre :)

BrackenXIII 1 point 20 months ago

san mo nbili yung led strips mo na RGB?

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Sa PCHub sa may gilmore. NZXT Hue+

BrackenXIII 1 point 20 months ago

magkano?

Gezer 1 point 20 months ago

Nice set up, may I ask how did you place the nzxt hue+ did you use the ssd drive cage? Or just glue/taped it there?

Also what's your opinion on the monitor? Do you like it? Thanks :D

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I managed to place the led strip below the ssd drive cage mounted at the front. It was a bit of a tight fit though.

The monitors still doing fine after 2 months of use. I hardly notice any blacklight bleed now and I'm still running it at 70Hz, color looks good. :)

Benjamax 1 point 20 months ago

Wow fantastic build! +1

Just another quick question about the front LEDs - did you use one strip or two from the NZXT Hue+ kit? I have the case and Hue+ myself but wouldn't mind getting the extension kit as well to add even more sparkle - maybe on the front panel too, if you don't mind me stilling your build ;)

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I only used one led strip that came with the hue+ for the front panel. i guess it would be better if you could add 2 strips on the front if you could. Cleaning the front filter will be bit harder though.

Benjamax 1 point 20 months ago

Awesome, thank you for getting back to me :)

Caminon 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Simply beautiful, with great part choices. Awesome job, dude!

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks :)

fripsy 1 point 19 months ago

Hi. I wanted to make a similar build to this and I have a question for you. Does the brown PCB of the mobo stand out when the case is close/opened. This MOBO fits really well with my RGB build (still an idea). Thanks.

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I didn't even notice that my pcb is brown till I saw a comment saying that its brown. I have a RGB build too and I don't seem to notice it stand out. It's still a good mobo to get imo :)

okayrene 1 point 18 months ago

You and I have the same CPU, Mobo, cooler and case. Did you also run into any issues with the motherboard claiming to not recognize your CPU fan? And then the pump on the Kraken making a rattling noise?

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Not at all. The fans are connected via fan hub and that came with the Kraken and thats connected to the cpu fan header in the mobo. And all thats powered by a sata power. I do have a bit of pump noise, but its barely audible, you need to open the case up and peek your head in to hear it.

GravelsNotAFood 1 point 11 months ago

So, a bit of time has passed. Do you still like the monitor? Would you recommend it?

jonathansun728 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I would still recommend this monitor. I'm no longer using it as I've upgraded to a 29 inch. But the person I sold it to seems very happy with it.