Description

I'm going to be honest, this PC serves no specific purpose other than to satisfy my desire to build something new. I don't really do anything crazy on my computer, some gaming when I can find the time and a little CAD work every now and then. My previous build was entirely sufficient for my needs, but I had a few Amazon gift cards and some extra bday cash on hand so I figured I'd sell it and try something different.

Everything in the part list that shows a price of $0 was re-used from my previous build, and all other prices reflect what I actually paid after applying gift money and gift cards. I sold my previous rig for $900 (without the GTX 970, M550s, or H105), so I actually came pretty close to breaking even after all was said and done.

A couple of hardware/design themes:

  • Crucial - I work for Micron, so naturally I'm a little biased here (Crucial is our consumer products brand). Hey, we make good stuff, what can I say.

  • EVGA - In my experience, EVGA sells some quality stuff. Coupled with the fact that they have fantastic customer support, I decided to rely on their products heavily for many of the critical components in my build.

  • Carbon Fiber - Although the overall design of the Enthoo Evolv mATX case is absolutely gorgeous, the satin black version is somewhat of a fingerprint magnet. It bugged my OCD, so I decided to wrap the case in 3M Dinoc carbon fiber vinyl.

Other hardware notes:

CPU: Luckily I have family that lives near a MicroCenter and the 5820k was still selling for $300 in-store. Used a little bday cash to subsidize the cost and I only had to pay $200 for it out of pocket. Definitely a worthy upgrade from the 3770K, IMO. OC'd to 4.5GHz without a hitch and runs like a dream.

MOBO: This thing oozes quality, fantastic job by EVGA and much improved over the original X99 Micro. USB 3.1 type-C and M.2 support, audio isolation, intuitive BIOS made OC'ing a breeze, nice design touches such as IO cover. I love it.

SSDs: I have the two M550s in a 512GB RAID0 and they get over 1GB/s sequential read/write, which makes me very happy.

CASE: I love the design language of the Enthoo EVOLV line, Phanteks really outdid themselves IMO. The only gripe I have with this case is the window panel is pretty low quality: it scratches easily and has a kind of rippled effect from some angles, probably due to the fact that they thermoformed a fairly thin sheet of acrylic. A thicker polycarbonate would have been nice. Also, not a huge fan of the heavy tint.

RAM: Straight up sexy heatspreaders and rock solid, reliable performance.

GPU: 1507MHz boost clock? Yes please. Perfectly adequate for gaming at 1080p/1200p. When Pascal drops maybe I'll see if I can pick up a 980 Ti for a decent price.

PSU: Fully modular, 80 PLUS Gold, high quality. Probably a bit overkill for my needs, but oh well. I had some Amazon gift card money saved up that I used to subsidize the cost. I also picked up a set of braided cables from CableMod, which are fantastic, by the way.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 12 points

Can I borrow it for forever?

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

No I already took it .

  • 51 months ago
  • 8 points

May I just say

DAT CARBON FIBER DOE

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

OMG I want those fans! They look so awesome with the way they're lit up! Are they very loud? Noise doesn't bother me that much, but if these are silent as they are cool, I wantz.

Carbon fiber job looks top notch. How was making the holes around the buttons and ports?

Great job on the price with every you did. This was an incredibly smart move, money-wise.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are great, they come with an extension cable that can be used to reduce RPMs for lower noise, but even at stock they're still not that loud. I'd definitely recommend them.

It wasn't too bad wrapping around the ports, actually. I swapped the blade on my Xacto knife for something a little longer and narrower and it worked great.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build +1, i actually recently put a few of their rgb riings in my build. The 3pack comes with a fan controller so its nice being able to just switch to low noise mode whenever you want. They're generally pretty silent though.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Those look totally awesome! I think I'm going to buy myself some.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this. I see why they featured you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The best build on the site imo....

Also what are your thoughts on evga motherboards?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I don't know about that, but thanks!

I've been pretty impressed with this EVGA mobo in particular, the build quality is top notch and it's pretty feature packed for the price. Looks like they've really stepped up their game lately in the PC component market outside of just graphics cards.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What camera did you use?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Canon Rebel T2i with a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for so many questions but how do you do such pro carbon fiber wraping?When I tried doing it for my headphones (the headband top side) and I could not even make the cuts perfectly!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries. This application wasn't too complicated just because the case has a lot of flat surfaces and clean lines to work with. Generally though you want to make sure you clean the surface beforehand, then cut out a section a little larger than you actually need. Make sure to align the pattern of the vinyl how you want it, then apply from one end to the other, smoothing it out as you go to avoid air bubbles. I would recommend taping some cloth to the edge of a credit card or something to use as a tool to smooth out the surface and work it into cracks/crevices. When working with complex surfaces hit it with a heat gun or blow dryer for a few seconds, it makes it much more pliable and easier to shape. Then trim around the edges with an Xacto knife to clean it up.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, another micronite, good to see. Very nice vinyl job as well. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir. You work at Micron, too?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Contractor, Layoffs. Still have family out there, so I still have faith in them.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE YOUR BUILD AWESOME PHOTOS BTW

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i got really excited when i saw 900 dollar i7 5820K and gtx 970, but then I noticed almost all of the stuff wasnt included n the price

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Killer build. And awesome job on the Evolv wrapped in carbon fiber. Them Riing fans tho are simply the best added some to my build and worlds better.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and pictures! +1 I love the carbon fiber look!

One question, can you post your cpu & gpu temperatures?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I'll update it with some better info on the temps in a bit. The GTX 970 idles around 34C and actually doesn't get too hot during gaming, usually tops out around mid to high 60s. The 5820K usually idles in the low to mid 30s right after boot, but I've noticed that the longer I leave my computer on the idle temps gradually increase up into the high 40s. I suspect it's because the hot air exhausting from the H105 gets trapped in the top of the case. If I remove the top panel of the case the idle temps drop back down into the 30s.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job you've done there! I think it's kinda standard with the sidepanel quality. My S340 has the same ripple effect from angles and does also get some scratches... Forget about that minor detail and enjoy that lovely build ;D

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely a very minor complaint, nothing that I really care enough to do anything about. Thanks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, I wish I had micro centers near me ;-;

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to do any modification to the shroud on that motherboard? I just installed a Micro2 board and the shroud that covers all of the I/O ports does not allow me to get my 980ti in the top PCI port slot. I ended up having to leave it off... which bummed me out because it looks so nice.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

No I didn't make any modifications. I loosened all the screws that hold the shroud in place and applied a constant upward pressure on it as I was installing the 970, then tightened the screws back down on the shroud afterward. It was definitely a tight fit, one of the very few design flaws on that motherboard.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but almost got a bit angry you went with a 970 over a 390 but when realized it was from your last build. Solid build nonetheless.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Jealous :(

lol

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! +1

Can you check out my build?

Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/KSlicer/saved/H99dnQ

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Chido carnal. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are some very nice looking pictures. The build it self is very nice looking, but the actual quality of the pictures themselves is also very high.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Dem fans doe... +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks sexy, leds in all the right places and no ugly led fans. Suggestions: Wireless mice suck, get a wired one (g100s/g400s options). Better headphones would help a lot as well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful cable management.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Phanteks really makes it easy with this case, the Velcro cable straps are awesome and really need to become an industry standard IMO.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks amazing with the lights off :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how this desktop looks. I will for sure base this build and try to incorporate a similar look when I build my own pc.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a work of art! Absolutely beautiful build. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I keep telling my wife that my computer is my canvas but she just rolls her eyes. She just doesn't understand :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I have that computer? LOL that computers beast

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That CF wrap looks amazing, great work! You've got some great pieces in here, though I was wondering, how come you didn't get a Skylake processor? Would it not have been around the same price (as the original price of the 5280K)?

Sexy build. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I decided to go with Haswell-E over Skylake because I could get the 5820K for $299 at MicroCenter, whereas the 6700K costs almost $370. An OC'd 5820K will give significantly better multi-threaded performance at a lower price, so I figured why not?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think this could of been done better. Loving the carbon fiber wrap. My hat tips to you sir! A+++

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn dude.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one sexy as f**k case. Definitely an inspiration for my new build! Didn't think about using vinyl/3M for decals.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, that case is pure sex.

/drool

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

this build looks great. good work.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

sexy fans +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's ....... I can't explain that WOOW it's awesome ........ great work man (:

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow... are you my twin brother? We almost built like the EXACT same computer. Haha.

Congratulations. It is a beauty and I hope you enjoy it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Love the Tt Riing fans!

I've got a rig that's got them all over the place. They add such a great aesthetic to the whole theme.

Cheers

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Black with a touch of orange, perfect for the season. Great job, nice and clean and the carbon fiber is an awesome look. Love the use of Cougar fans.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks amazing. Those fans especially.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the interior LEDs you used?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I used two different sets (both bought off Amazon): BitFenix BFA-ACL-30WK15-RP and NZXT CB-LED20-WT. The BitFenix LEDs are a 30cm long strip with an adhesive back, they're extremely bright and look great. The NZXT LEDs are more of a rope (a couple of feet long) and take up a mobo slot because there's a small PCB to enable adjustable brightness and a power switch.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but VGA on photos isn't GTX 970 FTW+ ACX+, this one have 6 pin + 8 pin connectors, not 2x 6 pin connectors.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good catch, I didn't notice that when I was putting the parts list together. Fixed.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Crucial - I work for Micron, so naturally I'm a little biased here (Crucial is our consumer products brand). That said, being pretty familiar with the technology behind our products I know for a fact that I'm using some of the best performing and most reliable components on the market (and the employee discount is always a nice perk, too).

Thats not 100% true and yes a employee discount is always nice unless you work for Kingston or TTheif.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend against crucial 550s. I've seen dozens upon dozens fail. We always replace them with samsung or intel ssds. They are far more reliable. Excellent build otherwise. I'm considering a build in this case soon!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, highly recommend the case, it's a pleasure to work in and the build quality is top notch. Going on two years with the M550s and they've been doing great for me, so I'll offer up my own anecdotal evidence as a counterpoint to yours :) I'll keep riding them out until NVMe V-NAND products become more mainstream and drop in price or the M550s crap out on me, whichever comes first.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

May your read/write be mighty and your redundant arrays never fail. V-NAND is getting cheaper, so hopefully before anything goes wrong! I've always wanted to do a performance mATX build. Have you experienced any cons after switching to the smaller form factor?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks. I've built 3 different ATX systems in mid-tower cases before this one (Zalman MS1000, Corsair 500R, and Corsair C70). The biggest challenges for me moving to mATX with the Evolv were airflow management and space for extra storage. The Evolv doesn't exhaust hot air very well through the slits in the top of the case, and that's the only place I can put the H105 now that I've swapped the EVGA GTX 970 out for an Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix (which is a freaking massive card, holy cow). The 980 Ti barely fits lengthwise, and it's so wide that I can't put my HDD on the vertical mount at the front behind the intake fans. The only other place available for additional storage is under the shroud in front of the PSU, but fitting the HDD caddy in there is pretty difficult with all of the cables coming out of the front of the PSU. I got sleeved cables and they're a bit more flexible so it wasn't too bad, but you might have a hard time fitting extra HDDs down there with the standard issue cables that come with most PSUs. So overall, I love the compact size of mATX and being able to put my PC on top of my desk without wondering if my desk is sturdy enough to support it, but it comes at the expense of less flexibility in terms of additional storage and sub-optimal airflow at times.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Commenting so I can bookmark this build, It's fantastic btw. Good job!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW MUCH?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

1 MILLION dollars...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol nice build man

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Shut up and take my upvote!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, if you insist :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You sir are great at photography according to these pictures you posted.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Awsome build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I'm late but that is the COOLEST thing I've ever seen!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, better late than never ;) Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you happen to have the cablemod lengths?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't have the lengths, but here is the kit I bought: http://www.performance-pcs.com/cablemod-e-series-g2-p2-cable-kit-black.html#Details

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey' Nice Build!!...Which 3M Carbon Fiber you used?...Black, Black Gloss or Graphite?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, appreciate it. On this build I used black 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber wrap (CA-421). It's good stuff. On my current build (haven't posted it yet) I wrapped the front of my Phanteks P400S with black 3M 1080 series carbon fiber wrap, which I think I like better. It has more of a satin gloss look as opposed to the matte look of the CA-421 DI-NOC.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info!...Post those pic's up man!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Glorious.

Just glorious.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, good sir

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's carbon fiber fiber vinyl, looks just as good and doesn't cost a fortune :)

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a lot, I appreciate it! The first time I saw those riing fans here on PCPP I just knew I had to use them in my next build, they're great.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmmm I love that case, do it!

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks man, I know I've done something right if Spycrab approves!

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