I needed a machine that could easily handle Docker containers, VMs, compile and execute unit tests in parallel && many Chrome tabs open.

I overclocked the CPU @ 4.1GHZ but kept default speed for AVX.

The Evolv X case, EVGA x299 Dark motherboard and Kraken cooler DON'T work well together!

  • connecting the cables to the motherboard in the Evolv X was a nightmare! This case is great for ATX motherboards.... but not so great with EATX, especially for EVGA x299 Dark because of the direction of the connectors.

  • the case... overall quality is not there, one plastic clip from the right side of the case got broken :(

  • the motherboard VRM fans and the heatsink is blocking the access to the cooler USB port

  • access to the U.2 ports is limited because of the GPU

  • the motherboard has no USB 3.1 header for the front of the case

On the plus side

  • the case looks amazing and I love the aluminium panels

  • the motherboard feels solid, bios has a stress test tool built-in and runs very cool

  • the cooler is easy to install and looks nice

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You too have a collection of mini cactus plants.

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes, They are also part of the build !! :))

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I just checked out your build and! love the two reservoirs, it looks amazing. I was in between the 9960x and TR 2950x, but I decided to go with Intel just because I needed AVX512. What are you using your machine for?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea that Intel is pretty sweet, it's a touch choice but if you were set on 16 cores, you made the right choice.

My build is kind of an aspirational build, being a kid that loved computers and finally being able to afford a maxed out PC, i went for it. But I do software dev, and that's what I'll primarily be using it for. Lol my cpu usage is always like 3% or 5%. Although I've seen it go up to 80-90% when compiling stuff in Visual Studio.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PSU? Have you had any problems with it? Is it quite when under load? I’m struggling to find any reviews on it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn’t had any problems with the PSU, however if you want to have some nice looking cables like the ones from then I would go with a different brand ( can get cable extensions that look good, but then the efficiency of the power supply drops)