Description

Build upgrade/modification from an existing set-up. Inspiration from Phanteks' 2018 Computex water-cooling demo; and the desire to have a "silent" system primarily for gaming and general work use.

The CPU was de-lidded (stock TIM replaced with liquid metal) for an approximately 17 degree Celsius delta from stock on the same cooler (my old NZXT Kraken x62); with an tightening of the variance between cores from 7 degrees down to 1.5 (testing was following the recommendations on GNs delidding video for consumer level testing). All of this was running my CPU at 5GHz, 1.328V.

Fan speeds are static at approximately 750rpm on the 6 corsair ML 120 Pros servicing the twin 360mm EKWB PE radiators; with the EK D5 Pump running a static profile at 2000rpm. The system is incredibly quiet even at full load; you really have to stick your head up against the intake to even hear a faint hum. The fans are split into two subsets: Front 3 and Rear single operate as static "always on", with the top 3 responding to loop temperature, but never exceeding the speed allocated to the front 3 to ensure my case's airflow was balanced (mildly positive during low load and approaching neutral at full load).

The watercooling kit is: Phanteks blocks and 220 reservoir, EKWB 360PE rads and soft tubing (for the hidden drain and fill components of the loop) & Bitspower 12mm PETG tubing and fittings (with the aim of bending every angle and only using fittings into the components themselves - all but one multi port fitting in the loop to house a temp sensor at the "start" of the loop).

Most other details regarding the kit chosen and my opinions can be found in my previous build's page.

*Bubbles in the reservoir and blocks have since cleared; these photos were taken almost immediately after the EK Blue coolant went in (24 hours of leak testing made me impatient to share the photos with friends).

**Temps can be lowered even further with a more aggressive fan & pump profile, but the idea was to be as near silent as possible... My old build would sound like it was about to take off to achieve even vastly worse temps for the same clocks.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 5 points

post more pics

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Any specific components you’re interested in a closer look at?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics of the front radiator and cable management in the back. Sure they are boring but curious to see how you managed things.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

This should have been featured instead of that strange-looking Sydney Opera thing... Amazing work, my friend. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Truly tranquil.

+1 this is eye candy.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you agree!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful pc, with a clean loop.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay this is probably the most stunning build I've evr seen. Now this is a good case. Perfection. And I'm calling af eature

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thanks. The case kept getting it's release date pushed back over and over; but it's genuinely perfect for water-cooling. All the little details add up; and it looks super clean from the back with the cable management compartments closed.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I couldn't agree more, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it showcased a few months back through youtube channels. I've been following it as well since, even though I know I don't need it haha. It's so damn good

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!

You obviously put a lot of time and effort into it congrats!!Hope this gets featured.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, lots of planning and then a couple of days to get the tubing runs the way I wanted... but totally worth it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This deserves feature. Clean, Simple, Beautiful.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I wanted to do this similar computex style build, heck I still do. Love the Phanteks blocks. +1

Also: Evolv X = best case on the market

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Their build is awesome; but personally I prefer the look of 12mm tubing, and it also enabled me to bend more aggressively and cool the motherboard block.

Definately agree regarding the case; they’ve thought of everything!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

how do i find that reservoir??? what brand is that?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Phanteks R220, some companies sell it with a pump pre-installed or you can do it yourself (it’s very straight forward).

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang that's one sexy build

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

God damn man. Well done. What size tubing?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

12mm PETG from Bitspower.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow it looks so good. I like RGB but the way you've matched all the colors is really unique

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, the idea was that upon the loop maintenance window all you’d need to do to change colour schemes was swap out the coolant for a new colour and with a few clicks in Aura you can match the whole build to the loop.

Although I love the EK blue so much I bought a couple of bottles haha.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

FEATURE!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wow takes your breath away Good Job!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Mmmm phanteks CPU block...

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Alexa, play "OH MY GOD"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

+1. i envy you ! :-) i am still waiting for my phanteks evolv x.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you post some more pics of your top radiator and water cooling in general? Is there really space for a 360PE rad up there?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

brilliant job. first I've seen in the Evolv X on here. which pump did you use? I wonder if my MCP35x is identical to standard DDC minus the housing. wanna get one of those R220 res.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The pump in the build is the EK Water Blocks EK-DDC 3.2 PWM.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks. iirc from an old thread on OCN the two pumps are physically identical with a minor difference on the pcb.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

does the top power button have led lighting like the old evolv? I noticed it on another evolv x build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking of going pe 360 or se 360 with a Asus maximus formula x or xi. How much room is between the waterblock from Asus and the top rad/fan? I was worried there wouldn’t be much room so I was thinking of going a se. but seeing your build I thinking of going two pe’s.

Also really curious for which ek d5 pump you went. Where did you put it? Beneath the psu shroud? Did you use any bracket for the pump?

Thanks and cool build!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Space does get a little tight up there; so unless you desperately need the additional thickness for some extra thermal capacity then I’d recommend going for PE but like you said SE would work totally fine but might leave a little gap. Your front radiator in/out ports will thank you for going with PE as a maximum thickness; unless you go 280 or shorter. GGF Events has a video on YouTube that talks about the radiator considerations for thickness and placements on the rails that I used to make my decisions.

The pump purchased from OC UK, but is an EKWB DDC 3.2 PWM; it’s actually mounted into the reservoir (Phanteks R220) if you look it up online they show you how it works to fit in an appropriate pump of your choice; I know OCUK actually do a pre assembled pump-res combo using one of their branded pumps.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I might go with a D5 pump standalone and Phanteks R220. Probably put the pump beneath the PSU shroud.

In terms of thickness top radiator; I'm looking at Phanteks Halos (6 mm), EK Vardar Evo's (25 mm) and a PE 360 rad (38 mm). So I'm looking at 69mm of total thickness on top. As you mentioned I think I should be fine. What do you think; is there 6mm room left and also slight spare room?

Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That should work fine, the back two will be no bother; but the front will be cutting it mighty fine at the extreme front edge where it will overlap the front rad... but should work; think I have about 7-8mm extra clearance from my ML120 Pros.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! How did you attach the reservoir to the case?

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

GPU cable management and basically every corner