Description

This is my mini-ITX gaming machine. The idea was to pack as much graphics processing power in a tiny case as I could while still maintaining great temps and low noise. The result was incredibly successful, I also wanted to do a fair bit of customization for this build so I included some remote controlled LEDs and even painted the case myself.

Main use is gaming at 3200x1800

Firestrike Ultra: 4789 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/4733323

Firestrike Extreme: 8382 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/6839509

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 26 points

FINALLY SOMEONE NOTICED THE 295X2!! I mean, no one uses them even though they cost as much as GTX 980s!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 16 points

I know right! Dual 290X cores underwater for 600 bucks and people are buying 980s instead lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 11 points

I also have no idea why people buy the 980 because the r9 295x2 is around the same price and performs much better

  • 52 months ago
  • 11 points

Because omg 500W! That'll add 3 bucks a month to my power bill! Lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

cmon man if you just spend a little less money on your cpu (core 2 duo lol) then you could afford that sweet savory underpowered overpriced 980 which I know you want so bad

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BAD

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

hahahahahaha...i'm laughing so hard!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

You speak wise words

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah so true. I get it for somewhere with expensive power bills, but most of America is relatively cheap

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points

Well it is a $1500 card in Canada, at least :-\

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

check newegg, i think you should find the $600 card there, then again Canada is experiencing a bit of inflation...

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Reason why peeps still like the gtx 980 (I personally would prefer it too lol) is because you don't have any CFX/SLI issues.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Newegg Canada has it for $1200. /nothx

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

And not only that, power bills cost a lot more here...at least in Toronto from what I've seen.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the card at $1702.04 now? Is that how inflation works?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh god I hope no one is paying that much

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

I should talk to my friend about this... he wants a 980... Meanwhile I'm thinking "ARE YOU CRAZY, THOSE THINGS ARE WAY UNDERPOWERED FOR THE PRICE!!!!"

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Show it to him lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You should look at the Devil 13 295, now THATS a graphics card.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

But air :(

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

True but they give you a free Razer Ouroboros with it...

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

thats sick as **** nice bulid and good job fitting all of that in a mini itx

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm loving the black and white case. Very clean yet dangerously powerful. Great job man! +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build. Good choice on the graphics card. +1

Funny how someone is playing console in the background with a gaming pc sitting right next to them lol.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha my roomate's a Car guy instead of a PC guy.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build and so much power to go with it! I love the paint job and that case. What desk is that? I really like that as well and was wondering where you bought it from?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I wish I could tell you. It was a Craigslist find. Came from a furniture place starting with a B I think.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

ya man...super duper cool!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build! love seeing Monster Graphics cards such as the 295x2 being used in ITX builds. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

If you remove the cooling it could also double as a mini-itx space heater. #value

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks so clean :0.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

DUDE... THIS IS PHOKING SWEET. NICE JOB!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my goodness.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get that RGB lighting is it connected to the PSU. Please help me.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

My first thoughts on this build were "how in tHE HELL DO YOU PUT A 295X2 IN AN ITX CASE!!?!??!" That thing is beyond massive. Props for fitting that monstrosity in there.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely adore what you've done with that case.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

with dat user name all i can think is yare yare daze

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good especially like the custom paint. Also nice to see that the H110i GTX fits with a 120 rad on the back. I'm looking at building in the same case using a 240mm and 120mm rads.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know how you could possibly squeeze any more performance into this case. Cracking job lad!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, what TV is that you're using as your monitor?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's a Toshiba 40L1400U 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

1080p on 2 R9 290X chips! How much screen tearing is there?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I downsample to 3200x1800

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

cool, no problem.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a great fan of your build and actually figured that a lot of people will be modifying their Evolv ITX cases to make it look better. Currently i have the same case and will me less powerful but overall i am a huge fan of your build a like. Hopefully ill be able to finish mine soon in a month.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the complement! It really is a great case, I hope yours comes out nicely!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

sick build man and nice change of color really brought everything together

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow congrats on your build. What type of paint did you use if you don't mind me asking.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I used some white plasti dip. On the upside, I can peel it off. Unfortunately it's not very high quality.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

O okay. I'm looking into car paint for a pc I'm working on. It's a lot more expensive though D:

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've never painted before so I went with the reversible one lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

:D

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend using plasti dip? i saw your build and felt like doing something like that.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Pros: it's cheap doesn't require prep and it's removable. Cons: it doesn't look as great as other options, and it feels pretty bad to the touch.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, love the case +1.

Off topic; only thing I dislike about glass tables is being to see all the wires behind it lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it is unfortunate lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

My favourite case right now. How's the noise level in basic use/idle?

Also don't they sell the case in white?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I leave it sitting right next to me and it's pretty close to silent idle. Gaming gets about desk fan loud very very tolerable. And no they don't sell it in white. only the bigger version.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You must be my long-lost brother! Will spend 20+ hours on researching and building a PC tower, but will not spend an hour cleaning up the house.

Everything looks beautiful. How is the H110i GT? Do you have it in Pull or Push.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I like it a lot but Corsair link has a long way to go. Things like not recognizing CPU temps leads to fans not running when they're supposed to. and I only do pull

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

how and what paint did you use to paint the side panels

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone already asked this but I just used some plasti dip

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely beautiful, well done sir! +1!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous! +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Why purchase Windows 8.1 pro? You will use Windows 10 anyway.

I would get a cheaper Windows 7 and free upgrade it to Windows 10 by the end of this year. Check out the free upgrade offer from MS: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-10/about

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I get windows OSes for free. And I know about the windows 10 thing already, thanks though.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

everyone says that but i got my 980 for the price of a 970

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so much $ for a non mechanical kekyboard you coulda gotten the k70 for that price

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It was 40 when I bought it two years ago not sure why it's so much now.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

haha ok i was like wow thats a waste

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! Did you have trouble fitting the cooler into the system or is there definitely enough space with this case?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely not supported, had to do some cutting/bending to get the top rad in and the 295x2's rad is pretty much wedged in there. I would def go for a 240mm rad in the top next time.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much for letting me know! I'll go for the 240 mms then.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't have any exhaust fans?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Two 140s on the top rad and 1 120 on the back rad set up as exhaust.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I'm a bit late, but this looks amazing! I would love to down-size to this case! Did you put your radiator fans up top? And do you think the case is choked? Or are those gaps along the edges enough to let air pas through? Again, great job!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

They are up top and the temps are working out fine. Be warned though, getting that 280mm rad up there required cutting.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! thanks! Yeah I read that and would probably stick with a 240mm

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Planning to build a similar system in this case and want to go with the h110i gt, what exactly did you have to cut and how difficult was it? If you don't mind me asking.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to know this too - it's supposed to support 280mm rads up top?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I PM'd the OP and he said it's not worth it. He said he had to cut some metal and it ruined the structual integrity of the case. Better off to go with the h100i or another 240mm rad rather than 280mm

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder if it is only because of the way he has the fans mounted above the slide-out radiator shelf? Normally you'd have the fans mounted to the bottom of the radiator (which he obviously couldn't do due to the GPU radiator mounted at the back). If you didn't have the GPU radiator, I can't see why it wouldn't fit.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

where are the fans of the h110i? are they on the top of the case?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

They are under the lid

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build with so much power! What kind of paint did you use on the case? Do you remember how many coats it took? +1 on the awesome build though! Hope you're enjoyin' it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it a lot, and as for the paint I just used some white Performix plasti-dip. I believe I used 5 coats.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, a mITX with 400mm of closed loop radiator surface?! Nicely done! You're going to love this thing for a while :-D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that painting is really really nice. I just ordered my Phanteks Evolv this Firday and hopefully Tuesday it's on my doorstep. Question though, what kind of paint did you use for the mod? Also, with two clc cooled hardware in your machine, how loud do you think it is?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I used plasti dip. And mine runs completely silent with my cooling profiles. I have my 4690k at 4.2 and my gpu at 1050 core.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really great! Thanks for replying!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the H100i GT being passively cooled or did you hide fans in the top?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually the H110i GT and they're hidden at the top.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you just remove the top panel and mount them there?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a thin plate for attaching a rad to at the top, I mounted the fans on top of the plate and there's enough space beneath the top to fit them

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk what you guys are talking about, but atleast for me the Radeon R9 295X2 is like 2x the price of a gtx 980

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you paint the case? You know there's a white version..

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

There is not a white version for the Enthoo Evolv Itx. You're thinking of the mATX version.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Price=1337 +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same mouse pad! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so confused. I'm about to build in this but the case will be the last to come in. Your top rad fans, they are in pull above the rad? Every build I've seen in the Evolv ITX people have them as push and it drops down lower (or is it that they are in fact doing push pull?) I was going to go h100i so that I have clearance for my platinum ram heatsinks, but perhaps that's not necessary?

Awesome build btw!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I had them in pull above the rad but honestly I don't really recommend this case anymore. There is no ventilation up there so the radiator ends up soaking the heat whether you have fans mounted or not.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct me if I am wrong, but the fans being above the radiator support works fine, correct?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No it does not fit properly, I do not recommend doing it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Then why did you?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I made it work by forcing it, but in the end the case got deformed from it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! What did you use to cover the parts you didn't what to get painted on?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I used blue masking tape

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you add a picture with the top panel off? I'm thinking of doing the same with a x62 but wanna see a pic of the (lack of) clearance :)

Nice build :-)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I actually don't have this build anymore. But really it's not a good idea man trust me.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow is the word for this build you took mitx cooling to the next level everything is water cooled only one question is the gpu radio supposed to be mounted there or did you put it there

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I mounted it there

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh dude thats nice

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the white and black contrast. Trying to save some money as well since this case is $10 cheaper than the white version. What spraying paint did you use. Anything specific?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I just used some cheap plasti-dip. But that was back before the white version of this case existed, if I were doing it again I'd buy the white one and paint the accents black instead of the other way around.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok thank you :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

you could've gotten the ncase m1 its extremely small and it can fit your card but you would need an air cooler

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't do air.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Now thats my man

  • 52 months ago
  • -1 points

I came to this. Is this normal?

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

40 in. Someone else also asked about it

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  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! There actually isn't a white version of the Evolv ITX, Idk why though.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a satetchi two led strip controller combo. I l linked it to the last guy who asked it should be there

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, great build. My Evolv ITX should be here sometime next week, and I'm moving all my components (including this same satechi led combo) from my current case, the EVGA Hadron Air over to the Evolv.

Quick question though, where did you put the IR controller to change colors?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I hid behind the tubing for the 295x2 with a zip tie. The actual little reciever sticks out right before the tubing goes in the card.

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