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So my original plan was to take the PSU, GPU, RAM, SSD's out of my current (now old) PC (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Q2mqqs) and put them in the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX case with a CPU and motherboard upgrade and a new water loop. The only thing I ended up taking was the GTX 1080 Ti so I effectively just built an all new computer. Put an MSI Gaming X 1070 Ti in my old so it was still a fully functioning system.

I use this machine for gaming and work. I work for a software company and specialize in Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling. We have our own proprietary 3D engine for large scale model aggregation and I work a lot with large model environments.

Gaming wise I play all kinds of stuff but I spend most of my game time lately on Hunt: Showdown and Conan Exiles.

CPU: For a lot of my day to day tasks, especially work wise, single core performance is key and Intel always has the edge here especially when overclocked. It was really between this and the i9-9900k. Hyperthreading just doesn't make a huge difference in most of what I do so I opted for the 9700k. Chip has performed great, as expected, and I've experienced no issues here.

Mobo: This motherboard had all the features I was looking for, as did a number of others, and ultimately the aesthetic of this board won out. It's been awhile since I used an ASRock board and I'm not a huge fan of their BIOS but that's mostly just due to years of experience with ASUS and MSI. The boards been great, I like the position of all the connectors, the on board Power and Reset buttons, and the rear I/O. No complaints here at all.

SSD's: I got every single one of these on sale. I was going to just take the ones of my current system but I went a little crazy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The 1TB 860 Evo's I managed to pick up for $127 each. Don't remember off hand what the 970 Pro cost me but after buying the 860 Evo's I wanted a rock solid and blazing fast M.2 as my primary OS and applications drive. Samsung SSD's are fantastic and I use them whenever possible. I've got a number of older 840's that are ~6 years old that are still performing like new and I'm yet to have one fail or give me any problems.

GPU: As previously stated, this is the only thing I took from my other build. I waited to build this until Intel had released their 9th generation chips and NVIDIA had released the 20 series cards with the intention of upgrading to a 2080 or 2080 Ti. Personally, I just don't care about real time ray tracing now. It's too new, won't be widely support for quite some time, and the price premium for this untried/untested and early tech is just absurdly high. The 1080 Ti is still meeting my needs so I just stuck with it. It did feel silly removing the AIO off this particular card and putting it in a custom loop, something better suited for a Founders Edition, but whatever.

Case: I love this case! I've just always really liked the appearance of these Enthoo Evolv cases. I didn't go with the new Evolv X because it's a bit larger and I didn't want the extra size. Also not a huge fan of the LED integration. I do wish this case had a third SSD mount in the back but aside from that I have no complaint.

PSU: This thing is overkill. I'm well aware of that. I wanted plenty of headroom for overclocking and extra power for a second GPU down the line (maybe 2x 2180's? who knows what the future holds).

RAM: A friend of mine had a weird fraud situation occur with their Amazon account and a very long story short they ended up with this RAM kit and didn't even know what it was. Amazon didn't want it back and the thief never picked it up so I took it off her hands for $250 about 6 months ago.

Fans: These fans intrigued me. They offer high static pressure with silent operation and a neutral color scheme without LED's. Be aware that these fans are thicker then typical 120mm and 140mm case fans. The 140mm's at the front of the case actually make contact with the dust filter so for the time being I have the dust filter removed. I think I may swap the front ones for the blacked out Corsair ML 140's in the near future because of this. Aside from the nonstandard thickness, they perform very well and I like that each fan has removable power cables with multiple cable lengths out of the box.

Reservoir: The Protium reservoir is beautiful and I love the Core mounting bracket as well. Singularity Computers makes excellent, but expensive, products. They're based out of Australia so if you're buying in the US be prepared for a long ship time.

Pump: I actually purchased a M7 Plexi/Silver pump from Singularity Computers and then proceeded to lose the thing somewhere in my house. I spent a week looking for it and failed to find it so I ended up picking up this pump from Alphacool. As is the way of the universe, I found the M7 YESTERDAY and will be trying to return it since I never ended up using it. As for the Alphacool pump, the pump top gives you a bunch of inlet and outlet options, which is nice, and the pump functions as expected.

Waterblocks: I liked the aesthetic of the Heatkiller blocks. The quality seems top notch, they look and function great.

Radiators: Not a lot to say here. They're radiators. EK makes good products.

Fittings: Barrow fittings are amazing! I love the way these fittings look and I love the triple O ring design. Each fitting even comes with a fourth O Ring as a spare! Highly recommend Barrow.

Tubing: PETG 16mm OD. I like the look of the thicker tubing but I realize the thinner tubing would have been a little easier to work with. This was my first build doing hard tube bending and I enjoyed the experience and really didn't find it terribly difficult. I know I didn't do anything crazy complicated and I know my bends are not the best by any means but I did all these free hand in a single attempt. I did one just crazy abstract thing up front just to get used to the heating and bending process but it really wasn't difficult and I'm looking forward to doing more of it in the future.

Coolant: I used PrimoChill's Reboot as a system prep agent because I had a bottle of it laying around already. I let that run for over 24 hours, did a few power cycles here and there, and flushed with thoroughly with a few gallons of distilled water. The fluid in there now is from Koolance. I originally planned to use PrimoChill's VUE in this system but I used it in another system had multiple bad experiences. VUE is beautiful but be prepared to clean your loop every few months. Koolance coolant is super low maintenance and contains all the stuff your loop needs to stay healthy and clean over time.

Cables: Custom cables from CableMod. They do excellent work! Almost made my own for this build but that whole process just doesn't look like fun to me.

I had a lot of fun building this thing and I'm very happy with the end result.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

She eats frames for breakfast.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature lol

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you think about adding a 90 degree fitting on one side of the bottom GPU pipe? It could make the for a single 90 degree bend on that pipe. It still looks pretty good just a bit unusual. I thought it was a soft tube at first.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered it. I honestly just liked the way the exaggerated bend looked. I wanted the cables to come up a little more in the crook there on the right but it worked out alright.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I like it all except that one pipe on the bottom of the GPU. The rest of the lines are well bent, so that one looks distinctly out of place.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I may end up changing it as I don't intend to leave the ball valve where it is and I'm considering getting a vertical GPU mount. I rather liked that the existing bend stood out from the rest of the build but I would agree that it doesn't really match the rest.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally i don’t see the use of the 9th gen intels but definitely an amazing build and well executed!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I think it's about time I did a custom liquid loop.

Btw, what desks are those?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Ikea drawers and Ikea countertops on 4" furniture legs. Bit of a DIY.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I see an NZXT Manta. Any comment on that?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/TPgwrH

Large for a mini-ITX enclosure but good radiator support. Girlfriend picked the case, I did the build. Revised it a number of times. Really like the case. Would definitely recommend it if you like the look. It's a little pricey, or was, but I would say it's worth it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build wondering your thoughts on the motherboard

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the way it looks and I've had no issues with it. BIOS is easy to navigate. Overclocking is a breeze. The rear IO is pretty insane and there are more features on this thing then I'm ever likely to use. I would certainly recommend it if it checks all the boxes you're looking for.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for getting back to me again love the build