Great build! You never forget your first one! :)
Killer Rig! If i had to nitpick (because your PC is already damn gorgeous), those PSU cables could use some custom sleeved extension kits. I have the exact build type as yours, down to the monitor and mouse, just circa 2015. LOL.
This makes less noise in idle and under load compared to my other PC with the exact same setup except it is in a Corsair 380t case and a GTX 970 blower style GPU.
Performs like a champ.
No problem whatsoever
Both cases are great. It would come down to personal preferences.
1) CPU: was thinking i7 6700k (like to experiment with overclocking).
You cant go wrong with the 6700k
2) Motherboard: would like a feature packed board. I liked the ASUS Z170 Deluxe on paper but been reading issues with this product. Is there a similar or better alternative?
3) Graphics card: GTX 970, 980, 980Ti, R9 390, R9 390x - not sure which one would be the best to go with my 34" Samsung (3440x1440).
Get the fastest single GPU you can buy. Id recommend the GTX 1080
4) Case: Full tower or Mid tower? Would want a high quality case that would allow me to add/upgrade components in future.
If you can not get the Evolve ATX, the NZXT H440 would be my 2nd choice.
5) RAM: What brand/make, MHz and GB?
Any reputable brand will do. At least 8GB
6) SSD: considering an m.2 SSD, which one should i get? Should i also get a second SATA ssd?
I love my Samsung EVO 850. Get a 256/512GB version for your boot and programs and buy a 2nd non ssd drive for everything else. If money is no object, get the biggest SSD drive you are willing to spend on.
8) PSU: would like a power supply that could handle current parts and then some future upgrades. Want this to be the best. I experience power spikes (fluctuations) in my home occasionally.
Any reputable PSU maker will be ok. Buy a backup UPS if you get power spikes often
9) Fans: How many fans do i need? And what sizes? Do the fans also glow?
Add as needed. Usually the fans that come with a high end case is enough. The bigger the fans, the better because you can set it to lower RPM speeds resulting to less noise.
10) CPU Cooler - What make/brand model # ?
Noctua makes the best air coolers.
12) Liquid cooling - Does this really help? Would i need one? I live in a very hot area. Although i am confident of assembling a PC but liquid cooling seems challenging. But with your guidance i don't mind giving it a shot.
IMO water with electronics is a bad idea. Although the chances of leaks is very, very low, if you use air cooling there is ZERO chance of water damage.
13) Custom parts - For cable management and all other stuff that i missed out
Get those from http://www.performance-pcs.com/
14) Keyboard and mouse - although i have one of these lying around so these can be bought/upgraded later.
I prefer mechanical keyboards and an optical mouse.
The owner will have to peel those off himself. lol
I love blower style cards as they minimize heat buildup inside the case. The case is one of the better portable cases out there.
If its 5" tall it would not fit under the Dark Rock Pro 3.
I opened the heat sink and sanded off the green paint.
The temps went up a few degrees but nothing to worry about. They will work better when its pointing backwards and with an extra fan for sure, but I cant stand the Be Quiet logo laying sideways (OCD problems perhaps :p)
Ibought the combs at www.performance-pcs.com
Once my playseat arrives, I will post more pics including my whole racing sim rig.
Posted my 3D Mark score.
Yes I can run games at 60fps in 1080p. It all just depends on the game graphic settings. I will try to post my Project Cars numbers in my description in the near future.
That's the two way long.
If I set it back to default fan speeds, the GPU temps are 80C top GPU and 72C bottom GPU when it is on load.
The cables are little bit stiff so they are easy to straighten, you just need to align them using wire combs and a ruler.
Thank you for the compliments :) I had a photographer friend take the pictures.
I used to have a Swiftech H240x in this build. It fit inside the Phanteks case with no problems whatsoever. The waterpump stopped working after a few weeks though and I replaced it with the Dark Rock Pro 3.
I lowered the fan curve since these reference blower types are so loud with the default fan profiles. The result is a drop in fan noise, but temps are higher.
I have finished lots of demanding games in this configuration and I have not encountered any thermal related problems so far. Nvidias max temp for the 980ti is 92C and yes I admit with my top card running at 90C it is cutting it a little to close :)
The case is fantastic, its so easy to work with and I love the way it looks. They have great attention to detail, down to the manual and screw organizers.
Phanteks will be coming out with a new Evolv ATX case version that has tempered glass as its side windows instead of plastic. The type of plastic they currently use as a side panel scratches easily. That is the only complaint I have with the case.
Yes that's what I did.
I sanded off the green paint.
No, I do not plan to paint the GPUs, frankly it has not crossed my mind. Maybe in the future :)
Yes the CPU ang GPU are overclocked and the temps are max temperature reached off long run times of 3D mark and realbench stress tests. In normal gaming sessions the CPU rises to about 50-60C. The topmost GPU is at 88-91C and the bottom GPU is usually at 82ish C. Ambient temps in my place are 30C+.
I could make the temps go lower but the trade off is fan noise. I adjusted the GPU fans to spin at 50% on normal loads and 80% of ever it reaches 90C. I also removed one fan off the dark rock 3 cooler. I have replaced the two front intake fans with noctua industrial fans and its speed is determined via a temperature probe placed in between the two GPUs.
Thank you :) I removed the neon green stuff off with very fine sand paper. The black back plates of the GPUs are costumized ones from v1tech.
I had the old Proteus core before this one, they are both exactly the same except for the color scheme.
I love it.
The case and the combs did all the work for me :) The case was ridiculously easy to work with. Zero wire management skills needed.
Yes I did.