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EDIT:

The white fan was just a temporary while I waited for a 140mm Xigmatek that could push nearly as much air as the 200mm fan that came pre-installed.


I wanted to build a machine that could be silent, look good, and perform well when put to the test. I knew I wasn't going to go crazy like I did with my other build, Avere Sangue Blu, so I decided to try my hand at a mini ITX machine that wasn't crammed into a briefcase like the N-L-C-B.

Overall, I cant hear it while playing games, but that's only after tweaking the H100i GTX pump in Corsair Link.

BREAKDOWN:

CPU: - i5 cores are great performance cores. I have always found them to be stable, powerful, and effective for machines that do not do any kind of extreme solving or processing. They make perfect gaming cores, and their price-point gives them a fantastic value for performance/cost.

CPU Cooler: - Corsair closed loop coolers are my favorite. When I saw a 100i GTX pop up on my news feed, I immediately wanted to use one.

  • For those who claim that this cooler is too noisy, and that the pump is going to rattle itself into pieces, I assure you, this is totally fixable. Corsair Link solved the issue for me immediately. I set the pump to quiet mode, rebooted, and done. There was no more noise from the tiny little pump.

  • My favorite feature is the RGB LED control. I can change the color to whatever I want, and even have it change color depending on the temperature of the CPU.

This unit is otherwise a monster of a thing. Even though the pipes are a little deceptive of their true inner diameter, their woven shielding and semi-flexible nature offers durable, competent, and awesome features to break up the usually bland and flat look of some builds.

Motherboard: - I had previously used this board in my N-L-C-B. I really like blue stuff. ASRock motherboards are awesome, and the layout of this one has yet to fail me. Not only does it look good, its build quality is amazing.

Memory: - Im a fan of Corsair Vengance, but now its gone Pro? Yes please.

Storage: - Those two SSDs wont be in Raid 0 like I usually have them. One will be OS and the other will be for applications. The Western Digital Black will be used for high speed storage.

  • That WD drive is a great drive. I've used both the single platter and double platter models, and both are cheap and totally awesome.

Video Card: - GTX 980 FTW. This card is a monster. When the system starts, the fans spin up to 100% and slow down when Windows loads. They then stop, and don't even start spinning until the card hits 60C, at which point the spin slowly and quietly to keep the card under 70. I ordered a backplate, but it turned out to be the wrong model for a FTW PCB. Its important that you buy the right backplate if you choose to do so.

Case: - Phanteks has really made an awesome case. Its designed for full liquid cooling, but in this situation, it offers me adequate room for all parts, cables, and it looks sleek. This case is built for quality, all plastic parts are molded perfectly, and there aren't any poor design aspects of this case.

Power Supply: - Corsair HX Platinum certified, fully modular, blue. Seriously... I cant really say much about it besides its a good power supply.

BitFenix Alchemy Extensions: - These things are AWESOME. When they say precision molded, they mean it. They connected with the motherboard easier than any 24 pin connector ever.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the Evolv. It's a shame that there aren't a lot of people using it.

+1, great cable management as always.

There's never such as thing as too many photos. :P

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude I know! I absolutely love this case and if It wasnt for my plans to SLI I would have used the evolv itx as my chassis. +1 for good taste to both of ya

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

They do have a micro-ATX version and with the right motherboard you can still SLI

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

They do have a mATX version but they are releasing a Full atx edition in just a few days, they showed it off at Computex and its even better than the Enthoo pro (Which was an outstanding ncase as it is) If you want an ATX case look at it, you might be interested (But the price tag on it is not the greatest... Even with full metal construction)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

its definitely a nice looking case... though I find it rather large for a mini itx case.... phanteks could have probably fit a micro atx board in there...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Its designed for custom liquid loops.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

nothing to do with your build as you have a GREAT solid build and I hope you really enjoy it!!

as I said before its a really nice case but its large (I think itx cases should be less than 20 liters but that's just my opinion). The phanteks is 34 liters and there are many micro atx cases around 30 liters that will let you do custom loops. Lets take for example the parvum itx case which is 19 liters and still can have a custom loop.

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=391454&page=2

The outside of the evolv itx case gets a 10/10!!! but I just think that phanteks could have made better use of the interior and designed it with a micro atx board.....

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a very interesting thread. I suppose there is room for a micro atx somewhere in there

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

My next full build I plan on using that case. mini ITX is the wave of the future!

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

You should get a LED strip and set it to blue to make this build look even more beautiful than it already is. Also, I love how you have a $1.6k computer with a $5 mouse hahahaha. Fr tho, nice build. +1 =]

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

that case is so slick

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I have always disliked miniITX builds, but how can I dislike this? I can't. Just got some questions: Are the 980 cables tight or pushed awkward behind that case plate? If you connected multiple HDD/SSDs would the position of the SATA ports be an issue? (I'm thinking about 2 SSDs and 2 HDDs) And I really love that case. Cool build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted this case but then I have the Corsair 250D and its "okay". You make me want to go a get the Evolv lol. A 980ti would have made this the most awesome (only) evolv build on here :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

what kind of overclock can you expect to get out of an itx board?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It will overclock exactly the same as a regular sized Z97 board.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I do have a question, Would i be able to fit a 240 mm rad and a 120? thinking of putting a 295X2 in it and want to know if it would even fit xD

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is the EVOLV ITX case with the 295X2 in it: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/VbQV3C

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess it does indeed.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd go for a Fury !

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about it...Might just grab one if i get one below 600... (Cant decide between the gigabyte,MSI, Or Powercolor for the custom models) But its only if my budget allows xD

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question: why did you get the Bitfenix cables? Were they just for aesthetics? They look great!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Purely aesthetics. They are good cables.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Can’t the cables for the video card be routed behind the shelf (towards the end of the video card that states “Phanteks” on it) so the wires would be hidden?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

They totally can, but I wanted to be able to see them.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fan headers did you need for the H100i GTX

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the one CPU Header. The pump unit has two connections for the radiator fans

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

cool thanks so much I'm planning on getting 1 soon I have a H50 right now and not getting my CPU any where close to its potential. So that will help thanks.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build man, very clean.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This sure is a big mini itx

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally awesome.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be using this case how was the cable managing also how easy FIRST BUILD xD

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

well with the drives and extensions I used, space was tight, but without the extensions it would have been no problem.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great m-ITX build with quality parts. Show off some off that hardware though! I think you could've used the corsair H80i which is a single fan radiator. Then could've moved it away from the motherboard.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, but I never personally found the 120mm radiators to be as attractive

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Figured it would free up some room for you, and show off that hardware.

BigBird

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, Great choice on the case.

Phanteks has really done well with their cases. The Enthoo EVOLV line is absolutely stunning. Their contemporary looks are amazing. Honestly, EVOLV line feels like a prototype from Apple's design studio. Nice build man.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my goodnes, I cannot wait my EVOLV to come so I can transfer my build in it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case, and the sleeved cables look so fantastic. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get that PSU just so it would match everything else lol?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it just happened to be so. I guess HX are the 'professional' series by corsair

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build! Quite interesting to see someone with 3/4 the same components as I used. Love it!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. Very clean with an almost mysterious tone. That jet black though!

+1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job man, isn't the Evolv itx a great case? I also built my system in one: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/VbQV3C

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Its one of my favorites and has probably made my top 3 :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent work!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one - looking very similar to my recent build! I've always loved the blue/black color scheme.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you saying? It'd obviously white and gold! (Sorry had to bring it back for this build!) All in all though, great clean build, and very very nice looking. +1, and hope you have fun with it!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

50 shades of blue

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This build has been Featured for so long, wow !

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet build love this case

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the power supply? Ps nice build +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Works great

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok think you

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, beautiful build. You took some of the best quality pictures I've ever seen anyone take of their PC, which helps when you're trying to get an idea what certain products look like. You have many of the same pieces I'll be order in a week, such as the Corsair Ram and CPU cooler, as well as the Video card. Really the only thing different is my case, mine is the Thermaltake Core v71, alot bigger. I think in the future I'm going to get a smaller case like yours. Thanks for the pics man.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) sounds like you have a solid build on your hands.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! can u please tell me how much fps u get on games? im thinkin of buying the gpu

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

GTX 980 FTW is a fantastic card that can handle most games nowadays without problem. The Idea is to be realistic with your limitations that may not be in the GPU.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great !

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wondering, does the gpu get hot since there isnt a lot of space between the power supply and the gpu fans. How's the airflow? I'm planning on doing a similar build but i'm worrying about my gpu (gtx 1070).

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I cant be certain how its running now, but I sold this machine about 6 months ago. Up until that point it was just fine. There were no temperature or airflow problems.

  • 59 months ago
  • 0 points

I laughed when I saw the Gpu in the drive cage aha

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

50 Piece set? Oh yes. :)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't mind saying I'm 17, Ive been poking around and fixing computers since I was 9 or 10. Ive been building them for about 5 now. I consider myself good at what I do, but as always there are always problems to solve.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries :) Its all good

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