Description

My first gaming rig. Aimed to be as quiet and matte dark as possible (could do away with the case window). I decided to wait for nVidia's Pascal GPUs, so currently my aim was to stay around a 1200$ budget including 1 monitor, hence the R9 380 choice.

Just finished building it today and successfully booted. Will install windows tomorrow. So far BIOS CPU temp on idle is 25-27°C. Used the Phanteks stock fans.

Right off the bat; the combination of the Evolv case and Thermalright's air cooler is amazingly quiet. However, the space for installing the GPU is really tight due to the size of the heatsink, with its backplate pushing a little against the heatsink fan. This didn't result in weird noise or vibrations so far, although I'm still running on idle.

I had to spend some time figuring out how to get all the fans to work on PWM, and I still get an error in the BIOS for one of the case fans.

Update 1: For months I was getting a weird CPU fan error where on boot I would get logged into bios and have to save and exit. No amount of tinkering with the fan curves or switching the erroneous one off/to manual ever helped. Also my keyboard and occasionally mouse would disconnect after about half an hour of gaming, which would only be fixed with a restart. Eventually I had to spring up for a better gaming keyboard ( the Roccat Isku; in short it's membrane not mechanical, suffers from some ghosting issues), which solved both problems. The mouse has been working well from there on.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Awesome cooler, on my 6600k temps don't exceed 42 C under heavy gaming on base or Asus boost clock speeds. Haven't tried overclocking yet (honestly because I haven't needed it), but I would have no doubt it would handle it. Only downside is; with its size, its fit is kinda cramped against the pack plate of my graphics card, no real stress against either component, but made me uncomfortable at first. I think it would fit better in a full ATX mobo.

Thermal Compound

Great product. Lived up to everything it was said to be. I used a pea size lump in the center and let the wight and fit of the cooler spread things out. Temps don't exceed 42 C under heavy load, with no overclocking.

Memory

Work great on XMP for the advertised clock.

Case

Built a year ago. Still loving it.

Keyboard

Had to replace out the keyboard (with a Roccat Isku) due to disconnects that would happen after 20-30 min into gaming sessions, and would only be fixed by restarting. That also took care of my CPU fan error for some mysterious reason). The mouse is good enough for my FPS play, although I haven't tried other superior mice.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean build and I like that cooler

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Always love the look of this case, definitely have to put my next build in it :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I can't be more pleased with it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

what sort of temps are you getting with that CPU cooler?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

This is long overdue, sorry but I haven't been here since So far it doesn't exceed 42 c on asus "optimal" bios setting

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't quite tell from the pictures. Does the Macho block the first ram slots? I currently have all mine populated with Hyper X Fury

Thanks

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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