Description

This is the first water cooled build I've done, and the second build overall. This was more of an "upgrade" than a build, as I slowly replaced all of my old components until I essentially had a completely new computer.

Initially when I purchased the Phanteks Evolv ATX Glass case, I was just planning on upgrading my case and nothing more. However, once I received the case and transferred all the components from my old case into it, I realized they didn't do it justice. The tempered glass looked amazing, but the average components inside made it look just "meh". Not only that, but the fact that all the cables in the back could be seen meant there was only one thing I could do -- build a beast of a gaming PC with the most immaculate cable management possible.

I knew it would be a challenge, but my goal was to make the back of the PC look just as good, if not better, than the front. The first thing I did to help accomplish this was to get rid of all the unnecessary cables. I ended up taking out the front USB header cables along with the cables for the microphone and headphone inputs. That helped get rid of some clutter in back, but it wasn't good enough. I knew having all the fan cables running to the fan hub in back wasn't going to cut it, so I hid them in the only place that's hidden in this case -- the top. The biggest help in getting the cable management as good as I wanted was the custom cables from CableMod.

When I finally decided to try doing my own custom loop, I knew I had to do something to compliment the cables in the back of the case. With some luck, it worked out that I was able to route the tubing through the back of the case. The only drawback to how I currently have it set up is draining the system. The drain port isn't at the lowest point of the system and a good portion of the fluid doesn't come out without some help. It's a bit of a pain, but I'm able to drain the rest by hooking up a piece of soft tubing in a couple different locations and blow the rest out.

I'm quite happy with how the build turned out. The only noticeable flaw (that I see) is the tubing in the back above the SSDs and next to the drain port. The tubing sags a bit so it's not a nice horizontal line and subsequently it leans a bit to the left going up, but I'll probably end up fixing those at some point.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh this is a beautiful build, that is some amazing cable management. Great job! This deserves a feature.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah the back of your case looks better than most people's front .

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Can we all take a moment to appreciate that he can put LED strips in the BACK OF HIS CASE BECAUSE HIS CABLE GAME IS SO ON POINT.

Seriously, that was tight. You’re right though, that sag in the back is annoying, maybe you can get something super small to prop up the bottom left end. Also have you thought of peeling off the stickers on the PSU? That and the IO shield, the red really sticks out. (Damn you MSI for putting a RED IO shield on a WHITE motherboard!)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

CONFUSED

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats, very clean build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pictures and cable management. Just a beautiful build overall. Great job!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks beautiful, well done looks like I am in space and playing no mans sky, LULZ.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. You most get a night stand or something to keep it up and show all its glory. The back cable management is amazing

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

CABLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

For a first timer (liquid cooling) you did excellent!! +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the purple and white cables?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Purple is the color of royalty. Same as the liquid as well.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Its cleaner than what Mr.Clean could ask for, goodness gracious.

Excellent build, good bends and good placement of some of your watercooling loop. Its pretty unique, looks awesome too.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The dedication to cable management (even with a full custom loop!) deserves a feature. Lovely build, the color scheme is awesome!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing feature-worthyy build! 1+! looks great! damn!!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

"First timer"

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, amazing cable management !! even went so far as to route your liquid lines around the power cables ... now thats dedication to smooth looking lines !! great work

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure of which side of of the case i like more, which means job very very well done sir.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we take a moment here to appreciate that cable management? It really is amazing, congratz!

It's really a shame about that tube in the back of the case, maybe with some kind of support on the bottom it could stay perfectly horizontal?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

FEATURE!!!!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Skillz

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