Description

I'm a casual gamer and an architect but spend a good deal of time photo and 4K video editing. I recently upgraded my old monitor with an LG 32UL950 4k IPS panel. It's only 60Hz but color accuracy is much more important than frame rate for me. I've never used a monitor over 60Hz so I don't miss anything with this selection. The monitor will be shared with my wife's macbook so the Thunderbolt compatibility is a bonus.

This is my first micoATX build and a significant step up from my last build back in 2012 which was a 3930k and an EVGA GTX 680. I settled on the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv TG for looks and because it could hold a 280mm radiator, GPU's over 300mm, plus 4 hard drives. It's a very spacious case but cable management in the back was a challenge with the RGB controllers and extra cables that come with them. If the back panel was fastened with thumb screws instead of magnets, cable management wouldn't be so important. As designed, if the cables aren't super flat, they will keep the back panel from staying shut. That's my biggest complaint with the case.

I delided the 8700k and overclocked to 5.0 GHz. Temps are in the mid 80s while stress testing with Prime95. I'd benefit from push/pull on the radiator but that won't fit in this case unless I removed my 3.5" drives. Alternatively, some better performing fans would help drop a degree of two but I'm choosing form over function with this build. The airflow in this case is a bit lacking overall. I tried removing the top lid during stress testing to see how the case design was restricting airflow and temps dropped about 3 degrees. I saw this reported in some online tests so I knew what I was getting but it's always interesting to test and see it first-hand.

The Kraken X62 blocks one DIMM but luckily I only need two. If I need to expand in the future, I'll rotate the block 90 degrees then turn off the NZXT logo.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 6 points

I absolutely love the build. it has a personality to it while other builds tend to struggle to include personality which is what I find that makes a Great PC build. Keep up the good work!

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build, man! The monitor choice, I feel like you shoulda atleast went with a 100hz since you do some casual gaming. Its a hugeeeeeeeeeee diference.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thing is, if you go 100hz+ there is no going back to standard monitors. Reminds me of the scene from Under the Red Hood where batman says:

"But If I do that: If I allow myself to go down into that place, I'll never come back"

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I know what scene you're talking about LOL, nice reference

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm taking a huge guess that you're a Batman fan, lol.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using 60Hz my whole life. Until the prices come down and there are panels that have all of the features I need, I'm going to stick to 60Hz. I don't have the desk space for a dual monitor setup for gaming and productivity.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Builds a $4k BEAST machine, complains monitors are too expensive to get a really nice one...

Insert rolls eye emoji here

But really this is my dream computer.

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Golden !!!! : ) ; )

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Monitor mounts are a thing. You could have as many monitors as you want without losing any desk space.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the tip. I'm not going to spend any more money now but maybe an incremental upgrade will be to add a gaming specific monitor with mounts. My desk has flimsy legs so I'd probably need to go wall mount.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Where to start? A 2080 ti with an 8700k, one hell of a case. But seriously. If you’re going to be gaming, 100+ hz monitor all the way. It looks so much better than a standard 60 hz monitor

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, LTT did a video on this. Even with a top of the line card like the RTX 2080 ti there is a noticeable reduction in frame rate going from 4k to 1440p. I think op would be much happier with a high refresh rate 1440p gaming monitor.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

My number 1 goal for this build was to be able to edit and view 4k video. I shoot a lot of 4k video for work and pleasure and have struggled with editing and never been able to appreciate the quality on my own machine. Non-curved 4k IPS monitors over 30" with good color accuracy are really hard to come by. The other monitor I was considering was the Predator x27 but I wasn't thrilled with the 27" screen size and the super loud integrated fan. Also it's crazy expensive.

I've been using this monitor for a month now and I've been thrilled with it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build, don't let these people bother you with your monitor choice. Its an amazing display and perfect for what you need. I've been running a 4k 60hz display for 4 years now and haven't regretted it at all.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

woaw ! amazing build ! nice work +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This is actually really nice. +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Feature? I'd say so

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Dream Build !

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Do yourself a favor and get the top lid and fron panel cut outs that case is famous for being a heat trap i know not only from experience but also search google. https://modmymods.com does the top lids for your aio and the front panel and lowers temps big time.. i just recently moved from this case to a Corsair 280x smaller more compact case just for fun but i highly recommend checking their products out.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the link! Those replacement panels seem like a good solution to the airflow problem I noticed while stress testing. I might try replacing the top panel first and so how things improve.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I only replaced the top panel on mine and it dropped it by almost 5c which is pretty big drop considering its just a panel

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!! I'm getting ready to build my first with the motherboard you used included. Are you having to run three seperate apps to control all of your RGB components? Cosair, NZXT and Asus?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! And yes, I'm running CAM to control the NZXT water cooler, Corsair Link to control the RGB Ram and fans and Precision X1 to control the LED on the GPU.

To be honest, this was really annoying at first but once the novelty of the RGB wore off I just set it to colors I enjoy and don't touch it anymore. I have it set to the cyan/red theme in my photos and don't touch it anymore. I set the corsair fans to react to the CPU temperatures when I open games. The low temp color is cyan and red is 90 degrees. This makes the transition between gaming and not gaming pretty seamless.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, congratulations! I would love to build something similar. The thing is, i am not into any RGB lighting or glass-panel case. I would like a plain black case and no lightings at all, with plain fans, etc. Call it a "sad" or minimalist build, but that's my thing :-) I am more worried to have great air flow and dust protection. Since i am not that familiar with what is out there - my last build was probably 15 years ago - could anybody suggest components that will fit with Joola's build, but adhere to my preferences above? I would also opt for a Strix or Prime micro-ATX MB, still z390. Thank you!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the on board wifi for the Mother Board?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

3000 dollar pc named the “Casual Gamer”

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, but you might want to correct where you wrote "mico ATX."