Time to Evolv - First PC Build
This PC was design to be used for: Gaming, Product Design and CAD - Solidworks
After spending many year using a Dell XPS desktop I finally decided to look at building my first custom PC. Originally I set out with a budget of £1500, but after spending weeks and weeks learning about various component my budget kept increasing, until I finally thought hey forget about the price and just build what you want.
As a product designer I spend a lot of time designing functional products which both work well and are aesthetically pleasing. The second I saw the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX chassis with its sleek aluminium panels I knew that was the one for me, however it did result in a 6 week wait for stock.
I went for EVGA GTX 980Ti Classified as I plan on purchasing a 34" ultra wide monitor in the near future. Currently being used on a 1080p monitor its extremely overkill as you can imagine. Originally I pre-order the G1 however after hearing about all the coil whine etc I took a risk and went for the Classified before any reviews had been released. God damn it was a good choice, the fans are super quiet and with a stock boost clock of 1392 MHz on my card it really does perform amazingly. 35 Degrees idle and 75 degrees under load
The Corsair H110i GTX was released whilst I was shopping for components to use in my build. I did plan on using the small H100i GTX but with the Phanetks Evolv ATX chassis supporting 280mm radiators I thought I'd make the most of the space. So far it seems amazing, keeping my CPU at 25-30 degrees idle and 50-60 under load. Fans are a little loud at max speed but that's something I will change soon.
All other components I selected to fit the performance of the GPU. The Asus Maximus VII Forumla motherboard is a little overkill but I absolutely love the armour covering the PCB, with the black and red Classified text I new I had to have it.
I know I could of saved money on various components and got a similar performance but as a designer my job is based all the little details so I had just go for it, that the key advantages of a custom built pc, you pick what you want! Overall I love what I managed to build, performs well and looks great....JOB DONE!
I thought it would be interesting to see how my new computer would compare to my old Dell XPS. I left both computers at stock speeds and ran 3Dmark Fire Strike and it really is amazing to see the difference (see last picture)