So I got a little annoyed with my previous build [SWA}(https://pcpartpicker.com/b/mZ6XsY) due to its size and "openness" loved building it but wanted to do it again so once I saw the Evolv ATX Glass I figured why not.. it would not be expensive and I would get to build a custom PC all again . Had a fairly good idea of the final look in the head and with the color scheme and some fancy effects in mind I named the build before I started.. Tempered Tantrum..well I guess that jinxed me and this thing had several tantrums which kind of blew the, just transfer it all into a new case, idea out the window and changed budget allot. Here are the chronicles of my adventure...
So first off, decide on the Evolv ATX Glass, came down this case and the Define S. This one won out due the tempered glass window, just looked awesome, also looking at the case and reading SOME reviews this appeared to be awesome for water cooling and with the that large top to it could obviously fit a large rad up there with fans and still have room to move. First mistake. Figured out on the way home from buying the case that I had mis-read some reviews and found some other reviews on youtube in taxi that showedmy error, i.e the you had to mount the rad and fans below the radiator tray. Once I got home I confirmed my fears with a ruler. My 360/60mm radiator would fit in but with radiators would come halfway down to just over the edge of the CPU water block thereby making tube runs very hard if not impossible and also blocking the use of the built in MB water block on the Formula VIII. Thought about mounting in front but that meant removing the tray that sits on top of HDD bays and removing the HDD bays, I wanted to use them. So after allot of measuring, thinking, youtube watching, forum searching I decided on 2 x 240mm radiators, 1 30mm Xflow up top and 1 45mm at front. First trip to the online shop done, radiators, more fittings, new res as old one wouldn't fit either, a NZXT HUE+ for lighting and hey whilst I am there.. lets watercool the GPU as well. Budget of $200 for case well exceeded.
The Build. Take 1. Luckily for me the parts shipped quickly and they arrived for the following weekend build. Honestly the build was easier than I thought. The case is a joy to work in once you take every thing apart. I had spent my time during the week modifying the top of case so I could fit the fans up into the top cover so I could get the clearance to ports and keep it clean and open inside, so it was all ready for the weekend. I manged to use allot of the tubing from the SWA build in the new case as the runs are mainly just single right hand bends now so just needed cutting to size. I only had to do two new bends, the GPU to CPU and the pump to GPU. The GPU to CPU proved the hardest due to two 90deg bends only 35mm apart. Managed to somehow fluke a twisted double bend that looks like skill but was more just pure luck. Filled the run up with nice new mayhem's pastel blue and started to let the system leak test and vent air. Next morning I got to work cleaning up the cable runs at back ( nightmare ) and fitting the NZXT HUE+. Cue disaster music. After spending half the day trying to find my misplaced NZXT HUE+ ( It tried to end it life early by jumping off table and hiding behind another PC) I Couldn't get the lights on the HUE+ to fire up, they had a dim glow on a couple of leds but thats it. The power connection is a dodgy 4 pin MOLEX and I had a bugger of a time getting it to plug in, eventually the pins came out! Spent most of day on this and should have left it all and re tried the next night after work, but stupid me decided to try one more thing... lets just say wires got crossed ( literally) and some sparks and a "click" and a dead motherboard...................................... really dead.............................. no idea if GPU, RAM or CPU were still alive either. After much testing of PSU and Forums I figured out it really was fried so I need to strip down the system so I could get out the motherboard and see if I could get it replaced, I figured best case I could get the MB replaced under warranty with all other parts being fine, worst case, no warranty and all other part fried.. any where in between I would be happy. So I proceeded to drain the loop, luckily I used a similar drain system as in SWA so that SHOULD not have been a issue. There are more components now and its a lot tighter so the fluid just didn't drain out like before. No Problems I thought, once I had most of the easy fluid out I hooked up my fill line to one of the front rad ports and would simply blow through the remaining fluid, the GPU is really constrictive. Well.. lesson learnt and not adhered to from previous videos I had watched, I had forgot I had removed a port cap from the top rad to let more air in for draining.. one large lung full of air later and i had blue fluid dripping from my face, the wall and the pc.. lovely!! This PC was really annoying me now!!
PC was stripped down, dried, etc and finally things were going my way, motherboard replaced same day under warranty and a quick bench test when I got home showed GPU, RAM and CPU were all ok!! finally a win!
The Build. Take 2.
CPU: Same as SWA, a 6700k. This time though I have managed to OC to it 4.7 stable, could only get 4.5 from SWA stable. New motherboard maybe?
GPU: Same Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming 980ti as before but this time I watercooled it with a EK Plexi/Nickel block and black backplate. I think it looks awesome and it is running now with a OC to 1525 Mhz and doesnt go past 45 deg at 99% bench. I am waiting for the Nvidia 3030Ti Titan Quad SLI if you are wondering why I dont have a 1080 in this build... insert sarcastic smile here.
Cooling: Now using 2 alphacool rads, one in Xflow to give the cleaner look I like. If you are modifying this case to fit the fans into the roof cavity one thing many have seen is that with the possible restrictive airflow from the normal vents you may be drawing hot air up into the roof cavity if you are in push setup and therefore recirculating warm air through rads. Am not sure how valid this is and have yet to test fully but seeing as I had the case apart again I fitted a home made ghetto blanking plate to isolate the top chamber and also reflect light back into the case.. materials? Cardboard cut to size and wrapped in tin foil.. seems to work :) Changed the res to smaller size to fit in better and also left a 120mm at front and a 140mm at rear to push in more fresh air over the HDD and exhaust itat back, think I got positive pressure.
New stuff added:
NZXT HUE+ : Aside from killing my motherboard, refusing to work several times and all the lights blowing up the first time as well ( I bought anew one) I like this device. Gives allot more control over the lights that either the built in RGB of the Evolv ATX or the RGB header on MB with the Aurora SW. I like the NZXT CAM software it uses. so much so that I added..
NZXT GRID+ V2: The Case comes with a fan hub but you have to run all fans at same speed controlled by motherboard. I decided to add the Grid+ V2 to give more control and have a integrated solution in the CAM software. Really like this device, you can setup each fan with its own curve or group them with common curves and can use either the CPU or GPU as trigger points or set some to manual etc..really good.
Due to the water draining incident above my white Cablemod cables got a littel bit ruined by blue water ( you can see it in pics). there is a new set of custom cables from Mainframe Designs being built now for this machine and when they come in I will post a update.. really looking forward to seeing how they look!
Am watching the prices on 980ti's drop as and hopefully soon I will add a 2nd card for SLI. I just cant justify a new 1070/80.. the 980ti is great and I can spend $500 on a new card and water cooling and get SLI that looks cool as well or put it into a single 1080 plus some more and hope to sell the 980ti.. will stay 980ti for at least another 18 months I think.. or atleast until after honeymoon... think I banned from upgrading for a while :)
Hope you enjoy Tempered Tantrum ... it certainly was one!