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This build was submitted by Nauman Siddique.
Finally, my beast build has been put together and ready to show off after much waiting for it. Feeling damn good over what I've done with it. Here are the specs of the build:
Asus Rampage V Edition 10
Intel i7 6850k
SLI EVGA GTX 1070 FTW Hybrids
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB/1TB SSD
WD 6TB Black
EVGA Power Links
EVGA Pro SLI Bridge HB RGB
Corsair H100i V2
Corsair Vengeance 8x8GB @ 2666MHz RED LED DDR4
Corsair ML Pro 120s Red
Corsair HD 120 RGB
Corsair Sleeved Cables in Metallic Graphite
Phanteks Evolv ATX
Corsair M65 Pro RGB
Corsair K70 RapidFire RGB
Corsair MM800 Polaris
Corsair MM200 Extended
Corsair VOID USB RGB Headphone.
Custom made table for my setup. Thanks to M/s Focus Interior.
What is it with waiting hype? Well, I've had EVGA GTX 1080 FTW editions. Temps on those cards reached upto 90C. Too much for my eyes to bear. Decided to go for hybrid version of them. Unfortunately after waiting for like 1.5 months, their stock was not settling hence pulled the trigger on EVGA GTX 1070 FTW Hybrids which were in stock. Still, they took a month to get here. Then my remaining stuff took even more time than the cards. But at the end it was worth waiting for.
Here is a bit of build log for you guys.
Phanteks Evolv does not support this motherboard as it is bit extended from standard E-ATX size. Also, there is a backplate on it which covers less than 45% of the back area. That would mean there would be a bend or flex in the board if placed inside the chassis which gave another challenge of installing the graphics cards. There is simply no way to install them after placing this board inside. Either one would have to remove the backplate off the motherboard and Rubber Grommets off the Chassis right infront of the board placement or find some other way around. Removing the backplate would mean the LEDs on the right side of the board will no longer will be there. The only way around was to install the graphics cards on the motherboard outside of the chassis and then put all of them together inside the chassis. Which was another challenge as I was dealing with two cards and both are hybrid, meaning there are radiators and hoses to be carried as well. Well, Challenge accepted and outcome is quite a jelly.
Next up was to pass the 24 ATX cable, PEG cables, SATA cables through the rubber grommets before placing the board inside the chassis. Also, that brought up the third challenge for me that how would I access the bottom headers of the motherboard once it is installed as bottom card would restrict the space to almost un reachable. Figured that out by passing all cables like front USB 3.0 cable, system panel connector, USB 2.0 cables, fan splitter cables from underneath the chassis and mounting them on the board first. I wish I had more than two hands at that time. Took me hour or so in doing all that and finally motherboard was inside the chassis.
Tip: Always keep the CPU socket on the motherboard covered. Now, once after all these components were inside and cables connected. It was time to decide the configuration and position of radiator. This chassis supports upto 360mm on the front and upto 360mm on the top with single 120/140 mm on the rear. Yup, that's correct, this is too much for a mid tower chassis but Evolv has magical design to it. I did not install the RAM earlier for a simple reason of routing the H100i V2's USB and fan cables in that area. Initially, I mounted the two 120mm rads on the front. Three HD 120 RGB fans are mounted on the front side. Rest of the fans are ML Pros. But somehow, this config was not that much clean. Though I made it to the last and test booted it.
Backside cable mess was building as I was adding the components but left that arduous task for the end. These Metallic Graphite color sleeves are pure love. Decided to change the config so that now one 120mm rad will be on the rear as exhaust. H100i V2 will be on top as exhaust. One 120mm rad will be on the front as intake [Push/Pull].
Finished it up with NZXT Hue+, HDD, SSDs and other remaining stuff. Time to test boot it first. Houston, we had a lift off and it went beautiful.