System Building with Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
The Enthoo Evolv Galaxy Silver ATX case is designed for water cooling setups, so that is exactly what we are going to take a look at in our build. Using the Corsair H100i on the CPU and the Corsair H55 on the graphics card, we will see how much room is left in the case for a reservoir, pump, and extra storage drives. Cable management is also be something to look at to see how much effort is needed to manage the cables behind the motherboard tray.
Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5
System Memory: 4x8GB 1600MHz DDR3
Processor: Intel Core i7 4790k @ 4.6GHz
Audio: Realtek ALC1150
Video: EVGA GeForce 780 Ti
Disk Drive 1: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SSD
Disk Drive 2: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD
- Disk Drive 3: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD
- Disk Drive 4: Toshiba 2TB HDD
Enclosure: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
PSU: Corsair HX850i
Monitor: HP 23bw 23″ IPS display
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
The build turned out very well with the Evolv ATX. I did not run into a lot of problems as there was a lot of interior room to work with. Mounting the Corsair H100i at the top of the case using the radiator bracket was not much of a problem, although it was difficult getting the motherboard into the case while trying to align the radiator bracket to the top rails. The Corsair H55 fitted perfectly at the rear of the case after adjusting the top radiator to allow enough clearance in between. There was still enough room for a reservoir to be installed behind the front two fans when working with a custom water cooling setup. Airflow through the front of the case was nonrestrictive as there were no HDD cages to worry about.
During the build, I used a few cable ties to clean up some of the extra cables around the power supply chamber. Because of the three Velcro straps that were included with the case, cable management was not much of a problem overall. There were a few tie down points closer to the rear of the case for a CPU power cable, which really cleaned up the cables for that area. The fan hub was easily removed as it was not used in this build.
One problem that I did encounter with this build was the difficulty in installing the motherboard and aligning the radiator bracket with the radiator installed onto the top mounting rails. In my situation, the tubes on the H100i were not long enough for this type of installation. This could alternatively be done by removing the water cooling unit from the motherboard then installing the motherboard into the case first. Then install the radiator bracket with the radiator installed into the case and secure the water block onto the motherboard. Both methods do work, but it really depends if you want to remove the water block from the motherboard or not.
The side panels blocked off a lot of noise coming from the internal components. Because air ventilation holes were not present on the side panels, the case remained quiet even without sound dampening materials.
The build turned out better than expected. Do keep in mind when having a radiator installed at the front of the case, there would be no support for the modular 3.5″ HDD brackets. This is something to keep in mind for those who prioritize in storage. A push-and-pull configuration at the top of the case seemed possible with a 360mm radiator, but this would depend on the RAM modules, water block, and radiator size. The Evolv ATX does not allow for 360mm radiators to be mounted simultaneously at the top and the front, which was a given in the first place.
Let’s go ahead and finish up with my final thoughts and conclusion.