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So, progress will be slow initially while I'm acquiring parts. I don't have any fancy sponsors; 2 mortgages, 3 kids, and 2 home businesses... my own projects are pretty far down on the budget priority list. My current build was in a worklog a while back; a watercooled Dell XPS 700 case where I completed a very janky BTX conversion and installed a pair of radiators (240+120) using an XSPC D5 dual-bay kit. The components in that build have been upgraded a few times, but the computer at it's core is nearly 6 years old now (using an Intel i5 750), and in dire need of replacement. I've always loved the Phanteks Evolv cases, especially the size and proportions of the mATX variant. When I learned about the Ryzen release, and a subsequent update to the Evolv mATX with tempered glass... I knew it was time. My objectives are the following: Phanteks Evolv mATX Anthracite Tempered Glass white/gray/black theme open up top panel for more airflow + air filter anti-vandal power+reset switches Ryzen 5 1600 (with my existing Raystorm waterblock + updated AM4 hold-down) MSI Mortar Arctic + Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200 in Gray 2x 240mm radiators (existing XSPC EX240 + new XSPC EX240 crossflow) Alphacool Eisbecher D5 150mm Acetal D5 150 tower res/pump combo (re-using my existing D5 vario) Corsair ML PWM fans (details on this later) PC Partpicker: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/HarrisonK/saved/4HF3CJ Google Photos Album: https://goo.gl/photos/q2Nu3kYkBvr4WhJR7 I'm going to retain my existing HIS HD7970+XSPC Razor for now, holding out to make a decision after the AMD Vega release has flushed out and I can make an informed decision on an updated GPU. As alluded to above, this will be a Gray/White/Black theme, with RGB lighting to accent here and there, although I highly doubt I'll be leaving the lights-on under normal operation. I waited until I had number of parts acquired so I could start mocking things up before I posted about my build. This thread will be more for my own benefit than anyone else's... it forces me to take pictures along the way . I had recieved my new watercooling parts 2 weeks ago, and just got the case this past weekend... so it was time to start seeing how things were going to shape up! I'd worked everything out on paper a while ago, and I knew it was going to be tight with my HD7970, but this really put things into perspective. This is a dead board from a few years back... pretty glad I held onto it now. Taking into account the front radiator and fans, there will be just under 1/2" clearance behind the GPU. Obviously, room for the massive reservoir/pump block was going to be an issue... but here's my (only?) option: I figure that if I drill a new set of holes in the res/pump fan brackets to push it towards the door another 3/16" of an inch or so, using the 140mm fan holes on the MB side, I'll have more than enough clearance for the ram and tube fittings on the CPU block: So far, so good!! Mods up until this point are pretty light... time to plan out some real mods! During my last build, I had picked up some black anti-vandal switches, the power one including and RGB led. I never used them, and being that this case doesn't have a reset switch (which I happen to like having still), I figured this might be a great opportunity to start hacking into my newly procured aluminium So, there appears to be lots of space for me to fit the pair of switches. I'll relocate the current switch/pcb assembly onto the back of the MB tray, and with a bit of black acrylic, to mount the switches into, I should be able to cut a ~2"x3" hole in the top plate. Next up will be to address airflow issues with this case, which are VERY well known. The first will be to add some washers to the front panel mounts to add some space between the air filter and the plate to reduce noise. I can't seem to find a reference picture for this, but it's a fairly well known mod with the Evolv cases at this point. Then I'll look at hacking up some more aluminium to improve airflow from the roof fans. There's two objectives here: focus the intake airflow, and open up the top plate, of which there are two different approaches that have been taken by others over on Overclock.net. (This references the full ATX case, but the idea here is the same for the mATX variant) (This is a mock-up of a tentative solution that ModMyMods plans to produce) (stolen from Overclock.net... sorry, I'll need to dig-up a reference link) While the waterjet cut plate that ModMyMods is planning looks great, the latter is much more realistic for me to pull off at home. What I might try is to do a 45* corner rather than a radius to keep with the aesthetic of the case. I'll use a black metal mesh, with a foam filter material below it. Time to get some masking tape onto the top plate and start drawing! At the very top, I had mentioned that I was going to use Corsair ML fans. While these fans are quite overpriced for what they are... I happen to have a friend working at Corsair. I'll pick up 4x 120mm ML gray/black fans, and a 140mm ML gray/black fan. He's also managed to track down a set of the gray Vengeance LPX ram too, which is going to look really good in this build I think, as well as a RMx 650 PSU so that I can minimize the number of unneeded cables in the case, since my current PSU isn't going to fit, nor is it modular. Hopefully I can place that order next week, and the remaining parts within a month :D