Description

Wanted to try something exciting instead of yet-another-mid-tower with my new build. Fell in love with the case and planned the build for a high-performance gaming and photo-editing.

Build

Being able to remove all 4 sides was a big plus, I'm sure it would've taken triple the time otherwise. With a friend helping, took about 3 hours on the initial build. There's only 1 way to get the psu installed, so make sure to watch a video on how to arrange it to avoid a likely mistake. The vertical gpu bracket wasn't a huge issue, cable management took a reasonable amount of effort (although the psu cables are VERY stiff, annoying to route through small areas), and everything worked perfectly on first boot.

Dual Radiators

However, the 2 radiators were an extremely tight squeeze. I was only able to fit a 15mm fan in front of the gpu rad (near the front panel). I also put a 15mm push fan below the cpu rad and a 25mm pull fan above it. With the Kraken M22 + EVGA Hybrid you only have ~41mm vertical space above the floor of the chassis until you hit the cabling for the evga hybrid rad, so the 15mms are REQUIRED if you want to use these coolers in this case. I disassembled and reassembled with different fan arrangements for another few hours until I eventually got to this setup. For final touches, I bought a sheet of carbon-fiber-colored vinyl and used it to cover the 2.5" drives and the psu, and added an rgb strip behind and around the top half of the window.

Performance

This case has pretty bad airflow, so there's limited overclocking opportunity. I added a few tiny fans above the IO shield blowing up to help out the rad fans pull in cool air from the base of the case. Removing the front panel will also lower temps by a few degrees if you're really struggling. I think I got an unlucky 8700k since I was only able to get it to 4.8 stable after a few hours (I blame the mini itx mobo a bit too), but it gets ~70fps in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, ~85 fps in Monster Hunter World, ~100fps in Blops 4. I ran all on max settings at 3440x1440. I also notice significant speed improvements (from my old 6700k/860evo) when opening hundreds of ~50mb raw images in Photoshop - about 1 second per 20 images when reading off the nvme drive.

Other

Aura sync is pretty, but runs at a continuous ~3% to 5% cpu usage. Annoying, but I'm bottlenecked by the gpu the vast majority of the time so it's not a dealbreaker. OS installed on the m.2 without any hassle. It's a little annoying stuffing cables through the top-back opening, but overall I love the case's aesthetics and it's an amazing convenience when needing to move it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Was only able to get it to 4.8 on a mini-ITX mobo with a 120mm radiator, but 12 threads are amazing for streaming & rendering.

CPU Cooler

Love the looks, software is absolutely awful. Keeps cpu about as cool as any other rad. Rad cables look good in any situation, usb cable not so much.

Motherboard

Gets the job done, but I suspect it's partially to blame for not being able to get my 8700k to 5.0. Also wasn't able to get my ram to listed 3200 but that might be more of the dimm's fault. Love the color scheme though, and aurasync is neat but eats a LOT of cpu cycles (constant ~4%).

Memory

Best looking RGB ram IMO, was able to get to 14-14-14-30 at 3200mhz - very satisfied!

Storage

Very fast (hard to tell how much faster vs an SSD though), love not needing any cables, and the OS installed onto it without any complaints.

Video Card

Just barely fits in my mini-ITX case. Runs smoothly, lightly overclocked. Got it after the disappointing 20xx series was announced. No complaints beyond seemingly low overclock headroom.

Case

Fantastic premium case, strikingly beautiful form factor, awful airflow. Still worth it, plus it's not too annoying to build in.

Power Supply

VERY STIFF CABLES. Definitely recommend getting the "Corsair Individually Sleeved Cables" (can find them on amazon). I haven't tried them but almost anything would be better than these.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Love this build, so clean. Props!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it~

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely shift build you have there, I'm surprised at your temps for the 1080, how are vrms and memory on the gpu fairing? I have my 1070 underwater with kraken g12 and vrms were getting pretty toasty ;/

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm yeah mine doesn't go much higher than 70 under normal loads. I checked out your build, only thing I can think of is that your block is improperly seated or something. You might be able to squeeze a 15mm fan behind the radiator, too.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry haven't updated that build in a while that is with the stock evga cooler, gpu temps are fine its the vrms and memory that gets a bit toasty with just the fan from the g12 Kracken. Managed to squeeze the h80i rad in with the h75 and a slim notua fan just fits.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent job getting that much power in the shift, looks great too.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I've only ever built in mid or full size towers before so it was a challenge, but I love the results!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the playstation controller just connect in the regular bluetooth settings, or did you have to buy the official sony adaptor for it?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually have a ps4 sitting on top of that wood cable management box behind my monitor, so I just switch monitor inputs to the hdmi for the playstation when I'm playing that! I have connected the controller with ds4 windows before, though, and this motherboard has bluetooth built in.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! How did you mount thouse small Noctua Fans on the Top ? And do they noticable help with the heat getting exhausted better ?

Thank you

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

and check out my System if you like ^

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/cLBbt6

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done. Really appreciate the subtle RGB lighting in this build. Adding the two small fans to the top of the case is a clever idea, as well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think while researching cases I came across someone on some small forum who had placed fans up there too so I kinda stole his idea.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to know how much them 60mm fans help. I upgraded to a 2070 and my shift is getting too hot and loud.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

They lowered all temps by a few degrees, but most importantly cut ~15° off the m.2 drive. I think there was a pocket of stagnant air right over it (surrounded by the cpu cables, IO, and ram), one of the 60mm fans is right above it which helped a lot.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

did u have to use any fan splitters?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Also what RGB strip are u using?