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This is my main PC, by day it runs Citrix as I WFH about 50% of the time, and by night it gets to stretch its legs when I spend a few hours running Elite Dangerous in VR (Rift CV1). Occasionally it also gets used a development PC, for which it easily outpaces those supplied in the office.

It started life as an mATX AM3 build inside a BitFenix Prodigy M case, but one piece at a time has been upgraded until I finally had the ITX motherboard and SFX PSU to fit into the Phanteks Shift. Given I'm only running 262W then heat is not currently too much of an issue, so far the only things I have done are to remove the drop down cover on the cable tray, and an extra fan I had from my old build into the basement.

But when is a PC every really complete...

While a 2070 Super is calling to me, I think I'm just about patient enough to hang on for the next-gen Ampere based 3070(?) or AMD Navi2 equivalent, particularly if it the claims about 7nm efficiency come true. Either of these will probably have performance to spare, but if the next-gen VR headset needs more, then a switch back to AMD CPU power is probably on the cards for the 4700X(?) or equivalent.

In the mean time, I still have some options to make ready for all the extra heat.

  • Tidy up the cable management. The Corsair SFX600 came with a nice set of sleeved cables, but they aren't quite the right size.

    • The 24 pin ATX cable is pretty much the correct length, but actually has 28 wires so I need to acquire a set of 28 wire cable combs to tidy up around the motherboard.
    • The 8 pin ATX motherboard power needs to be longer, it currently has to route down blocking off the front top fan. Instead It should route up then around that fan.
    • The 8 pin GPU power cable also needs just a few more cm. It currently drops down through the centre channel, and without combs, the cables are starting to un-train due to gravity.
    • I currently have NOT wired up the case RGB as I would only be using the first connector of the SATA power cable, and would just be stuffing the rest of that cable in the back. I could cut the rest off, but there is a better way...
  • Custom cables. All of the above issues can probably be resolved with a set of cables routed as required, and cut to the exact length. I'm debating going un-sleeved transparent silver wire so there may be an update soon.

  • Replace the Stock intel cooler

Component choices

Ever since the Shift case was launched, my goal has been to get a nice build running in one. I wasn't ever looking to overclock, but once people started reporting heat issues online, I also started to favor efficiency over brute power as I upgraded my components as well.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I would've gone with the Shift air. The looks may not be as nice but the temps speak for themselves. Since you have an air cooler and not a recommended 120mm water cooler. I'm a little surprised. As of right now, I recommend the Kraken M22. It looks like you have the room for a push-pull configuration on the radiator so I'd also recommend that. If you don't want to spend that money (75$ish), I believe you can get a mesh panel to replace the glass for 20$ish dollar.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

All are good suggestions, thanks. However I keep coming back to this post suggesting airflow might be better than AIO. And then there's OptimumTech's DIY AIO which makes me wonder about doing something really nuts....

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Do you mind showing pictures of your gpu? No clue how you managed to fit it in there with it being 5.28mm in thickness

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

It just slipped straight in :-) But I'll grab some pics over the weekend.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Added 2 images showing GPU clearance as last 2

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

You mention the 8 pin ATX power cable is too short. I ran into this as well in my Shift and managed to run it behind the motherboard and it just fit. Maybe worth trying so that you can clean up some of the visible cabling.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

It is long enough, if you route it downwards, which blocks some of the airflow. I'm re-routing it up and then around the fan so there is no airflow blocked, which needs almost a 60cm cable. :-)