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Shifty Custom Loop

by RedPencil



Date Published

June 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.101 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.08 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


This is the third iteration. My journey started back in April 2017 when I spotted a deal on GTX 1080. It took me couple months to gather parts and I finished my build sometime in September 2017. Then I keep toy with it, swapped parts, add RGB fan, add custom loop, cut front panel until it is end up as today.

I would like to thank pgrilli and lerues, their build gave me an inspiration on how to add reservoir to the system. It is a very important piece of puzzle in order to install H140 upside down. Yes, you are not supposed to install H140 this way because the build in reservoir will sit below the pump. That is why another reservoir is need.

I also would like to thank Hatcher Associates Inc for help me handle the cut out on the panel. I contact many CNC shop in Chicago area and no one would give me a hand except them. The process was simple. I measure the panel then create a 3D model with my pattern using Google SketchUp, then converted it to CAD file and gave it to the shop. I got the panel back with in day, and I'm very happy with the clean cut. They also sand down the sharp edge.

Beside the panel cut out, I drill a hole on top for fill port and another hole on the left for mount the reservoir. I also added a Threaded Bulkhead Fitting to the fill port to help secure and hold the tank. Instead of mont the front fans inside the case, I put it outside right behind the panel and only the slim 15mm fans can fit in. another problem I ran into was to secure the front bottom fan and the radiator. I end up used only two screws and a twist wire to hold the radiator in place.

My CPU used to run at 70C during full load, so I delid it which drop the temp down to 60C. My GPU run at around the same temp also the waterblock itself. NexXxoS is a really good block. However, it is a metal block, and it dissipate heat out to it surround area which will rising the temp in the case. So make sure to have exhaust fan for release the heat.

The system is fairly quiet, all the fans run below 1350 RPM the Noctua fan turn out to be the noisiest part of the build after I watercool the GPU. The build in GPU fan is awful, the card will throttling unless I ran the fan above 70% speed which make it sound like a jet engine.

All in all, I quite enjoy mu build and I learn a lot even though it gave me a lot of flustered.

Word of advice:

  • recommend Corsair instead of Silverstone PSU if you want it to take fresh air from outside. Silverstone has cable conflict with the case.

  • Not install MB cover plate will improve air flow.

  • Set top fan for intake is recommended. After flip the fan, My VRM temp drop ~5C

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Inndee 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

That Swiftech res is sooo not supposed to be upside down like that lol. Looks cool though!

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

U r right, that’s why I have reservoir tank on top

Inndee 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I think it's due to the placement of the attached pump on the swiftech res. Or are you using a different pump as well?

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

I didn't change the pump. The H140 came with MCP50X which you could place that pump in almost any orientation. The actual problem is placement of the built in reservoir. It will sit below the pump in that position. The air that trap inside will run cycle through and the pump could run dry.

Adding another reservoir on top is a must for trap air and breed the loop.

Inndee 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for that explanation. I understand now. Nice build!

KurtKurtson 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Great Job! Love the mod on the front panel. How did you cut the aluminium?

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Local CNC shop will do the trick.

bctrent 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

This build is crazy gorgeous!! Congrats on the build. I wish mine was that beautiful.

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago


Justin314 1 point 8 months ago

It looks nice but I wouldn’ buy it since I’m looking for a good first build pc.

sergiur 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build! I will suggest you to add another 120mm radiator (15mm thick) where the top fan is, that will drop your temps. Have a look at my pc, it is not done yet but my cpu under load is running at 65 degrees (not delided) and gpu under 55. All the fans are set to exhaus the air from inside the case. Good luck!

JJAMSUPER 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

44GHZ? Are you a master overclocker? lol nice build anywaays

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Miss typing lol Thx for pointed it out!

JJAMSUPER 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Don't worry, this build is still built by a master! XD

weatherman797 1 point 6 months ago

This is probably one of the coolest shift builds I have ever seen! I love the custom loop. Don't mean to be dense, but to you have to separate 120 mm rads in the case? One on bottom and the other on the bottom side?

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

The Shift has limit space unlike Shift X which can fit 240 rad on the side. For my config, the bottom is 140 rad pulling air out and 120 rad on the side pushing air in. I considered add the third rad on the top at some point, but the VRM got too hot with out fresh air.

pgrilli 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I can only imagine the hours you put into this build, very well done!! Thanks for the mention.

jameswbster@gmail.com 1 point 4 months ago

Love this build and the creative use the H140. How much room is left in front of the H140? Is there enough clearance for a slim fan and rad or would you be required to have the fan on the outside and mod the front panel?

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It doesn't have enough room for both fan and rad even with my slim rad 25 mm thickness. Also putting the fan on the outside will require some mod on the panel. FYI: Don't use the H140! The build in reservoir and pump combo is gonna get in the way. You better get a simple slim 140 rad instead.

jameswbster@gmail.com 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you sir, appreciate the info! :)

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BetrayedPredator 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah its pretty obvious he bought stuff used / when RAM was cheaper

MSRP for a 1080 is $535 but he got one for $439

32gb of DDR4 use to be that cheap but its been over a year

RedPencil submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Actually, only the MB is used. And I have to sent it back for RMA twice. :(

For the GPU, I got the deal from Newegg back in April 2017.

Also found the deal for RAM at Micro Center back in May 2017. (RAM price already started climbing)