This is my first build (please go easy on me), I fell in love with the case Phanteks Shift case. I really wanted the Shift X case but it was little taller than what I wanted.
My original plan was to have dual loop, but do to case limitation (didn’t realize the size until I received it) I was only able to liquid cool the GPU.
CPU / Ryzen 7 1700 / - I was torn between the AMD and Intel. I decided to go with AMD because the price of the MOBOs are cheaper and nearly have the same features of the Intel’s MOBOs for near half the price.
MD / AsRocK Gaming-ITX / - Great reviews and easy to OC features.
GPU / MSI 1080 Seahawk ek / - I really wanted to liquid cool and this GPU has the water block pre-installed. I didn’t have to purchase an additional part. The card barely fits inside the case, the top mounting tray doesn’t turn around, and the GPU extension cable wasn’t log enough. I was pretty disappointed that you weren’t able to see the cooling block on the card.
Cooling / XSPC Ion Reservoir/Pump Combo / XSPC EX120 Single Fan Radiator 35mm / Hard Tubing - I went with a XSPC R/P Combo due to its compact size, plus the casing matches really nice with the exterior of the PC case. After installing the pump I wasn’t able to fit another radiator. This led to eliminating the CPU water cooling (I didn’t want the GPU and CPU to be on the same loop). Now with only one radiator I installed two fans, “sandwiching” the radiator in a “Push/Pull” method. I went with PETG hard tubing because how durable it is. My fittings are mixed matched, the Monsoon Hardline Compression Fittings (3/8" x 1/2") are not the best for tight bends so I had to purchase the PrimoChill Rigid Revolver Compression Fitting - Straight Knurled Grip. These fitting worked great! They may not look nice but I felt more comfortable with these fittings on the bends.
PSU / Enermax - REVOLUTION SFX 550W / - I needed something to fit the bottom that will not take up too much room, also a PSU that will not break the bank. I went with the Enermax SFX (Fully-Modular) PSU, my deciding factor for purchasing this part was the fact that the fan does not start unless its over 30% of its rated capacity and size of the unit. At max loads, and with the hot air temps within the case, the PSU fan does turn on, but it’s relatively quiet.
RAM / G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory - Best Price and size for the time of purchase (RGB was a must).
Storage / Seagate 1TB 2.5mm - I basically took a part one of my external HDs and used it for this build (I needed to stay in budget and the HD was the first to be cut).
Case / Phanteks Evolv Shift - The case’s build quality is outstanding! I’m very impressed, I really wanted glass panels and a vertical build.
Overall, I'm really happy with the build. At idle the temps hover between 33 to 40C and at max load, between 64 to 68C (Stock, NO OC). Next up, is to OC this beauty.
1.SSD HDrive - Adding a SSD to the available M.2 slot for the OS and upgrading to a SSD for general storage.
2. Case Fans - Even though my max heat load is fairly good. I would like to upgrade the 140mm Blower (exhaust) Fan and add either 1 or 2 small blower fans on the top of case. There is a big gap at the top next to the GPU mounts.
3. Custom Cables - Stock cables are long and stiff, also the space is limited with this case.
Case Mods - I had to drill a total of 6 holes ( 2 for R/Pump & 4 for PSU), remove the plastic divider on the front panel (R/Pump mounts were in the way) and remove the mounted power connect on the back (PSU power cord plug-in was directly over the case power cord).
Cable management - [NO ROOM! Custom cables are a must] The stock PSU cables are hidden on the side panels. I had to maneuver, squeeze, and flatten a fist sized ball of cables to get the back panel on.
Heat Load - The case performs poorly with airflow, there is a ton of heat being dumped inside the case. The 140mm stock case fan and the blower style fan on the CPU do a decent job venting all hot air from the top of the case. I highly recommend anyone who is planning a build in this case, with high performance components (Such as the Ryzen 7 series, and a Full Size GPU) to use a dual AIO setup or install a small blower fan on the top. It should really help with keeping at least the core components cool under max loads.