Description

Set out to replace my wife's aged 2009 Dell PC. This was going to be a straight forward build in a Silverstone - RVZ02B. But.... That all changed when I came across the Phanteks Shift and knew I had to build in this case. Did a load of research before the case was released including deciding to install the NZXT X42. (Information pre-release was a little misleading in that a 140mm AIO would fit). Purchased all my parts including the X42 before my case arrived, this is when I discovered from other builds on PCpartpicker that X42 cooler was not going to fit without case modification. This is when the build became slightly more complicated, I was determined to use my already purchased X42 but with two 120mm radiators, the only radiators that I could find that would fit was the EK Coolstream SE 120mm. I decided to modify the X42 to include the two 120mm radiators. On further investigation I realized that filling and priming the system would be next to impossible without a reservoir. I decided to go with the Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex Pro 10 LT but had to modify the included mount in order for the reservoir to clear the pump. Priming the system was not easy. I thought I had fried the pump as half way through priming as it made a terrible noise and completely stopped working. After about half an hour it started working again and I was able to completed the priming process successfully. I am assuming the pump motor has a thermal cut out which is why it stopped.

As of yet I do not have a GPU, this computer will be used by my wife for photo and video editing and video streaming so have not decided which GPU to use in this build. Space is limited, total card length cannot exceed 220mm due to the upper fitting on the front radiator.

Update; I have now added a GPU, I had to flip the radiators so that the bottom radiator fittings are at the back and the side radiator fittings and drain valve are at the front, giving me the space to add the GTX1060.

Below the lower radiator I have a Noctua - NF-F12 exhausting out of the case. The front radiator has a Yate Loon 120mm x 20mm Slim Fan which draws air into the case. A 20mm fan is needed to prevent the two radiators from overlapping.

At idle the CPU temp is between 26-30 C. I did a stress test with the CPU at 4.2GHz and the temp maxed at 61C.

The system is fairly quiet, the included Phanteks 140mm case fan being the noisiest part of the build.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I have been thinking where the hell I could put a res in my shift, that sir is very clever and looks great, is it possible to hardline when modding an aio?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Problem is the AIO pump has barb fittings as the hoses are not supposed to be removed, not sure if there are fittings available to adapt from barb to hard line.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm... interesting. I've been thinking about this too -- I would love to build a custom loop but am too hooked on the Kraken AIO waterblock infinity mirror :P

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I haven’t seen a lot of custom loop in the smaller Shift yet, and yours is very well done. May I ask for some additional pictures of the reservoir mounting?

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

I will get more pics of the build posted this weekend

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the first one I've seen in the Shift. Could you link me to the other Shift custom loop builds you've seen?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the links Upgrade, very interesting to read other builders experiences in the Shift. If this case was 5mm wider and 5mm deeper things would have been SOOO much easier but way less challenging... and I still have to get a GPU in there!!!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Your build looks great though :) I started with a custom loop (posted under my Nanook account on those links), but ended up just using two 120mm AIOs now.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thank you very much!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

So jealous that you found a perfect place for the reservoir while I'm still living with the stupid AIO. Is mounting the reservoir straightforward? Is any drilling work included?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

No drilling at all, I used an existing hole, I will be posting more pictures tomorrow evening.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work. I have been mulling over doing a loop in the larger Shift X thinking a loop may not happen in this smaller one. Nice to see I have been proven wrong. Nice and creative setup +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and good temperature! I also have the Phanteks Shift and it's awesome!) For GPU you could find something like Asus Dual, it's smaller than regal 10*0 GPU's

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm still very undecided on which GPU to install, maybe a 1070 mini?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I will receive my EVGA 1080 WTF2 soon, and I can take a photo with it, maybe it will fit nice in your build too.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Look forward to seeing the pics, I may have to reverse my radiators to accommodate a larger GPU

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

the orange is beautiful bro, awesome build!!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably the first one to have that pump location in the Shift.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hold my Fanta.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Exciting to see a custom loop in the smaller shift. Eager to see a CPU+GPU loop next!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The plan is to add a GPU into the loop

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How did tou modify the CPU block?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I used only the pump assembly from a NZXT Kraken X42 by cutting off the hoses/radiator and connecting the pump to the rest of the loop (Reservoir and two 120mm radiators) using 6mm soft hose and barb compression fittings.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

6mm or 16mm? I'm thinking about doing something similar in my build just trying to get a feel for how the mod is gonna go. Do you have any more details on assembly?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!!

How long is your custom 24pin cable? Looking at getting one to clean up my shift build :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

250mm

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Man you are nuts in a good way ;) you get a +1 from me. Love to see people taking to the extreme to just achieve what they want.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to admit I had second thoughts about cutting the hoses and radiator off a brand new Kraken, 5yrs warranty to no warranty with the slice of a utility knife... but I'm happy with the decision and result!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget photos with the new 1060, did you manage to fit it into the loop?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reminder, I have updated all pictures to how the build is currently with the GPU. I did buy a 980ti Hybrid that I would like to put into this loop but it has ended up in a Manta build (Which I'm about to post on here).

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking forward to the build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome! Thank you for posting your build here. I assume mixing of the materials is not an issue here since the only aluminum part that was in the lop was the original radiator, and the pump probably uses plastic impellers. I have a completed shift build with 7th gen i5 and open shroud 1080. Heat is an issue. So I am planning a custom loop, at-least for the card and want to use Hardwarelabs 120 GTR rad as it seems to have a lot of surface area.

I have a couple of questions if you don't mind: 1: How strong is the pump on the Kraken - do you think it would handle a GPU waterblock in the loop too? 2: Those are interesting clamps you used on the plastic barbs. Could you provide a link to them?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Link for the clamps is http://www.performance-pcs.com/bitspower-single-luxury-tube-clamp-ltc4-for-tube-od-3-8in-orange.html

The flow through the Kraken isn't that strong, I guess as it is only designed to cool the cpu. The other issue would be priming the circuit, this one wasn't that easy.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the link! I was considering using XSPC Ion/pump reservoir combo. Seems like it would fit nicely where you have the reservoir sitting in the top compartment. It will have a strong enough pump to support CPU and GPU waterblocks and will keep the bottom compartment empty for the unimpeded airflow.

http://www.xs-pc.com/water-pumps/ion-pumpreservoir

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you are onto something really good there, with some mount modification that will fit. Are you considering a build with hard lines? Please keep me updated!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

If I end up converting it from current CPU-AIO and GPU-air cooled setup to custom in this case I will try to use that XSPC pump with flexible tubing. This would be my second ever build. I am currently preparing to build a Flex tubing based loop for my Fractal Define Mini C build.

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

but why?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a good question, as I said in the description, this was supposed to be a straight forward build till I saw the Shift then I got carried away. Most parts (Mobo, CPU and Ram) I managed to get second hand at a really good price.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I have a Noctua - NF-F12 under the bottom radiator