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.