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A little back story:

Although this is my first build, it surely isn't my first PC. My first experience with a PC was a gift I received from my uncle. It was loaded with an EX58 Extreme motherboard , i7 930 and a GTX 580. Fast forward a couple years, I am currently in university and had to purchase a laptop for ease of use and portability. I have always missed the features and beauty of having a custom PC which the gaming laptops lack.

I have always liked to watch computer building channels such as Jayztwocents and LTT but have never felt the urge to build my own custom watercooled PC as it was too much of a hassle. But with an impulsive personality, I decided to dive into this journey without prior experience on building a system. This PC will be used mainly for gaming and school work.

NOW ON TO THE BUILD:

Putting parts together were honestly a breeze, the manual was clearly labelled and even putting together the waterblock for the GPU was simple enough for someone who has no experience to perfectly assemble. I originally wanted to build my system using the Enthoo Evolv ITX and this resulted incompatibility with some parts. Cable management in this case is amazing. A lot of space for your hands to move around, 10/10 to Phanteks for thinking this watercooling case through. Everything felt snug and easy to fit, just like building Legos. The only pain I had was bending the PETG. I have no prior experience so everything I did was trial and error and I wasted about 4 1Meter tubes trying out the bends. I was very happy when there were no leaks during the test and bleeding the system was pretty easy.

HERE ARE MY PROBLEMS :

  1. PSU: The PSU I originally purchased was a seasonic focus plus 650W, which was an ATX PSU. Even though Shift X states that the ATX PSU's were compatible, you cannot use the PSU shroud to cover the cables. If you are using an ATX PSU, you also cannot put a reservoir at the bottom of the case.
  2. Z370-I STRIX RGB HEADER: This is one thing I was very confused about. I couldn't sync my phanteks lighting due to the Z370 only having a 3-pin header. No one sells and adapter so be wary of this.
  3. Pump+Res mount: The provided mount from the case for the Pump is not meant for a big reservoir. You may need to purchase a separate mount if you wish to mount it on your radiator/fan.

Conclusion:

All in all, I am satisfied with what I built. Although the tubes could be better (angles and all), the other components seem to be fine as you would expect on a watercooled system. To anyone who wants to build a custom watercooled PC, please do; It is not as hard as you think. Do not hesitate to ask me questions and I'll try my best to answer them!

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That loop looks like it was exceptionally difficult to assemble… +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was a nightmare especially since this is my first time building a custom loop. Trial and error through almost 8 meters of PETG until I got them right

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I can imagine

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Ohhhh very nice build sir.Amusingly building one in the same case and going for broadly similar components and radiator config, not seen many people do 120 + 240 so good to see it works perfect while waiting for my 240mm.

It does suck about the z370 impact not having a normal RGB header to hook the case lighting into it like you mentioned :(

Great work +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It works absolutely amazing. It might just be mine but because of the radiator setup I had to shake the case quite vigorously to bleed the air pockets out of the radiators.

In regards to the header, it turns out that wasn't too much of an impact as I thought. The addressable RGB looks absolutely fantastic.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Glorious. Just. Glorious.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

One of my fav shift x builds so far, awesome build! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Mind giving the link to the wallpaper?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's from wallpaper engine on steam, wallpaper is called wise wolf

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

You achieved a goal: 1080 at MSRP price (maybe)!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, that was a hard find. Managed to snag one from a local bestbuy!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the ram performing with that motherboard. Like can you control the ram lighting via Asus software?? Some people were saying that the trident z rgb could not be controlled by Asus software.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The software used to be buggy. Now, you can control the trident z rgb directly from the aura software. No issues ever as of lately ever since they updated the aura software

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that’s awesome thanks dude. Great build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What was the solution for the 3-pin RGB header?
Any issues with the 35mm thick XSPC rad in the bottom of the case?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issue mounting the 140 Revo D5 (I see you went with the plexi model)? I can't tell from the photos, did you go with a side or bottom mount bracket?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm afraid the solution for the 3-pin RGB header is to purchase cablemod's addressable RGB strip. As for the back of the case, I plugged my phanteks LED strips and the waterblock to the case controller so they don't sync with the rest. But I hope this is only a temporary solution. It doesn't look all that bad.

The 35mm thick XSPC rad works extremely well and has great clearance. No issues there. You need to use a small form factor PSU though or a rad won't fit at the bottom.

I am using the plexi model, that is correct. I will update a couple close up photos but it's late right now so there is limited lighting! I mounted it using EK's vertical mount and placed it on the bottom rad. I wasn't sure about the clearance using the non vertical mount. Using the provided mount from the case didn't provide clearance for the pump, so that won't work.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I’ll be installing an ASUS Strix 1080ti GPU. I’m told it has a 4–pin RGB header. I hope to run the Phanteks case and fan RGB leds from the GPU’s header.

Very nice build BTW. Hope mine turns out as well.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

IIRC the 4-pin header on the strix GPU is for asus fan connect but I'm not sure. Let me know how your build goes, I'm very interested in how it'll turn out!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I added this psu to my current build list with a evolv shift x case. When I added it to the list it determined the PSU incompatible... is that the truth? Will this psu fit within the shroud and will work with the case?????

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I added this and it says it's incompatible too. Please disregard this as it is a mistake from pcpartpicker. This PSU WILL fit the shroud. I purchased a seasonic focus plus and that didn't fit the shroud and as far as i know only small form factor PSU's can fit the shroud.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! I'm trying to build a similar rig and saw that pcpp's official list of PSU's that are compatible with the case doesn't include many options, so it's nice to hear there's a reliable component out there! Wish you good luck and fun with your new rig!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Wish you good luck on your new build too, will be looking forward to see what you come up with!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of the coolest builds I've seen, I have been thinking about getting this case and making a custom loop in it but it looks quite hard xD

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Don't worry about getting this case. This is honestly my first build out of any PC's and I've never had prior experience on bending tubes and such! Took me about 8 meters of PETG but you'll get it in the end ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I think I'll just use soft tubing for my first loop and upgrade later since the EK a240g is so cheap, thanks for the help

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

For the 120mm rad on the bottom of the case did you use a 120mm fan as well? I have the same case and seeing the clearance you had with the res, I would imagine that you just simply placed the rad without the fan? Correct me if I'm wrong!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I did place a fan at the bottom of the case. Sadly the fan cannot be seen, but it is there!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

hey there, nice build! im really curious about your monitor, im looking to get one and wonder what your thoughts are on it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

Thanks! Depends on what you are looking for. You are paying a lot more since this one is curved, but afaik most FPS players don't like the curve. I play mostly FPS and have no problems. The selling point for this monitor to me was the curve, 144hz and the styling. Other than that most other 144hz monitors are way less if compared to this.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for asking the question, and thanks for answering it. How's the RGB?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

no worries! are you referring to the RGB behind the monitor? I honestly can't see it even in a low lighting scenario. It is so dim you won't even remember its there unless you see it directly :\

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the monitor? I'm thinking of getting one for myself.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Heh. The comment box shows up at the top of the page, so I missed that comment. What fail!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Some crazy bends you have there. Looks good! Just curious, I'm working on a similar build, where did you mount your wifi antenna?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I didn't mount the antenna since I am using an ethernet cable!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

So I just built in the same case... I'm not sure how you managed to connect your run from the VGA block like that I couldn't get my fingers back there to tighten it properly, had to go another route! What are your temps looking like? I'm getting 57C under load, and have been worried about it melting/warping my tubing... has yours held up ok?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did your water block?

Could you send me the link? Thanks!