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 :
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!