Description

Like many people posting Shift builds on here, I simply loved the look of this case from when it was first announced! When I built my previous PC ("Downsized Gaming PC" on PCPP) I was considering the Silverstone FT-03 Mini because I liked the idea of the small foot-print tall tower format, but I also really like to see the hardware inside the case!

Anyway, I finally eventually had the funds to upgrade bits and pieces so I ordered the case and set about transferring everything over from the old Define S Nano into the Shift, and wow that was a tricky build! I had a Silverstone SFX-L PSU in the Nano and that only just fit in the Shift with a bit of a worrying stretch-bend on the ATX cable underneath the rubber grommet to the horizontal cable tray so I wasn't really happy with that.

I also still had my old GTX 780 and as some others have found with their cards, the PCI riser in the Shift has issues with a number of card requiring the drop down to PCI-E gen 2 to get a stable system (I contacted Phanteks support and after some to-and-fro testing this was the conclusion). Annoying, but not an issue given that I wanted to upgrade my GPU later anyway!

One of things I really wanted from the Shift was the dual AOI setup that was advertised from the very beginning, so I started GPU planning; the EVGA 1080 FTW Hybrid was out due to the height of the card meaning the rad and fan wouldn't fit, and both MSI Seahawk and EVGA 1080 Hybrid regular version had blower-style radial fans that I wasn't keen on. Then the EVGA 1070 ti Hybrid was announced and that satisfied both requirements so I pre-ordered that, which eventually arrived and fits in the case perfectly!

I'm also a bit of a stickler when it comes to cable management so I spent a very long time routing the cables in the way I wanted (I may still move the PCI cable, not 100% on it drooping across the back like that). This extended to the cables coming out at the top; I wasn't happy with the "umbilical" look, so I set out to route them through the inside and out the bottom. Of course there isn't space for all the IO cables and I still wanted to be able to move the PC from study to living room, so I got some HDMI, Cat6 Ethernet and USB 3.1 extension cables and routed those through, connecting a USB 3.1 hub for all peripherals (including a USB DAC for speakers)! This results in a really nice and neat system and I don't have to pop the top at all now!

Lastly, in terms of colour schemes, I'm not a fan of random bright colours and much prefer neutral black/silver/white. The light strip here is actually an RGB strip, but set to white so I can tune the white balance so it doesn't look too blue or red vs. fixed white.

In terms of costing on the parts list on the left, everything priced as zero was carried over from the Nano build.

Part Reviews

Case

A very challenging but rewarding build that is not for the faint of heart! With a bit of planning, the cable routing is actually excellent and allows for a very clean and neat system in a very small footprint, while also supporting AIO GPU and CPU at the same time!

Beware, though, that there are some GPU compatibility issues with the PCI-E riser, so it seems ok with current gen Gefore (GTX 10XX) but not with older cards!

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I like your build and given you have the regular shift I wanted to ask if you are ok with the plastic top cover, as the shift X has an aluminium top cover and therefore considered buying the X.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest, that's a crazy reason to go for the X instead unless you really need the extra internal space as well! Builds that don't use the space of the X look a bit...lost... IMO!

Where the case is sat on my desk I can't see the top panel anyway and I built it specifically to have minimal interaction with the top...

Because of the deep ridged shape of the lid, it's pretty stiff and sturdy so I guess it being plastic would only be a problem if you were intending to really abuse it! :-)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I love your build, and I wanted to get the same motherboard and CPU cooler as you. I was just wondering, do you think there would be enough space to mount the AIO pump with the tubes towards the memory slots without the tubes blocking a slot? Thanks.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

There should be, the tubes are exactly within the cooler space allowance (they just clear the VRC heatsink on the right of my photos) so should be ok!

The problem will be the "Cooler Master" logo will be sideways rather than horizontal looking at the case stood up! That might be ok for you but would bug the hell out of me!

In terms of getting this exact MoBo, remember it's the older Z270 so you may be better off with the Z370 equivalent for a new build?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanks a lot for the info. I was just asking because I was going to get the Evolv ITX case, which has you mount the motherboard upright. So if I mounted it like how I described in my first question the logo would be upright. Also, unfortunately I've already purchased my CPU, so there isn't much of a choice now for a new motherboard. Anyways, thanks for all the help :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ah ok, I misunderstood, I thought you meant the Shift! Yeah if it's the Evov ITX then that should work out fine as far as I am aware!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Just another quick question... Is the AIO pump connector a 4 pin?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, it's one of the reasons I went for this AIO specifically because there is no USB connection required (the Z270I doesn't have a USB2.0 connection) so the pump is powered by the 4-pin header that Asus designate for pumps!

In my photos, it's the 4-pin that's crammed right in just to the left of the heatsink with "Strix" printed on it. If you look carefully you can see the wire come from the top edge of the pump up and out to the top right past the CPU fan header (gathering up the slack) then coming back in and across just below the heatsink to the pump header!