Description

Welcome to my second watercooled build! This is Project Yellow.

With this one I decided to try something completely different than in my previous computer build. So I elected to go with a mini-ITX build in the new Shift X! Needless to say, it was a challenge to build and a few parts had to be swapped midway through to make it all fit. But the finished product is here and I think it looks pretty great! Hope you enjoy the photos.

The star of the show is definitely the case which is extremely well built and allows for easy installation of components. Even with watercooling components, everything went through pretty easy except I had problems with the radiator + pump clearance near the PSU shroud. It's a tight fit! Big thanks to EKWB for being so reponsive and providing all the watercooling equipment, their products and support are simply awesome. As you can probably see in the photos, I went with less hardtubing and more fittings style in this case to give it that extra industrial look. I am happy with the outcome. Cable routing had to be improvised, as you see, and there was not much room in the rear compartment for cables, but I managed to successfully fit everything in.

The computer performs as well as you would expect, without any hiccups. If anyone is interested in any benchmarks, I will be happy to put them up.

The CPU is running at 4.8 GHz, although it could reach 5.0 GHz. One 280mm radiator is simply not enough to cool an overlocked CPU and GPU. The GPU is running at stocks settings already applied to the card.

All in all it was a very fun build from start to end, I was glad there were no leaks when testing the system, everything loaded up correctly. No issues, hooray!

I hope all of you enjoy this build and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments below :)

P.S.: Big thank you to Ensourced for the custom sleeved cables. Just amazing.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, very overclockable, but does tend to run a little bit hot. I did not decide to delid it in my build, but doing so would definitely help out with the thermals. Even so, I could not be happier with my choice on the new Intel platform.

Motherboard

Despite reading a few bad comments about this board when I picked it up, I have had zero problems and everything worked superbly out of the box with simple OC tweaking and memory settings. Great motherboard with great aesthetics.

Memory

Went with a 16 GB kit because it is enough for gaming. I was able to acquire a pretty great deal for the C14 timing kit that I picked up on Amazon.

Storage

Added an additional SSD drive for extra space down the line, so I don't need to do any updates. Works great and fast, not a lot of comments.

Storage

M.2 SSD drives are simply the best storage choice right now. Easy to install, no cables. I recommend it to anyone, even if they are only SATA drives and not NVMe. Runs great without a comment.

Video Card

Great modelof the 1080 Ti card - went with EVGA in this build, because I already tested out the ASUS STRIX model in my previous build. Both cards run with zero problems and installation of the GPU block is pretty straightforward.

Case

5 stars for the great design! Really, this case is truely a beast when you put it on your table. The rear compartment could be a little larger, but I was able to route all the cables without too much trouble.

Power Supply

Was a little sceptical about my choice at first, but it was the only SFX-L power supply with a large enough wattage. In reality I had nothing to fear about. The unit is fully modular, the cables are great because they can twist and bend easily. I recommend it to anyone looking for a PSU for a small form factor build.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 18 points

Very impressive build! Please DM me for permission to use on EKWB social :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 6 points

Whow, thank you! Sending you a message now :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 6 points

Great presentation. Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

Thank you for the feedback!

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Simply beautiful build! +1 Great job on the liquid cooling and the yellow color makes it perfect imo!

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you :)! Had some different colors in mind when I started building, but I'm happy with the color I've chosen.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

I can only imagine how hard it is to do a custom loop in such a skinny case. The fact that you did a custom loop AND made it look really good is impressive. Definitely a feature-worthy build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

There were issues, yes. The first radiator I chose didn't fit with the pump installed. Fitting the graphics card also took quite a bit of effort. The biggest problem I had was with fitting the custom sleeved cables - they would not fit through the intended routing canals, so I had to get a little creative :). Thank you kind sir!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

can you put links for the water cooling parts used

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

So this is how an orange juice machine looks like on the inside.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Love the color scheme. Props for making a water cooled build look so clean in a challenging case.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

just recently built my own water loop, so yeah, thats alotta fittings!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, a whole bunch of em! Haha :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Who needs tubing when you have fittings? +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Tubing is overrated ;) thank you

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Personal taste really I guess. It's a great concept and cool build, but I would have preferred to see more tubing myself. Not only would it have looked cooler (again personal preference), but would have saved a ton of $$.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Like you said, it comes down to personal preference. Tried it out like this this time, next time definitely going with more tubing :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

mmmmm Shiftacular!

Congrats on feature, well earned. You did a fine job, looks top notch. I love Evolv Shift cases done right!! Please take my +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

woah man

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous <3

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful water cooled build in my life, feature well deserved.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

wow!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

i think it should be featured

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Only time will tell, thank you for your comment by the way!

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Aaaaannnd your featured well done!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats for the beautiful build. I think there are only 3 custom water cooled Shift X in Pcpartpicker - welcome! Check out below27's perfect version https://pcpartpicker.com/b/LvZRsY

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Took a look at his and your own build, both amazing builds :) Love what you did for the drain port in your Shift X! Thank you for the kind words!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Very very nice. Love the color scheme as well. Did you paint those fans yellow?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I painted the rubber corners in yellow. Should have used a primer before applying the paint though. It didn't really stick on as well as it should. Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I always love builds like this. An underused color scheme that looks amazing for sure, in an even weirder case. The whole build comes out looking stunning! +1 from me!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Wanted to go with a purple color scheme first, but maybe next time :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Go Steelers! ;-)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Just took a look at the team on Google, I have to agree with you ;) Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

My god that is beautiful. Well done. My only recommendation is to see if you can make those cables look a little neater. They kinda look like they are spilling all over the place. I get so excited every time I see a new build in this case on PCPP. +1!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I agree with you about the cables. Thought I could make them neater after I had already routed all of them in the back, but they refused to move afterwards. And the colored SATA cable maybe stands out a little bit too much. Thank you for the feedback!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the same ram and 850 evo off of facebook for $160. Was the best money spent in awhile!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Whow, that's a great deal. Definitely money well spent!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

DUDE this thing is freakin' crazy!!!!! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Tip of the hat, sir, this is frigging beautiful.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one dope brick wall +1 for the wall

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the microwave :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hoping you did had good experience in building your new PC on this Case. I'm also considering this Case for my next build, once Intel releases their 8C/16T CPUs.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely recommend it if you're looking for something a little bit different. Just plan ahead and you should be alright. Good luck on your next build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, man! Enjoy this sick build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you mind sharing your custom cable lengths? I really don't want to try and measure them out myself. I've just bought the case and I have an AX860. I was going to buy an SF600 but the AX fits so I'll use it.

To be specific, can you share your PSU / CPU / GPU power cable lengths. I'd like mine to be as short as possible within reason.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, depends on how you will route your cables. If you use the intended cable routing holes, you could go with shorter cables than I did. The problem is I'm using only extensions, because I was not able to get custom sleeved cables for the Lian Li power supply. So unfortunately I can't really help you :(.

But I do recommend you to get custom cables if you can. Makes it a lot easier!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh well, I think I definitely will. Just wanted to get it done sooner than later so I'm not waiting on them too long. I also really don't like having all that extra so I want to keep them nice and short. Love your build, I want to do the exact same thing except I'll probably wait a 1280ti or 1380ti comes out. My1080 is great but not worth 1500 worth of watercooling

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

just amazing man

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the sexiest and cleanest itx rigs I've ever seen... damnnn +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Means a lot, thank you for the kind words!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem whatsoever, keep up the incredible work!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

envy

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Those ek fittings are too big for this case. Bitspower works like a charm here. Also, pastel liquid requires monitoring, so inspect the channels on those blocks periodically as well as the pump.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree about the size of the fittings. Didnt’t work with Bitspower yet but will try them out in the next build. And Yes, I am closely inspecting the liquid. Even though I cleaned the system with Blitz Pro, I can see a few minor imperfections already. Thank for the feedback!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awsome build. Great color combo!! 1p+

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

That's some godly cable management! Awesome build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I tried my best haha, thank you.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This quickly went from "this is a total disaster" to "oh no, noooo, wait, wait, wait, it's just a supremely tight fit with a ton of slick fittings and cleverly placed tubing!" in the span of about a second lol.

I Love this case and the color theme along with the pro execution really turned out well. Great job on this OP and good find with the C14 ram! Great cables too!

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you! I was also sceptical when I started out but was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! Definitely one of the coolest builds I've seen in a while. +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, means a lot :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What year did you go back to, AND WHAT DID YOU CHANGE?!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

oh heh, just that it looks like a Flux Capacitor. A time machine.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awh, I catch your drift now :) thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case. Looks amazing! Are you water cooling the motherboard, too?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m only using a processor block, no motherboard monoblock because one was not available when I purchased the components. I could have used a z270 monoblock but it is not fully compatible. Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing looking build! hoping to do something similar for my next project... did all the watercooling equipment really total to $1500? i've been trying to do the math and it just doesn't add up to me haha :x

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I have a lot of fittings left over because I wasn’t sure what path I was going to take. I also used the total cost which includes a radiator that was swapped midway through. So the total would probably amount to around 1200 without these expenses :) I also used the new plexi pump res combo which was a little more expensive.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

haha must be quite the number of fittings. did you go 12 or 16mm tubing btw

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with 16mm tubing. Yeah, there's quite a lot of fittings. There's some you can't see that come from the left port of the radiator and a few more.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It is very sexy, it reminds me of the corsair one, but this one looks 10 times better.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love this. Truly unique. Just superb.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, really does mean a lot :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks great. Isn't that ridiculous how expensive that 1080 Ti is though? A few months ago, a build like this would be a few hundred less.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The parts were actually acquired quite a few months ago (around 3), but the build has been a work in progress for some time now due to other obligations :) But the prices are crazy, yes.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, looks stunning. What do you think about mounting this on a wall? +1 Congrats for the featured spot

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Would look amazing! But since I'm using this in a rented space it will have to stay on the desk :C thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I can imagine your friends coming over and saying "Wow, 120 fps ultra? Is this an all in one? but it's so thin! where's the pc?" then you point to a small box on the wall.

or better yet a LAN party :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Would surely be the star of the show :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I was soooo thinking of picking up this case for a home theatre with a low budget, G4600 CPU set-up. Checked out several builds a few weeks back on YT, google and PCPP.

Without a doubt, your build knocks all of what i've seen, way out of the park and far beyond the asteroid belt. Fitting the water works in this anorexic health anomaly didn't even cross my mind, assuming it was impossible to produce something visually/aesthetically pleasing and that too in a tight spot. Unfortunately for me, I don't have that set of skill with the custom water works but love the idea for future possibilities with this case. Amazing BUILD!

+1 and then some

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! And I think this case would look perfect for a home theatre set up. Vertical or horizontal position.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

There's only a couple of ways to make this build better... Glass, PrimoChill Vue, and a CPU monoblock...

Since the hard tubing isn't bent, glass might make more sense for tubing cause of the shine it produces.

In the very least, if you can't do glass, do PrimoChill Vue and the CPU monoblock. There's gotta be a monoblock for this mobo.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I would have went with glass if I had known about it. No doubt. I would have also went with Vue if I had ordered the parts a few weeks after I originaly did! And since, there is also a fully compatible monoblock. Thanks for the feedback!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Very unique case, and Looks awesome! Great build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful you pulled off a hard to do theme beautifully.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Means a lot, thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm.. Suddenly I want a new computer... Excellent Job! :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! Great build and congrats on the feature!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, I think you have more fittings in your build than I have in my house.

Good job anyways.

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I’d have to agree with you :D Thank you.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive build. May I ask which yellow coolant you are using? I ran into problems using Thermaltakes C1000 opaque, so looking for an alternative :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using the Mayhem’s Pastel Yellow coolant :) thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The picture of the VGA power supply cables is now my phone background. GREAT job man.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, Thank you! Means a lot :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great! really nice build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite impressive! I'm planning to do a hardline build in December tho. any advice?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

In December? Then you have a lot of time :D For hardline builds you just need to have a really well though out plan. Everything needs to go in an order and you need to take your time doing bends, measuring the right distance, etc. Make sure you have a good amount of fittings so you don't run out and have to wait for extra ones to arrive :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean I'm starting in December. But thanks anyways! :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

so dope, great job sir

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No bends?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No bends.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the amazing loop

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

is it just me or is the graphics card slanting a little to one side? the build reminds me of bumblebee from transformers with all the yellow, black and carbon.

a few of the fittings look a little strange, but overall it works out.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the graphics card is slanting just a little bit. I could not push it all the way in no matter what I did.

I could have changed a few of the fittings, but I almost ran out of them, so I had to improvise a little bit.

Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful build! what kind of temps are you running on CPU and GPU under load?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Saw someone else install Corsair Dominator with writing on it upside down, however in your build it's normal. Can ram install both ways, or did you have to remove flip and install back you ram's top silver bar ?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

One question, does the MB have both an addressable RGB (3-pin) header and a RGB (4-pin) header?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous Build - I'm looking to do something similair. Can I ask if you used a 280 or 240 Rad in there?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! How are you doing. Can I ask for the temps ? Have you tried OC and how much is the Temp? the Max. I wanted to go with Mini ITX 8700k, but I am worried with the temperature.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get those yellow corner caps for your fans?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

They were handpainted painted

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, I'm working on a similar build, where did you mount your wifi antenna?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

lovely

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Outstanding Work..wow :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW, +1 Did you have to use any fan splitters?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is seriously cool man, fantastic work. If I had the cahones to dabble with liquid this would be the type of project I’d want to take on.

I’m curious what kind of temps your CPU and GPU are running at?

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an amazing case, thank you!

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