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So I have been wanting to do a Ryzen build for a while, the CPU sitting on my shelf for 2 months. I really wanted to put it in the Shift, but it was incredibly difficult to find in stock at the time, and I opted for the Shift X instead. I really like the case, minus a few quibbles.

The case build quality is out of this world. exceptionally well machined, clean, great setup for affixing all the panels, just high quality. I have a few gripes though. It's meant for a SFF PSU, but they SAY it supports full ATX PSU's up to 160mm. However, where the PSU mounts, up the upper wall there is a small indentation in the case metal. So you can mount the PSU to the bottom with screws properly, however, the top of the PSU (depending on the orientation with be slightly elevated, making the PSU look SLIGHTLY crooked. You can see it in the images. I bought a Corsair SFF600, but the stupid thing was DOA, so back to my EVGA 850 G2. This case was OBVIOUSLY built with the intention of every build having a custom loop. With any AIO, about 2/3 of the case will look, well, EMPTY. lol. It would be really nice if they had provided an option for the GPU to be mounted in the front of the case on the bottom section for those not using custom loops. I would love to do one, just cannot justify an additional $400 in supplies for looks only. Seeing how the system ALREADY uses a rise cable to mount the GPU in the back, there is no reason a single bar couldn't have been added to mount it in the front. In fairness, if you are handy enough, you could put your own bracket in there yourself.

AIO: Seriuosly, the H100i V2 is BARELY fitting. The actual rad is on a slight slant to fit it in with the GPU and screw mounts, and the hoses are SO rigid, they are pressing against the glass pretty hard. I tried a dozen configs, and this is the only way I could get it to work. May try a Kraken X62 like blaze2k did here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qxfH99, his seems to fit much better than mine.

Drive mounts are good, and the layout is actually pretty awesome. The giant void of emptiness in the case is my main complaint. Obviously, if I had bought the Shift instead, this wouldn't be an issue.

I added a Hue+ just for looks, as I didn't want the void to take center stage. The lighting looks good (imo) and it takes the eyes off the empty void a bit.

I wanted a system that is next to the primary TV for the Vive and gaming in 4K, and I wanted it to look nice. I am not great with aesthetics, but I think it looks ok. I tried to stay simple and clean with the look. I would love to hear advice on others to improve it.

Also, the top section of this case is just CRAZY CRAMMED. And then the bottom is so open. I am sure I could have done a much better job on layout, and I would love to hear ideas from others on making everything look cleaner inside and better laid out to hide cables more. Please, hit me with some tips/pointers.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 6 points

It seems you have VR for days

but I got

One PLUSES for DAYS

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Funniest comment I have seen all week. I love it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

For the theme. Arkham Knight. I would cut down on the RGB, nad go for a more Edgy Vibe.

But gotta give props for the parts, nice build

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn bro, that thing is so cool. It works well as the centrepiece to the gaming set up. Also the vive holder looks great. Really nice living room set up +1

Also which keyboard mouse do you use? Or so you use a controller?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I appreciate it. I have another identical stand coming for the PSVR, so I can take it off of Corvo Attano's mask. I use a Steelseries Stratus XL, but it doesnt want to connect to Windows anymore (WTF??), So I use the Xbox One controller (It needs to be used for SOMETHING, Right?!?). For keyboard I have a Logi K830 and a G700s mouse.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow nice set up. I'm glad the Xbox controller works at least. The holder matches your speakers perfectly.

Also that mouse keyboard combo are great, you've really done this build justice!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I appreciate the thoughts. I will continue to modify until I get it just right. I am loving it so far!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

When I hear Dark Knight, I think matte black, maybe graphite. Definitely not RGB.

Nice build, but maybe wipe off the TIM and dust off first. And the reflections make it a PITA.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. It was completely cleaned before photos, but yeah, reflections are a pain. I need to get better at taking pics of them. I wanted a bit of light to illuminate the interior, but you are right, full RGB doesnt really fit with the name.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

First shift X build I see around here except mine. Man pics are all fill of reflections :) barely can notices and admire through all those reflections. Seems your PSU is quite large so you can't take the wires directly through the hole where the PSU is and also the placement of the connectors on the motherboard doesn't help you to keep things tidy. Try to keep the wires as much as possible behind the back and front panels.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I bought a SFF PSU but it was DOA. So I am using my primary spare for now. It's a monster. I will be returning the SFF and replacing it. The mobo is amazing, but it seems like every connection is in the totally wrong spot for this case. I may consider swapping it in the future. And I need to get better at taking photos.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, this is why I avoided gigabyte mobo (besides pervious bad experiences :) ) and went with the Asrock cause I saw some review on a Shift complaining about the connectors placement and made sure the connectors are at the bottom. In the process of ordering a new GPU now as the Zotac 1080 mini got cocked with the hybrid H55 workaround, think the VRM's got cocked, returned it to amazon. See last pic in my build with the H55 in the case before getting cocked :D temps were around 65 tops on gpu even without holes to exhaust the air or pull fresh air in but the VRM's probably didn't liked it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I learned my lesson. Your build is beautiful. You did your homework beforehand and it shows. I will continue to modify and work on this one until I get him just right.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Really dig the aesthetics of this build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think that this case has the ability to run a 240 rad for cpu and a rad for a video card at the same time?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you need to re-do your cable management when your new PSU comes, might want to consider vertical positioning instead although the surroundings are not suited for that.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. Even with a SFF PSU, You will only have about 80-90mm clearance on the front side mounting bracket

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the insight.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

ou can just throw the 120 in the case like I did if it doesn't fit :). See the last pic of my system before my GPU died :D. Eve without holes for air in the back the temp of the GPU were topping at 65 so not bad.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Any difficulties cable managing this case? I just bought the case last weekend (Oct 14, 2017) and I had a few questions about it... 1) Cable Management 2) Can you still get a 3.5" drive with a 280mm rad? 3) How difficult was it to work with? 4) Can your build get any sexier?

+1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. So... this is a case that, with very careful planning and some custom length cables, can have great cable management. But the places to hide cables are limited, so minimizing the number of cables is a must. Cable management is NOT FUN in this case. While I love the build quality, cable management can be a messy chore in this case. And I LOVE Phanteks cases. This one is just a chore. I have a 240mm and it works, but mounting a 3.5" drive will add to the mess. I am sure you can mount one, as there is room below, but it will look awkward. It was a challenge to work with, but I love the look. And Thank You. But it could be MUCH sexier. It just needs work. Thanks for the upvote though!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You can add a 3.5 HDD with a 280 hdd the way I did it or this guy here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/RbkdnQ

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, you mentioned the Shift may have been a better choice, what exactly are the differences? is it smaller? Thanks

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It is shorter. The rest of the dimensions are identical, but its 180mm shorter

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Some good pics on the GPU side would be nice, what is the clearance to the front rad? Is your gpu all the way to the right?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm an international student and will be doing back to Malaysia for the summer and I intend to bring my system back with me. I thought the Shift X would be better as it's "flat" compared to the conventional ITX cases.

Does the system fit in a luggage? How much does the entire system weigh roughly?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No way. Unless you have extremely large luggage. Don't let the miniITX format fool you. This is a big, heavy case. It's 20Lbs BEFORE you add components. With components its about 30.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah man that sucks :( I love this case other than the fact that the bottom is so empty but really need it to be able to be brough back home

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the space behind the mobo tray for thicker graphics cards? Would there be enough for a 2.5 slot gpu or would it be to tight?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Too Tight. a 2 slot is almost too close to the glass as it is. The case runs a little hotter than I would prefer already.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

too long didn't read, where did you get the RGB light strip from?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hue +

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

nice face.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. My bad.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

nah it's fine! you got a nice face so nothing wrong with that. (I'm joking, just sadly trying to be funny lol) on the other hand! Beautiful PC, 1 up vote for making me jealous of that PC because I am here running an RX 560 2GB, FX 6300 8GB RAM at 1600Mhz. WHILE trying to stream and record games for my YouTube channel.. But yes, I'm jealous.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

also, nice hands.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all good, and thanks for the compliment regardless. She was a beauty before I tore her down. I still have an FX6300 System!!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, what do you mean "tore her down". You took her apart!? Also, cool! Sad thing is, I got this prebuilt for 600$ when it is worth 400$..

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah lol. This one and her big brother the Shift-X build, tore them down and rebuilt other builds with the parts. Dude, you can buy some great hardware now for $600.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Have NOT OC'd yet, been too busy. Will advise.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I do have them set to White at times. Its sexy that way.