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.