Description

This is my first build ever (take it easy on me), though I had a little knowledge on how to, I never had the time to build a PC and always opted to buy a pre-built rig.

Basically this build is just for gaming and a little streaming, (DOTA2 and PUBG). I had a pre-built i7-4770 before this build, and when I started playing PUBG, I figured its time for an upgrade.

Originally I had my eyes on the DAN CASE v2, but due to price and availability, I went with the Evolve Shift. No regrets so far. Phanteks makes great cases and this one really caught my eyes.

I originally had the EVGA 1080TI FTW3, but due to its lengthy size, I barely have enough space for fans and radiator, so I went back to the founder's edition 1080TI. Also, the FTW3 would thermally throttle due to how the placement of the GPU. For a SFF build as I've read, it's always recommended to go for a blower GPU since there's barely enough room for airflow and this case is no exception.

I've tried numerous tweaks on trying to achieve 5GHz, but due to high temps and how the case is designed and the fact that its only a single, thin, radiator build, I have no choice but to clock down to 4.8GHz to get my desired temperatures.

Overall, I'm quiet happy with my build. It's an eye candy in my desk and more than enough performance wise for what I'd use it for.

Part Reviews

CPU

Coming from a 4770, it's not a world of a difference. I overclocked my 7700k to 4.8GHz with a stable 70C under load. I would get between 80-90C when overclocked to 5GHz under load.

CPU Cooler

Aesthetically, this cooler is cool AF ( no pun intended). It came with an extra LED strip and LED control just in case your motherboard didn't have the pins for LED control. Noise wise, I can barely hear the pump and the fan that came with it is pretty quiet. My only gripe is that the LED colors is only one dimensional.

Motherboard

Great motherboard as expected from ASUS.

Memory

Aesthetic AF. Great speeds as well. I just kinda wish they had a 16GB option for a single channel.

Video Card

Previously, I had the FTW3 1080TI by EVGA, but due to how my case was, it was thermal throttling ranging from 75-85C. The founder's edition fixed that. Highest temps that I've got so far from the FE 1080TI is 70C. Only thing that I didn't like the 1080 TI was availability due to cryptos. Other than that, great value per dollar.

Case

A fun and unique case to build with. Phanteks did a great job on making this case as user friendly as possible. First off, the manual is very useful, color printed and clear instructions on how to get around this case. Every air vent has dust filters which is a big+!

Power Supply

Probably the quietest PSU I've owned. A bit overpriced due to it being a SFF PSU.

Custom

Great Halo for a non RGB fan. A bit overpriced though.

Custom

I got a good deal out of this storage. Basically on par with the 960 EVO m.2. Even came with a free acronis download.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

oh i LOVE the video card placement! That's awesome looking!!

Very nice build, I gotta say this is quite premium-looking even just with bare parts and little custom work like water-loops or paint jobs, etc.

+1 !!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words sir.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You can even flip the GPU around to show the pretty side through the rear window.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

You may be able to squeeze out a couple more hundred mhz on the cpu if you delid and swap the mayonnaise under the heat spreader out for some liquid metal or better thermal compound. Nice build, very well managed in that small space. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

True! I'll do that in the near future. Liquid metal seems a little risky since I dont have any deliding experience. . I might opt for a carbon based paste.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Siliconlottery.com does proffesional delids, I got my CPU done there it dropped temps considerably.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I will look into that. I was thinking of deliding myself tbh :) Thanks!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

From one shift owner to another, Nice work!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I like your build as well. Water cooled everything! :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build. Side note, you mentioned the Halos being a bit overpriced, but is there a reason you didn't get the $10 non-Luxe variant? They are the same product, but aren't made out of aluminum and you have to buy the $5 adapter separately (you only need one adapter per LED channel).

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feedback. At that time, the non aluminum one is out of stock in amazon, so I had to buy the aluminum one. That was my impatience kicking in, and now i have like 3 led adapters extra. @_@

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

hah. I ran into that issue too when I bought my Halos three days ago. Newegg had them in stock, so I just got them there, and got the in stock 140mm and cable from Amazon.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How much better are the new chromax line! Looks good. +1 from another shifty :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The 120mm chromax is the same as the regular NF-F12, just the color that changed. :) Thank you!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks really cool! Did the cooler fit without any mods? I have been considering this case for a while now, but according to the specs on deepcool's site, it shouldn't fit, height wise.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your build, FE is perfect for this case, nice choice. Only wondering how's the cooling for gaming? Trying to build i5-8400 with 1080ti in this case.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

A blower style card is way better with this case. I had a ftw3 before and i was reaching 90+ due to the lack of cooling. with a FE i was able to get between 70-80c. which isn't as bad as the ftw3

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely lovely Shift build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

wow

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

2 fans at front u set as intake ?