Description

3rd laptop died + rarely took my laptop out of the house = let's build a PC

Took a look at some pre-built PCs; didn't like their appearance, price, or hardware so I decided to just build one instead. This is technically my first PC built earlier this year, but in a sexy new body. My first case was in another HTPC, but I wanted something smaller and easier to clean. Not overclocked or anything fancy so I went with simple air-cooling. Decided to use that extra space in the bottom compartment that's used for radiators as a display area for some cheap garage sale Nendoroid finds. Used some 1/16 and 1/8 acrylic to make a PSU cover and wrapped them in some cheap carbon fiber film.

Building in this case was a lot easier than in my first case, mainly because I knew what I was doing and routing the cables in this case is a lot simpler than in a Lian Li case. Feel like I did a decent job at cable management. Really recommend getting some sleeved cables or you'll have a really bad time with the stiff and short Corsair cables. I got rid of the SSD mounts and used double sided lock tape to secure the 2.5 SSDs. Don't have any addressable RGB headers so I had to improvise with the Phanteks Halos to get the pink/blue color scheme (case controls led strips while mobo controls the Halos). I might swap the RAM to RGB capable ones in the distant future.

Only real problems I had building was bad RAM. Originally bought some 16GB G.Skill TridentZ, but would get a black screen. Returned them for the HyperX Fury and everything booted fine. This turned out for the best as the TridentZ RAM were pretty thick and would scrape against the CPU cooler and each other. Spray painting the 4 removable plastic side things of the front and back panels was a headache. I got 4 good coats and on the final spray, the paint on one of the things decides to crackle a bit. Would use vinyl if I had a do-over.

*6th photo shows hooking up the riser in the old Lian Li case to the Shift while waiting for the Shift riser from AliExpress to arrive.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Low profile. Looks nice. Acceptable temps. Easy to install without having to worry about potential leaks.

Motherboard

Minus one star for that one annoying orange led light on the bottom right of the board that's constantly on. Ruins the RGB visuals in my case.

Memory

Works and cheap. These replaced some DOA G.Skill Trident Z. If only these had RGB.

Storage

Used for OS and non gaming programs/apps. PC boots up faster than the monitor turns on. No cables needed is a plus. Temp runs at 39C in my air-cooled case.

Storage

It was free so using it for iTunes music and photo storage until my gaming SSD runs out of room. Amazing performance.

Video Card

Bought it because FE GTXs look very nice in glass panel cases ... and I only want to build HTPCs so I needed a reference card.

Case

Looks great and easy to build in (2nd ever case I built in). Ditched the Phanteks riser cable because if the negative reviews and bought a Gen 3.0 riser for the Shift on AliExpress that took 22 days to arrive. Looks better and works like a charm.

Only wish the back panel on the case had a design or something to hide peripheral wires.

Power Supply

Good PSU but the cables are annoying to work with. Luckily managed to get some free sleeved cables so my life was easier.

Operating System

So expensive.

Case Fan

Very good and quiet but awful blade colors. Wish there was a slim A14x15 version with removable cables.

Case Fan

Noctuas in black with removable cable. Whats not to love except mine were made in China and not Taiwan?

Monitor

Good monitor but not a fan of the base stand especially if you have a smaller desk since it makes the monitor 7 inches closer to me (with the stand against the wall) and my desk is 25 inches in depth. Minus one star.

Keyboard

Got the Cherry MX Reds and my only issues is I have a habit of inadvertently pressing or double typing letters since the keys are so sensitive. Would get Cherry MX Browns if I could have a do-over.

Mouse

Had the amazing G303 but sold it after it doubled in value. Got the G502 since I needed a mouse with more buttons for gaming and it didn't look too gamerish.

Only con is I'm not a fan of the rubber grips on the sides. Wish the entire mouse was plastic.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Were did u get that d.va logo T-T

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

eBay "Luna D.Va decal". Every D.Va build seems to use the MEKA logo so I went with the Black Cat logo and tried to theme the case after that skin.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

okay so decal was the proper word after all, im trying to build a kpop themed rig and finally i was able to find a proper sticker thanks to "decal" word lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool build!! +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I’m trying to decide between the fractal design nano s and the evolv shift, but I don’t know what one to get. Have any suggestions to what one I should get?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't need Tempered Glass, I think Nano S gives you way more room to build but if you manage to do a clean cable management, Shift is a beautiful case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your build! I am thinking of making this kind of build but with a GTX 1070 Ti graphics card (and a higher rated SFX PSU). May I know your fan configuration? I have heard that the temperature sucks in this case, but yours looks okay. How did you manage to get it?

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty darn cute

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay weird question but what fan filter are you using? The build looks great

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you comment on how hot your CPU gets under heavy load? I'm guessing your front fans are set to intake and you have no exhaust fans?

I recently upgraded to a RTX2080ti (AIO) in my Evolv Shift and it's choking for air when mounted to the front....

I'm wondering if replacing the CPU (8700k) AIO (TT Water 3.0 RGB) with an air cooler would be ok? This would let me mount the GPU rad to the bottom and give it a lot more air to cool.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Although I only play it casually now, I still really enjoy the characters and lore/shorts.