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I created this system as an upgrade to my previous SFF build, which had been geared primarily towards gaming, with the intention of using it as a workstation as well. As soon as Phanteks announced the Enthoo Evolv Shift case, I knew I had to use it in my build. I wanted this machine to be good-looking, as well as powerful, so I threw in some fancy components, like a NZXT Kraken X42, TridentZ RGB RAM, Phanteks LED strips, and some custom cables from CaseMod.

Overall, I am very happy with the build. The Shift case is solid, well-made, and beautiful. Unfortunately, the Kraken X42 does not fit very well. Using the intended radiator orientation, the PSU will just barely not fit into the case. I rotated the radiator and shifted it so that it overhangs out the back side of the case slightly. This prevents me from completely closing the back of the case, but the rear panel is still screwed in and secured. I was able to add an extra fan to the radiator, so now it runs in a push-pull configuration for better thermals. The custom PSU cables help keep the build clean by allowing some flexibility in cable routing.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the first shift build !! Looks awesome and packs quite a punch.

+1 without a doubt

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish I could say I am the first, but I was beat by a couple days by two other people. I'm just happy to have my new case :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the first shift build !! Looks awesome and packs quite a punch. +1 without a doubt

Fixed :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, love this case

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like your monitor? It's the Dell Ultrasharp 34 inch Curved right?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that's the one. I love it. I have the first-generation one, which has some quirks, but is overall an excellent monitor.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the first shift build that I have seen, nice job!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

You should maybe take a page from michalmarekk book and turn around the kraken rad and put the PSU on top as that way you will be able to close the right panel as well. Would also do some cable management in there as its a bit messy. Otherwise nice build.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried that, but was not able to get the PSU to fit with the extra few cables I was using (molex and SATA). Also tried a couple other orientations of the radiator, including modding the case to put it underneath, where the bottom fan is supposed to go, but could not get it to fit right. I have since cleaned the build up a bit (see the updated pics), and now have much less cable clutter, but the radiator still protrudes out the back. It doesn't bother me though. If NXZT puts out an updated X31/X32, I will probably replace my X42.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Would it be possible to put the radiator on the side instead of the bottom?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the side only has enough room to fit a 140mm fan with no extra room. The radiator is about an inch longer, so it will definitely not fit.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. That is unfortunate Phanteks' own website says this case is compatible with dual 120mm radiators.

Edit: I realized you were using a 140mm radiator. That's good news for my build which I began yesterday. My MSI 1080ti Duke isn't compatible with the mounting bracket, its a good thing I have another video card.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

That's certainly a very striking case. I'm not sure I'd be able to fit it in my current setup but it's certainly got a lovely aesthetic as a showpiece and not just a tool.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

did u get the graphics card for free?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I had it left over from a previous build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the riser cable the case comes with long enough to be able to flip the gpu to the shroud is facing the glass on a fe card?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the PCIe riser cable is definitely long enough to flip the GPU.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine was not long enough :/ I have the 1070SC from EVGA

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Youve run any demanding games on full blast yet? If so whats the temp been like inside that pc. Seems like there is very little room for airflow.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

In the initial build, temps were not great. Both the CPU and GPU would get up to 80F. I have since cleaned up some internal clutter to improve airflow and added a second fan to the radiator (see updated pics), and now temps stay in the 60s.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

80f is 26c which is very impressive, perhaps you meant 80c which isn't great.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I meant 80C. It was definitely on the hot side, but much better now.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm surprise another fan on the same radiator made so much difference. I'm still working on my Shift build, I'm hoping to get it done this weekend.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I initially only had an NZXT Aer fan (which is high-air-flow) installed on the radiator, since I was hoping to get an LED effect on the bottom side of the case. This neither gave me good air movement or LED visibility, so I added the fan that came with the Kraken (which is high-static-pressure) to create a push-pull. This greatly improved the airflow and dropped temps. GPU still peaks at 80C, but I get the same temps no matter what case I put it in.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm also currently planning a Shift build. I was just wondering though, if you didn't have the Kraken set up with a push-pull and just left it as a push configuration, would you be able to fit a 120mm intake fan on the front?