Description

Big thankyou to everyone from the PCPP community this build would not have happened if it wasn't for all the great ideas and feedback from all off you. Did not expect a feature so thankyou all once again.

This is the second iteration of my Shift build with a few simple mods, the inspiration comes from the first console I ever played which was an Atari.

It shows how far gaming systems have come, I love the addition of the wood grain laminate in combination with the black body and violet hue it really captures that 70’s vibe with some modern fusion.

The Hifi feet are a really easy mod and gives the Shift a lot of character they can be placed anywhere on the bottom without any modifications to the base (see photos).

I ended up mounting a small L bracket between the hdd bays with a single screw through the hole already available just so I could tuck the AIO hoses in neatly I found it a nightmare of a time closing the front panel with the tubing bulging out so this was the solution, not the most aesthetically pleasing but functional for case maintenance.

As far as GPU temperatures are concerned this took me some time to figure out the best combination with an open air cooler. I tried every possible fan orientation!

The best results yielded with fan placement as follows.

Two fans on Radiator as intake One 140mm fan as intake on the bottom And one 140mm exhaust at the top of the case

I also tested this with Noctua’s industrial fans with all fans on max gpu temps would not break 66 degrees Celsius however I found the motor noise irritating so I swapped them out with the new Noctua line Chromax, no difference in CPU temps however GPU now tops out at 72 c though the system is really silent at idle.

The i5 6600k is running at 4.5 with 1.2 volts with a max temp of 52 under torture this will now be my daily driver.

This case is a nightmare to build in but I love it all the same. It turned out how I envisioned so now I will just enjoy my creation.

Any questions and or constructive criticism welcome.

And thanks for taking the time to read.

So someone requested a build write up. This will be separated into component installation as well as the mods carried out in the build.

First up you will find the Evolv Shift Manual has a pretty good write up (or pictures in this case) as far as build order is concerned however as some other builders have noted there are certain things you should do before the next step. I’ll try to make this as simple and clear as possible.

Build order as follows.

Before you even open the case up I would recommend installing the CPU and AIO block onto the motherboard before proceeding also have a look at other builds and decide on how you are going to accommodate the tubing if your have 2 two fans on the right hand side it will have to be ran down the left, if not you can tuck them behind the case skirting on the right hand side. I initially had to RMA my cooler due to noise and installation whilst the motherboard is institute was troublesome at best but not impossible.

Next up install your ram.

Now you can mount the Motherboard whilst holding the AIO tubing much easier in my opinion. PSU, it’s worth noting to plug in all required cables into the psu before PSU installation and feed them directly out the back of the case you can however route them directly up through the cable channel though it doesn’t look very clean. SFX-L units will fit however it was extremely difficult to squeeze it into the space it required a bit of brute force whilst angling it in.

Fans and Radiator (if applicable), a good step if you are choosing to add additional fans to either the bottom right of the case and or the rad itself is to do it now. You can with a 120mm rad fit a 140mm by 25mm down the bottom right. I chose to swap the Phanteks stock fan and use it down the bottom, whilst adding a Noctua 140mm nf14 up top to help exhaust. The NF12 can move 120 litres of air an hour compared to the Phanteks 90 litres.

Fan placement

-Top exhaust -Rad and bottom fan as intake, simple as that tried every combination. I can’t speak for those getting high CPU/RAD temps as mine stays fairly cool though reversing them made gpu temps far worse. The Rad goes in fairly easy at this point a fan can be mounted underneath the case if you have measured your gpu and can squeeze another fan on top of the radiator do it, it improves static pressure immensely while improving airflow to the gpu.

Next up GPU please please install this before you take any other steps as cables will block the retaining screw and can prove a nightmare to fiddle it back into place. (GPU can be reversed there is a nut and thread on the bracket which can be moved to the other side. Some people have noted it not to be long enough in some cases. Also open air coolers will fair better facing inwards. HDD/SSD easy enough remove brackets install drives they can be reversed as well if you need the SATA cables facing inwards for any reason.

Cable management, This will come down completely to your board and header placement etc. However there are so many nooks and crannies to be used the left exterior side of the case has a great space for all your excess cables which I had a lot of due to cable extension. Obviously there is the cable channel itself. On the right exterior there are lots of sneaky places to route cables from your RAD/Case fans as well as 8pin MB power and gpu as well. Many of the cables can also be tucked in behind the skiting of the case which is hidden from few once glass panels are on.

NOTE: there is a divider on the right panel to block intake and exhaust this can either be completely removed, if using one fan I would recommend blocking of the bottom 140mm intake gap and removing the divider this improved temps by about 2 degrees. The other option is to dremel enough out of the divider to accommodate extra cable.

Additional: I had to dremel a small part of the bottom interior (right panel) as the two bottom screw heads for the bottom 140mm fan conflicted with panel going back on smoothly.

Modifications, While basic there were a total of three mods two of them for aesthetics the other for practical reasons. The Hifi feet can be found on many online stores and sell for between $5 USD to$ 50 USD depending on what you are looking for. Typically these feet use m4 screws. They can be screwed through (in any placement you choose) on the bottom of the case. Make sure you have screws long enough approx 1.5cm washers may be required.

L bracket/AIO tubing management system, this was simply because the AIO tubing was so stiff when I had the tubing running down the right side it was no problem tuck it under the skirting and of you go. However the left side was a different challenge I didn’t want to use zip ties so I came up with the idea to add the bracket between the HDD/SSD there are many spare mounting places between these two drives. I just had to remove a rubber grommet and it went in perfect with a washer and a spare m4 bolt and nut. Add a case badge and it looks tidy enough. The bracket was 50 cents from the hardware store.

The Laminate, probably worth noting this is not vinyl. It comes from the hardware store and cost me 5 bucks for 2 meters. I just measured the front of the case cut it straight with a ruler and scalpel/craft knife the width is about 13cm from memory. Applying it is difficult to get it right you need to get it straight the first time and as you are laying it use a squeegee to avoid bubbles under the laminate. If you pull the laminate up due to a mistake it will bubble no matter what your do. Vinyl is much more forgiving in this case. Laminate however can have a textured effect so it looks and feels very convincing.

Once laid cut around the top and bottom with a craft knife make sure to cover the blade all except the tip to avoid scratching the paint finish. If you decide to remove it later it will not damage the paint.

If GPU temps are proving a problem here are some things you can do to improve them.

-Remove dust filters on the right panel this will give you about 3 degrees less. -Top Dust filter removed will give you 1-2 degrees less. -While using just the stock fan remove the bracket and cover the bottom right fan hole with something as simple as folder plastic cut to size -2 degrees.

Apologies if I have missed anything but that about sums up my build order. Hope you enjoyed the read and happy building.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 8 points

Ok.....This is absolutely insane, love it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! just wanted something a bit different.

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

I'm really loving how you've modded your 2600. Only... I can't see where the cartridges go now.

  • 22 months ago
  • 4 points

The wood... Wow

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

It shows how far gaming systems have come, I love the addition of the wood grain laminate in combination with the black body and violet hue it really captures that 70’s vibe with some modern fusion.

I can tell. Absolutely a stunning build you created here. I never owned an Atari console, since mine was a Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt) when I was a little girl at age 4. Technically my parents spoiled me there. I certainly didn't pay for it.

This case is a nightmare to build in but I love it all the same. It turned out how I envisioned so now I will just enjoy my creation.

That can be understandable, but I think you handled it well.

Any questions and or constructive criticism welcome.

And thanks for taking the time to read.

Thank you for sharing this amazing build. I enjoyed the photos and your description. Plus one all the way.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the kind words and glad you enjoyed the build. Also have fond memories of duck hunt and Mario back in the day :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Wooo! Congrats for feature! I'm so glad you got the spotlight!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Silently ecstatic..... and thanks again. BTW wow on the 16+ builds :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

No problem, just happy for you. :) And I suppose it's offically 16 builds, just two on here are "upgrade versions". I haven't had the time to post my two other computers quite yet. Not amazing as yours, mine are pretty basic or common by now.

Enjoy your lovely computer and the well deserved spotlight!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

beautiful build...really impressed.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

very very very cool +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks appreciate it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Well deserved feature well done mate!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanking you ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice work! Wood grain effect looks different and amazing. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, this theme was originally intended for the node 202 though the shift just captured me being so different.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, I like how you routed your AIO lines and have the LEDs shining upwards from left to right with the wood paneling on the outside, it reminds me of a jukebox more than an Atari though +1!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, the tubing is a nightmare to set it in place the way you want, thus the bracket.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

good pick on the feet, gives it a 'heavy quality' feel with the wood on the front. Awesome machine!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks they are really nice I originally had silver/aluminum feet but it didn't fit the vibe :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Buying this case today to start playing with fan placement before the full build, thanks for the detailed build order!

And...... Wow.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks and your welcome.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

verry feature likely!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

i called it!!!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, yes you did :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for making a mini itx not look disgusting inside.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, it is one of the better mini itx cases to tuck away cables, though tricky all the same

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the wood. Very clean.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

52° à 4.5Ghz ? C'est vachement bien comme température :) Bon au moins tu as pas abusé sur l'overclock comme certains ^

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it's great, probably worth noting ambient temps are 21 degrees Celsius. The chip under volts and overclocks really well :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

21 degrees it is a generality in the rooms of house;) You have not met any problem level temperature in stress test for example?

The case interests me a lot and I admit that I hesitate between him and the Nano x)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes room temperature correct :) both cases are really cool

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why I hesitate xD But hey the Phanteks largely speaks to me especially that your pc not heat up so I would say that everything is good

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Remember you need an extra 140mm fan

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use a vinyl for the wood finish?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

No its laminate so its actually textured it looks really convincing.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

So did you just glue a custom cut piece of laminate on the existing panel?

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

No not quite the laminate is thick though it comes in a role so just cut to size, absolute pain to lay it straight and if you pull it back up you need a new piece as it bubbles quite badly. then once it is on I cut around the top and bottom with a surgical knife with some electric tape covering everything except the tip of the knife so I wouldn't scratch the panel. I was going to try some Auto vinyl but this turned out really good, looks very convincing.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the details, gonna try this on another case

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow seems like a lot of work but it looks great. Well done!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the firecuda any good im thinking of getting one just for games

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup awesome has a 16gig sad cache built in so if your playing the same games often it loads really quick +2tb for the price and form factor its good value.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooo sick man!! I love what you did with the feet. It's awesome to see another Shift build out there.

Nicely done

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou, there are heaps of hifi feet on amazon, these were only $10 and they are aluminium feel really nice and good quality. Just need longer m4 screws and some washers and your set.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome unique build +3 if I only could =)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou:)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very spiffy!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. Matches a retro theme perfectly

I'd love to see a setup that has wood-grain theme to it, especially on the desk.

Your +1 and feature is very well deserved.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks it took a lot of trial and error and patience but came together in the end.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, I'm hoping my HTPC build turns out as well as yours did in this case. Also really digging what you did with the wooden exterior.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

What do you plan on building in? good luck and thanks for the comment.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It will be in the same case as yours, Shift X. It looked like it would a fun challenge to see how much water cooling stuff could be fit into that case.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine is the shift the shift x is quite a bit taller in pretty sure I could squeeze a loop in here but it would be a nightmare though

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I mixed up the Shift and it's taller brother..lol. No, I was going to build out in the standard Shift, but there was no way I could make it work out, completely agree. Ended up going with the Shift X because you can stick a 280mm + 120mm radiator in there which should just cover the components going in :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

love the relaxed med-cent modern aesthetic, very cool

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it Thankyou.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case feet and beautiful overall look. But man that looks like a difficult build. Incredible job. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou it was a pain to get it all in but worth it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that is a lot in a relatively small space. Good job. Especially for the price.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks the i5 is still going great 3 years later especially with the overclock.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

My understanding about liquid coolers is that the radiator should be above the cpu block - do you have any performance issues with it thusfar?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely none :) I think if could impact it by maybe half a degree but temps are amazing especially with the overclock. I've had it on its side and there was no difference in temp.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Well thats good to know. The pc is a work of art, nice job.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks so good! Congrats on the feature

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanking you :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn. A wood panel is exactly what I wanted to do with the Shift X case. Once again too slow xD

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't let it stop you it would look pretty epic on the X

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Your pc looks like it might develop Claustrophobia, but other than that great build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks not as cramped as my last build though :/

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing! I love the wood grain look. very retro!. Any reason why you chose purple for the glow?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the strip is RGB I've had the case for a few weeks and just found the color combination with the wood effect the most appealing, I've left the light bar mod for the ram, the cup cooler and default led on the gpu white. I find it reminds me a bit of the 70's 80's color schemes the clothes we would wear as kids or the old trashy arcade that was around the corner :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

How the heck did you get that wood panel on the front? That is AMAZING! Just saying, imitation is the best form of flattery.

P.S any guide on how you built out the case?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate happy to do a write up, though do you mean more in context to the mods itself? or the build from scratch? Thanks for the compliment.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Just added a full write up for you enjoy.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey ApocPony,

That guide is much appreciated, I was especially interested in the front laminate that you did. I think it would blend into any room flawlessly as a piece of furniture which is a look I've been after.

Great build, take care!

-Robert

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn......elegance at its finest.

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

Thankyou good sir.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

One Question; Why The i5 6600K?

Otherwise I Love It!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's from my original build from my rvz02b from three years ago. The board and chip have always performed really well. Also it overclocks really high if I need it to 4.5 4cores and 8threads will still keep up with other high cpus where gaming is concerned. And thanks for the comment :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

YW.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, don't see that done to many computers these days. +1 :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build i love it +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Working on a shift build myself, just ordered 3 of the 140 Noctua black Chromex fans. Thanks for the helpful info you provided regarding setting those up. I have some questions if you find the time. Any further advice with cable splitting, extensions, ect for setting up all this? Why did you order some 140 and some 120 size fans? Should I be ok with 3 140s? Also this is my first water-cooled build and my last build was over 10 years ago. When you say you placed a fan on the AIO radiator do you mean you replaced the stock one on it or added an additional fan directly to it? Thanks in advance PS: Awesome looking build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, and happy to help, it depends on your radiator though the case only really supports 120mm rads so I replaced the two 120mm fans on the rad with noctuas (industrial are the best but the noise drove me mad) so I went with there standard 120mm (see parts list) I kept the stock phanteks 140mm but moved it to the bottom right as intake. Then placed a noctua 140mm up top as exaust. So all up you can fit two 140mm fans on the side and two 120mm fans on the rad as push pull :) I will replace the phantecs 140mm at some point it may give me a degree or two of the gpu.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Also for cables just a pwm y splitter for the two rad fans, the other two fans are on pwr and system. Bitfenix 24pin + 8pin pcie + 8pin mobo power (would not recommend the 24pin takes way to much room)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! The case manual states it supports up to 3, 140 or 120 case fans. So excluding fans installed on the rad itself, you have 2 case fans and 1 empty case fan slot? I see you have one on the side and one up top for exaust. Did you need any extension or splitters for anything? Thanks again very much!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup if your sticking to air cooling 3 140mm fans, the rad takes up the fan slot. As I said before just a y splitter for the rad fans. It really depends on you fan header placement if you need them.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

That wood panel looks so sick. Love it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers thankyou glad you like it

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need to get a fan splitter since you have 3+ fans connected or did your MOBO have enough ports?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I used 2 fan splitters for 4 fans. Have 3 headers but splitting them up was easier.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I missed the part that has to do with my question. Can you in total install four fans: Two 140mm and two 120mm on the CPU's radiator?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes that is my current setup, 2 120mm push pull on the rad and two 140mm on the side,

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know it's possible! Most EVOLV SHIFT builds I saw with the 120mm rads only use one fan for the rad, so I thought it wasn't possible.

Now I feel much more confident with approaching to make my EVOLV SHIFT. Thanks for the info and 1+ for the build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Just check your gpu lengths first ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you suffered the issue where a video card's performance gets throttled due to some issue with the ribbon cable?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I did, though mine would function in 3.0 it still had problems, found a replacement and now it works perfectly ;)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the Hifi feet, and do you think you could attach them to the foam inserts that are the current "feet" for horizontal use?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey they are from Amazon about 15 euros, for vertical use you have to take the original feet off. For horizontal you could screw them though the glass panel with some modding (to the screws/thread).

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome, but i'm a little confused at how you cut the laminate at the top/bottom? You're cut looks so clean. When you mention that you tape the knife off, do you mean tape all of the blade except a <mm or so of the tip? Then do you just cut on the fly - maybe it's easier then it looks but you line is very straight and that seems near to impossible to achieve?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Cover the blade leaving one mm, then flip it over onto a flat surface so you just run the blade against the edge off the panel, that is how I got it so straight. The tape is just to protect the panel. :) a bit of trial and error but once you have a system going it works great.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

what a gorgeous build you have !! really awesome, well done !! I would like to ask you about cables from PSU to components what are the length you would recommend to directly connect everything?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok are you thinking about custom length? It would really depend on the layout of your motherboard headers. The stock silverstone cables are long enough, I used extensions for cosmetic purposes. If you need more info just shoot me a message

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a beauty, well done!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir, and she's still going strong.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the laminate come with adhesive ?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah sure does, has held really well on both my builds.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I really enjoy this build. Very classy

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud, glad you enjoyed.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you elaborate on the L bracket it’s a great idea

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an angled 45 degree bracket about 3cm by 3cm, you can pick them up from any hardware store. Then bolt it to the case, (I used a M4 screw and nut) there are a couple of holes between the two 2.5 harddrive slots which you can mount it to and adjust it to your taste. Then just added a spare evga badge I had to pretty it up a bit. Hope that helps.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wowzers. Missed this one a while back. Really digging your aesthetic on this. Great job!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks same for the Ghost ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. One question, does the cooler come with pre-applied thermal paste?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and Yes it certainly does.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build! +1 I'm thinking about copying your idea with the Laminate! But what kind of glue did you use for it?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah please do, the laminate actually comes pre applied with adhesive so no glue needed.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for writing out a "how to" for this case! With it's small spaces, I was worried I would have to install-uninstall-reinstall multiple parts multiple times.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey no problem glad it can be of use. When is your build coming together?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Probably not for a month yet. Still working overtime to afford the parts. XD

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No its not just you, there is so much going on in a small case it kind of detracts from the finer details. I can only actually see about 4 inches of cable from the front few :)

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Well yes I would say so, unless you have custom length cables, I used extensions which wasn't the best idea given space is a premium.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua fans are great for the rad and exhaust very quiet and when audible it's a pleasant hum, though they are very expensive. Originally had the industrial noctua on the rad but to loud for my taste and I didn't see a huge increase in temps maybe 2-3 at idle. As for the 1070sc2 I've used this card in most of my builds, so the rvz02 is currently dismantled. Thanks for the compliment.