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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.
-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.