Description

So I have changed quite a few things since the first time I built in this case. It only seemed right to separate them so people can see each in their own state.

Here is what is in store for its newest form.

Case I have always loved the simplicity of Phanteks cases. I had a few Enthoo series cases in the past and I adored the look of the Shift when it came out. Not to mention it tucks perfectly behind my monitors on my desk.

Disclaimers: - Let me start off by saying this is not an easy case to build in. Pay very close attention to the dimensions they recommend because not everything will fit in here. - The top IO is VERY tight. When you close the lid, it crushes your cables depending on how long the connectors are.

It took a lot of time and re-doing to make everything work but I am extremely satisfied with the outcome.

Cooling - UPDATE I removed the provided Phanteks 140 case fan and purchased a 2 pack of Corsair LL140's with the lighting node pro. I set them both to exhaust out of the front and intake threw my lower Corsair fans on the bottom of the case.

CPU/MB I have always been an Intel and Asus fan boy. There is truly no compromise for the Strix Z370-I. At the heart, I went with the 8600K. On the first go around my temps were very high. Given the case has terrible airflow I decided to Delid my 8600K. The process was overwhelming at first but totally worth it in the end. My current OC is at 4.9GHz with 1.36v. Temps are 34 degrees at idle and 62 under full load. I really wanted the 8700K but prices at the time were crazy high and the supply was extremely low. I plan on upgrading to the 8700K or 9700K when it released.

CPU Cooler I went with the Corsair H80i V2. With plenty of clearance from the 1080Ti I was able to utilize both fans on the radiator. Adding the second fan improved temps quite a bit.

RAM This was a no brainer for me. G.Skill TridentZ RGB is just too stunning. I managed to hit a newegg deal and purchased 2x8GB DDR4-3200 sticks for $137 SHIPPED. I couldn't have gotten luckier lol.

GPU I previously had a Strix GTX 1080 which was a great card. I found an awesome deal on the Evga GTX 1080ti ICX Gaming so I snagged that. It freed up quite a bit of space and suits it's purpose. I haven't been able to overclock it. Running Heaven at 4K hits temps of 85 degrees so I don't want to push it any further.

PSU This is where you need to be careful. Only SFX power supplies will fit in the Phanteks Shift. Preferably a non-L model. Check the specifications from Phanteks for length requirements. The Silverstone that I have was a very, very tight squeeze. I had to pretty much force it in there. I would not recommend getting an L model.

DESK I am using the 74" Ikea Karlby Countertop. It fits (3) 27" monitors perfectly and just enough space to tuck my PC behind the right side. I legs I believe are discontinued but any should work. There is no sag and it's reasonably sturdy on carpet. The sag in the picture is distortion from my wide angle lens. I have my monitors mounted on VIVO arms. One 2 monitor arm and a single 1 monitor arm.

Overall, I completely love this thing. I have it pushing (3) 27" LG 4K monitors @60hz no problem. I edit photos, video, stream and game. Not all at the same time obviously but I've never had a problem.

Thank you for taking to the time to check out my build and hopefully it will help guide some of you that plan to build in the Phanteks Shift!

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful desk view! Impressive 3 monitor setup! Do you think it's possible to get the 1080ti on water in the shift? I considered this case for my latest itx build but decided against as it was a bit too tall for me.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Wanna see the possibilities of this case in terms of water cooling? You can keep the 1080ti ice cold in the same loop with your cpu, all whisper quiet. Check this out: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qFq48d

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yes I did look at that build, heavily modified the case and rads had to go external which is a negative for me. But impressive none the less.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nicely done! I too would like to keep everything internal. It definitely has it's limitations but I may push those if I decide to watercool.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been looking into watercooling the 1080ti but there isn't much room left for the radiator. I would have to watercool my CPU also. It's something I've pondered but I don't want to spend the money for it at the moment. Maybe in the future.

The Shift X is much more ideal for custom loops.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That is actually the cleanest mini it’s build I’ve ever seen. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I really appreciate that

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

AMAZING!!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your setup

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Spending money where it matters.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried to justify each component on a cost - benefit basis. I spend a lot of time at my computer and use it for work as well.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the shift with cable management? I'm wanting to build 4th gen Intel VR PC and i know many people say that its not really for the faint of heart. Plus since ive never done an ITX build before im just needing to understand the level of difficulty im going to face with making this PC.

Edit: I didn't read into your description much but yeah i can see this is going to be a challenge. I think when i order this ill get myself a cube case as backup just in case (pardon the pun XD) things dont turn out how i expect them and i have something to fall back on.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't want to deter you in any way. It is more than doable to build in, just make sure you do your research on the component dimensions. It is a very unique case but many basic principals apply.

Cable management was actually pretty straight forward. the back panel holds all of them and there is enough room to bundle them up. There is a tray under the MB that you can run things along too. For the very small amount of space, I think they really nailed the cable management department.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What a clean setup

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! It took time and patience but I love how it turned out.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, i found it better to intake from the 2 side fans and exhaust through bottom and passively top. Should drop temps by at least 5c or mod the front and and see a 15c drop

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting... I would think that since hot air rises, not much would be exhausted out of the bottom. I have been looking into a mod for the front of the case, just can't quite get myself to cut into it just yet haha.

I may try having the lower 140mm fan set to intake as well and see how that helps.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The i7-8700K is here, the i7-9700K is here but hard to find, and you need a BIOS update for it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been looking around for deals on an 8700k. I plan to, hopefully, snag one on black friday.

As for the 9700k, I dont think it's ideal for this case. From what I have seen so far, they run pretty hot and that is the last thing I need in here lol. The combination of not being able to delid and the limitations of a 120mm AIO just don't seem worth it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

So much room for activities! Look at that space.

If I had that much room, I'd go EATX just for the hell of it ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL the next step was bunkbeds (;

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What triple monitors are u using?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

They are 27" 4K LG 27UD68. I will update them into the build log!

  • 13 months ago
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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

So clean

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Wallpaper?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Just uploaded to my Flickr. Here ya go. https://flic.kr/p/2b21o8n

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Mate looks perfect, how on earth did you get the tubing from the h80 to stay in place? Well done on the build +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of training haha! Seriously though ha.

I tried many different angles for them and this is what worked best. With slight pressure from the side panel is tucks behind the frame perfectly.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you connect up 3 fans when there is only 2 fan headers on the mobo?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Technically 4, there is one on the bottom of the radiator too. The H80i has a Y splitter build in and runs the pump + 2 fans on a single header, the other 2 Corsair fans are connected via Y splitter

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

So, the 2x 140MM on the side are on exhaust? And the one in the bottom from the radiator is pushing cold air in from the radiator to up? I have an 8700k, but struggeling with temps.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct. I actually have (2) 120mm fans set to intake on the bottom, one on each side of the radiator. I added it after the pictures were taken. Then the (2) LL140's are both set to exhaust out of the front. I have seen some people using the bottom front as an intake and the top front as exhaust. I have not tried it.

Are you delidded? That is where I saw the greatest improvement in temps!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not delidded yet, normally the temps are stable between 65-75, but sometimes they do spike to 85+, the GPU is always around 80. Only a couple of hours COD Black ops 4 on ultra is where it hits 87...

I currently have the radiator with 2x 120mm push pull configuration, (blowing cold in from the bottom, through radiator, and the npushing it to the top (videocard heat as well). I have them 1 140mm at the bottom as intake and the top one as exhaust. Not sure if I need to change to get better temperatures

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

My GPU runs just as hot. I plan to add liquid metal to the 1080ti in the near future and see if that helps. If I know I will be playing BO4 for quite a while I remove my side panel for better airflow.

You could swap the front so it exhausts through both and see if that helps. Never know until ya try

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not jealous you are...

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha cheers!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd really love to know the name of the desk. Lots of space that I don't have on mine.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

74" Ikea Karlby Countertop

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo noice build!

Just wondering how the Karlby benchtop is holding up?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been great. No fading or anything and cleans up nicely.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for this!!! Exactly what I was looking for with that cooler stuffed in there. I've been looking for other options besides a standard 27mm radiator and have seen several push pull but nothing like this in this case. This build will have the i7 that runs hotter then the i5 and runs nothing but photo and video software for hours on end so i need it cool.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out the Phanteks Shift Air! It was just released at computex and its the same Shift case with mesh side panels for much better airflow.

If I still had this case this is the route I would go. I believe the panels are $20 and work with the glass case as well if you want to run half and half.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see that on their site nor on part picker. Sounds like a good option though. I'm even debating on using a different case. needs to be pretty and compact. She's been using Mac for her editing for 5 years now so i need to make the transition for her nice. I was thinking about the white NZXT h200. then i could go with a large air cooler or even a 240 AIO. I wish corsair made a more compact version of the 280. even that cube is pretty large.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe it will be coming soon. It was just released so it'll probably be a couple weeks at least. If height isn't an issue get the full size Shift. Same foot print as the smaller Shift but you can fit a 240 AIO in the bottom chamber and run a longer GPU with more case fans. I wish I went that route.

This is also my Phanteks fanboy speaking lol. I adore their build quality and finishes.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No matter how many "partpicker" builds I put together I keep coming back to this case. I'll have to look into the shift X. Maybe even get a normal PSU in there... I really just wish the MB could be mounted flat in the middle kind of like the Thermaltake v21 cube so you could put a nice air tower in it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha I know the feeling man!

Even if you stick with the smaller Shift the new panels will be much better for cooling. A nice 120mm should do wonders now

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I appreciate the kind words

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the 74" Ikea Karlby Countertop!