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!