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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi people.

 

Recently I've seen some reviews of the "new" Phanteks Evolv Shift and, not necessarily fell in love, but I felt the need to make a new project for me. I had some decent deal lately and decided go for it. Looking at Phanteks website regarding the case, I saw that there is the possibility to install inside a dual 120mm AIO's setup. That made me even more excited as I have a EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid and will install and AIO on the CPU as well (even though not necessary).

 

Considering that I usually build on used components, for price/performance reason, with this one I had to buy new components as I couldn't find any good deals on used ones. To be fair it all started with the power supply. Why? Because I really wanted a power supply with at least 550W or ideally 600W for powering the 980 Ti easily. Browsing eBay and an Corsair SF600 SFX power supply came into my radar. Brand new, the cheapest one is around £104 here in the UK. The seller was asking £90 for it used and it was missing a SATA modular cable. Negotiating skills in action and sent an offer of £50 with the message "this is my top offer for a quick sale and due to missing SATA cable". And guess what? Yeah, you guessed it. 10 minutes later my offer was accepted :). So that's how all started, from a power supply.

 

Next, the components I'll be using:

 

- CPU - i5-7500 (bought in a bundle) - estimated price £100

- CPU AIO - AIGO Universal Intel AMD CPU Liquid Water Cooling 120mm LED Radiator T120 Ring - brand new eBay £44.90

- MOBO - ROG STRIX B250I GAMING Intel LGA-1151 mini-ITX - brand new eBay £109.99 (did a little bit of research and that was the best price/performance/features ratio for me

- RAM - 1x8GB Kingston HyperX 2400MHz (bought in the same bundle as the CPU) - estimated price £60

- GPU - EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid - from my previous build - paid for it £250 around 4 or 5 months ago

- Storage - Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD - bought used off Gumtree for £30 - that will be my only storage as I use my PC for World of Tanks and WEB Browsing (no downloads) - I have a SATA external power with USB 3.0 connection and I'll used my old 320GB HDD to keep my files or copy from it

- PSU -  as mentioned Corsair SF600 - £50 off eBay

- Case - and of course the star of the show - PHANTEKS EVOLV SHIFT - bought brand new of eBay for £108.95

 

Started working on it already but waiting to receive the CPU AIO to go further. As any mini ITX cases, it's quite challenging, and I'm a cable management freak, especially with see through glass.

 

Notes:

- the PCIE connection to the GPU are a tight fit (very tight - hopefully it will work)

- it is quite difficult using the modular cable as they are very stiff and hard to route them the way you want (but I'll use a hair drier to soften them up when I'll do the cable management part)

- if I were to describe the case it would be a full tower mini ITX (kind of full tower ATX, not mid tower). it's not that small but damn it looks really nice

- I really hope that I won't have problems with the AIO's due to bottom installation of the radiators

- not sure if I should already order a new PCIe riser cable as I read a lot of articles with people having issues with the one included by phanteks (in the Kyle's - BitWit - review, he did not complain about it - so I might be lucky?)

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Ma that is a sexy case!! Love the look


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- Ryzen 1700 @3.9ghz 1.325v

- Asrock AB350 Fatal1ty gaming K4

- 16GB Gskill Ripjaw DDR4 @2133mhz

- Asus GTX 970 Strix 4GB

- Evga Supernova 750w

- Adata 128gb SSD & Toshiba 1TB HDD

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I couldn't help it. Even though tomorrow I got to be awake at 6am for work, I've started.

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

2 hours later.....and it's finished

 

I'm quite happy how it turned out. As I previously mentioned, I'm a cable management freak and here was no exception. At least as much as possible. Every owner of an SFX PSU knows that those modular cable are so damn stiff. But came up with an idea: hair dryer. I've heated them up in order to put them in position, and it worked.

 

Hope you enjoy the build I managed to do. Enjoy the pictures as well (sorry for ugly background but that the best I can do in my little room)

 

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

and some more pictures goodness :)

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Looks nice!

This is the larger of the two cases, no?


Current PC:

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*WORK IN PROGRESS*

 

Mothballed PC:

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CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, dizmo said:

Looks nice!

This is the larger of the two cases, no?

Nope. This is the smaller Evolv Shift. The larger one is Evolv Shift X (looks like an alien if you ask me)


CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I would be curious to see if there is another Evolv Shift with dual AIO config :) 


CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Total cost = @£754 or @$1007 or @1296 CAD or @1332 AUD

 

What do you think about the price?


CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Nice build for sure. I have a similar yet-to-finish build for my racing rig/HTPC.

 

I really like the case, as it doesn't look like a typical tower office PC. It fits well in the living room, next to the TV.

 

P.S. killer deal for your PSU.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Deli said:

I have a similar yet-to-finish build for my racing rig/HTPC

What specs? Curious :)


CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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4790K and a Asus Strix GTX1070. Only the CPU is water-cooled. The graphic card is just normal air cooled, as GTX1070 isn't a very hot card.

 

The reason the build is not yet done is because I'm building a simply/cheap custom loop for the CPU. Hope I'll have it done this weekend.

 

Same PSU as yours, but I've to pay the full price.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
17 hours ago, Deli said:

4790K and a Asus Strix GTX1070. Only the CPU is water-cooled. The graphic card is just normal air cooled, as GTX1070 isn't a very hot card.

 

The reason the build is not yet done is because I'm building a simply/cheap custom loop for the CPU. Hope I'll have it done this weekend.

 

Same PSU as yours, but I've to pay the full price.

That's a strong and well balanced combo. The CPU is still strong.

 

Custom loop for CPU? That should interesting. I would love to see how it looks (post a picture here once you've done it or send me a private message)


CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Updates:

 

Unfortunately, due to graphics card being used, when testing, the AIO pump was making rattling noises (quite disturbing ones). That's because the radiator was installed in a lower position than the pump. The CPU AIO makes some noises as well (just water circulating - not too loud but present). And that's a new AIO, not used.

 

So I decided to change the graphics card to a Zotac 980 Ti Reference Design (NVidia blower style cooler). Well, that didn't worked neither. Fired up WoT and in a minute the graphics card reached 84 degrees and throttled down from the boost clock to base clock and of course it sounded like an jet engine. Disappointment :(

 

Long story short, I bought an Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming for £300 and I'll be using that, hoping that it will not get hot and loud.

 

Happy to report that the PCIe riser cable works perfectly, not performance loss or artefacts or BSODs.

 

Also added some light inside the case, and will add some more to even up the lighting inside. It was too gloomy with only that white LED on the pump.

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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back when EVGA made good looking cards

it looks fantastic; amazing cable management.


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Smallsnor: Huawei Matebook X

 

Canon AE-1 w/ 50mm f/1.8 lens

Pentax KM w/ 55mm f/1.8 SMC lens

Zenit-E w/ 58mm f/2 Helios lens

Panasonic G7 with 14-42mm f/3.5 lens

Polaroid Spectra System

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, shadowbyte said:

back when EVGA made good looking cards

it looks fantastic; amazing cable management.

Thank you for appreciation. I couldn't do it without the hair dryer :)

 

Now the 980 Ti Hybrid is back in the build I took it from :)

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Aaaaand it's time for an upgrade. Not wanted to be honest as i wanted to keep my personal build as cheap as possible but considering I paid only £300 for the Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming, why not :)

 

Will install the graphics card tomorrow when hopefully I'll receive the 2x30cm white LED strips and install them together.

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CPU: i5-7500, Cooling: AIGO 120mm AIO MOBO: Asus ROG B250I GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix Gaming RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz PSU: Corsair CX750M Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD, CASE: Phanteks Evolv ITX TG OTHER: White cable extensions, 3 White fans + 2 White LED fans----- MONITOR: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q 27" WQHD 1440p IPS 4ms 144Hz (OC to 165)

 

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Where did you get 1080 strix for so cheap???) I can't find even 1070 for that much =/


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