Description

Boy, was building and revising this an adventure. I previously made THIS build back in January. I ran into many issues and went through a few revisions.

Problems

I had many random freezes and shut downs that would happen at any given time and the only way to get out of those freezes was by unplugging the power cable cause for whatever reason the power button along with everything else was unresponsive aside from the power remaining on and the screen completely blacked out. So my PC since Jan was kind of a paperweight and borderline unusable.

It took a while to deduce that the riser cable was the issue, especially being a first time builder, why would I assume so? Initially I assumed it was the GPU, then the ram, then the power supply..then the CPU..until finally I fell upon a few post where other people were having a similar issue and the complaints centered more so around the Phanteks Shift..or rather the riser cable that comes with it. That's when it hit me, it was never any of those other components I spent months RMAing back and forth..no, it was the cable all along.

I ended up swapping it out with a specified custom riser cable specified for the shift that I found on AlieExpress and since then my computer has stopped having random issues.

Upgrade

Now then, onto the better news and revisions; THIS PRODUCTION MACHINE LEVELED THE F UP

Starting with the processor, I ended up finding a 1700x for the same price I got my 1600 for. I notice a definite boost in performance while multitasking with programs like premiere and so on, however I initially noticed an increase in temperature. So, I had the great idea of undervolted my cpu to 1.2v (with a negative offset of .15000), now my CPU fan runs way quieter, temps are reasonably low and the performance stays the same. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE UNDERVOLTING*

*I swapped my HDD with an SDD and despite losing 500gb since the HDD was 1TB, my PC quieter than it did with the HDD and is way smoother with files and booting.

*I stuck with Noctua for my case fans but these new Sterrox fans are unreal..quiet as all hell and cools insanely well even at higher rpms. Every complaint about this case having heating issues is immediately dismissed with these fans.

Final Thoughts

This build was designed with drawing, animation, and video editing and overall production with light gaming in mind. Now with this upgrade and without having to spend too much more (other parts were resold) I can comfortably do those things!

Captain's log!

Build Update 8/9/2018

I have replaced the noctua cpu cooler with the Cryorig C7 CU. So far the temps and performance seem to be equal, but given the higher TDP of the Cryorig and my Ryzen 1700x, I felt it would be a better fit for CPU health and longevity. The Noctua does match the TDP of the Ryzen 1700x and Noctua's site does state it should be okay with the exception of optimum airflow and given i'm dealing with glass panels, I felt safer with the Cryorig.

Build Update 8/26/2018

Uh. the cryorig cpu fan blows in terms of noise so i slapped the 92mm fan from the Noctua L9x65 onto the heatsink of the cryorig CU and boy are the noise levels significantly lower!

Build Update 11/10/2018

Changed some of my peripherals for less wires(and irritation from cables) and added corsair's sleeved cables for a little more flexibility when i'm in and out of the system to reapply thermal paste as well as for overall aesthetic. System build is working perfectly fine like it was brand new!

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah I posted on your original build, but have you considered an AIO in place of the noctua? I realize the shift supports 120rad only (without mod anyhow), so even a kraken nzxt 120rad may not be much different than what you have already.

Also, I'm surprised there's no psu cover or shroud included since it looks like a premium case. For better airflow, I like that the big bro, shift x has room for 240/280 rad support. But still, I can't imagine 26inch tall case -- even if the other dimensions are negligible. I dig both cases though; haven't convinced myself to pull the trigger yet on either.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought about it but given the air cooling does the job and very silently as well I didn't think it'd be necessary. I don't plan to OC either so I'm fine. The Kraken looks dope though!

As for the case itself, yeah the smaller case has slightly less premium build in the sense that the top and bottom lids are plastic vs aluminum on the bigger version...you can in theory replace the lids with the aluminum if you ask Phanteks to ship out those parts for a fee.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Also I got to looking, it doesn't seem like the 120/140 size aio really cools any better than the noctua would. The performance only comes in at the 2 fan aio size. Interesting.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for sticking with an air cooling build with this case. im planning to get the Evolv Shift X and dont wanna bother with an AIO. im using the ryzen 2700x and not planning on overclocking. will be borrowing this noctua setup from you

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Given the tdp on my cooler is 95w I'd suggest the Cryorig C7 Copper edition. The tdp on that is 115 which would be great for your 105 tdp 2700x. I'm actually ordering one of those coolers now to see if it'd cool my 1700x even more

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know I did not know about the different lids.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thinking about switching from my Lian Li PC-O5S case to this one within 2 weeks and it's nice to see a air cooled build (that also uses the same LED colors I like to use). What riser cable did you buy off aliexpress and how have it been holding up? Haven't had any issues with the riser that came with my Lian Li but if Phanteks got quality issues (maybe it's just luck), then it'll be nice to have options. Shame that the Lian Li riser looks to be too long for the Evolv Shift.

Can the case fit 140mm case fans on the sides and/or bottom? You're using 120mm on your build.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayy, thanks man!

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Gen3-0-PCI-E-16x-To-16x-Riser-Extender-PCIe-Cable-For-PHANTEKS-ENTHOO-Evolv-Shift/32845509787.html was where I got the riser cable. It's been doing well and haven't had any problems since owning it! Idk if phanteks has fixed their riser issues by now but a lot of people encountered this for their shifts.

The case can def fit 140mm fans. You should be able to fit 3 in there but it'd be a tight fit

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you remember how long it took for the riser to get delivered from China from the moment you ordered it to arriving at your doorstep? Assuming you live in the US? Ordered mine 6 days ago and the wait is unbearable. Everything is installed and working in my Shift except the GPU which still sits in the old case and using it's riser cable to attach to the motherboard in an ugly open-air Frankenstein looking setup.

Also, is the riser cable easy to bend to attach it to the motherboard or should I expect to have to use a hair dryer to make it easier to bend it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! this riser cable from Aliexpress is actually maliable so you don't have to worry about using a hair dryer. The wait was..id say 3-4 weeks. the tracking was kinda unreliable since when I got it on my doorstep it stated it was on it was in the air from china to america. It wont take long at all, patience, my friend.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. 3-4 weeks for delivery is uh.... not what I wanted to hear but at least 1 week is over and 2-3 more to go. Hopefully I get lucky and it arrives earlier.

How are the GPU/CPU temps once all 4 case panels are on? Running a i5-6500 and GTX1070 founder edition but not planning to overclock. My old case had one case fan that provided no airflow in a section behind the motherboard in exhaust and my CPU/GPU idle were in the low 30s. While gaming CPU was around low 50 and GPU around high 60s to mid 70s.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Patience my friend! youll get it eventually.

As for my gpu and cpu temps in idle my cpu is at 43c generally and my gpu sits at 37c, underload if i'm playing OW or something my gpu sits at 80c~ and my cpu won't go past 70c. all this is with the panels up

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi guys, I have the same Problem with my shift. I got sound stuttering and randomly crashes. It took me 4 month to figure out that it is the damn riser cable.

Now Iam standing for another problem: Buy that riser cable from Ali Express and spent another 60$ and wait 1 month to get it or sent the Shift back... because Iam pretty much p****d....

Dont you get any cooling problems? Because I have an RX 580 and it gets a little hot. I have two 140mm installed. To wich side is your card installed?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel you dude, once i realized the riser cable was the issue I was stuck deciding whether to drop the shift and get a new case or find a new solution.

As for the cooling issues, nope! none at all. I have yet to overheat, the RX 580 does run hot but not so hot to the point where i'm stuttering and overheating. If anything the GPU just gets noisy.. i'd be curious to see what undervolting it would do..if i figure out how..

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I contacted Phantek they will send me a new Riser-Cable in 2-3 weeks. :-o If this ist not working Iam going to give it back.

During my cooling Investigation I had an idea for a possible next version of the Shift. Why not put the same cooler bracket on the other side where the SSD slots are right now and make them replaceable for all fan mounts. With that option you can creat a constant air stream in the upper part and place the ssds maybe at the bottom, or not at all because u using m.2 only (like me). U now what I mean?