Hey, just saw your question - sorry, been a while since I checked the site. When I do a full color change on a case, I drill out the rivets and completely disassemble it. Then once it's painted, I use a rivet gun to put it together again. You can get a pretty good paint job without all the trouble, just tape off carefully and make sure you get all the cracks and crevices.
A lot of ITX cases are a pain in the *** to build in. With this particular case, any other GPU probably wouldn't have worked because of the limited clearance. EVGA just happens to make fairly thin cards.
Response may be too late to help, but if you have any other questions let me know.
Here are some pics: https://imgur.com/a/a7595wp. Hope that helps clear up the size/positioning. Best of luck!
Sure thing, I'll link you some pics tonight after work. Basically though, with the Lian Li vertical mount adapter, it sits far enough away from the motherboard that there is room for a small WiFi card between the board and the GPU. The PCI riser cable just sort of drapes over it. I did have to use the PCI slot farthest down on the board.
Just checked out your Rage build. That's a really great looking PC mod, you're very talented. Also, Ryzen FTW!
Thanks for the kind words! I agree, would have been nice if it'd picked up more traction, but it's a pretty niche build which wouldn't appeal to everyone.
I'm just running the RAM at stock. Here's a screen grab of the CPU-Z report .
Edit: because I'm still learning, is there any issue with using the RAM as I have it?
I was actually using the Thermaltake AIO on the GPU, as the pump module has to be round. A 240 AIO was overkill on the GPU, but it was what I had on hand. The Corsair H55 is perfect for the G12 bracket, and it's pretty affordable.
Hope this helps.
I did, yes, although I don't have anything that uses USB-C.
It's the Lian Li bracket. I think there are others that would work, but I just went with the manufacturer's bracket.
Thank you! I was going for something a little different than the typical RGB-fest, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Oof, you're right! When I thought I'd borked my 1080 Ti I'd put the VII into the list to see what that would do to my total power draw. Forgot to change it back when I fixed my EVGA card. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!
Thank you! This build was a long time in the making, took a long time to work out the theme and gather the parts. I'm glad it's been well-received so far.
I'd never even realized the Kingpin edition had copper fins! You're right, that would have been much better.
I don't have a VII, but I have a good idea how I would have modded one if I'd had to - briefly thought I'd bricked my GPU during this build, and that's the card I would have used as a replacement if I'd needed.
Good point, I'll add a couple when I get home today. Thanks!
I'll say this, there's so much airflow and so many fan slots that cutting out that one wouldn't hurt your thermals. I get it, though - I ended up taking the figure out and putting in a 3rd fan in the bottom just because it felt more balanced that way. Geralt now lives atop my bookshelf, right next to my Arkham Knight Batman figure!
Thank you! The Geralt figure is from Dark Horse, I got mine from Amazon.
Some of my other builds are on my IG at https://www.instagram.com/oldmangrimm/.
Thanks! This is about the 8 or 9th PC I've cabled and modded. Can't say I'm pro, but I'd call myself an advanced amateur.
It's the Lian Li bracket. It's a little pricey, ~$55, but it didn't require any modding. I did have to trim out some of the back of it to fit my PCI WiFi card, though.
It takes an adapter like this one: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01EUZD854/?coliid=I20NS3OH3LEM3D&colid=16KWBBIQO1TCB&psc=0& .
The fan header on a GPU should be good to run up to 2-3 fans, but I'd check power requirements to be sure.
The Corsair Commander gives you more fan headers to work with. Plus, both the fan on the GPU rad and the VRM fan on the Kraken G12 bracket are running off the GPU fan header.
Wallpaper goes with the Fallout wallpaper, very good match!
There's definitely not as much room as I'd like. Under full load the GPU maxes out at 78C, so it's tolerable. If you were using a GPU thicker than about 38mm you'd have to put an AIO on it, though.
Have you used StoreMI? I've been hesitant to set it up, afraid I might wipe all my files.
Running Furmark is maxes out at 82C. Running Heaven and Superposition it runs in the low 70s. Airflow isn't as great as I'd like, but ITX cases rarely have great airflow. There's a 120mm fan in the lower front of the case which feeds some fresh air up under the card.
They're not hard to make - I always just make my own. But there are several online shops that sell them, usually for $25-50, depending on complexity.
Lol...not a sticker, I actually painted that onto the PSU shroud. I get that not everyone is into that, but the guy that bought it loved it.
Thanks for the feedback!
It's great, you really can't go wrong with Corsair's AIOs. A 120mm radiator would probably have been fine in this case, as I'm not overclocking, but the 240 balanced out the look better.
This one is my son's PC. He still has just the single stick of RAM, hoping for prices to come down a little more before upgrading. He has it clocked at 3200 and it's been perfectly stable.
I'll caution that some AM4 mobos are still finicky about which RAM you use. From a response to another question: I had trouble with RAM in my personal build. I used the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I board w/ an R5 2600X - tried Corsair Vengeance RAM in it and it wouldn't OC past 2133 without crashing. I switched to the G.Skill Flare X 3200 RAM, a B-die with tighter timings (14-14-14-34), and it clocked up to 3200 just fine.
I always use enamel spray paint. The one I used in this particular case is Dupli-Color brand, the color is "Stainless Steel."
Thank you. The only complaint I have about the board is the limited fan headers, it has only two. This is what led me to getting the Corsair Commander fan controller. I can't really speak to the differences between the B450 and X470 boards; I know the X470 supports mult-GPU, but other than that they're pretty similar as far as I know.
This is the third Phanteks case I've built in - one other Evolv ITX and a Shift. They're really great cases, solid build quality.
Thank you! She may not always say so, but I like to think on balance she's pretty fortunate.
Agreed. In the previous build, the GPU had enough room to breathe, so didn't need to use an AIO. In this case, there wasn't enough room between the card and the PSU shroud - probably not the case for all cards, but MSI cards tend to have bulky heatsinks/fan shrouds. So in these cases, the NZXT bracket and an AIO does the trick.
One for the CPU, one for the GPU.
I used a stencil cutter to make a vinyl sticker, applied it, then painted over it. When I peeled the sticker off, that was left.
I used the riser cable with both an MSI R9 390 and an EVGA GTX 1050ti, and it worked flawlessly with both of them. I've seen the same posts out there, but I've had zero problems with it.
Made me sad too. I ended up completely reworking this build, new parts list is here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/grimmwrath/saved/#view=dfVMpg .
Strictly an airflow issue. MSI's cards have huge heat sinks, and the fans were crammed up against a wall in the case, so there was no room for air to circulate. In my old case it could breathe better, and my temps were like 70s when gaming at 1440p.
I moved this card into my daughter's computer, and now she's playing Fallout 4 in 1440p, Ultra settings, getting a solid 60 fps.
Playing The Witcher 3 on Ultra settings, I average 50-60 fps. But since I moved my build into this Shift case, I'm unable to even game due to overheating. So it's a great card, if you have the room for it.
Agreed, just waiting for prices to settle down some before upgrading it.
Sanded it down and painted it red, then applied a vinyl sticker and painted over it with black.
I did have to buy a WiFi adapter, as this board doesn't come with that.
Thanks. I read the manual that came with the mobo, but either I misread it, or my eyesight's getting too bad, lol. I'll swap them around when I get home.
Initially, the backplate wouldn't fit, and while trying to trim it, it snapped. I realized that it'll fit if I just use double-sided tape to attach it (it came with stand-off/washer things that were too thick.) So I can glue the backplate back together and attach it - the crack is hardly visible.
The picture is great. I don't know much about monitors, but I'm really happy with it.
With the filter on the inside the fan blades scraped against it. It's not a perfect fix, but it worked!
We have almost identical builds! I like how you mounted your AIO cooler, I never thought about putting it in the front. Very nice build, especially if it's your first!