Description

with a Walnut finish. I could not find a Pseudotsuga menziessii (Douglas-fir) laminate/vinyl adhesive wrap, so I went with a walnut laminate. This build was inspired by my degree in forestry, and a desire to use a color palate that's not typically found in the PC world - for better or worse. Although the idea behind this build started on release day of the Shift X, I relied heavily on borrowed inspiration from these builds - thank you for being artistically gifted! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/P7GG3C - by ApocPony https://pcpartpicker.com/b/BKcYcf - by luka.volvec

This is my first go at a hard tubing, and working with a custom loop. Most of the core components came from my previous build, Sharkbait, with many of the upgrades going towards the loop and the new case/power supply. Eventually, I will upgrade the GPU/loop, but I have decided to wait for the 208x or 118x. When I do this I will add a drain loop. I actually ordered all of the values, but I forgot to get the fitting to connect everything to my T splitter fitting. Keep reading, and you will understand why I definitely regret building my system before ordering more parts.

Bleeding this system was the most painful thing I have every done in the computer realm. The first time I "completed" the bleed, I waited to plug the mobo cable in until after the 48 hour leak test. When I did, the tubing popped off my CPU and doused my GPU in a liter of coolant.. If I had a drain, I could have purged the system rather than have some funky pressure forcing all the coolant up and out the exposed fitting. By some miracle (and a powered off computer) everything still works! When I first picked up the GPU, it literally drained a cup of liquid onto my desk :/ Crossing my fingers that nothing rusts in the next few months. I went through 2 cans of air and let everything dry for 48 hours before I hooked everything back up, and so far we're good.

Over all I am really satisfied with this build. I promise all of the shades of green match the shade of green in cables. Apparently my college is lame and only rents out cameras for "school uses". Excuse me, I will be using this computer for homework! Anyways, the lighting does funky stuff with the fluid.

Part Reviews

CPU

This device computes. It is now a generation old, but its running strong 1.5 years later.

Motherboard

Overall a decent ITX board. Beware, there is an orange light that let's you know it is operating correctly. -1 for this because it throws off most color schemes.

Storage

Rule number one is looking good. CHECK. Rule number to is having fun. CHECK. Rule number three is working well. CHECK. A little pricey.

Case

This case is really nice. Beware, if you think it's tall, add some taller to what you're imagining! It's easy to work with unless your are doing a custom loop with custom sleeving.

Power Supply

I was limited with options, but this works well in the Phanteks Shift X case.

Case Fan

"I didn't understand the crazy about Noctua fans until I go one. They are SILENT." -me

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome to see it finished, looks really beautiful and you got the laminate spot on! Thanks for the shout out glad I've inspired someone out there. Glad to know the hifi feet fit the side aswell for future reference. Very happy your GPU doesn't mind swimming either ;) +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The lower feet were a bit tricky. Rather than using the original pegs to hold the glass, I swapped them out for bolts/wingnut with a head that fit in the guides. I added rubber latex o rings because the metal on tempered glass seemed sketchy.

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

Clever thinking, might borrow that when I move the shift horizontal.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I like it. Pretty tall tower though. But I still like it!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was taller than I expected even though I measured out the space before hand.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Really cool, love the aesthetic.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean af! Awesome

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful funish and thank God the GPU is okay! ☺

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Great color palate it is very fitting and +1. It looks great on your desk.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Really digging that picture of the fitting. Super job on the vinyl, looks perfect on this case(and the PSU)! Love the color scheme and just all of it. Awesome!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I was a little skeptical at first (the case is pretty big in person) but now that it is finished I am very satisfied with it.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive that you got that 240 rad in there, do you think I can get my h100i v2 to fit?

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

I actually had one of those in there before the custom loop. There is more than enough room for this (You could probably fit a 280). You may be confusing the Shift and the Shift X. The only awkward part is the tubing, it really pushes against the glass if you dont have a way to hold it down.

Look at pic 17 and you will see how much it wants to stick out

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah , i looked at the cases and realized the shift x was a lot taller... and more expensive:/

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I take it you like green?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

In all honesty? It normally falls on my list of least favorite colors (right behind orange and yellow) but the deep green shade compliments the wood grain.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Amen brother

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, I'm working on a similar build, does the wifi antenna work OK where you have it mounted?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It works just fine! However, I have some sort of error where I need to turn wifi on/off every time I wake from sleep in order to actually be connected. Because strength is 100% when it is connected i'm guessing this is a software bug

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Good day! Please tell me about temperature your system (CPU, PCH and graphics card) and RPM fan under stress? i create same system and i need information about effective watercooling. Very grateful for help!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely overkill. I also use it for school which is autocad and arcgis packages