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My first build. Great fun and took a lot of care with the cable management. Since Sir Jonny Ive completely priced me out of his preferred demographic, i'm giving Windows a go after 10 years with the same MacBook Pro.

PSU: With an estimate of 346w, I'm hoping the 450w corsair should be ok. The next level of 600w just seems overkill

AIO: Very popular with shift builds. The hoses are incredibly stiff and I was at first worried that it may crack the mobo. I did borrow a hair dryer from the GF's paint booth and try to soften them into position but it didn't really acheive much. They feel better once they're attached to the mobo though. Due to the right angle bend of the hoses against the glass, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter which orientation the pump is mounted. Since I planed to have a 2 fan gpu, the rad and fans can be mounted inside the Shift cage. I believe this should give a better inflow of air due to the lowest fan not being pressed against my desk.

Ram: Wasn't in the Gigabyte mobo supported list but no 16gb sticks were. I can confirm they work (woot woot!)

Cables: Stumped up the outrageous price for the custom Corsair cables. If, unlike me, you can walk past a window without the urge to lick it, you should just peel those stiff stock cables apart into single strands. Am slightly surprised others haven't done that.

AMD mobo: I think the gigabyte mobo gives a tidier cable placement over the preferred ASRock board. The real trick here is using the stand offs and space behind the mobo. I also managed to jam the atx 12v cable behind the two ssd brackets. Also not seen that before

GPU: Only went for AMD card as the monitor I choose had freesync. Brand matched the mobo. This was never going to be a seriously serious gaming rig (and should a mini itx ever be?) so two fan GPU was perfect.

Lastly, the case: Just wow! Might be my first build but I can see the engineering that has gone into this. One of the few products I've ever bought that I've thought should've been more expensive.

Temp test results to be added once my neighbour returns from holiday and turns his wifi back on ;)

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Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 5 points

Very clean looking build, exceptional work with the cable management.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great. I have the same parts pretty much. I was wondering about the SF450 vs SF600 for an RX580 but it should be enough.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, I'm hoping so too! Lol

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and clean build !

i wanted to buy this case myself some time ago , but i was afraid for cable management in this case

now i see this, im sorry i did not go for it, ( i have a meshify c now)

again very clean build, to put the usb cable behind the motherboard , nice !

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Unless someone has decent proof about crosstalk or anything similar, I will always use the stand offs to hide cables. Will keep an eye out for any melting though ;)

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like someone likes Corsair. :)

Im more of an ASUS ROG kind of guy myself.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! It just so happens that I'm probably going to get a corsair keyboard which made me think I should really find a matching mouse, and then it'd be silly NOT to get the corsair mouse mat lol

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

You should get a G502 or a Deathadder just to piss literally everyone off

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That is my current set up. Whats worse is that i have my keyboard set to white leds while i haves the none rgb deathadder XD it is an eyesore.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Love builds with the SHIFT. Great stuff, man.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

The quality of it has blown me away. Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks so amazing. I've been thinking of doing a new build with a much smaller footprint, and this looks perfect. The only thing is that I've heard nightmare stories about the riser cables for the GPU. How have they worked for you?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, what kind of stories? Seems good so far. You can bend it easily and it will hold its shape.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I've heard that with many of these cases, there would be defective riser's that cause boot loops and system restarts. It's a case by case situation however (see what I did there?) so it's good to see that you're not having any problems

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I was concerned as well, but I didn't have any issue at all and I moved the cable around a lot deciding on which way to turn the video card.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Now this is a really good looking shift build, great job

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

How is it turning out with that 450w psu and that hardware? I'm interested to do something similar

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Using HWmonitor it's difficult to tell exact numbers but I don't think the fan on the SFX moves much and the 450 is absolutely fine. I have now learnt this case is awful for heat from the other components but as long as your headset is good at noise cancelling, who cares when it looks this good haha!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

can i get blender BMW benchmark please ? using your RX 580 ?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't use blender but did research all the things needed for that particular benchmark. What I can say is that the GPU runs around the 60*c when playing PUBG and Titanfall 2 at max settings. Ignoring PUBG's terrible optimisation, Titanfall 2 is solid as a rock on an ultra wide 2560x1080

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Curious did you have to order a separate mounting bracket for the cooler? or did it come in the box?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there was a problem early on but all Corsair H80s should now come with the intel bracket attached and the AM4 bracket in the box. Push in and twist off btw

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok. Thanks for the info! And the tip about the preinstalled bracket removal.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Speaking of which about the h80i v2 I am having serious trouble keeping the tubes inside the case for the glass to clear when putting it back on. I've been fighting these things for a couple days now even modified the case for the radiator to fit a certain orientation.. the tubes are super stiff. Advice please??. Cause is too cool not to be able to reinstall the glass. Thanks.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, why not put the bottom fan of the radiator on the other side of the bracket?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Two reasons: it looks neater being the same height as the psu and shows the corsair logo. In my mind, I reckon the air flow could be greater since the lowest fan isn't pressed against my desk.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotcha. Probably a smart idea for cases that are in that upright position. Thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I assume the cables that came with the PSU weren't long enough to get to the ports on the mobo? I ask because I have the 600W variant, and I can't get the 24-pin to comfortably reach the ports on the ASUS Strix mITX mobo. Would you recommend extension cables, or are there risks with using those?