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I had really wanted to build an ITX system for a while and with the release of the Evolv Shift back in 2017 I knew that was the case I was going to use. Fast forward to the release of the Ryzen 5 2600 and the build plan was in action. I already had my RX 480 lying around after upgrading my main rig to a 1070 and an AIO that I had picked up on sale ages ago. The biggest issue was finding a good AM4 ITX motherboard. Based on reviews, the Asus strix boards were the only ones that seemed to perform well without weird quirks or issues, but they were really hard to get and were sold out everywhere at the time. With my good luck, I was browsing newegg at the right time and happened to see the B350 Asus board refurbished for $118, which was an absolute steal. Keeping with the trend of good deals on refurb parts, I picked up a refurbished SF 600 from microcenter for $95. I bought the 500 GB 850 EVO off of craigslist for $125, which at the time was a decent deal. I met the seller in a fast food place which was quite funny. After that, I picked up some noctua redux fans, a WD black, 16GB of DDR4 and some cheap sleeved extensions. For lighting, I bought some cablemod widebeam strips and a phanteks halos fan frame. The halos really adds a cool aesthetic to the back of an intake fan. with the final touch being some vinyl wrap to cover the powersupply and harddrive stickers, the build was completed as it is now.

I really enjoyed my time building in the phanteks Evolv Shift. It is definitely more difficult to build in than a mid tower, but the design allows for clean cabling with a bit of planning. I'm too cheap for it, but custom length psu cables would probably go a long way in this case. Having the motherboard outputs on the top is a nice concept and is well implemented here. One thing to keep in mind is that bulky connectors, especially display connectors, may interfere with the top of the case.

I have since upgraded the gpu to an EVGA 1070 FTW since the RX480 ran pretty hot, which is not ideal in a case like this. I get decent airflow, but it gets pretty toasty in there. Ill take updated pictures when i have the chance. Other than that, I have the 2600 at 3.8 GHz and the memory at 3000 MHz. I had a lot of fun building this PC, hope you guys like it!
Color(s): Black Gray Light Blue Silver
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Futuristic
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 140.00
AMD - Ryzen 5 (2600)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
$ 408.86
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (B350-I)
Chipset: B350
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
$ 24.99
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (3000MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
Sapphire - Radeon Nitro+
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: RX 480
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 109.00
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 95.63
Western Digital - WD Black Mobile
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 149.74
Corsair - SF600
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
$ 149.99
Phanteks - Evolv Shift
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 16.95
$ 142.48
Corsair - Hydro H75
Type: AIO
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