This build is the smallest one I’ve ever done and probably the most… frustrating. But in a totally fun and interesting way.
I went with the Phanteks Evolv Shift, a mini-ITX case that looks absolutely beautiful with its tempered glass and sleek finish. It’s a well designed case with great cable management options and enough to hide everything while still keeping it functional.
The ports are at the top instead of in the back, cleverly hidden by the top “lid” that easily opens and closes with a little push. A hole in the back serves as an outlet for the HDMI cable or whatever else you need to slip through there.
16GB of DDR4 memory clocked at 3000MHz keeps this Ryzen system happy with enough memory for multitasking and gaming. To fit the theme, I went with red Vengeance LEDs and these are SEXY.
Fitting everything into this tiny little case wasn’t easy. I had to really contort my fingers in ways I didn’t know they could bend to make sure all the cables went where they had to go. I literally had to redo this PC about 10 times because I forgot a certain cable was supposed to go through a certain hole, but I had to remove a certain component before I could get to that one and I had to remove ANOTHER component before I could get to THAT component and it was… yeah. Frustrating. Eeeeek.
I’m all about that aesthetics so this build wouldn’t be complete without a set of CableMod sleeved cables for the the power connectors and SATA cables.
An LED strip gives the case enough ambient lighting without being too invasive.
A cute wittle SFX power supply provides power for the entire system. These small form factor power supplies are designed for little builds like this and cost more than traditional PSUs. Don’t judge this thing by its size, however, the tiny little PSU that could packs 600W, enough to power everything in the system.
I wasn’t sure of the BIOS version on the motherboard, so to ensure compatibility with the 2400g, I bought a cheap A8 CPU just in case the motherboard needed an update.
And voila! It’s alive! It looks like a little baby transformer and it’s just so awesome to look at. Compact PCs like this make great home theater PCs or for your dorm where space isn’t a luxury.
I tested this system with 24 games. I didn’t do a full in-depth benchmark, I sort of just played these games and recorded the FPS and took note of the average scores.
|GAME||RESOLUTION||GRAPHICS SETTINGS||AVERAGE FPS|
|Far Cry Primal||1080p||Ultra||66|
|Destiny 2||1080p||Very High||75|
|Deus Ex: Mankind Divided||1080p||Very High||50|
|Ashes of the Singularity||1080p||High||55|
|Grand Theft Auto V||1080p||Very High||63|
|Titanfall 2||1080p||Very High||101|
|Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice||1080p||Very High||62|
|Mass Effect: Andromeda||1080p||Ultra||87|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||1080p||Very High||85|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||1080p||Ultra||64|
|Assassin's Creed: Origins||1080p||Very High||57|
|Far Cry 5||1080p||Ultra||61|
|Project Cars 2||1080p||Ultra||90|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||1080p||Ultra||139|
|Final Fantasy XV||1080p||High||64|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands||1080p||High||66|
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