Building The SHIFT, Maingear's DIY Kit Explored

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When Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout that caused our double-take, and ultimately put Maingear on the map as a major player in the space... Maingear's products may not be the low price watermark, but they definitely set the high quality bar up a notch or three.

Recently, Maingear announced that they'd be offering a DIY SHIFT chassis and cooling system kit for a limited time, to folks that might want to try their hand at building a SHIFT-infused PC for themselves.

We tried our hand at building our very own SHIFT and will step through the process with you here...

Building The SHIFT, Maingear's DIY Kit

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Very Classy looking case with a lot of presence . Great showcase and build video , Nice n clean inside. Mr Altavilla has some good cable management skills. Joel already tested the Epic 180 so I already know what its capable of, so all in all a great combination of products.

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This is my favorite case on the market. I have been hoping maingear would offer it without buying a system, but the price point is too much for me to handle. I think it is priced much too high, but they will probably sell. Also, a lot of the folks wanting this for their "elite" system will have a custom loop planned.

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slugbug replied on Mon, Feb 20 2012 6:39 PM

Too expensive for my tastes but I do love the design. Sorry but not a fan of the background (headache) musak in the video.

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eunoia replied on Mon, Feb 20 2012 7:27 PM



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Well, Silverstone offers the Raven RV01-BW for those that want the same features but Its Plastic/Steel and looks more stealth-plane-like at about $230. But there is also the All Aluminum Temjin Series TJ11B-W at under $700 thats a little bigger.

What would be interesting is if Maingear would sell the Shift as a stand alone and not a combo with the Cooler and Audio card, as a case like this attracts the big water cooling fanatics.

All in All I think that the $899 asking price is a bit fair, if the Shift would sell on Newegg alone , it would probably be valued between $500-$600. But still too expensive my taste.

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Inspector replied on Tue, Feb 21 2012 3:42 PM

Still the number one case i would want :D. The style is just 100% awesome!

Thanks for the review and build :)

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Feb 21 2012 8:58 PM

Just read the review; it's interesting that Maingear is offering this to the DIY crowd but damn is it expensive. I suppose if you removed the cooler and the unneeded audio enhancements then it could be cheaper but even then; it's not by much. I guess that case does have the space and the cooling performance to justify the price but still; it's price is almost the price of a new computer, even Lian Li's cases don't cost that much.

Still, good review.


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BJew replied on Sun, Apr 15 2012 5:07 AM

$899 for a case and 120MM radiator and closed loop? No thanks for the ripoff. I'd rather use a standard case from Corsair or Coolermaster and a Corsair H100.

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