Building The SHIFT, Maingear's DIY Kit
Introduction and Specs
We even liked the design so much that we eventually paid the folks at Maingear a visit to see their operation first hand and witness the birth of a SHIFT PC for ourselves. Maingear definitely impressed us on a number of fronts, from their revolutionary PC designs, to their eat-off-the-floor, tidy manufacturing line in scenic New Jersey, and stand-up staff members and management. But enough of the gushing. You get the drift. 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. At $899 for the case, Maingear's integrated Aphex audio enhancement solution, and a Maingear Epic 180 close-looped water cooler, this DIY kit isn't for the weekend warrior, but rather for the elite power user looking to build something special.
We tried our hand at building our very own SHIFT and will step through the process with you here with some hands-on footage and then show you a few performance data points to complete the picture.
- Dimensions 24 inches (H)
- 8.6 inches (W)
- 21.5 inches (D)
- Average configured system weight - 60 lbs
- Up to 6 HDDs (or 12 SSDs) with numerous SSD and mechanical drive options
- Dual 180mm fans (upgradable)
- Watercooled with dual radiator options
- EPIC 180 closed-loop water cooler, maintenance free
- 90 degree rotation for vertical heat dissipation
- Rear PSU exhaust and power cable connection
- Top 120mm exhaust fan and IO cable management
- Kit retail price: $899