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Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by sldr, 8 Feb 2018.

  1. sldr

    sldr What's a Dremel?

    7 Feb 2017
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    Hi guys,

    FB told me beginning this week that it was one year ago that the first version of the DAN A4-SFX case was delivered, a couple of days later that build was finished.

    Early Januari version 2 of the DAN A4-SFX case arrived, and slowly the new internal components arrived, and I was able to finish the build Tuesday.

    With this thread I wanted to take the liberty to show you guys the finished build.


    These are the internal components.
    • Dan A4-SFX v2
    • Intel Core i7-8700K Boxed
    • Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming
    • Asus GeForce GTX 1080Ti Turbo
    • Asetek 545LC
    • Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM, 92mm
    • Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK32GX4M2D3200C16
    • Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
    • Corsair SF600
    • Corsair Premium PSU Cable kit
    Other peripherals are:
    • Logitech Brio 4K Ultra HD
    • TP-Link USB 3.0 7-Port Hub
    • HP Omen X 35 Black
    • Audioengine A2+ Black
    • Logitech G Pro (Qwerty)
    • Logitech Pro Gaming Mouse
    • Logitech G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad
    • Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad
    • Logitech G933 Black
    • Oculus Touch Black
    • Oculus Rift

    Installing the motherboard is a piece of cake. Installing the Asetek 545LC with the Noctua fan too.


    But then the challenges started Because of the SFF-size of the DAN A4-SFX, there's not a whole lot of room to route the ATX cables decently. I first tried routing them between the motherboard and the center plate of the case, but the retention bracket of the Asetek 545LC didn't leave much room.


    I tried installing the motherboard with higher standoffs, but that didn't work. I like to have the backplate installed too, and the connectors were too skewed.


    So then just route the ATX cables from the CPU side to the GPU side. I needed the space on the CPU side to have enough room for the tubes of the Asetek 545LC.


    This is how the cables exited on the GPU side. I could then only hope that there was enough room between the Noctua fan and the GTX1080Ti...


    And there was!


    It is as if they were made for each other. The space between the Noctua and the GTX1080Ti is exactly the height of 1 ATX cable.


    After a bit of fiddling I was able to tuck away the ATX cables decently enough.


    Meanwhile on the CPU side of the case I was able to mount the Asetek 545LC on the i7 8700K without any issues.
  2. sldr

    sldr What's a Dremel?

    7 Feb 2017
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    View from the top-side, you can see the tubes of the Asetek 545LC protruding the case, I wasn't sure I could install the sidepanel on that side.


    But my fear was unneeded, there is enough clearance to install the side panel, phew!


    Old delidded 7700K on the left, new not-yet-delidded 8700K on the right.

    I'll get my professional-grade-photo-taking girlfriend to take some high quality photo's over the weekend. With the plexi glass my iPhone-camera-photo-taking-skills are urgh...

    Also, RGB is life!

    As I said, I didn't delid my 8700K yet, I first wanted to see the performance of the Asetek 545LC.


    These are the temperatures after a lengthy Quake Champions session at 3840x1440 100Hz ultra quality. Not too shabby at all, obviously these aren't the best temperatures available, but all well within the thermal limits of all components.

    Not surprising I'm very happy with the new little gaming case
    Thanks for reading!
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    13 May 2007
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    I don't think you understand what our definition of "scratch build" is.
    David likes this.
  4. sldr

    sldr What's a Dremel?

    7 Feb 2017
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    Oh oops! Can anyone reove that prefix or move this thread where it belongs?

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