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Scratch Build – In Progress Dan A4-SFX4

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by sldr, 13 Feb 2017.

  1. sldr

    sldr What's a Dremel?

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    I wanted to share some pictures of my build with a Dan A4-SFX case.

    I was lucky enough to grab one from Casekings.de when the case became available, but only after a stressful 30+ minutes, caseking's website wasn't able to handle the load of all the buyers.

    I'm out of Windows PCs since 2011, completely switched to Apple because I didn't like the games that came out at that time. That all changed when Doom was released last year. Played Doom on my GT750m macbook with Windows in Bootcamp, then switched to an Asus ROG G752VY-GC067T (i7 with GTX980M/8GB with a 17" 75Hz G-Sync TFT screen). That laptop was able to handle Doom in 1080p with all the graphic options set to Nightmare (where available), but struggled a bit at 1440p 144Hz on my Dell S2716DG monitor - so I opted for a new "game-rig".

    These are the parts in my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/YL2JRG

    • Dan A4-SFX
    • Intel Core i7-7700K
    • Noctua NH-L9i
    • Asus Maximus VIII Impact
    • Kingston HyperX Fury black HX421C14FBK2/32
    • Asus ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING
    • Corsair SF600
    • Samsung 850 PRO 1TB
    • Dell S2716DG
    • Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum
    • Logitech Pro Gaming Mouse
    • Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad
    • Logitech G933

    Couldn't be happier when the Dan A4-SFX case arrived, that thing is light-weight and small!

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    These are the parts I'll be installing:

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    Let's begin with the motherboard, CPU/CPU Cooler and the RAM:

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    Plenty of space between the side-panel of the A4-SFX and the Noctua NH-L9i:

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    Let's add the Power supply:

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    Couldn't connect the internal powercable of the A4-SFX:

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    But nothing removing the PSU bracket won't solve:

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    Next up, the SSD. First I thought the power cable for the SSD was incompatible with the way the SSD was mounted in front of the case:

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    But then I read Dan's manual with more detail, and flipped the SSD 180°, and then there was plenty of space for the power-cable:

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    Build so far, the GPU didn't arrive yet at that time:

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    But then it did, and oh my ... That thing is HUGE!

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    But it fits like a glove, zero issues when installing a full-size GTX1080:

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    Finished! The ATX24pin cables from the PSU to the motherboard can safely be tucked away underneath the PSU, where they don't hinder any air-flow in the case. So let's close the case and configure Windows.

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    And here it is at home, ready to run Doom in 1440p at 144Hz G-sync.

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    Couldn't be happier with it, it's all I ever dreamed about!

    Temperatures are a-ok in a room of ambient 22°C:
    • CPU idle 36°C
    • CPU full-load 72°C
    • GPU idle 40°C
    • GPU full-load 70°C

    Don't really have anything else on my planning.
    Maybe a bigger 4K monitor w/ G-Sync, The GPU
    Or maybe buy a Rift or a Vive - although I believe we'll have to wait until the 2nd or even the 3rd generation to be able to truly have a good VR experience.
     
  2. sldr

    sldr What's a Dremel?

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    Here's a movie of the i7 7700K with the Noctua NH-L9i idling ... The sound of the video doesn't do it justice, dropping the screw for reference...

     
  3. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    That truly is awesome :D

    Just for future reference - when you post a youtube video you only need to put the part of the url after the v= bit in between the
     
  4. sldr

    sldr What's a Dremel?

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    Couldn't be happier with my new game-rig ... Thanks Dan!

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