Dan A4-SFX "Post your build here" Thread!

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To try and keep spam in the main thread to a minimum, and to make it easy to share build logs and pictures with each other.
 

mcheddadi

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CPU: Delidded 6700K @ 4.6ghz
Cpu Cooler: Axp-100 FULL COPPER + Noctua a9x14-pwm fan
Cpu thermal: Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra for the IHS and Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut for the heastink
Mobo: Asus ROG Strix z270i GAMING
GPU: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition
Ram: Team Vulcan 16 GB (8GBx2) ddr4-3000
PSU: Corsair SF450
Storage: 2x Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB +
2x NVMe Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250GB in RAID 0


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Here's what I've got so far...

Case as shipped with side panels off:
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Previous setup (in a Thermaltake F1 Suppressor):
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Parts assembled:
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And done:
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Update - with custom cables:

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Parts:
MSI H110i Pro
i5-6500
Cryorig C7
Corsair Vengeance LPX DD4-2133 2x8GB
Samsung XP941 M.2 SSD 512GB
MSI Aero OC GTX 1070
Corsair SF450

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Jirbin

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Here's what I've got so far...

Case as shipped with side panels off:


Previous setup (in a Thermaltake F1 Suppressor):


Parts assembled:


And done:








Custom cables pending...

Parts:
MSI H110i Pro
i5-6500
Cryorig C7
Corsair Vengeance LPX DD4-2133 2x8GB
Samsung XP941 M.2 SSD 512GB
MSI Aero OC GTX 1070
Corsair SF450
Nice photos! that aero cooler looks dope!
 

sldr

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Guess I'll share my photos as well...

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.

Being 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.
 

Blackreplica

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Here's my build, still short a GPU but will update the post when I get it

Intel 7700K
Cyrorig C7 heatsink + Noctua A9x14 fan
Coolaboratory Liquid Ultra under the IHS, and Noctua TIM used for the CPU cooler
Asus Z270I Strix Gaming
EVGA 1080Ti FTW3
G Skill Trident Z 2 x 8GB RGB 2400Hz
Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M2 (top mounted, bottom M2 slot unused)
Intel 330 120GB SSD (SATA)
Western Digital 1TB (SATA)
Corsair SF600
Custom RGB strips used with motherboard RGB (Aura) Header
Custom PSU cabling from Moddiy.com

Everything except the case and GPU

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The star of the show, the Dan A4

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Frankenstein heatsink

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All components tested

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RGB Strips mounted

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Hard drive cage mounted on top

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Build complete on this side. Custom cable lengths used are 150mm for the 24 pin ATX cable and 250mm for the 8 pin EPS cable

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Reverse side. PCIE cable lengths are 200mm and a little too short. I recommend 300mm if you are making your own to guarantee compatibility

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GPU has arrived - The EVGA 1080Ti FTW3

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An extremely tight fit
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Fans are venting nicely through the side panel
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More or less done

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All set up and ready for action
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m-jeri

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Blackreplica

Excellent build mate.

This is almost same config of mine. No RGB for me and I am getting the 1080Ti.

And please don't mind, That is the exact color combo of cables I am going for. And much appreciate you giving the cable lengths as well..

What about temps? Fan noise?
 

Blackreplica

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Blackreplica

Excellent build mate.

This is almost same config of mine. No RGB for me and I am getting the 1080Ti.

And please don't mind, That is the exact color combo of cables I am going for. And much appreciate you giving the cable lengths as well..

What about temps? Fan noise?
Its my pleasure to assist your build m-jeri

Temps are max 78 degrees when running the intel extreme cpu stress test and the noctua fan is probably one of the quietest you can get even at full speed. The only caveat is you will need to delid the 7700K like i did to get this result. If you use the stock 7700K temps will be MUCH higher
 

okwchin

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Some photos of my build so far :)

Starting the with build as it first came together with stock everything. Photos with an iPhone 6, a few torchlights and white wrapping paper



Cable management is the fun part of the build. These are all the stock Corsair SF450 cables at their normal lengths. The 24 pin forms the centre of the bundle, travelling to the front of the case, before folding back toward the motherboard. The 8 pin CPU power does the same, and then travels down to the bottom of the case. The Sata power cable is folded up in the bottom drive bay frame before coming back out and up to the front of the case. And finally the GPU PCIe power cable is wrapped around the whole bundle twice and holds all the wires together before travelling up behind the PSU.

The power cable was heated at the corners and bent to neatly follow the case contours better. The tricky part of the power cable is fitting it between the SSD and the power button mechanism. There actually isn't much space between the two.


The EVGA 1070 SC looks soo lost and small in the Dan Case A4!! Soo much room!





Then some photos of the modifications as they start rolling in. These photos from a nikon.

1) Antenna mounting
The H97I Plus did not come with WiFi, but there was a 1/2 PCIe empty, so I added a card and soldered on a mounting plate for the antenna. Actually mounted it inboard 6mm, to reduce how far the antenna stick out the back.



2) LP53 heatsink + Fan mounts.
LP53 mounted, bottom fan mounts added for a 120mm fan. These are aluminium flat pieces bent and shaped to bolt directly into the unused VRM Heatsink holes.


Fan clearance is ideal:)


Light cured acrylic used as a mould-able spacer that sets hard


Cleaned up and bolted down.


More to come. Next up will be work on having fan filtration for the CPU cooler at least.
 
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zeromyst

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As posted over in the main DAN A4-SFX thread this is my build.

Asus ROG Strix Z270I mini-ITX Motherboard
Intel Core-i5 6600K
Notuca NH-L9i CPU Cooler
16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
Corsair SF450 SFX PSU
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD
Samsung 850 Evo 1TB SSD
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SSD
SanDisk X400 1TB M.2 SSD (via USB 3.0 external enclosure)
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Samsung 960 Evo 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Replaced the feet with StarTech Rubberfeet (1-1/4" Diameter)
DeepCool RGB LED Strip

I'll get some internal pics soon! Cables are a bit of a mess in there right now...

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illram

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Finally (mostly) done. Only "unique" thing I did was remove the IO panel mosfet heatsink on the Z270I, which greatly reduced my temps combined with removing the IO panel. The A9x14 is attached to the LP53 with rubber bands and zip ties. Rubber bands work really well for this particular combo.

Just need to add in the MOSFET heatsinks I bought, once they arrive. Cablemod lengths are 150mm for the ATX cable, and 300mm for the PCIE and CPU, they all fit with room to spare.

Full system:
i7-7700K @ stock
Thermolab LP53 Cooler w/ Noctua A9x14 92mm fan
1GB Intel 600p boot drive (on rear of board)
1GB Crucial MX300 m.2
GTX 1080ti
Corsair SF600
Team Elite 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM
ASUS Z270I Strix Motherboard
Total cost: -5000 wife points.

Silent at idle and very tolerable while gaming. I now have this tucked away in an entertainment center in my man cave, hooked up for 4K gaming to an LG E6. Delicious. It is not going on the desk in the pics below. That's just where all the magic happened.

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Someone mentioned sticking in some insulating material between the PSU and the rear GPU, because the PSU was heating up and initiating the fans. So I copied that. I just used some of the packing material from the PSU, sliced into a thin slice to fit between the acrylic sheet and the PSU. Not entirely sure this is necessary but I have not heard my PSU fan yet...

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE BUILD:

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The Q11 it is replacing. She served me well. Alas, she has a date with a hole saw for some improvements...
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My open air test bench, made out of my kids old rocking chair that I never put together because I am a horrible father. I got sick of holding my motherboard to deal with the CPU heatsink, rear m.2 install, mosfet heatsink removals, etc. etc.
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cfdfireman

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CPU: Delidded 6700K
Cpu Cooler: Axp-100 FULL COPPER + Noctua a9x14-pwm fan
Cpu thermal: Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra for the IHS and Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut for the heastink
Mobo: Asus ROG Strix z270i GAMING
GPU: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Edition
Ram: Team Vulcan 16 GB (8GBx2) ddr4-3000
PSU: Corsair SF450
Storage: 2x Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB +
2x NVMe Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250GB in RAID 0






Love the look of this. That copper gives it a very clean look. How are the thermals with it?
 

mcheddadi

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temps stabilized at 75oC under heavy prime 95 load with fan spinning at 1500rpm of it's 2100max in silent fan profie. thats at 4.4ghz OC. At 4.6ghz its at 85oC and its start to thermal throttle at 4.8ghz after 5 min and after 2mins at 5.0ghz but otherwise stable.
 

hcts

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DAN Cases A4-SFX AIO Build v 0.2.2

I did this build back in february, but never got around to posting it here. So here we go :)
It is my AIO build. After a few months of use it is still working better than expected.

Read more about it here.















Specifications:
  • Z270I MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • Intel Core i7 7700K (delid)
  • Corsair H60 AIO with a Deepcool Gamer Storm GS120 fan
  • 32 GB Corsair VENGEANCE LPX DDR4
  • Gigabyte 1070 Mini ITX OC 8G
  • Corsair SF600
Benchmarks:
  • 3DMark Time Spy: 5714
  • VR Mark Orange room: 9580
  • VR Mark Blue room: 1786
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 4151
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 7673
  • Fire Strike: 17772
  • Valley: 3879
  • Heaven: 2319
  • Superposition 1080p Extreme: 3423
  • Superposition 4K Optimized: 5346
  • Superposition VR Maximum: 8759
  • Superposition VR Future: 2885
  • Aida64 stress test (CPU, Memory & GPU) for 2 hours > CPU max 72° C and GPU max 71° C.
  • Prime95 (28.10) stress test (CPU) for 30 min > CPU max 73° C.
  • Timespy stress test: 98.7% > Temperatures GPU Max 75° C and CPU Max 70° C.
  • Superposition stress test: passed > Temperatures GPU Max 70° C and CPU Max 59° C.
 
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Your pic is my reflection

Sweet shots. Which body? Lens I got as 70-200L.
I think that is a 40d but I am not sure. That is not my camera. An colleague's of mine. Most of my photos were taken with a IPhone 4, and some with a Panasonic FZ2000. You are right, the lens in the photo is a 70-200L, and it was mine a couple of years ago. I sold it to my work mate while doing The Exodos from DSLRS with huge lenses to cell-phones and bridge cameras. Getting smaller not only in PC-cases.
 

luks

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Finally i have finished my DAN-A4 v2 Build

- Intel Core i5-8400
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition 8GB
- 450 Watt Corsair SF Series SF450 Modular 80+ Gold
- Asus ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Intel Z370
- 16GB G.Skill RipJaws V schwarz DDR4-3200
- 250GB Samsung 960 Evo M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 3.0
- 1000GB WD Blue 2.5" (6.4cm) SATA 6Gb/s TLC
- Noctua NH-L9i Topblow Kühler

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David A4

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Finally i have finished my DAN-A4 v2 Build

- Intel Core i5-8400
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition 8GB
- 450 Watt Corsair SF Series SF450 Modular 80+ Gold
- Asus ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Intel Z370
- 16GB G.Skill RipJaws V schwarz DDR4-3200
- 250GB Samsung 960 Evo M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 3.0
- 1000GB WD Blue 2.5" (6.4cm) SATA 6Gb/s TLC
- Noctua NH-L9i Topblow Kühler
































Hey man, im really interested in your staggered cable lengths for the ATX motherboard cable, do you know the exact lengths? I want to try it out myself.
 

Ftt

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Finally i have finished my DAN-A4 v2 Build

- Intel Core i5-8400
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition 8GB
- 450 Watt Corsair SF Series SF450 Modular 80+ Gold
- Asus ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Intel Z370
- 16GB G.Skill RipJaws V schwarz DDR4-3200
- 250GB Samsung 960 Evo M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 3.0
- 1000GB WD Blue 2.5" (6.4cm) SATA 6Gb/s TLC
- Noctua NH-L9i Topblow Kühler
very nice! I'm considering the SF450 for my 1700/1080ti S1 build and was wondering if you played with undervolting either the cpu or gpu?
 

richiegore

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Max my 1080 armor (not a ti) and 1700 stock has pulled at the wall with vsync off is about 280-300 Watts. Playing the sea of thieves beta with vsync on 60Hz all maxed in settings was 155Watts. I have two hard drives and one ssd also. At the wall measurements btw.
 
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luks

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No its all stock. I'm pretty happy as it is right now, under windows its dead silent and while gaming the psu gets noisy but bearable i would say.

Since the psu is clearly the loudest part i ordered another Noctua NF-A9x14 replacing the corsair one.
 
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