DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor Systems' started by dondan, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Necere

    Necere 2[H]4U

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    It's not just production time, but shipping time as well. Shipping by freight container from Taiwan to Europe takes 2-3 months.

    Anyway, I understand some of you guys are upset, but really, you need to give Dan a break. It's a massive undertaking for one person, and especially the first time doing it there's going to be some parts of the process you can't predict. Be happy that he's making a good faith effort to deliver his amazing product to all of you.
     
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  2. DavehasLanded

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    I agree, Dan deserves alot of credit, But Lian-Li are a big company and there is money just sitting on the table right now. It should only take one call from Dan and they should be able to start production (yes i know contracts are more complicated than that but you get what i mean) This case could easily shift several thousand units. Its not just this forum, its everywhere, Reddit, LTT etc. I believe many more would have ordered had they know about the release date.

    I know most of us are just being impatient, but I'd just love to see a more streamlined production, even if that meant DAN handing a bit of control over to Lian-li (QC mainly, not rights) June just seems so far off..............:cry:
     
  3. alishakyol

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    i had the same issue with overclockers, went to pay and it just jammed, called them on the phone, made the order, gave em my card details.
    10 mins later got the confirmation email.

    My power supply arrived today and so did my GTX1080 classified.

    Just literally got the delivery confirmation that the case is coming tomorrow :)
     
  4. ahmedelamin_

    ahmedelamin_ n00b

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    Ordered my case from OCuk. Since everyone has been asking
    Time Stamp on Order: 11:11am
    Delivery Date: 02/02.......tomorrow.....

    Tried to order off two different computers using Chrome/Internet Explorer. Even though it was in my basket wouldn't let me go to checkout or would crash. Tried to pay directly and through amazon option.
    Finally worked on my mobile I think it was.

    I ordered the silver - the brushed metal effect seems to stand out more.
    On a side note I kept track of the quantity and rough times of sell out were
    BLACK sold out at 11:16
    SILVER sold out at 11:42
     
  5. Eggyegg

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    On the bright side, we can see where people went right and wrong with their choice of parts if you haven't gotten any yet - like me :)

    Edit: And I also got the automated shipping message on the 23rd Jan. It has been a standstill at 'The instruction data for this shipment have been provided by the sender to DHL electronically' since :(
     
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  6. Yoshikan

    Yoshikan n00b

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    Non Marseille. Mais je mettrai éventuellement quelques photos.
     
  7. bAMtan2

    bAMtan2 [H]ard|Gawd

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    congratulations to dan, selling out is a big deal. for a small business like him there is no way to know if you will still be in business tomorrow. a butterfly could flap its wings and these stores could have a bunch of cases nobody wants. it's very good fortune for him that everyone wants DAN A4-SFX!
     
  8. David A4

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    Everyone is different, some are okay with packages being sent after third party released theirs, others like me are not, which are people who takes promises to heart.

    As a person I understand its a difficult undertaking for a single individual to ship out 1600+ units.

    However as a consumer, im disappointed that the company Dan-Cases didnt follow up with customer expectations that backers would get their shipments sent out first.

    I would say this about any other company as well, be it apple, microsoft, msi, acer, asus. It could have been more clearly stated as well with an announcement that pre-order availability would be delayed a week or 2 until backers shipments went through, and if thats not possible because of third party distribution contracts, then that could have been explained clearly as well.

    Im not trying to be a insensitive, I respect and appreciate that Dan the person has gone this far and so many people are happy this case exists. But David the consumer is upset the priorities he was told he would have have not been given.
     
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  9. mathijs159

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    CaseKing doesn't have the set of internal dust filters but does have them both seperately. Greedy bastards...
     
  10. rmearns

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    Ordered my DAN A4-SFX in black from Overclockers at 12:04pm, order confirmation at 12:15pm, then order canceled by them 5 hours later... :/
     
  11. Aircoookie

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    Unfortunately I'm not home right now, therefore I will post a picture on the weekend. The estimated clearance is 5 - 10mm.
     
  12. WarBird25

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    I am waiting for my kickstarter dhl notification, as I am from Austria and on the list above France, I gues I will get it soon :)

    On the one side I am not in a hurry getting the case as I will wait for more builds and AMDs ryzen till buying hardware. I am still happy I backed this project on kichstarter and I am glad Dan started the project.
    But on the other hand I am a little bit jealous that (some) non backers get their case first. Maybe there should have been more time for shipping for backers before it is available on other sites, which in my opinion could have been planned better. But in the end it is a small mistake and hopefully the only one :)

    Looking forward receiving my case and reading about all your builds! :)
     
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  13. ahmedelamin_

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    Upon receiving the shipment, Dan started sending out the cases to the backers first - as promised. He prioritized the backers and those in Germany received theirs first. It would make sense that Caseking would receive their shipment at this point as they are part of the German distribution list. It can be presumed that at this point they send over part of the stock to Overclockers (same company).... So they should have sat on their hands until Dan had finished manually sending out the individual 1600+ other cases? Take into account the delay due to Dan being ill aswell for a week.

    The original backers received the first cases and if are waiting are guaranteed a case and paid less. Yes, a lucky few were able to bag them from overclockers but the majority of people now have to wait until July for an opportunity of secure one of them.
    Dan Cases as a company has been extremely transparent and upfront about everything... more so than any of the tech companies you have listed.
     
  14. drklu

    drklu 2[H]4U

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    I am excited for those who received their cases, now we can start seeing some build pics !
     
  15. Ca11idus

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    I'm excited to come to this forum and not see pages of complaints, order cancellations, and a handful of people who got the case. There were only 70 or so cases allocated to the site...is it really that mind boggling that they sold out as quickly as they did? Can we just get updates on this forum about the case?
     
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  16. jhcpw

    jhcpw n00b

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    So tensions are running high over the new orders but let's remember why we're all here :)

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    Full album

    (ps sorry for the phone pictures)
     
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  17. Jspr

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    Is that a Ncase I spot in the background? :-D
     
  18. jhcpw

    jhcpw n00b

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    Nope, it's a mirror. lol
     
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  19. David A4

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    I've explained my point of view reasonably and fairly, splitting my judgement for the person behind the company and the company itself. you can explain your reasoning to me but I still paid for a premium priced product and was told quite reasonably backers were getting their packages first. Excuse me for not going into the fine print and examining his writing under a microscope. I've said before as a consumer im upset im still waiting. The information being provided to me feels like im being ignored and pushed aside to other backers and third party distributors, can you blame me if im feeling upset? I understand you've taken a defending stance of the shipper, but please take a look at the other side here and put yourself in someone like myself's shoes.
     
  20. Ca11idus

    Ca11idus Limp Gawd

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    My guess is that Dondan was trying to do it like this. Things happen and things get pushed back. He was sick for a while. I've been waiting for this case for over 2 years...can we just settle down and wait for our prized case?

    Give the man a break. He's done so much now cut him some slack.
     
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    Is there anything between the riser cable and the mainboard, like some protection for the cable? I assume it can get pretty hot when using a M.2 on the PCB side of the mainboard.
     
  22. Julio Espinosa

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    Will Dan ever ship to Mexico?
    I couldn't place an order :(
    And, since Lian Li is manufacturing the case, couldn't he distribute it too?
     
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  23. Julio Espinosa

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    In the first pictures, it shows:
    • The motherboard.
    • Tthe big metal plate that divide both sides and where the MB is installed.
    • A plastic that seems to avoid electric shorts from the graphics card.
    • The pci-e cable.
    • The graphics card.
    I don't have the case, but that seems to be the order
     
  24. tviceman

    tviceman Limp Gawd

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    Yes there is a shield separating the motherboard side from the video card side. There is nothing beween the shield and the rear-side m.2 though (as usual on almost all cases after mounting a motherboard).
     
  25. DavehasLanded

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    Is anyone who missed out today looking at an alternative case? If so, what? I still want this case, but if some people have got parts laying around, it might be worth getting another case at least until June. I have a coolermaster elite 130 which is only £40 and performs amazingly with an aio, but isnt that small.
     
  26. buddylee7

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    Can you take a picture up close on the power button with the front panel removed? See if it can easily be replaced with a lit one...
     
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  27. _untitled

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    I'll likely be moving to an Ncase unless someone wants to part with their Dan Case..
     
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  28. David A4

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    I hear the node 202 is a decent sfx case, but its a cereal box shape rather than a shoebox shape.
     
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  29. dondan

    dondan [H]ard|Gawd

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    Shipment from Taiwan to Germanny is only 5 Weeks. The 3M Riser is the problem. Produktion takes 3-4 month.

    I am done with all shipment to France and Austria so if you don't get an mail you maybe give me a wrong email address or a spam address? Contakt me on KS ;)
     
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  30. danij3l

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    dondan, maybe you should drop the line once you do the batch of shipments since some are getting restless :)))
    would be something like progress bar for us.
    and everyone else should just keep calm. there is no need to be buthurt over the fact that there were some delays .... one man band did great work here .... don't lose it in final stretch ;)
     
  31. DavehasLanded

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    I considered the Silverstone rvz02 which is same form factor, but no fans, like the A4, but it's still quite large in size.
     
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    You can fit a Strix 980 with those heatsinks in there!?
     
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    Not sure if that'll be easy...
    Physical switch
    Reverse of physical switch board
    Reverse of switch on front panel

    I'm also wondering about the "official" way of doing it.
    One of the original images (here) suggests putting the riser behind the GPU's plastic sheet
    But the case comes with the riser behind the motherboard. Not sure I'd want to put an M.2 drive there.

    The plastic sheet is screwed in with plastic screws, so you could reroute the riser yourself, the plastic might get a bit crinkley.

    Just about. I unscrewed the PCIe riser to get the GPU in. It looks like it's possible without doing that, but you'd be very close to the case.
     
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    Dan the man: Just curious which on the list you have shipped to thus far...
     
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    Thanks for the pics...if those are all screws holding the current switch into place I could try and put it back if it doesn't work. looking at doing the following switch...if you have the cycles would you be able to take the measurements? It looks like it will fit through the front button itself but the actual switch plate may be too small and I'm reluctant on drilling....

    Replacement Switch:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017KPM0S2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  36. Ivan Pla

    Ivan Pla n00b

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    Austria and France are done? Then, next ones are:
    • Denmark
    • Finland
    • Netherlands
    • Spain
    • ...
    • I don't care
    XD
     
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    I have my case arriving tomorrow and want to start purchasing parts.
    Could you please recommend a CPU cooler.
    I have been looking at the cryorig c7.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  38. David A4

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    It's pretty much been the c7 vs noctua l9i + 25 mm pwm, c7 is more power, noctua is better silence.
     
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  39. Exodusone

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    Thanks
     
  40. jhcpw

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    The hole for the switch on the main part of the case is a rectangle and it looks like it's 14mm x 9mm.
    The hole on the front panel looks like its a 15mm diameter circle