I wanted to build a computer that I could tote around and bring my Vive, After seeing Linus' video of the Dan A4 case, I was convinced to build in it. I use my computer for VR gaming, 3D modeling, and rendering.
The computer is named after Zaurak the star meaning boat in Arabic. (Get it? Boat? Portable, go anywhere, do anything). The star is a red giant and color scheme reflects this.
Case This thing is tiny and sexy! Building in the case was easy albeit tight. Everything fit in nicely. The only caveat is the lack of airflow. When idling, the top of the case gets hot (~40°C). Under load, it is uncomfortably hot (~50°C).
CPU My two choices were the AMD 2700x and Intel 8700k. The 2700x has more cores but the 8700k has a faster clock rate. I decided on the 2700x to leverage the more cores in rendering and because the 8700k is a hot processor which would limit itself in the Dan A4 and I didn't want to delid it. There is some thermal throttling when running Cinebench over and over again but maintains its boost during normal loads.
CPU Cooler The Cryorig C7 is one of the best low profile coolers. I took its fan off and attached a Noctua NF-A9x14 using a 3D printed adapter. It works well but there is always room for improvement in a mini-ITX. Maybe try a 92mm AIO, any suggestions?
Motherboard Mini-ITX AM4, Wifi, USB3.0 ports, red: not many choices.
Memory It is fast, big, and not ridiculously priced.
SSD I only need space for programs as I can put my files on my server so 480GB. NVMe to improve speed in video editing of 4k footage. The ADATA was low cost and comparable to the WD NVMe. Also M.2 was wanted to reduce cabling.
GPU Its a 1080 and was a good price. It runs all of my games perfectly either VR or 1440p ultrawide.
PSU The best (or at least the most popular) SFX power supply. I did make custom sleeved cables to improve airflow and mainly aesthetics. The cables were also sewed to route them nicely. The whole cable process took about 40hrs total but was really fun. I would recommend it to those who are okay being without their computer for a week.
Benchmarks Cinebench: 1659 Timespy: 7520