Description

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

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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Bitwit tried a 92mm AIO. The height of your memory, if it's too high, will cause your AIO tubing to hit the side of the case, popping it out. No temperature improvement was seen.

You could see about getting a Cryorig C7 Cu, like this build:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qjLJ7P

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE SFF PCS ( ͡◉ ͜ʖ ͡◉)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You sure Sleeved Cables is the most usefull thing in a Micro Atx pc actually you don't have any window

Also that's a good job Pc Worker :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Those temps on the gpu are impressive given the space, were those thermals under a stress test? Awesome build may be investing in this case next time around +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Pulling air straight in from outside with minimal interference (due to case segmentation) so temps should be almost as good as it gets on air. The case is well worth it from what I have seen, it just needs the right parts and attention to detail.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

dimensions custom cables? nice buiild !

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think cable management can get any better than that when it comes to the A4.

Well done and great job on the part selection too!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG I love those sewn cables. Please tell!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat build! I've a slight refresh of my PC coming up where I'll be pairing a C7 heatsink with a Thermalright TY-100 fan (it comes with their AXP-100 heatsink typically but someone was selling just the fan). I'll let you know how that goes. I'd previously been using a Noctua NF-A9 full height fan but a case downsize requires a fan downsize (hopefully it fits...). It's probably only a slight upgrade if at all to the slim Noctua, though the airflow spec is higher with the Thermalright if I'm not mistaken. Incidentally, I think I bought my fan bracket and fan from the same guy that you linked to (though you may have printed your own, which I would applaud).

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw this through my Google feed!

Seriously love the case, though I really hate that price. Your specs eerily rival mine, though I love that SSD you got there. You definitely have superior RAM and a smaller form factor (I'm using Thermaltake's Core V1). And that 1080 at Vega 56 MSRP price is sweet.

Excellent build you got there.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

would you know the length of the 24 pin cable?