Description

When I found out I needed a portable rig, I was reluctantly planning to sell my desktop and started researching the latest and greatest gaming laptops. However, they all have some forms of compromise (keyboard, temps, mobile CPU/GPU, price, upgradability, etc). Then, a friend pointed me towards this little Dan Cases A4-SFX and I knew it was going to be perfect.

The whole setup (except the monitor obviously) should fit in a carry-on bag and as you can imagine, it eats any game I throw at it.

Part Reviews

CPU

One of the few challenges of this build was keeping this little guy cool. At first, the temps on load were jumping to high 90s. I have since delidded and undervolted and gaming temps are 60s, 70s now.

CPU Cooler

Face only a mother could love. Kind of ruin the colors of the build but it's the best at what it's supposed to do. Not a lot of options because of limited height inside the case. Cryorig C7 should fit and won't look ugly but apparently, they're very noisy. Noctuas stay cool and quiet.

Motherboard

Easy choice because of two M.2 slots with one in the front. Other mobos afaik only have one M.2 which is in the back and it apparently runs very hot in dan case because of how it's sandwiched between the mobo and the GPU with no airflow. It still runs relatively warm in the front port but no issue so far.

Memory

Does the job. Got these in 2016 for $75. Only regret I have now is I didn't go for 32GB seeing they cost 300~400 now.

Case

Can't thank Dan enough for this piece of magic. Everything fits perfectly and it's so easy and fun to build in it too.

Monitor

Fantastic for movies, games and productivity. G-Sync is a must have for me now. The new X34P should be even better.

Mouse

Been using a deathadder for years and it just fits perfectly in my hand. At times, I'm tempted to try a G502 because of its popularity but I don't feel the need to replace the deathadder at all.

Headphones

HD650s were my previous daily drivers but the minute I tried these on, the Senns went back into the box. The initial intention was to keep the HD650 for music and beyer for the rest but the 1990s are just great at everything.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 13 points

Nice! Thought I would see a shoebox casemod but still incredible!

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

It's not impossible you know! Seeing how similar the sizes are (the case and the shoebox)

  • 21 months ago
  • 11 points

Challenge... considered.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I want to enjoy the machine before starting another project!

  • 21 months ago
  • 6 points

But can it run Cry...oh, wait...nevermind.
+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice, but do you have giant feet so the box is huge?

Just kidding. These cases are awesome and tiny. Great job.

  • 21 months ago
  • 8 points

Damn. Should've put a banana for scale!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Lol. Not to late.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Imgurian?

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

holy schiit.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

nice pc, rate the boots too

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Very cool build. How are the temps?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

40 on idle. 70 on load.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

This is cool build. Now put another 1080ti in.

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

...but..but, where??

  • 21 months ago
  • 5 points

make a pocket universe, duh

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Just do it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

he has addidas.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Dat sum good Schiit u got ther!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

I like that schiit.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you prefer Schiit stack or Schiit spread?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't tried either of those products. I just wanted to make that pun.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha, it's just the way the two Schiit devices are positioned. Most commonly they're stacked on each other, like mine, and referred to as Schiit stack. Placed side by side, they become the Schiit spread. :D

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

XDD I laughed a little too hard reading this. You know the story behind the name?

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

This is my new favourite pc build Not because i'm a slav lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Please... not another squat mention...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do love this build. Its very creative

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build! What keyboard is that?

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! It's a TriC 75 with 65g zealios. The keycaps are EnjoyPBT blanks.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think they're sold on there. Mine is v2 from kickstarter. The v3 is available for preorder here.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

Lol, i don't know why I linked the case. You obviously meant the keyboard. Unfortunately, it's not sold on those places either. It was a groupbuy a year ago and your best bet now is to check r/mechmarket on reddit.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

how difficult was it to build in that case ?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Not as straightforward as bigger cases of course but it was easier than expected and very fun and rewarding!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. I am wondering now if I want to build a big computer or a portable one.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this , and i like the shoes too.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, nice build!

I also have a DAN Case, just waiting for my GPU to arrive.

Can I ask what cables your using? Are they custom or Corsair's SF Premium Kit?

+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

They're the Corsair ones! Unless you want specific colors, the Corsairs will do more than good enough job as you can see.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This build/Setup is clean AF! I love it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

nice work!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey bro nice build +1 BTW just wondering , what are your CPU temps under heavy load ? also did you delid your cpu ?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yes, it's delidded and undervolted. CPU gaming temp is around 70. Gonna play a bit of GTA V today and put up the exact numbers.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah, dt1990's...

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

lol at first I thought you built inside the shoe box, and I was just sitting overhear like man the feeling when someone steps on it

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh lord, those curved screens are horrendous, they reflect light like nothing else!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Not at all. I use the x34 and I don't have any issues with glare. It has a nice matte finish.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is actually facing the widow and I took those pictures in the morning so it looks worse than it is. Never notice any reflection during regular use.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I can see why this is featured! Amazing build, man. The setup looks great!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Didn't even know it was featured!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, then. Congratulations!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, that build is AWESOME!

Can't imagine you could build a PC smaller that a shoebox. Looks fast, too.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

It can be smaller, but not with a full size 1080 Ti :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, hope you have plenty of fun with it! +1 :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey congrats on the featured spot!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the ITX bottleneck with the i7 and 1080ti? If not, is there a tradeoff with a smaller motherboard?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The only trade offs I can think off are less expansion (only two RAMs and 1 GPU), but it's so worth it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

get a redux noctua fan theyre grey and it should fit just right (like toutching the side pannel but still)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Wouldn't it get noisy if the fan is touching the panel?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not much money to find out. That said, the CFM isn't very different but RPMs for it are lower. Basically you'd get a little more airflow at a lower noise level, but, unlikely to change your average temps much at all.

DAN says you can have a 48mm cooler in there so in theory it shouldn't actually touch the side anyway (unless their 48mm size is touching which I doubt, I'm sure they'd allow at least 1mm extra space with that spec.)

Ultimately I'm going to find out when they ship their next round as I'll be building one then and plan to try this fan so, I guess you can wait until I find out for myself :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

tag me when you do

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I think I found my new case... Good job on that build +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is amazing!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

that keyboard is noice, love the build!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

"Can run Crysis" love it

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Just wow. I like it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

It’s featured! Good job!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your desk setup! It's beautiful!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Man why is it, when I open shoe boxs i don't get anything like this :(

Great work!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Buy more shoes! You'll get it eventually.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This , as far i can see, was a amazing well prepared proyect.. Congratulations, its an amazing work you have done with this build. This pc rocks

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Some Beautiful Clickbait

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Apparently there is a better way to install that CPU cooler on the Z270i and Z370i boards. Check out this video for reference. He's the same dude that designed the NFC skyreach case.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpIV3tmKVtk

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting. The Z270i in that video is the same as my Z370i too. I'll actually try it out and see if anything changes. Thanks.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. Gorgeous build by the way. It makes me want to ditch the Ncase and go for the Dancase.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Blower style card would probably give you huge benefits if you can sell yours and get one straight from Nvidia for MSRP.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

if only they'd stay in stock for more than 2 seconds.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Big ups! gotta give you credit!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

this guy needs a life of boris certified gopnik award

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

i love it +1 You should put the link to the shoe-box in the parts list i looked all over amazon and newegg for it and i couldn't find it anywhere

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

How's your wallet?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

slav-gasm intensifies

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • S- e-Sports!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

This. I love this. I wish I had made mine that small, but then I wouldn't have all the lights to look at.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the Keyboard?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking for a "different" mini-ITX case for my next build. There are a couple on Kickstarter now with this and one from Thor-zone.com I like this one a lot though. Not showy or over the top...just does it's job.

It's perfect and you've done a great job.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it run MINECRAFT?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

?!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Make a custom part for the case called: "A literal freaking adidas shoebox"

+1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious--you say you needed a portable setup but obviously can't take the monitor with you. Why did you need it portable and what's your solution for monitor?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

For moving. The PC and the peripherals go into the carry on so it's relatively safe.

Current plan is to check in a 24" monitor in its original box. Kinda risky though.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

When you steal somebodys shoes but find a pc in the box

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Man that is a sweet little shoe box!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it run minesweeper though?+1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazingly clean. Love it!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Stunning build - love it !

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

(Might be a dumb question because I don't know) What did you use to to connect your M+KB since you didn't use the your PC's usb port from what I see based on the pics you provided?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about the late reply. They were plugged into the monitor.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Have you monitored the temps for other components on the motherboard under GPU n CPU load?

Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you don’t mind, but I might copy your build, and use it as a portable pc.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course I don't mind! I didn't invent this and I took ideas for other people with similar builds anyway.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you havent tried overclocking your 8700K CPU with that CPU cooler on it. https://noctua.at/en/nh_l9i_tdp_guidelines

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'm aware of it. L9i cooled 8700K at stock clocks well enough. I've got the Cryorig C7 Cu with a noctua fan now.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! Great build!

One question, reggarding to your audio setup. I was planning on getting the HD600 for its legendary sound while listening to music. Would you rather recommend the the DT1990's? If budget was no issue. I mainly want an all-rounder, since i listen to music 80-85% and the rest ill use it for games. Im planning on getting the schiit stack too.

Beautiful build +1.

Also, what is your headphone stand? :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never tried HD600 so I can't comment. DT1990's are definitely amazing all rounders. Highly recommended. I have a bad habit of switching my PC/peripherals too often, but the schiit stack and the DT1990s are staying.

The stand is some random cheap one I picked up from microcenter. I've got a under desk mount now to save desk space.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

this is sick! nice 75% keeb :) had some zealios in a build a while back, probably my favorite tactile switch.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Link to the shoebox?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like your DaE mouse? I love mine, it fits my hand perfectly. Also love the idea! +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

dont have one yet but it looks ok

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Whats running that game? Me: a shoe box

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

lol ok you got some money, i like it and its very high end

  • 21 months ago
  • -2 points

Console fanboy: "B-B-BUT Y-YOU CAN'T BUILD A PC THAT'S UH...NOT A TOWER!"

  • 21 months ago
  • -3 points

whats your Xbox Gamertag? Add me:ovokid

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play on xbox anymore! sorry

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