Description

Far from my first build, but my first build for PC Part Picker.

As a bit of a background, I go to a lot of LANs. Pretty much 2 per month currently, and I'm an avid R6 Siege player. For the last few years I have gone from case to case, trying to build my ideal system: Something that looks great, doesn't compromise on performance, Doesn't make a lot of noise and most importantly, fits in a backpack.

After a long process I finally have that system, and it meets every criteria perfectly!

You've probably all seen a tonne of builds in the DAN A4-SFX so I won't bore you all with another recap, it's your quintessential sandwich chassis. When I first started this build I had some custom CableMod cables and a Vega 64, but the cables were a bit still and the Vega was just too loud and hot and the system was not quite where I wanted it.

I decided to swap out the Vega for a GTX 1080 Founders which I got for the same price as I sold the Vega for, so easy fix, and then I bought some EnSourced Shorties and a kit of super short CableMod extensions for some cleaner runs and a bit of colour over the grey on grey cables I had. I also added some 1mm foam tape round the panels to dampen them and stop the very slight rattling.

At present this system is near perfect. The CPU is cool enough that a new silent 92mm Redux fan on the L9i keeps it under 70 degrees and the 1080 FE while not silent, is a much quieter card than the Vega 64 and less intrusive when it is under load.

The case fits perfectly in my backpack so all I need to do now for LANs is grab the monitor, grab my backpack and go without having to faff around with unwieldy cases stopping for doors.

Also, apologies for some of the dodgy photos prior to getting the 1080, old camera that was a bit crap...

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers,

LilSalmon

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Having a GPU that uses a blower style cooler is actually really helpful in a case as small as this and I noticed you are not using the stock thin fan on the noctua cooler. Looks like one of the redux fans to me. Not a bad choice as the added height of a thicker fan should help draw more air through the holes on the side panel with less of an air gap around the fan to prevent air recirculating in the case.

Long time ago I used to go to friends places for lan parties a lot but not nearly as much any more. I used to carry the full desktop in a suitcase and it was very clumbersom. I don't ever move my main rig now unless I need to clean it (gg wheel tray) but if I need to take a PC with me I still got my HTPC that I can fit in a duffel bag along with keyboard/mouse/wireless controllers/all cables. My HTPC is built in a CM Elite 130 case.

What keyboard and mouse do you take with you when you go to a lan party and do you have a monitor to take with you?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the blower cooler is much better since there is no active airflow and the layout means the GPU always intakes cool air.

I went for Redux as it moves more air at a lower volume, and as you say the closer proximity reduces hot air recirculating. I was worried about turbulence but haven't noticed any which is nice :D

I currently use a Vortex Pok3r and Roccat Kova Pure which are both nice and compact for easy travel :)

Thanks for commenting man :D

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done, and clean too! I wouldn't say compact builds are really "my thing" but I like this one!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, when you don't move your PC that don't always make sense, but I move mine enough to make it worth it :D

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Although isnt the gtx 1080 an overkill for siege, cuz im a siege plat 1/diamond player for the past 5seasons and all i have is a gtx 1060,just saying. Anyways nice and clean build dude.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have the GPU hoping I'll be better haha, I have a 240hz 1080p display, so the 1080 is perfect as I can easily maintain those FPS's with the necessary settings.

It's more I play Siege at the LAN's I go to a lot so I needed a nice and portable system for that.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. What LAN events do you go to? Cuz i wouldnt mind trying out for some of those with a team.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to go to Respawn LAN which was one of the only local LANs, these days we all meet at a mate's house which has heaps of space and just make a weekend of it xD

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Mini ITX builds look like a challenge, I'd like to get around to building one at some point. You did a really nice job!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps man :D

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

As a fan of SFX builds, I really like this. It is beautifully done with great attention to detail. You have conquered the challenge of making an extremely small build as this aesthetically pleasing internally. Job well done

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words, I've been trying to achieve this build for a long time and have had a few attempts that didn't quite achieve my goal, I'm extremely happy with how this turned out though!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

nice sff build

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! :D

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for just the cables.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

They're pretty nice huh? I was inspired by the GMK Carbon keycap set which have a dark grey/light grey and orange theme which I just really liked.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, whatever it is man, it looks sick.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

btw +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome little build here that packs a heck of a punch!! :D

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude! Yeah it's a little pocket rocket this one. Something so satisfying about playing games flawlessly on a 30cm x 100cm desk and not being deafened with fan noise! xD

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What fan are you using with your Noctua?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Noctua Reduc 92mm, this one is 1600 rpm.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome small build! Too bad that the sweet cabling job disappears behind the venting holes but the soft lighting makes up for it. And is that a premium headphone setup I spy? Hifiman HE-400 something and, what, an Aune x7s? Don't recognize the other two boxes there though. Amazing.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I'm currently waiting on Dan to re-release the windowed panels again so they won't be hidden! And you are correct, HE-4XX's, Aune X7S and an SMSL M8A 32bit/784k DAC. Got a few other tube amps and such around, but this is my core set up :D The larger one on the right is an external 4Tb HDD to avoid using internal drives.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. I can't remember if I've seen how the windowed panels look and consequently what they do to airflow. This isn't the version of the case with the 92mm fan slot below the PSU is it?

I'm not brave enough (and don't have enough money...) to go balanced with my headphone gear. The most I've spent on a single headphone/gear purchase is maybe $200. I was admiring a friend's set of custom in-earphones he got like a decade ago. Grail level right there...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice & clean build, congrats! I'm planning to use the same Case/CPU/Cooler combination, could you please tell me the idle CPU temp (no gaming)?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Bout 40-45 degrees usually. Although I am now running the system with the CPU side panel off cos it looks better and stays cooler. Side panel on you may find your temps start to get into the 80's under load.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you custom sleeve these cables yourself? If so, do you have a pinout diagram for this that you could add into the photo set? I'm putting together a build in the ncase M1 and was planning on using this power supply but can't find a solid enough pinout diagram.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually just bought Cablemod extensions with EnSourced made Shorty's for this version of the build, although I've just posted my latest revision of this build with my Ensourced custom cables

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't used the CU version of the C7. Base C7 drones a lot so I know longer use it, with the Noctua fan it might be a bit better, but you need to mod it or 3d print an adapter.

This is much quieter and does the trick for me.

Yeah the silver is less often seen but lovely.