Description

So I created a build for this system a few months ago, I was using the DanCases A4-SFX V2 for that with a GTX 1080 FE and an i5 8400.

Since then I have changed it up a bit, the only carry over parts are the Motherboard and the SSD, but everything else has seen an upgrade.

The biggest points for me in this revision were: 1. GTX 1080ti FTW3 - This is the biggest GPU that will fit in this case and if you've seen it in one before you know that it's a sight to behold. Also I managed to pick one up cheap just after the RTX launch. 2. Alpenföhn Black Ridge - This is a cooler specifically designed for the Dan and is the only cooler I know of that supports a 120mm fan that allows me to have a quieter system. 3. i7 8700T 35W CPU - I really wanted additional cores and threads with lower temps for a silent system. For this the 8700T is the best option. I could only get an Engineering Sample from TaoBao which was actually very affordable and with some VLP ADATA RAM, allows me to run a slim 120mm fan with the Black Ridge. 4. Ensourced custom cables - I had some Ensourced shorty's with some Cablemod extensions on the last build which looked great, but were not flexible and were too long. Ensourced has an amazing editor and heaps of options which allowed my to create some awesome cables which are the right length and easy to route.

With all that I think I have, what is in my opinion, a pretty close to perfect SFF system. I could put a 2080ti and a 9900K in it, but that would be hard to cool and too expensive for any kind of performance gain, so it ultimately would not be worth it.

I will add additional images of the cooler and mounting process shortly, but they are on my main camera and these photos were taken with my phone.

Let me know if you have any questions about the build.

Cheers!

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Really impressive hardware in a teeny tiny case and good choice on the i7t +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, I think it makes sense in a case like this

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Neat build! +1 for the well chosen hardware!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! it took a few iterations but I'm where I want to be now haha

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I7 T P O S E

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have had to use tweezers to get the cable management like that.. really nice build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! The GPU cables are pretty much jammed down by the front panel haha, it was a very tight squeeze!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

son of a.... i just.. ******.... i got an 89 on my english midterm god ******...

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Really cool build! Few questions, if I may: How is the 8700T and Black Ridge combo working out for you? I heard there was a recall on them for a manufacturing defect. Where did you get your VLP RAM from? Finally, as a bonus, are those HIFiMan headphones I see?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

The 8700T works great with the Black Ridge, although the first batch issues mean that it doesn't perform much better than my Noctua L9i... Waiting on revised stock before attempting a return at this stage.

I got the RAM through a site called SuperBuy, which is a Chinese purchasing agent who I believe ordered it through TaoBao.

You are correct, good eye. They're the HiFiMan HE-4XX's from Massdrop :D

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply/tips. The VLP RAM I've seen runs quite expensive, so I'd have to be committed to something like the Black Ridge (or exactly the Black Ridge) before making that plunge. Please post updated temp data when you get it in! I'm watching the CPU market to see what's going on but I never really think about the T-chips from Intel. May be worth a look. Most of the headphones/earphones I have and use now originated from Massdrop but the 4XX is not a model I've yet plunged into. Listening to K7XX right now.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask how long the Taobao cpu took to ship? Been considering it but something about getting ES chips from china sketches me out.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

From China to Australia it was a little over a week I think.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It sure is! I still love being able to carry this amount of power in a backpack haha