This build was based on the Dan-Cases A4-SFX mITX case that started it’s life in the [H]ard|OCP forums and evolved into a Kickstarter campaign. The purpose of this build was make a living room computer / custom Steam box but is currently being used as my main PC until I get my 2011v3 build completed.
The GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard was purchased during Amazon Prime Day at a steep discount and had several months of use in another case stress testing before I put it into it’s home in the Dan-Cases A4-SFX case.
32 GB of RAM was selected to provide plenty of headroom when using creative applications like Premiere and Photoshop.
This build originally stated with a GTX980 but evolved into the GTX1080 because of the long wait for the case’s Kickstarter campaign.
The 950 Pro NVMe SSD was purchased during a coupon campaign from jet.com – I originally wanted to keep the machine fully SSD but the price of a 2TB NVMe SSD was cost-prohibitive.
Due to the low profile requirements to jam a HSF into the case, I selected the Cryorig C7 cooler. However, there was excessive fan noise from this cooler – particularly when overclocked
The processor was then delidded with a Rockit Cool delidding tool and the thermal compound was replaced with Coollaboratory’s Liquid Pro interface material. This was able to provide over a 30 degree drop in temperatures and allowed me to keep the fan speed very low to keep noise down.