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Little Shoebox

by Thatoe

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119 Comments

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Date Published

March 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

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.

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DaMysteryMan 1 Build 13 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 5 points 13 months ago

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

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 11 points 13 months ago

Challenge... considered.

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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

philphaser 12 Builds 6 points 13 months ago

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

Gooberdad 10 Builds 4 points 13 months ago

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

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 8 points 13 months ago

Damn. Should've put a banana for scale!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Lol. Not to late.

Hamster_punter 2 points 13 months ago

Imgurian?

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

holy schiit.

PhoenixWarriorX2 3 points 13 months ago

nice pc, rate the boots too

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks!

kins888 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

Very cool build. How are the temps?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

40 on idle. 70 on load.

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Soviet_Badger 3 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

...but..but, where??

jmm889901 5 points 13 months ago

make a pocket universe, duh

mauriciomdea 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Just do it.

davywavy 1 point 1 month ago

he has addidas.

LonghornAlamo2040 3 points 13 months ago

Dat sum good Schiit u got ther!

aighamdi 3 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

I like that schiit.

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Do you prefer Schiit stack or Schiit spread?

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

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

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 13 months ago

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

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb 3 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Please... not another squat mention...

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb 1 point 13 months ago

I really do love this build. Its very creative

Slenderpig 2 points 13 months ago

Great looking build! What keyboard is that?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

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

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Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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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Thatoe submitter 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

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.

ggggovi 2 points 13 months ago

how difficult was it to build in that case ?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

ggggovi 2 points 13 months ago

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

octa-wow 2 points 13 months ago

I like this , and i like the shoes too.

SCWynette 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks!

Otterman366 13 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

nice work!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

Project460 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

This is awesome!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks!

Ataleb47 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Woah, dt1990's...

Yognaught_Ace 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

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

Bahamut5098 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

Clemeit 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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.

EagleByte 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks! Didn't even know it was featured!

EagleByte 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Well, then. Congratulations!

DiamondCubeMiner 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Dude, that build is AWESOME!

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Hey congrats on the featured spot!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

jason10258 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA +1

dylan2749 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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

cybereal 1 point 13 months ago

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 :)

dylan2749 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

tag me when you do

sidthesquid224 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

The case is amazing!

mattravenmore 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

that keyboard is noice, love the build!

maverickvii 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

"Can run Crysis" love it

keio 2 points 13 months ago

Wow. Just wow. I like it!

PrintBuildz 2 points 13 months ago

It’s featured! Good job!

xJackson 2 points 13 months ago

I love your desk setup! It's beautiful!

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

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

Great work!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Buy more shoes! You'll get it eventually.

JheyoDELperu 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

OfficialP90 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Some Beautiful Clickbait

Inndee 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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.

Inndee 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

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

werty_111 2 points 13 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

wvchile 5 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Big ups! gotta give you credit!

Veridigo 2 points 13 months ago

this guy needs a life of boris certified gopnik award

xTHExRADxREXx 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

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

EthanThePcMaster 2 points 13 months ago

How's your wallet?

zachmangames 1 point 13 months ago

slav-gasm intensifies

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 13 months ago
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Samsy 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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

cozybuilder 1 point 13 months ago

What is the Keyboard?

Arden_Computers 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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.

EthanThePcMaster 1 point 13 months ago

Can it run MINECRAFT?

Im2Epic4U 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

?!

ThriftStoreRaider 9 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

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

+1

djpimmy 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

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?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

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.

Splapr 1 point 13 months ago

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

Upora 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Man that is a sweet little shoe box!

arty667 1 point 12 months ago

Can it run minesweeper though?+1

neprietenos 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

This is amazingly clean. Love it!

BDP 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Stunning build - love it !

TheRealBliss 1 point 11 months ago

(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?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

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

jackripperXD 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

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

Thanks!

Squid_Soup 1 point 9 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

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

draxxdk 1 point 8 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

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.

Geral 1 point 7 months ago

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? :)

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

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.

a6600 1 point 4 months ago

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

ThatAFKNoob 1 point 3 months ago

Link to the shoebox?

octa-wow 0 points 13 months ago

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

Silent_Gunner -2 points 13 months ago

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

ovokid -3 points 13 months ago

whats your Xbox Gamertag? Add me:ovokid

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I don't play on xbox anymore! sorry

Craven88 1 Build -6 points 13 months ago

throttles

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