What do you do when you have a perfectly fine PC that looks good, performs well, and is generally reasonable? You ******* change it. This is the result of such poor decisions.
Starting off with my OG S340 build, which is also the result of me slowly driving myself to madness regarding pointless upgrades. I went to work on downsizing it.
The Dan A4 has been on my radar ever since I had looked through Manirelli's completed build list. I was like damn that case is sweet. Then a few short months later and a fuckton of money later this thing happened.
Starting from the top to the bottom I guess... The 1700X and the L9i are a terrible idea. Do you also want to know what a terrible idea is? Running a slightly overclocked 1700X with a L9i. Apparently the cooler is only meant to handle 65W, my 1700X is 95W... This is already off to a good start isn't it?
I got the board because why the hell not, its a good looking ASRock board with the stuff I need. Also it being able to just pick up the raid volume like that was a headache and a half saved thankfully.
The RAM and the 850 EVO are literally the only things that have stayed in my main PC since day 1.
The SU650 joined the 850 EVO and is now running as a raid volume boot drive, what a pain in the *** that was to set up.
1080 is a 1080, its a good card and it has lights.
The A4 was something else. In order to get my hands on one I could buy one directly from SFFLab for $235 ontop of paying too much on shipping and waiting too long to get it, I said **** that. I stalked hardwareswap and found this V2 for $190 shipped, like the idiot I was I jumped right on that.
Why are SFF parts so expensive holy **** like this SF 450W costs $85. I bought a refurb unit for like $50 or something, but like literally every other person would say the cables are too stiff. Shorter sleeved cables would have been smart but that's money tho.
So like hundreds of dollars later, I now have a tiny PC, zero upgradability, worse thermals, and now it sounds like a hairdryer when it gets up to temp. I definitely need to do some tweaking but that's how it is in its current state. Here's some pretty pictures I guess lol.
Now here's the million dollar question; Would I do it again? Yes.