The hardest part was the custom power wire. Everything else went smoothly.
that is a rad gaming setup, how much did it cost?
everything minus the laptop- prob a round 3000-3500.
the graphics card being a large part of that.
that is one mighty setup for only 3.5k it includes two top of the line computers too!
The one on the ground isn't top of the line or even hooked up lol. At the moment it is just a table, and I kinda forgot it was even there. If ya looking for an old gaming computer, i can hook you up with a great price lol.
The i5 may be a bottleneck for the RTX 2080 TI. Are you planning on upgrading?
tbh the case is so small that heat is an issue, have everything underclocked and undervolted. the i5 bottlenecks for a lot of things, but for gaming i wanted to keep everything under 75c, so that's the true bottleneck.
Not really, with an underclocked 2080ti you should not be underclocking at all, and spending an extra 150 for like 4 frames is not really worth it.(upgrading to an i7 9700k)
SFF check, 3d printer check, stealseries wireless headset check, take my +1 sir great build
good eye, the headset is hidden. thank you.
Have had my headset for 4 years still going strong bar one of the batteries swelling :)
yeah, one of my batteries has started going too, but that's easy to replace. I've only had it for two years, but zero complaints out of that headset.
What's with going with a i5-9600k? instead of a newer series, and such a small case?
Unless ice lake processors came out in the last couple days, pretty sure it is from their 'newest' series. I'm just a big fan of the i5. I don't do anything that needs or can use more than 6 cores / 6 threads. Also, because it is such a small case, heat is a big problem. If i went with an i7 or an i9, I'd have to switch over to an AIO cooler, and I just didn't want the hassle. As to why such a small case? I can't explain it. When you get the small form factor bug, it ends up becoming an obsession.
I get it, and overall nice build man.
Hopefully you aren't limited to what games you can play due to that heavy GPU.
Is it overclocked or stock?
actually underclocked to keep it around 65-70c under load. It can handle anything i've thrown at it so far. Actually put this together to run a valve index that i'll be buying myself for christmas, so its true test will happen then. I might end up having to come up with a better cooling solution / upgrading the cpu.
you can fit an asetek aio in the bottom where that fan is, ive seen people do it
you def can, I didn't want to deal with an AOI cooler, but there is plenty of room. The main reason I didn't like the AIO cooler for this build is you have to switch the bottom fan to intake instead of exhaust. So while it would significantly cool down my CPU, it would heat up my GPU and the rest of the components. Or if you didn't switch it to exhaust, the gpu would just head up the cpu, kind of removing the reason to get the aio cooler to begin with.
Sooo, are you a Genji main then?
haha, isn't it obvious?
I absolutely love the small form factor. Very nice, I dig it. Good job with all the issues I know small form factor builds can give you. Overall, great job.
thank you kindly.
Wow, have you found that the 3D-printed funnel on the fan affects temperatures? And if so, any chance there's an STL out there somewhere I could find?
It is good for about a 5c drop in temps to the processor, but that's because it is specifically designed for the dan a4 case. It presses up against the side of the case perfectly ensuring that it doesn't recycle already hot air. If it didn't do that, I doubt it would do much. You might be able to edit it for your application.
I got the stl off the dan case website: https://www.dan-cases.com/dana4_faq.html
Did you have to undervolt to keep the 9600k in check with the 9li? Isn't it rated for 95w max?
On modern intel based mobos the cpu is allowed to run the max turbo clock on all cores. So while the 9600k is rated for 95w TDP, its real TDP can be about double that (200w ish). I don't have the 9600k undervolted, but I do have its 'long power duration' limited to 95w, so it can still turbo clock for short bursts (around a minute at a time) but the turbo clock gets limited after this time period to keep it at 95w. I've noticed about a 3% performance loss while gaming while keeping the power and thermals well in check.
Where did you get the screws for noctua fan + fan duct? What are the dimensions also?
the noctua cooler is 37mm tall, and the fan shoud is about 10mm tall. I was expecting to have to get custom screws, but the noctua L9i actually came with some longer screws that fit perfectly. No idea why it would include those screws, but I'm not complaining.
They're for fitting a 25mm thick fan in place of the included 14mm fan. I wonder if doing so would remove the need for your fan shroud?
huh, yeah that might actually work pretty well.
Please let us know the results if you try it, I’m looking to buy a Dan Case A4 in January myself.
decided to think about it some more. I'd have to double check the dan case website, but i believe you have 48mm of clearance. the fan that comes with the 37mm cooler is 14mm. So, 23mm cooler with a 25mm fan would be exactly 48mm. I'll ask over at the SFF forum. it should just barely fit, but I don't know why I never came across it in all my dan a4 research.
does the pc bottleneck???
every pc bottlenecks somewhere, but with the way it is setup it isn't significant for gaming.
Is the 2080 ti bottlenecked by the 9600k? I feel like I usually see that GPU paired with an i7 or i9 processor.
do a comparison of the i7 and i5 benchmarks. The i7 is hands down a better cpu for a lot of workstation related tasks, but almost all games don't use more than 6 cores/treads. For gaming, they give almost identical results. tbh though when you're buying a 2080ti, why would you worry about a hundred dollars here and there? For me, I liked the heat profile of the i5 and didn't want the multi-threading that the i7 had. Is it bottlenecking... yes, but not more than the i7 would have for games, and the small form factor couldn't handle an i9 without an AIO cooler, which I didn't want to deal with.