Description

What do I use the machine for?

It's suppose to function as a compact/mobile secondary computer to my main Threadripper build. I work as a data science/UIUX consultant for educational agencies. Occasionally, I will need to be on the road and my MacBook Pro just doesn't have enough computing power to do the job.

I stumbled upon the Manfrotto backpack at our local Costco and noticed that the top and bottom compartments can be connected. My wife did an amazing job of jury rigging the pads that were included with the backpack (*sewing required). The Dan case fits perfectly.

A lot of the photos include the AMD cpu cooler. I installed this first to run some preliminary tests while I waited on Noctua to send me the complimentary mounting bracket. It took forever to receive it since they ship out of Austria and it has to go through US customs.

What worked well?

Everything except the RAM. I made sure to buy the correct ram based off the list AMD provided on their website. However, I believe that Amazon sent me the wrong version. I'll need to look into this further. I was hoping to receive the sticks with the Samsung B-Die.

Any problems?

I didn't like how bulky the wifi antenna was so I found out a way to stick it inside the case. It's located between the top panel and power supply. Wifi signal is strong. Haven't had any issues with connectivity and speed.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

FYI the backpack from Costco is a Manfrotto Metropolitan, normally priced at $70, but on sale for $50 occasionally. It is still available as of 12/30/2018.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea. That's the price I got it for. It was too good to pass up.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks so clean, want to have a portable build like this someday, too, +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That's actually really cool, nice build btw where did you buy the gpu?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

$180 from BH Photo, but that price includes a mail-in $20 rebate. Got it during Black Friday.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Just out of curiosity, do you pack the monitor in your vehicle when you travel? Or just use hotel TV's and such. I honestly can't help but wonder if a 'gaming' laptop with a 1060 or 1070 would have the same results. Still, very nice build. Love those DAN cases and you did a ton of research to achieve your goal. Great job.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I’m thinking of purchasing an Airstream travel trailer and thought this might be the perfect build to have onboard. I typically work with software development teams and when I’m at their office, I use one of their monitors.

I know that there are gaming laptops out there with the Ryzen 1700. I went with the Dan case since I can make significant upgrades down the road, hence future proofing it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That is awesome. It sounds like you have an amazing job. Congratulations on your travel pc completion!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

How are your temps under load? Synthetic aand or Gaming would be great.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Around 50c when I have Microsoft SSMS, Excel, Illustrator, and Photoshop all running. Might be different for gaming but at this moment I don’t have any games installed.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I just played Monster Hunter World for about 15 minutes and the CPU temp hovered around 59c. This is partly the reason I went with the 2700 over the 2700x.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

that's not bad, i'd be scared to see the temps under full load.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Ooh, you've got one of the new Platinum Corsair SFX supplies! How do you find it? I have the Gold version and don't think I'll get any real benefit from changing up but I'm curious all the same. Also, please update us if the RAM situation gets resolved. I'm considering a jump to next-gen Ryzen and need to investigate if my 2x16 2666MHz kit of Crucial RAM will work well enough to get the job done.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thing is super quiet and efficient. I seldom see the PSU fan running.

RAM situation is resolved. I enabled DCOP in bios. The speed is set to 3200MHz and voltage is 1.35v. Everything is running very smoothly.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

With that gpu, how come you didn’t get 120mm aio for your cpu?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't get my hands on a Asetek 545LC 92mm AIO at the time of the build. But I'm very content with the Noctua heat sink.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

No I meant a normal 120mm aio, not 92mm. You can use a compatible (Corsair recommended) 120mm aio with slim noctua fan.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting. I just watched a Youtube video about it. What kind of performance difference should I expect in terms of temperature? It never crossed my mind that an 120mm aio would actually fit inside a Dan case.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Much better in thermal performance than a smaller air cooler. With that gpu you have there, you have space for a 120mm aio. And, good for psu too since the fan of the psu side is facing to the aio. With that, it’s better cable management because the motherboard psu cables are on the Mobo side and gpu power cables on the other side.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Corsair 120. H55? H60?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Over $2000 just to get a 1060...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You should check out my other build. Over $3000 just to get a 1060. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thats funny

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Can you share some benchmarks?

Namely temperatures when idle, under some load and stress gaming and stress test. Also real power consumption and MLPerf results (since you're a data science consultant) would be nice to know.

Thanks anyway!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You COULD have used the L9a-AM4 and not have needed a mounting bracket, but whatever.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great idea with the antenna. I am about to build in the same case and I really disliked how big the antenna looked compared to this case, I might try doing the same as you!

Edit: Did you use longer screws for mounting the NF-A9 bottom fan like that? I mean, longer than the ones supplied with fan.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm looking at upgrading and downsizing my 5yrs old pc soon. I have an MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X, would you think that it could fit inside the Dan A4 case? Cuz thats the part i would'nt be upgrading.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice detailed build pictures! Thanks so much!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have put a 120mm aio next to the gpu because it's small enough. If you don't have the mounting bracket that comes with the case, I'd imagine you can buy it from dans website.