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mITX Gaming Build - Minion

by pengc99



Date Published

March 20, 2017

Date Built

March 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.152 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

87.0° C


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 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Zosto 7 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Brutally Compact! i like it alot.


Pacemaker13 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Love this case <3 +1

Mike2015 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Love the case. I've see a few builds on PCPP with that case. I've been thinking about getting that case myself. Did you get the case from the kickstarter page or from a dealer (if a dealer, what dealer)?

P.S. The Dan case is on PCPP here so you don't need to have it as a "custom" part.

pengc99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

It was purchased as a part of the Kickstarter campaign - I had been following the case since it's infancy on the HardOCP forums. Thanks for the tip on the case - when I put the list together it was originally not in the system and had to add it as a custom part. It's fixed now on the parts list.

Mike2015 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Okay, thanks.

Now your build shows up with all the other Dan case builds on this site.

DominicBoccella 1 point 21 months ago

Nice build

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Just like the Linus video.

GG my friend!

Dont drop it