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Little Shoebox

by Thatoe

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109 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.56GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11GHz

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 10 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 4 points 3 months ago

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

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 9 points 3 months ago

Challenge... considered.

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

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

Gooberdad 8 Builds 4 points 3 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 6 points 3 months ago

Damn. Should've put a banana for scale!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

Lol. Not to late.

Hamster_punter 1 point 3 months ago

Imgurian?

PhoenixWarriorX2 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

nice pc, rate the boots too

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

kins888 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Very cool build. How are the temps?

StealthDestro121 3 points 3 months ago

I’m going to hope that the cringe in your comment, kins888, was punintentional.

I’m sorry. :)

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

40 on idle. 70 on load.

LonghornAlamo2040 3 points 3 months ago

Dat sum good Schiit u got ther!

aighamdi 3 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

I like that schiit.

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Do you prefer Schiit stack or Schiit spread?

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 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 1 point 3 months ago

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

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 3 months ago

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

ThatOneBudgetGuy 3 points 3 months ago

holy schiit.

Slenderpig 2 points 3 months ago

Great looking build! What keyboard is that?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 3 points 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

how difficult was it to build in that case ?

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

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

ggggovi 2 points 3 months ago

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

octa-wow 2 points 3 months ago

I like this , and i like the shoes too.

SCWynette 2 points 3 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 3 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.

Soviet_Badger 2 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 4 points 3 months ago

...but..but, where??

jmm889901 3 points 3 months ago

make a pocket universe, duh

mauriciomdea 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Just do it.

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

Otterman366 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

nice work!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you!

Project460 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

This is awesome!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

Ataleb47 1 Build 2 points 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

Woah, dt1990's...

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 2 points 3 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 3 months ago

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

Clemeit 2 Builds 2 points 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks! Didn't even know it was featured!

EagleByte 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Well, then. Congratulations!

DiamondCubeMiner 2 points 3 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 3 months ago

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

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Hey congrats on the featured spot!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you!

jason10258 2 points 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA +1

dylan2749 2 points 3 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 3 months ago

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

cybereal 1 point 3 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 point 3 months ago

tag me when you do

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb 2 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Please... not another squat mention...

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb 1 point 3 months ago

I really do love this build. Its very creative

sidthesquid224 2 points 3 months ago

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

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

The case is amazing!

mattravenmore 2 points 3 months ago

that keyboard is noice, love the build!

maverickvii 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

"Can run Crysis" love it

keio 2 points 3 months ago

Wow. Just wow. I like it!

PrintBuildz 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

It’s featured! Good job!

xJackson 2 points 3 months ago

I love your desk setup! It's beautiful!

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

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

Great work!

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Buy more shoes! You'll get it eventually.

JheyoDELperu 2 points 3 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 3 months ago

Thank you!

OfficialP90 2 points 3 months ago

Some Beautiful Clickbait

Inndee 2 Builds 2 points 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

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

wvchile 4 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Big ups! gotta give you credit!

xTHExRADxREXx 1 Build 2 points 3 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 3 months ago

How's your wallet?

zachmangames 1 point 3 months ago

slav-gasm intensifies

Mason54 22 Builds 1 point 3 months ago
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Veridigo 1 point 3 months ago

this guy needs a life of boris certified gopnik award

Samsy 1 Build 1 point 3 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 3 months ago

What is the Keyboard?

Arden_Computers 1 Build 1 point 3 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 3 months ago

Can it run MINECRAFT?

ThriftStoreRaider 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

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

+1

djpimmy 2 Builds 1 point 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

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

Upora 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Man that is a sweet little shoe box!

arty667 1 point 2 months ago

Can it run minesweeper though?+1

neprietenos 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This is amazingly clean. Love it!

BDP 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Stunning build - love it !

TheRealBliss 1 point 1 month 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?

jackripperXD 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

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

Thanks!

octa-wow 0 points 3 months ago

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

Silent_Gunner -2 points 3 months ago

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

ovokid -3 points 3 months ago

whats your Xbox Gamertag? Add me:ovokid

Thatoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I don't play on xbox anymore! sorry

Craven88 1 Build -7 points 3 months ago

throttles

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