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Hi! This is Tiny Toaster. Tiny Toaster is my second build, and hopefully one that I will be using for a long time into the future. My first build was a typical mid tower using a Meshify C and an Rx 580. I carried over the ram, cpu and ssd from the first build into T.T. as I moved into the tiny Dan A4 SFX case, then sold off the other parts.

I use Tiny Toaster predominantly for gaming at 144+ fps at 1080p, and the 2060 Super has shown it is more than capable of this task in every game I play. I also use it as my main workstation, however barely any of my work related activities require large amounts of processing power. I occasionally render videos and light photoshop work though.

I really admire the tiny footprint of the small form factor A4 case. It is so small I could put it in my backpack and take it anywhere. Building in it was incredibly smooth, the hardest challenge being cable management, of course. After setting everything up, one small challenge which I faced was CPU temperatures under load. On Auto bios settings and a full applied load, the 2600 would approach 90 C, which honestly was expected given that the NH-L9 is one of the tiniest coolers in the world. While the 2600 is rated to work fine at this temperature, it made me uncomfortable. After adjusting the fan curve of the CPU fan, applying an undervolt, and applying a slight overclock up to 4.0GHz, I increased my performance while simultaneously decreasing the load temps by 20 C to a maximum of around 70 C.

Some may question why I chose a 2060 Super instead of the equally priced yet over performing Rx 5700XT, and fear not friends I can explain. I actually did initially get a RX 5700 XT Red Dragon from powercolor, but unfortunately the card arrived dead. I was able to return the card for its full price, but this delayed the build by about 2-3 weeks. After this experience, I concluded that I didn't want to risk it again, along with noticing that nearly every other 5700Xt AIB design were 2.5+ slots, and reports about AMD driver issues, I bought myself an EVGA 2060 Super.

:) ask any questions if u have, ill answer readily

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

Very nice build! I'm sure the Tiny Toaster toasts anything you throw at it! +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

All things considered, cable management looks pretty good in there! Well done! A great build all around!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Love this build. It might even motivate me to do a mini build in the future!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Design challenge: Rig it up as an actual toaster.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I dig the green lighting with the cactus lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

🌵

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a solid build, my only question is related to the RAM....why was it $175??? That seems high for only 16gb at 3200

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

In today's market, you're very right, for $175, 16gb of 3200 ram is really overpriced. However, in the past year, it is absolutely crazy how much RAM prices have dropped. I've seen some models drop by half since last year with no special sales added on. I got those particular sticks transferred from my old build, which I assembled over a year ago which explains the high price. fun fact: when I bought the ram for $175, it was during the black friday sale of 2018, they normally were going for $200. Crazy.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Wheres the bread? In all seriousness its a great build, good job. BTW what keyboard is that?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

haha thank you so much! I named the build after the pictures were taken, I totally should add some toasted bread on the side. The keyboard is the Ducky One with Cherry MX greys and a few purple key caps which I added on. I actually don't recommend this keyboard at the moment, it's become standard when compared to other options which have more features, but this one has been serving me well none the less.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

thats hot

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I love small form factor build as I watch optimaltech's vid all the time. I wonder where can you find the Dan A4 in stock since those cases are hard to come by. I was looking to get the louqe Ghost S1 or the Sliger SM 560 if all things are out of stock.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

During the summer I was following SFF forums and the SFX Labs to see when they were going to release their next revision of Dan cases. Their release date of a new batch was when I decided I was going to make this build, so it all worked out. Check the forums or the website or even overclockers.uk and in some time I'm sure you'll come by one in stock.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What games are you running and what settings do you use to get 144+?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I like to play Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, some CSGO and I can run them all at maximum settings, easily surpassing 144 FPS consistently. I know other more demanding games such as PUBG are harder to get to that 144 mark, and I haven't tested that game yet.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I love SFF builds. This one is very clean. I wish I knew about the trend when I first built my rig in October 2018. 9900K/2080 Ti in a Fractal Define S2 w/ a front panel mesh mod. I will have to wait for some serious upgrades to arrive on the market before I find cause to switch cases again. Nice job.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, +1. What do you think of the Firecuda drive? I put one in my PS4, to expand storage, but I wouldn't say that is a fair assessment of capability.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The drive is great. I was initially worried the more complex hybrid drive would fail to its own complexity, but it's been perfect so far. For moving smaller files around, it zips them across with the SSD portion, and of course it also has the full 2TB of hard drive space as well for big games and stuff (best of both!) Also, it makes a really cool whirr-zip noise on startup lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What were the highest temps you saw? Also, what are noise levels like?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

assuming you mean after I reconfigured my own fan curve and voltage settings, neither the CPU or GPU ever exceed 80 degrees C on full load/stress for an extended period of time (gpu averages about 76 C during long gaming, stress tests on cpu average about 77 C). As for noise: straight up, with headphones on, any noise coming from the toaster becomes inaudible, so I'm not bothered at all. Otherwise: the PSU fan never spins ever, on idle the GPU fans dont spin, and the noctua fan is virtually silent all the time. With load, the GPU fan noises overpower the noctua fan. I have no way of accurately measuring dB levels, but hopefully you got some idea. Reply if you have any further questions! ::)))

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

alright, I have decent headphones, might build something very similar, thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

yea no problem! glad I could help inspire another sff builder. I recommend looking at the Velka series of cases as well, they are even smaller, can be positioned vertically, and somehow are able to fit the same exact parts I used with only a small drop in "premium" feel of the case. If I knew about them then I probably would have went that route (but its okay I love how this build turned out 100%). Reach out if you have any other questions :]

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I dislike the whole cables deal on top of the Velka cases, although if I go that route I'm definitely getting a small little fedora for my PC to cover up the cables.

Do you have a discord?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

hmu @ !Max#4408

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate, nice build.

Just finished my Dan build (yet to post on PCPP). Can I ask what settings you changed to get your temps down, as my R7 3700x is Idling between 60-70?

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

idling 60-70 is not good at all, thats very high. it could mean your cooler doesnt have a full contact with the cpu face. remove the cooler, remove the paste, then reseat the cooler with new paste, securely and fully installing it onto the cpu. also tell me what cooler you are using. what i did to reduce temps was I went to BIOS settings and undervolted the cpu significantly until load temps were to my liking. if your temps are still really high after reseating the cooler, do undervolt your cpu (if you dont know how to do this there are lots of youtube tutorials). idle temperatures should never be in the 60s, it means somethings probably wrong. i wish you goodluck mate!