Description

So I wanted to mirror my studio/gaming setup in my own studio to a smaller portable version. I knew I was going to have to cram 3 hard drives and also knew of the heat risks. I first started building in the Raijintek Metis paired with the big noctua cooler. It was a great build but wasn't quite small enough to fit in my backpack. So I ordered the Dan A4 and waited WEEKS!

Once I got it, I paired it with the Cryorig C7. With the C7, I had to underclock it to 3.0 ghz to get to normal load temps. The Samsung 970 nvme was also getting quite toasty. So I swapped the C7 for the Corsair H75 which I haven't seen anyone do yet but took my chances and it did fit paired with a Noctua NF-12x15 fan. Temps with the H75 are ballpark +10c to my big rig that has an EVGA CLC 280! I had to make sure the temps were correct by using different monitoring programs. Keep in mind that the H75 mounted on the GPU side requires a small form GPU so I purchased the Gigabyte Gtx 1080 itx card. No issues with fitment.

As far as cabling, it isn't too bad. I fit a 2.5 ssd under the psu and another 2.5 in the front of the case. To alleviate any airflow issues and the hot NVME drive, I stuck a slim fan from an old noctua l9i I had before. I used a zip tie to secure it. Adding the fan decreased the NVME temps down about 15c-20c and gave me peace of mind that there is some intake flow to the motherboard. I would advise to add this fan even if you didn't have an NVME. The case would benefit from intake air on the motherboard side. The radiator fan is also an intake because fresh cool air is better for the radiator than pushing out.

The sound of the fans are barely noticeable at idle. The only noise I hear are from the psu and gpu when things ramp up during gaming or video editing. During music production/recording the load is not enough to stress the system.

I enjoyed building this dual boot monster. The High Sierra install was a breeze since I just cloned everything from my big rig, and sync files between them. It is like having my studio setup wherever I go. If I were to make another pc it will definitely be in an itx form factor. The Dan A4 is well built and thought out and was very easy to build in.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

consider removing the finless heat trap on top of the nvme.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the dual boot and dangly fan! Pushing the PSU to Platinum or Titanium might shut it up a bit, probably not worth the $$.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I will check that out! I didn't know there were plats and titaniums. Or maybe change the fan to another noctua.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. I like mini ITXs.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought about that case, but to small. Nice job getting everything in there and keeping it cool. I did a double take when I saw the 3.5" floppy disk. I am getting old, I can actually remember using those...

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I still work with floppies in my vintage drum machines =)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

oooh, a dancase! i almost missed it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

My OCD is crying for that tan color

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel ya! I wonder why noctua uses that color. Maybe its a troll move because they have nice fans. =P

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the alternatives you can use are ml120 / silent wings 3 or nf f12 2000rpm

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Its the natural color of the plastic. You could always just color them yourself with spraypaint.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1 for crazy space efficiency

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang good stuff. How hot does that GPU run?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

it goes up to 70-80 in shadow of the tomb raider on ultra. Tested it in my big rig and same temps so the case is not heating it up.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Ight so that’s not horrible, idk if it’ll make much a difference but I think I’m gonna go w the Louqe Ghost. It’s just so pretty ;3

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason you went for the 600W psu instead of the 450W sf model?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same question. I'm building a similar setup in the Dan Case and torn between the 600 & 450.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you need the power for an amd card, or just want peace of mind go 600.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

future proof, I also was thinking of going vega 56 since it is supported by Mac, and I started to use Final Cut Pro which uses OpenGL.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Now that I've installed an extra SSD in my rig after upgrading cases, I was considering embarking on a dual-boot adventure. Do you have a preferred install dual-boot install guide?

I had no idea (or it slipped my mind) that the Dan A4 could fit a 120mm AIO if you had a shorty card. That's pretty cool (pun sorta intended). My mITX build isn't in a Dan A4, but, like the A4, there are features I'd gain access to by having a true mITX card. My wallet is in hiding somewhere as I type this.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I used the high sierra hackintosh success stories on i think it was tonymac, as well as a buyers guide on the site. The important part is the motherboard which will guide you to your install.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/buyersguide/building-a-customac-hackintosh-the-ultimate-buyers-guide/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god, I think this is what I have been looking for! I produce a ton of music and the i7-7700HQ in my laptop my studio is currently powered off of just can't handle some of the larger projects in FL even when it kicks the fans up to stupid loud speeds. Really might attempt this since I've saved up making ghostproductions for the past few months! The fact that it doesn't sacrifice backpack portability is amazing and was the only thing tethering me to my laptop still. Can I ask what DAW you use and how often your CPU throttles in larger projects?