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Finally finished my Dan A4 V2 build. The system is the smallest SFF I have built (previously had a Bitfenix Prodigy & FT03 Mini) with the objective being to be able to pick it up (literally) and travel with it anywhere. I still need to figure out some thermals in demanding AAA titles - BF1 on 1440p sends both the gpu & cpu to the low 80s - I suspect they are both throttling.

Also the GPU is quite outdated and I am in the market for a new one but currently priced out of a 1080 ti. If the crypto mining craze continues I might just wait till the next gen NVIDIA cards come out - I have a G-SYNC monitor so AMD is not an option.

Let me know what you guys think. Cheers.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build. I’m sure the reference card helps with the heat dissipation. I have and Ncase, but considering migrating to a Dan or Ghost S1. Let us know your updates on thermals. Cheers

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Checked out your build. I'd definitely recommend a ghost s1 so you can put an AIO or some more case fans for the OCd 8700k. I've seen some people do mods on the CPU cooler in a Dan Case to get more airflow but I'll test the system out some more this weekend and see if it's necessary :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it's unfortunate what the mining craze has done to the people who actually want to buy a gpu for gaming, but the 980 is as probably as good as a choice for price to performance especially if you compare it with the 1060's. I watched a vid the other day where it was suggesting the 980ti as an alternative as well being that the perfomance is equal to or better than then 1070's but selling for around the same price as the 1060's. But, one can only hope/ wait for price drops and with your cpu I'm sure your build will hold up long enough for you to find a gpu so that your build can reach its full potential.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'm hoping it does stabilize at some point but yeah I shouldn't be complaining too much about the 980. It's still a pretty good card. I can get 60-70fps on high settings at 1440p in bf1. But I'm sure Farcry 5 and upcoming AAA titles will be a challenge but let's see..

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure you can still sell the 980 for a decent price. I've personally been looking for a 970/980 for a secondary build and they're now getting more expensive since people are probably having a harder time trying to get a 10 series.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I would offer to sell mine but I wouldn't be able to shell out the extra to get a 1080 or 1080 ti. I haven't even been able to find any in stock anywhere, although I've seen some selling for $1000+ on ebay.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I've had great luck with both of my builds - one using a G4560/1050ti (my portable rig), the other using a i5 6600k/980ti (main desktop). With a nice i7 like you have, you'd be getting great frames with medium presets with say a 1050ti or 1060 - plus the lessened heat and power consumption. That 980 is still a pretty relevant and marketable card but it definitely draws more power and creates more heat. Just some food for thought if this build is purely to move around with. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll definitely keep the 980 around till the market stabilizes - Since this is also my primary build though I'd like a more powerful card for the 1440p 144hz monitor at home :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

980 is still a good card, especially if you're just travelling and ****.

Nice build. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah we actually just play L4D2 and BL2 when I'm traveling with it so I'm pretty much at 144hz. But still gotta get the high frame rates at home on AAA titles at 1440p since this is also my primary build :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, then it makes sense that you want to update the card! I just built my first PC about a month ago and I'm having to use a 780 because I bought a 1080 but it was (according to the vendor) out of stock and still is. It works alright but it definitely doesn't use my 3440 x 1440 100hz monitor to its full potential.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I love mini-itx builds. Nice work! Seems like it's perfect for your needs.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't see anything wrong with using a 980 for now. Since most people compare the 980Ti to the 1070 and the 1060 to the 970. I would think that the 980 would be functionally similar to a hypothetical "1060Ti" which should be perfectly serviceable for a 1440P gaming experience. Based on my knowledge (and assuming that your graphics settings are turned up sufficiently) I would think that the GPU is throttling and bottlenecking more than the CPU but the temperatures you're seeing are normal for the situation you're in. I was under the impression that modern Intel chips don't start throttling till they get close to 100C. I think the C7 is adequate but not ideal but that's just a compromise that I think we're willing to live with in exchange for backpack-ready desktop computers (though, my RVZ02 would need a very large backpack). How is noise though? If I were more confident in my building skills, I would suggest that there be some kind of "case swap" so we all can build and re-build since that's where a lot of the fun is. I think building in the A4 would be a fun challenge for another day.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! How are you temps on the 8700? I just ordered a Noctua L9x65 with my 8700 that will go in the Silverstone SG13.