Description

I updated my Dan A4 1080Ti build to get silent and reliable performance. This was almost entirely inspired by hcts's awesome AIO build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Q6XPxr

My previous version of this build is here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/rZRJ7P

The 7700K was throttling constantly, the Cryorig C7 cooler was choked for air, and the 1080Ti was the poorly cooled Armor edition. I sold the 1080Ti during the mining craze and waited for prices to cool down before settling with a 1070. The 7700K was also delidded and reinstalled with Conductonaut compound.

Temperatures:

7700K (4.4GHz) with Cryorig C7: Idle: 55°C Load: 80°C (Throttled during gaming)

7700K Delidded (4.6GHz) with Corsair H60: Idle: 32°C Load: 63°C (Prime95 Torture tested)

Everything fit, barely, and functions suprisingly well given the limited airflow. They also allow more airflow along the bottom of the radiator, which I tried to take a photo of. Most of the radiator exhaust is blown through the PSU and out the top. The Corsair pro kit cables are an absolute must to make the AIO tubing routing possible. The tubes still put pressure on the side panels though, but otherwise this case functions like everything was meant to fit together.

Big thank you to htcs for taking a risk and sharing an inspiring Dan A4 build.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

Featured!!! I love the spacing between the GPU and radiator.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The project was really inspired by Pcpartpicker. I love the community around this site.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job fitting everything in there.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

My v3 just arrived today, super hyped about building in it! What surprised me was included there is a mount in the place of your radiator. Looks like there's enough room to fit at h80i in there. Will need to turn my PSU around to blow through the rad, though it looks like DAN has changed this too, as the screw mounting for the PSU has been adjusted to suit either orientation.

Very very surprised to find my perfect build will fit in the latest iteration of the case. I will definitely be going for a mini GTX card like you did, now. Can't wait!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad my build was helpful for you! The v3 looks like it makes everything here so much easier, definitely share it when you're done!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How well do those Corsair SFX Pro Cables work for the space? Would you recommend them or would it be better to get cablemods?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

They fit, but could of course be shorter. You could get custom short cables but I'm not sure the extra cost would justify the space savings or generate meaningfully more airflow, though it would look better.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, powerful little machine. Love it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. What is your main purpose? Looks like a rendering and 1440p gaming rig.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I just use it for gaming, though previously it powered an HTC Vive that I sold along with the 1080Ti during the crypto bubble.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you go from a 1080 Ti to a 1070 just for the temp of your CPU?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Partly to cool the CPU better (Making room for the AIO liquid cooler), and partly because the 1080Ti was overkill for my purposes.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah right, what do you do that needs that cool a CPU? :P

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great. Nice and compact, too.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's a great little case with compromises in the right places.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

MMMMM, DEEEELIIIDD AND LIQUID METTAAAAALL

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build - makes you wish that there are more GPU cooling options out there though - for example a short 'blower style' GPU would be ideal here to keep hot air out of the very cramped interior.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, but I have a few questions. First, how did you mount the radiator to the side of the case? and second, the Noctua NF-A12 is the fan you are using for the radiator, correct? I am asking because i plan to make a build of my own similar to this one.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

putting a mini gpu to its proper usage i see

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi How is Western Digital Blue SSD so far ?

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I love seeing other Dan cases on the site and was happy to contribute. After literally years of waiting for this case, I'm hoping to use it for many more years to come. With the way powerful hardware is shrinking that shouldn't be a problem.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

To get a 20c+ drop in temps just by replacing that is a huge improvement.

He did replace the cryorig C7 with the H60 ..... So that also helps. The C7 is meh...

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The H60 will let you moderately overclock. He's at 4.6 with the H60.. With the C7 he was at 4.4. I do agree that 120mm liquid cooler are not worth it considering you can get better air coolers for less.

isn't really meant for overclocking either, as it only has a 120mm radiator

There is the H80 which also has a 120mm rad and its a beast. Performs better than many air coolers like the dark rock pro 3 and on par with many 240mm liquid coolers.

https://www.eteknix.com/corsair-h80i-v2-120mm-aio-cpu-cooler-review/4/

Still, i wouldn't recommend 120mm liquid coolers unless its a very small case like this which wont let you take advantage of air coolers or larger rads. :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't find the linked-to test to be conclusive proof that the H80 is "better than" the DRP3, especially when considering the margins or error stated in that article, and the (apparent) delta-T of idle temperatures within the results (DRP3 has delta-T of 1 degree... hmmm).

I would say that the article puts a 120mm AIO "on par with" a decent air cooler, but this was on an open bench, so real-work results will vary wildly I think. Certainly from experience, going from a circulating to a blower-type GPU improved my (air-cooled) CPU temps noticeably due to the drop in warm air being dumped inside the case during load.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Obviously you can check other reviews...

https://www.hardocp.com/article/2016/04/25/corsair_h80i_v2_high_perf_liquid_cpu_cooler_review/3

Its 1 degree away from the Swiftech H240x which is a beast of a cooler. You need to take into consideration the H80 has a 49mm thick rad while the H60 a 27mm rad. Obviously its going to be LOUD having two fans at high mode.

https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7272/corsair-hydro-h80i-gt-high-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler-review/index7.html

You can see in this review it performs even better than the X61 and swiftech H220x (again taking into consideration its in performance mode which will make it extremely LOUD)

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/corsair_h80i_gt_review,11.html

Overclocked under load one degree better than the NH-D15.

I still wouldnt recommend going with a 120mm rad but the H80 in performance mode is a beast. Still i prefer silence and peace... :)

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen the H80i, it was only about 5c cooler than the H60 at the time, is the v2 significantly better than the v1?

The H60 has a 27mm thick rad while the H80 has a thicker rad (49mm) which is almost double, so that is one reason for it having 2 fans. Im pretty sure it has to be more than 5c.. I would like to see in which review you saw that... The con would be how loud its going to be.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love a sub 180mm 1080Ti, even if it was downclocked a bit. I'm confident just about any CPU available could be adequately cooled with this configuration.