Description

Built this PC when I was like 11 but it's been upgraded so many times the only original part left in it is the ram, so might as well be a new PC. The name grew on me though, so it's here to stay! (That's why it's called the Orange Knight but isn't at all orange. ^

The main thing about this PC is it's performance/volume ratio. Since it's built in the DAN A4 it's got a volume of only 7.2L, which as you can see by the photos is tiny.

It's pretty awesome being able to fit a 1440p/144Hz gaming capable rig in your back pack (which it does with space) and cycle places, it's also nice to just have on a desk since it uses so little space.

NOTE: I have recently replaced my secondary 1080p 27" monitor with a 30" 1600p apple cinema display, last picture is of that, can comfortably have 4 widows open at once compared to two on the old one, love it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Way overkill for gaming, disabling hyperthreading really doesn't make a difference. Fun to have an i7 none-the-less!

CPU Cooler

Great little cooler, fairly loud in my Dan A4 and doesn't do a very good job at keeping a 4790K cool (82C no OC) but what more can you ask for in such a small form factor?

Motherboard

Nice motherboard, wish it had some M.2 ports but other than that the BIOS is a dream to use and no issues at all. Loads of cool features that make the PC boot in like 20 seconds and hot-plugable-internal drives!

Memory

Has done me well, lasted near enough 5 years now and hasn't even flinched or had any hiccups. Very attractive and never any issues.

Storage

Not a very fast SSD but an SSD none-the-less. Works with my cheap SATA-M.2 adapters I got. Ugly AF doe.

Storage

Not a very fast SSD but an SSD none-the-less. Works with my cheap SATA-M.2 adapters I got. Ugly AF doe.

Video Card

Very, very fast card. Doesn't overclock very far but that's probably just the silicon lottery talking. Even with manually turning the fans up to full makes pretty much no noise over a dull hum. Still wouldn't recommend though just because of how awful MSI customer support is.

Case

Waited 2 years for this to happen, and it's finally a thing! Best case I've ever laid my eyes on, looks minimalistic and very sleek. Absolutely tiny, literally fits in the smallest compartment of my school bag where I usually have a pencil case + journal. Building in it was a ***** to say the least tho, I guess that's the price you pay for only 7.2L!

Power Supply

Quite loud and cables not very nice at all, but does the job and is very efficient and no ludicrously priced. Nothing exceptional, nothing abysmal.

Monitor

Fairly bad monitor considering it's price. OSD is so painful I've left everything default. Has developed a lit-up box where it looks like the back-light is shining through too much after only like 1-2 years of use. Touch controls work but sometimes require a hard press or two. Also it's a PAIN IN THE *** that it doesn't have a VESA mount, my setup would look so awesome and I'd have more deskpace.

Monitor

1440p@144Hz is the cat's pajamas. Holy balls I love it, even when not working the extra pixel count over 1080p is really significant, VESA mount, internal powersupply, sick quick-disconnect stand included and very thin bezels. Loads of input connectors, has powered USB hub and HDMI for my PS3. Even has breakout for the audio from the HDMI which is useful even though nobody in their right mind would use this without g sync.

Keyboard

Love the extra keys on the side, got it working with various hotkeys for discord and changing between speakers and headphones. Pointless getting this for it's mechanical-ness, not at all tactile as it has red switches and pointlessly thick cable and no hub, just passthrough. Great media controls.

Mouse

My old faithful, been working great for ages now. Had some tracking issues but got a big mousepad and that was fixed.

Headphones

Best headphones I've ever listened to and they're only £65! And I've tried alot of friends Bose and Sennheiser headphones. Crap noise isolation, literally like paper. Super long cable that comes in handy every now and again.

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Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice SFF machine. The case is obviously the center piece. I went to Dan's website and unfortunately they are not currently available. Looks like its on Kickstarter and you can pledge money to get one. Is that what you did? I am interested but a little pricey.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I got it from the kickstarter campaign, was following the project for almost two years on [H] forums lol, bit obsessive but on the day I just sat there refreshing the page until I could get the super early bird deal. And it is pricey but it's so awesome it's worth it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

this pc is so satisfying to look at. great job m8

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's even more satisfying watch a 980 Ti and a 4790k slide into a rucksack no sweat! ;D

Thanks,

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Danecase build!!

How did you get it for so cheap? I had one on order two weeks ago when they were re released and they were almost $350 without shipping.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the super early-bird deal. Literally sat there refreshing the page and still almost missed it! I ordered it like a few months ago, where did you get yours from? It was something like €230 euros which at the time was about £178.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

They were available from two locations in Europe, but only overclockers.co.uk would ship to the states. The second batch was available earlier this month, both sites sold out within hours. Price was £249.99 for the case and £24.99 for the filters plus shipping to the states. Put it well over £350... just couldn't justify that for a display PC when I can do some cool (and much cheaper) stuff with a also less sff cases.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, well I'm in the UK so no shipping, didn't buy dust filters and got early bird deal. The one time it's good to be I'm the EU for components!

O wait...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehehe +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have raspberry pi ? How you use it ? i have raspberry pi 3 and I've terned it into a NAS ,but i am waiting for asus thinker board to make a drone

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I've only recently got it but I've got loads of awesome ideas for it:

  • Make it intercept the key-presses from my keyboard and check for G key inputs, if certain G keys are pressed it would switch to different devices, for instance replying to someone on my phone super fast by connecting the phone to the Raspberry Pi and using a G key to swap to bluetooth output to the phone.
  • Automatic opening and closing of widows to keep the temperature stable.
  • Home-made sound-board that changes the individual volumes of apps and has media controls and selections for different audio outputs and inputs (like PC, RPi, PS3 etc...)

If you can help with any of these that would be awesome, I've got quite a bit of experience with coding in Lua and Python and some in C++ but I'm only 15 so general knowledge is a bit of an issue since I've never applied any of my knowledge to things like this.