SFX Shoebox Build

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Marcus Lee
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SFX Shoebox Build

This is my first PC Build, coming from a pre-built Dell desktop from 2007. I decided over the past few years I wanted something much smaller than my already huge tower of an desktop. I also wanted a PC that I could have running with my 4K Television in my bedroom, maybe for some basic 4K gaming. After watching many YouTube videos about different SFX cases I came to the Dan Case A4 V3. Loved the fact that it was smaller than almost everything out there (Other than the NFC Skyreach Mini, Dr. Zaber Sentry 2.0, Lazer3D LZ7). For the CPU, I picked the Intel Core i5 9600K, just happened to be on sale during the holidays, and seemed reasonable for my usage. For motherboard choice I was originally going to pickup a Asus ROG Strix Z390i but ended up changing my mind last minute to the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX because of its overclock potential in the future (Doesn't make sense in this case but just to be safe). For storage I stuck with just one SATA SSD, specifically a Samsung 860 Evo 500GB, as well as a Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe drive for boot. For CPU Coolers there aren't too many options for the Dan Case so I just picked the Noctua L9i, due to its availability in my area (Canada). The power supply was an easy choice for me, which was the Corsair SF600 Gold. For the video card I ended picking an RTX 2070 (This decision was made before the release and announcement of the RTX 2060), perfect for 1440p high refresh rate gaming and some basic 4K gaming. I specifically chose the Asus Turbo video card model due to its Blower Style cooling, which should help with temperatures inside the case (But is actually totally unnecessary due to the ventilation holes in the side panel). For the memory I picked the GSkill Trident Z RGB kit because I just needed some sort of lighting to help indicate the system was on and running since the Dan Case has no LED Indicators. I am very happy with what I ended up with this build. If I could change anything probably wish I could have an RTX 2080 Ti instead but that shit way too expensive (almost $1800 CAD). Also considered water cooling this setup, but due the lack of availability of the "Asetek 545LC" in Canada it wasn't an ideal option for me. Even with the recent release of the "Asetek 645LT", those sold out almost immediately. Hope this was helpful to some, CHEERS
Color(s): Black Gray
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 234.99
Intel - i5-9600K
Cores: 6
Socket: LGA 1151
$ 179.99
ASRock - Phantom Gaming
Chipset: Z390
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Memory Support: DDR4
G.Skill - Trident Z (Red)
Capacity: 16 GB
Type: DDR4
$ 79.99
Samsung - 860 EVO
Capacity: 500 GB
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Type: SSD
$ 87.99
Samsung - 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity: 500 GB
Form Factor: M.2
Type: SSD
ASUS - GeForce ROG Turbo
Chip: RTX 2070
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
$ 119.99
Corsair - SF600
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Form Factor: SFX
Modularity: Fully-Modular
DAN Cases - A4-SFX
Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX
Side Panel: Solid
Type: Mini-Tower
Case Fans
$ 15.95
Noctua - NF-A9x14 PWM
Size: 92 mm
$ 39.95
Noctua - NH-L9i
Compatibilty: AM4, LGA 1151, LGA 1155, LGA 1156
Type: Air Cooler
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