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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 Emoji
Color(s): Black Gray
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 199.99
Intel - i5-9600K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 471.99
ASRock - Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC
Chipset: Z390
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: Mini-ITX
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Red)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
$ 419.99
ASUS - GeForce ROG Turbo
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2070
$ 69.99
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 89.99
Samsung - 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 119.97
Corsair - SF600
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
DAN Cases - A4-SFX
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Case Fan
$ 15.95
Noctua - NF-A9x14 PWM
Size: 92 mm
$ 39.95
Noctua - NH-L9i
Type: Air Cooler
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