Description

Having come across the Dan case by accident I fell in love straight away and decided it was time to replace my four year old system entirely including switching from dual monitors to a single ultra-wide screen and at the same time complete my first ever self-build.

I use my set-up for a combination of home working using standard office applications and a lot of on-line meetings, in my spare time though I love a bit of game play so wanted something which was great for productivity and gaming all in a great looking package.

The main negative at the moment is my lack of cable management skills. The cables that came with the Corsair PSU are long so to tidy up the build I will invest in some custom cables in the near future. Other than this the build process was easy and I had it completed in less than two hours.

I have just completed this build and at present have not overclocked so everything is based on stock settings, below are some benchmarks.

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 CPU Score
Time Spy v1.0 9,215 9,705 62.94 FPS 55.89 FPS 7,169
Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Score
FireStrike v1.1 22,399 29,070 141.39 FPS 114.27 FPS 58.09 FPS

Game play FPS measured during in-game play over a 5 minute period per test:

Game Settings Resolution Min FPS
Battlefield 1 High 3840x1600 92 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 3840x1600 82 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 109 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 98 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 1920x1080 131 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 1920x1080 124 FPS

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is a beast and is a great upgrade from my old system. Using the overclocking even with minimal tweaking it is possible to get 5GHz while still keeping good temperatures.

CPU Cooler

While not a fan of the colour I cannot argue with the quality of the Noctua. It was easy to fit to the motherboard and is whisper quiet. My only gripe and the reason for not giving five stars is that the cosmetic plastic braid breaks easily when bending. While this doesn't impact performance I was left a little disappointed.

Motherboard

I am not usually a fan of 'gaming' motherboards but this board is fantastic, The layout and ease of use is fantastic. Slots for two M.2 drives is much appreciated in such a small build.

Memory

What can I say here, the memory is fast, reliable and a 'reasonable' price.

Storage

My first M.2 drive and wow I wasn't disappointed, This is very fast and temps stay great when used with the above motherboard.

Video Card

Wow, just wow. I looked at lots of cards but this card stood out in terms of performance and price. I have no regrets other than the current inflated GPU prices. Having moved from an SLI rig I love having a single powerful card which fits in my tiny case.

Case

I can't say enough great things about this case. While very expensive the quality is superb from the aluminium casing even to the screws. The 3M riser card is excellent quality and the whole thing just looks and feels quality.

Power Supply

My first smaller SFX power unit and I love it. As normal the packaging etc from Corsair is excellent and the performance of the unit is terrific. The only issue I had using with the case was the length of the cables which I will replace moving forward.

Monitor

I was a little worried about spending so much on a single monitor but my fears were misplaced, I would never go back to multiple screens. The quality is superb and the functionality is terrific. I often use the split screen where half of the monitor shows my work MacBook while the other half is showing my home Windows PC which works great.

Keyboard

I love, love, love this keyboard. I have always used mechanical keyboards before which were good but I wanted to go wireless and minimal with this build and this fits the bill perfectly. The build quality is great and the battery lasts for week. Also I can use it on multiple devices with ease which is a great added bonus.

Mouse

Again I wanted to go wireless and this mouse is just great, The battery lasts for weeks, there is minimal if any lag and the features and quality are great, I highly recommend.

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Have you delidded your 8700k? I heard from some owner says the temp will go 100°C in mild stress test (e.g. AIDA64) even when undervolted and running at 4.4G (also delidded). They are using C7 & NF-A9x14. So how did you managed to get 5G with 70°C under heavy load?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

What a powerhouse, very nice build! So you haven't had any issues cooling an 8700K with the L9i? I was considering getting a locked i7-8700 for my Dan Case, since Noctua recommends CPUs with a TDP of 65w for the L9i, but your build is making me think otherwise. Did you have to delid or anything special to make it work?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues whatsoever and I didn't need to delid either

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you test your CPU? There are wildly differing reports of what people can and can't get away with in terms of a small cooler. Maybe I just need to get smarter about BIOS settings. But really, if you've seen a 8700k and 1080Ti FTW3 in a Dan A4, you've seen it all. It'd be neat to see more performance numbers!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll pull together some more benchmark figures when I get some time but used the standard benchmark tools and haven't found any issues so far.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome. How loud is the fan noise compared to a normal case with closed panels?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Its whisper quiet, even when under-load and all GPU fans are spinning it is very quiet. I was a little worried about noise and temps but needn't have been.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you getting for temps?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

For the CPU the max has been 70°C under heavy load but usually around 60°C, for the GPU the max has been 60°C but the average is nearer 50°C.

I have the case located on my desk near my monitor so it has good airflow and due to the quietness isn't intrusive at all.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! Those are fine temperatures!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Grats on the build! Glad you got the GPU to fit :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for all of the advice!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Outstanding build - I personally would have gone for a blower GPU like the Zotac in my build - perhaps a wee bit noisier but guaranteed to expel 90%+ heat out the rear rather than into the environs of such a tight case.

For aesthetics you may have been tempted by the marginally more powerful Cryorig C7 - though I totally get why you went Noctua - ( I did with the D-15S and just last week changed to black Chromax heatsink covers & fans once available so with luck they may follow suit for your L9i? ) Noctuas are so very quiet and their baseplate fitting is dead simple. I presume there isn't enough "headroom" for a Noctua NH-L12S ?

I also contemplated de-lidding to possibly knock off a further 10-20C e.g. for overclocking - but value the warranty at the mo.

Incidentally - does your monitor have G-Synch as well as IPS ? I'm impatiently hanging on the arrival of 27" 165Hz 4K IPS G-Synch screens that are supposed to be being released soon.

Congratulations on a really awesome build that you should be proud of .

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, have you monitored motherboard temps under GPU and CPU load?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you overclock it to 5ghz with minimal tweaks? how are the temps? :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy moly, you just built the computer I was thinking about in my head. Thanks a million for making the parts for it easy to pick out! Amazing build by the way!

The only thing I will change up is the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and probably the SSD.

I will probably go with the Samsung 970 Pro m,2 NVME.

As for the monitor, I'm thinking about buying the Samsung 49" CHG90 gaming monitor at 144hz, and probably Razer Huntsman Elite keyboard and Razer Naga Trinity mouse.

Once again, great build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity but what is your ambient temps so allows to keep so low temp in the CPU and GPU...