PC build day, DAN SFX A2 case and an i7 8086K

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to present my little PC build in a very small form factor case while not giving up on performance and thermals. This build took about 6 months to gather the required components and still there are issues.

I hope this post inspires you to start your build project and I hope you feel free to ask me questions about the build and the components if you are interested or plan to do something similar.

Here is a clip demonstrating gaming capability. Keep in mind the resolution was 2560×1440@144Hz. 

Bill of Materials (with links and prices):

MB: ASRock H370M-ITX/AC (Amazon) $168.32
CPU: Intel Core i7-8086K (Amazon) $460.54
COOLER: Noctua NH-L9i (Amazon) $39.95
PSU: SilverStone SST-SX650-G 650W SFX (Amazon) $134.99
RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 32GB Kit (16GBx2) DDR4 (Amazon) $300.59
VGA: Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box Graphic Cards (Amazon) $824.80
SSD1: Samsung 512GB SATA III PM871a M.2 SSD (Amazon) $119.99
SSD2: Samsung SSD 750 EVO 500GB (Amazon) $92.99
Mouse: Razer Atheris (Amazon) $41.99
Keyboard: Logitech G613 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical (Amazon) $126
CASE: A4-SFX DAN Case (DAN Site) $225
Display: ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR 27” 2560×1440 (Amazon) $529.99




This is only relevant to me and this case in particular and in no way it should be considered a risk to any other PC builders out there. My MB had two bent pins that prevented the MB access to dual channel DIMM. When two dimms are installed the MB would not start at all.

Thanks to <armiralul> from LUG chat for helping me sort this thing out. He is the one suggesting my issue may come from a bent pin in the socket. I was expecting that even one pin is off the CPU won’t start at all but actually the computer worked fine (with only one memory module installed)

The picture bellow shows the issue in my socket:


Zoomed in for better detail:


Once again, thank you <amiralul>!

Later edit: Solution that I’ve found on the spot was to replace the motherboard with another one from ASRock that I could purchase locally here. I will return the faulty board to Amazon and recover the money but this means there is no more USB-C connectivity, also no more dual M.2 NVME SSDs can be installed. The AsRock provides only one M.2 SATA3 SSD slot and no USB-C. Not a big deal since everything else is kinda the same. Now the full 32GB ram are being used and in the future the remaining M.2 SSD that I have (which is 1TB) i will install in a cage for M.2 to 2.5” adapter so that it will become just like a regular SSD drive and connect into one of the remaining SATA ports.
The AsRock board has no RGB, but other than that everything else is great. Great WiFi module, bluetooth 4.2, a nice BIOS and does not need updates right out of the box.
I will soon post some demos and benchmarks scores in here.k

My desk now looks like this:

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