DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

WarBird25

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I am waiting for my kickstarter dhl notification, as I am from Austria and on the list above France, I gues I will get it soon :)

On the one side I am not in a hurry getting the case as I will wait for more builds and AMDs ryzen till buying hardware. I am still happy I backed this project on kichstarter and I am glad Dan started the project.
But on the other hand I am a little bit jealous that (some) non backers get their case first. Maybe there should have been more time for shipping for backers before it is available on other sites, which in my opinion could have been planned better. But in the end it is a small mistake and hopefully the only one :)

Looking forward receiving my case and reading about all your builds! :)
 
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Everyone is different, some are okay with packages being sent after third party released theirs, others like me are not, which are people who takes promises to heart.

As a person I understand its a difficult undertaking for a single individual to ship out 1600+ units.

However as a consumer, im disappointed that the company Dan-Cases didnt follow up with customer expectations that backers would get their shipments sent out first.

I would say this about any other company as well, be it apple, microsoft, msi, acer, asus. It could have been more clearly stated as well with an announcement that pre-order availability would be delayed a week or 2 until backers shipments went through, and if thats not possible because of third party distribution contracts, then that could have been explained clearly as well.

Im not trying to be a insensitive, I respect and appreciate that Dan the person has gone this far and so many people are happy this case exists. But David the consumer is upset the priorities he was told he would have have not been given.



Upon receiving the shipment, Dan started sending out the cases to the backers first - as promised. He prioritized the backers and those in Germany received theirs first. It would make sense that Caseking would receive their shipment at this point as they are part of the German distribution list. It can be presumed that at this point they send over part of the stock to Overclockers (same company).... So they should have sat on their hands until Dan had finished manually sending out the individual 1600+ other cases? Take into account the delay due to Dan being ill aswell for a week.

The original backers received the first cases and if are waiting are guaranteed a case and paid less. Yes, a lucky few were able to bag them from overclockers but the majority of people now have to wait until July for an opportunity of secure one of them.
Dan Cases as a company has been extremely transparent and upfront about everything... more so than any of the tech companies you have listed.
 

drklu

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I am excited for those who received their cases, now we can start seeing some build pics !
 

Ca11idus

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I'm excited to come to this forum and not see pages of complaints, order cancellations, and a handful of people who got the case. There were only 70 or so cases allocated to the site...is it really that mind boggling that they sold out as quickly as they did? Can we just get updates on this forum about the case?
 

jhcpw

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So tensions are running high over the new orders but let's remember why we're all here :)

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Full album

(ps sorry for the phone pictures)
 

David A4

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Upon receiving the shipment, Dan started sending out the cases to the backers first - as promised. He prioritized the backers and those in Germany received theirs first. It would make sense that Caseking would receive their shipment at this point as they are part of the German distribution list. It can be presumed that at this point they send over part of the stock to Overclockers (same company).... So they should have sat on their hands until Dan had finished manually sending out the individual 1600+ other cases? Take into account the delay due to Dan being ill aswell for a week.

The original backers received the first cases and if are waiting are guaranteed a case and paid less. Yes, a lucky few were able to bag them from overclockers but the majority of people now have to wait until July for an opportunity of secure one of them.
Dan Cases as a company has been extremely transparent and upfront about everything... more so than any of the tech companies you have listed.
I've explained my point of view reasonably and fairly, splitting my judgement for the person behind the company and the company itself. you can explain your reasoning to me but I still paid for a premium priced product and was told quite reasonably backers were getting their packages first. Excuse me for not going into the fine print and examining his writing under a microscope. I've said before as a consumer im upset im still waiting. The information being provided to me feels like im being ignored and pushed aside to other backers and third party distributors, can you blame me if im feeling upset? I understand you've taken a defending stance of the shipper, but please take a look at the other side here and put yourself in someone like myself's shoes.
 

Ca11idus

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I've explained my point of view reasonably and fairly, splitting my judgement for the person behind the company and the company itself. you can explain your reasoning to me but I still paid for a premium priced product and was told quite reasonably backers were getting their packages first. Excuse me for not going into the fine print and examining his writing under a microscope. I've said before as a consumer im upset im still waiting. The information being provided to me feels like im being ignored and pushed aside to other backers and third party distributors, can you blame me if im feeling upset? I understand you've taken a defending stance of the shipper, but please take a look at the other side here and put yourself in someone like myself's shoes.

My guess is that Dondan was trying to do it like this. Things happen and things get pushed back. He was sick for a while. I've been waiting for this case for over 2 years...can we just settle down and wait for our prized case?

Give the man a break. He's done so much now cut him some slack.
 

macken

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Is there anything between the riser cable and the mainboard, like some protection for the cable? I assume it can get pretty hot when using a M.2 on the PCB side of the mainboard.
 

Julio Espinosa

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Is there anything between the riser cable and the mainboard, like some protection for the cable? I assume it can get pretty hot when using a M.2 on the PCB side of the mainboard.
In the first pictures, it shows:
  • The motherboard.
  • Tthe big metal plate that divide both sides and where the MB is installed.
  • A plastic that seems to avoid electric shorts from the graphics card.
  • The pci-e cable.
  • The graphics card.
I don't have the case, but that seems to be the order
 

tviceman

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Is there anything between the riser cable and the mainboard, like some protection for the cable? I assume it can get pretty hot when using a M.2 on the PCB side of the mainboard.

Yes there is a shield separating the motherboard side from the video card side. There is nothing beween the shield and the rear-side m.2 though (as usual on almost all cases after mounting a motherboard).
 
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Is anyone who missed out today looking at an alternative case? If so, what? I still want this case, but if some people have got parts laying around, it might be worth getting another case at least until June. I have a coolermaster elite 130 which is only £40 and performs amazingly with an aio, but isnt that small.
 

_untitled

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Is anyone who missed out today looking at an alternative case? If so, what? I still want this case, but if some people have got parts laying around, it might be worth getting another case at least until June. I have a coolermaster elite 130 which is only £40 and performs amazingly with an aio, but isnt that small.

I'll likely be moving to an Ncase unless someone wants to part with their Dan Case..
 

David A4

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Is anyone who missed out today looking at an alternative case? If so, what? I still want this case, but if some people have got parts laying around, it might be worth getting another case at least until June. I have a coolermaster elite 130 which is only £40 and performs amazingly with an aio, but isnt that small.
I hear the node 202 is a decent sfx case, but its a cereal box shape rather than a shoebox shape.
 

dondan

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It's not just production time, but shipping time as well. Shipping by freight container from Taiwan to Europe takes 2-3 months.
Shipment from Taiwan to Germanny is only 5 Weeks. The 3M Riser is the problem. Produktion takes 3-4 month.

I am waiting for my kickstarter dhl notification, as I am from Austria and on the list above France, I gues I will get it soon :)
I am done with all shipment to France and Austria so if you don't get an mail you maybe give me a wrong email address or a spam address? Contakt me on KS ;)
 
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danij3l

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dondan, maybe you should drop the line once you do the batch of shipments since some are getting restless :)))
would be something like progress bar for us.
and everyone else should just keep calm. there is no need to be buthurt over the fact that there were some delays .... one man band did great work here .... don't lose it in final stretch ;)
 

jhcpw

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Can you take a picture up close on the power button with the front panel removed? See if it can easily be replaced with a lit one...
Not sure if that'll be easy...
Physical switch
Reverse of physical switch board
Reverse of switch on front panel

Is there anything between the riser cable and the mainboard, like some protection for the cable? I assume it can get pretty hot when using a M.2 on the PCB side of the mainboard.
I'm also wondering about the "official" way of doing it.
One of the original images (here) suggests putting the riser behind the GPU's plastic sheet
But the case comes with the riser behind the motherboard. Not sure I'd want to put an M.2 drive there.

The plastic sheet is screwed in with plastic screws, so you could reroute the riser yourself, the plastic might get a bit crinkley.

You can fit a Strix 980 with those heatsinks in there!?
Just about. I unscrewed the PCIe riser to get the GPU in. It looks like it's possible without doing that, but you'd be very close to the case.
 

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Thanks for the pics...if those are all screws holding the current switch into place I could try and put it back if it doesn't work. looking at doing the following switch...if you have the cycles would you be able to take the measurements? It looks like it will fit through the front button itself but the actual switch plate may be too small and I'm reluctant on drilling....

Replacement Switch:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017KPM0S2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 
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Ivan Pla

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Austria and France are done? Then, next ones are:
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • ...
  • I don't care
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Exodusone

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I have my case arriving tomorrow and want to start purchasing parts.
Could you please recommend a CPU cooler.
I have been looking at the cryorig c7.
Any advice would be appreciated.
 

David A4

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I have my case arriving tomorrow and want to start purchasing parts.
Could you please recommend a CPU cooler.
I have been looking at the cryorig c7.
Any advice would be appreciated.
It's pretty much been the c7 vs noctua l9i + 25 mm pwm, c7 is more power, noctua is better silence.
 

jhcpw

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Thanks for the pics...if those are all screws holding the current switch into place I could try and put it back if it doesn't work. looking at doing the following switch...if you have the cycles would you be able to take the measurements? It looks like it will fit through the front button itself but the actual switch plate may be too small and I'm reluctant on drilling....

Replacement Switch:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017KPM0S2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The hole for the switch on the main part of the case is a rectangle and it looks like it's 14mm x 9mm.
The hole on the front panel looks like its a 15mm diameter circle
 

buddylee7

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The hole for the switch on the main part of the case is a rectangle and it looks like it's 14mm x 9mm.
The hole on the front panel looks like its a 15mm diameter circle

What a shame, looks to be 5mm x 10mm too small for the switch I wanted to use...need 19mm x 19mm. Maybe I'll install it at a later time when the case loses its luster...

Thank you!
 
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Blorgon

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Not sure if it's been discussed (sorry if it has, I haven't had time to check in the last few weeks), but would anybody be interested in starting a separate thread for build pictures only? I remember being a little annoyed having to flip through hundreds of pages of the NCASE thread to find pictures of builds as people were getting their v1s.
 

Jirbin

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ill be honest, its a little bit disappointing how the non-"backers" will get the chance to get the case first versus to those who actually backed dan on kickstarter. yep i am a bit salty and jealous of course because we have been waiting for so long for this. i honestly think, dan should have waited for all the backers to receive their cases first before distributing them to retailers.

but anyway, congrats guys! show us your build! =)
 

Jirbin

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A lot of us are. Imagine a world where every backer is salty and posts about it in the dan a4 forum...oh wait, it is already a reality.

I am down for a separate forum free of salt for build pics.

cant blame us though, this thread was about getting us updates or progress about the case. But recently, its all about the overclockers and caseking orders which some of them already received theirs.
but i am a bit more disappointed on asrock not having the z270 fatal1ty available here. :/
 

tehshirt

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ahmedelamin_ and Necere said it well. Dan has done a great job posting on this site, even when this case was just his personal project. Not to mention, he isn't exclusively on HardForum.

I get that you guys are upset, but you will get your case and didn't have to pay $60 extra and risk having your order canceled/ dealing with website crashes.
 
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