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Portable LAN Build

by ThoughtA

Description

Preface

This build is intended to deliver high-quality gaming in a small, portable PC that you can take to LANs. With that in mind, a mini-ITX case and motherboard have been selected. A generic term for this kinds of PC is Small Form Factor, abbreviated to SFF.

CPU and Cooler

The Ryzen 5 2600 is a 6-core processor that utilizes AMD SMT technology for a total of 12 threads. This CPU is one of the top models of the new, 2nd-generation Ryzen processors.

Considering the case will have a nice, clear, tempered glass window, and extra cooling never hurts, we have added the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB. This CLC (Closed Loop Cooler) will both do a great job cooling your CPU and enable some fun RGB LED settings for your build.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mini ITX motherboard with a X470 chipset. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

Since X470 is a new platform, there is not a large selection of mITX motherboards yet. Over time, more motherboards will come out, which we will add to the site and the parametric filter will automatically pick up.

Memory

For our memory, the parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3200 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

Since we have the room to do so, we're using a parametric filter to incorporate a 2.5" SSD with at least 500GB. It's often a good idea to download your games prior to attending a LAN, so an SSD with some more space is a good idea. Bumping up to a 1TB SSD or adding an extra 3.5" mechanical drive for these purposes may not be a bad idea, depending on how many games you want to have ready to play as soon as you set up at the LAN. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

Case

Our parts are going into the roomy but portable NZXT H200i. This case has a tempered glass window that can show off your PC in a very clean way. It features plenty of cable management tools such as a management bar, holes, tie-offs, and a PSU shround. It can also fit full-sized video cards.

You can also find this case in all black, black and red, and black and blue.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of five well-reviewed, fully modular ATX PSUs, all of which are 80+ Gold Certified.

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Estimated Wattage: 254W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €200.00 €3.95 €203.95 Bytes At Work Buy
CPU Cooler €69.00 FREE €69.00 Paradigit Buy
Motherboard
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From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Mini ITX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
€172.00 €3.95 €175.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€116.00 €3.95 €119.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
€499.00 FREE €499.00 Paradigit Buy
Case €125.00 €3.95 €128.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Power Supply €84.95 FREE €84.95 Paradigit Buy
Base Total: €1265.95
Shipping: €15.80
Total: €1281.75
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

subbuguru 3 points 1 month ago

The description says that the 2600 is a quad core, when it is a hexa core...

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It also mentions the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4, which in this build has been replaced with a Cooler Master closed loop cooler. They should really have someone double check these write-ups before they just go copy-pasting them.

subbuguru 1 point 1 month ago

Oh yeah!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Woop, thanks.

subbuguru 1 point 1 month ago

You are welcome.

Sonic_Void_Trap 1 point 1 month ago

Dang good job lowering the budget. However, x370 still works with ryzen 2, so is the motherboard more expensive than the processer really necessary?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

yeah.. the x370 will work but limit the OC performance of the processor.. the x470 are just all around better boards

itssteveandcy 1 point 25 days ago

While I think the H200i is a magnificent case, I wouldn't imagine that a tempered glass side panel is very friendly for traveling, meaning that it might break during transportation. If the goal for this build is to have the most portable and travel-optimized rig, a different case might be a viable alteration. Just a thought though.

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 10W - 15W
G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 71W - 254W