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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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 284W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €171.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €171.99 Amazon Italia Buy
CPU Cooler €64.69 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €64.69 Amazon Italia Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Mini ITX
  • Chipset: AMD X470
€187.90 €8.99 €196.89 Alternate Italia Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
€141.80 €141.80 Amazon Italia Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€84.98 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €84.98 Amazon Italia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
€432.49 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €432.49 Amazon Italia Buy
Case €146.57 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €146.57 Amazon Italia Buy
Power Supply €83.55 €83.55 Amazon Italia Buy
Base Total: €1313.97
Shipping: €8.99
Total: €1322.96
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* 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 2 months ago

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

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 2 months 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 2 months ago

Oh yeah!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 2 months ago

Woop, thanks.

subbuguru 1 point 2 months ago

You are welcome.

itssteveandcy 3 points 1 month 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.

Sonic_Void_Trap 1 point 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

DANIEL777 1 point 14 days ago

the x370 will work

Only with a bios update.

iron1050 1 point 1 month ago

Shouldn't you have a motherboard with wifi for a portable lan build

DANIEL777 1 point 14 days ago

the roomy but portable NZXT H200i.

The H200i Case is a great itx case, but it's relatively large dimensions and a fragile tempered glass panel make it not a good choice for a LAN build.

The Silverstone ML08b-h or Corsair 380t are better options for LAN builds, and feature handles for easier transportation.

How about something like this: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $189.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $173.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $159.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $111.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card $459.99 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone - ML08B-H HTPC Case $84.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - SF 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $86.64 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1277.37
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1267.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-07 16:57 EDT-0400
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
ASRock - Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard 7W - 30W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
Intenso - Top Performance 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Palit - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 78W - 284W