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Portable LAN Build

by ThoughtA

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26 Comments

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

At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The R5 1600 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable, and it will easily fit inside our case.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mini ITX motherboard with a B350 chipset. The chipset will you to overclock the CPU, if you would like to, without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.

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 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for 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.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1070 with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.

Case

Our parts are going into the small, cube-shaped Thermaltake Core V1 mini ITX desktop case. This case can fit fairly large video cards, and any that are too long will be filtered out by our compatibility engine. It can also fit more PSUs, with a max length of 200mm. The Core V1 also sports 2x USB 3.0 front ports, and it has 3 windows to show of your PC's guts. With this case, you can even fit 2x mechanical drives for extra storage, if you so please. SSDs will fit too, of course.

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: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 289W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €159.82 €159.82 Amazon Italia Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Mini ITX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
€108.47 €108.47 Amazon Italia Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
€141.80 €141.80 Amazon Italia Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€119.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €119.00 Amazon Italia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: €0.00 - €525.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
€522.25 €522.25 Amazon Italia Buy
Case €43.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €43.99 Amazon Italia Buy
Power Supply €86.21 €86.21 Amazon Italia Buy
Total: €1181.54
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • The Thermaltake - Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case supports video cards up to 285mm long, but video cards over 255mm may block drive bays. Since the EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB HYBRID GAMING Video Card is 267mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

WBCraft 3 points 1 month ago

If the user doesn’t plan on overclocking, wouldn’t the 1600x be a better purchase due to the XFR technology? I saw in the build that you wouldn’t be overclocking in this guide and thought that suggesting the 1600x I’d this is the user’s mindset could be a good suggestion

Underlord03 3 points 10 days ago

Nah. 1600 offers better value for money than 1600X

WowOnce 3 points 1 month ago

Holy crap no 1070 under 525 dollars, what world are we living in?

StanMcNasty 1 point 24 days ago

There's one for 569.89 on Amazon (EVGA), it's rates are high, it looks decent too.

EffectGC 4 points 10 days ago

The msrp for the 1070 is $370 dude...

_XxXoneramirezXxX_ 2 points 29 days ago

Why not to a gtx 1060 6gb its a LAN build no one is playing games that require a 1070 for LAN just saying

ThriftStoreRaider 4 Builds 2 points 24 days ago

Jeeez, GPU prices please lower.

Maybe an RX 580 would work here?

Charbles 1 point 1 month ago

Very cool!

HarvesterofSorrow 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

eat pant

HarvesterofSorrow 2 Builds 4 points 23 days ago

wow how rude of you kid

Pleech 2 points 4 days ago

yeah what a mean bean

rogdog56 2 points 19 days ago

eat pant

GenericPcBuild 2 points 14 days ago

eat pant

pkklogics 1 point 10 days ago

eat pant

ryanduffy_26 1 point 1 month ago

it was that easy to find thanks for this guys you made it super easy.

-Ryan Duffy-

theguywhowantstogame 1 point 28 days ago

This is good but if you change the gpu filter to be just a bit more expensive you could find a card other than that this guide is good.

VolvoxBazooka 1 point 21 days ago

guide is B R O K E

no 1070 is that cheap

riley70122 1 point 14 days ago

Parametric for RAM is showing clocks as low as 2400, is that an error or was the build revised for budget?

Thetrillionthape 1 point 11 days ago

Was the setup difficult??

Thetrillionthape 1 point 11 days ago

Was it a thought build? I'm gonna build this one I think.

Pleech 1 point 4 days ago

Y'all mind if I praise the lord?

twellmanjr 1 point 4 days ago

Just a heads up under the "Memory" section of the guide you should capitalize the letter "M" after the 3000 you have written. Otherwise it could misconstrued for "milli-hertz" and not "mega-hertz."

-Tim.

T_H_I_C_C -3 points 1 month ago

No GPU. R5 does not have a GPU.

CiroSchillig 6 points 1 month ago

no gtx 1070 matches the price segment of the used parametric filter

T_H_I_C_C 0 points 1 month ago

IK. Just letting people know.

CiroSchillig 2 points 1 month ago

Sorry, must have been pretty tired when I read your comment. I'd go for a Ryzen APU too.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard 7W - 30W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB HYBRID GAMING Video Card 42W - 170W
Total: 73W - 289W