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Portable LAN Build

by ThoughtA

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13 Comments
NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

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

At this budget, we're running an Intel i5-6500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. The i5-6500 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Motherboard

Our motherboard is a parametric selection from a sparse set of options. The five motherboards selected are the mini-ITX form factor to fit inside our SFF case. They all have dual channel memory and an M.2 slot that is compatible with both SATA and PCI-E M.2 drives. Additionally, they feature the LGA 1151 socket, in order to be compatible with the i5-6500 CPU.

Memory

Memory

Memory needs are slowly but constantly increasing, and we want to stay ahead of the curve. To this end we're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price. The filter will only select 2x8GB kits for dual-channel memory.

Storage

We're using parametric filters to incorporate an M.2 SSD with at least 480GB. 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 for these purposes isn't a bad idea, but to keep the price down, you'd want to consider a 2.5" drive instead of M.2, since 1TB M.2 drives are fairly new and expensive still. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities or add a mechanical drive to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the newly released 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 4 (and hopefully the upcoming Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

If you'd like more room, there are a couple "mini" GTX 1070 video cards floating around. However, we specifically selected this case because it can fit full-sized video cards. Because of this, we've left the filter open to either size.

Case

Our parts are going into the Lian-Li PC-TU200B. This is a pretty rugged case that comes with a carrying handle and allows very long video cards (up to 300mm). It features 2 USB 3.0 front panel ports and comes with a 140mm fan, which doesn't have to turn as quickly to move as much air as a 120mm fan, which means it doesn't have to be as loud.

This case fits ATX PSUs, but you may have to remove the HDD Cage to fit them. Fortunately, Lian-Li kept this in mind, and the cage is removable.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build. Importantly, these units are all SFX form factor, so they will fit in the case without issue. You can fit ATX PSUs up to 140mm long, but you may have to remove the hard drive cage in the TU-200B. An ATX PSU runs a good chance of being a little cheaper, but we opted to keep the SFX PSU just to maintain that much more breathing room.

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Estimated Wattage: 266W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €194.90 €194.90 Caseking Buy
Motherboard €124.27 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €124.27 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
€119.99 FREE €119.99 ARLT Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 525GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
€199.90 €199.90 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
€479.00 €7.99 €486.99 Mindfactory Buy
Case €73.73 €7.99 €81.72 Mindfactory Buy
Power Supply €104.20 €7.99 €112.19 Mindfactory Buy
Base Total: €1295.99
Shipping: €23.97
Total: €1319.96
* 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:

Mikecollinsuk 3 points 7 months ago

I did a build based on this, using the Silverstone ML08 instead of the Node 202. Great guide and spec - the filters were really handy in nabbing components on black friday!

One thing I will say, make sure your 1070 cooler matches whatever is reccomended for the case. Those things get insanely hot so matching it to the designed airflow is super important. Also the stock intel cooler is as utterly rubbish as always, if you've got an extra couple of quid in your pocket then get something nice and low profile which isn't full of hot angry bees.

ponzored 1 point 6 months ago

What is the best cooler for 1070 for this kind of case? Blower?

Kosteo 1 point 5 months ago

How are your heat levels with the stock cooler? I am building a non-overclock rig with the same chip and I like the size and profile of that stock cooler, which won't interfere with airflow too much, certainly far less than a massive hunk of plastic and metal mounted on top of it. If I can use the stock cooler I will, but if I hear one more person say you need an aftermarket cooler on the 6500 I am going to have to seriously consider it.

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Battlefield 4 (and hopefully the upcoming Battlefield 1)

Time lords! I knew it!

Cicero_ 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Since memory continues to come down in cost

$94.88 for the cheapest 16gb kit

RIP

MjolnirThunder 1 point 5 months ago

Seriously, memory prices have been on the rise since May/June of last year. I paid a little over $50 for a 16GB kit that now costs twice that.

DRAGONWARRIOR1028 1 point 6 months ago

This is a great build, love the choice of cpu, the 65 watt 6500 is the sweet spot in terms of ghz/dollar, amd will produce less heat than a 6600k.

stuart83000 1 point 5 months ago

i like that a lot man... it has pretty much everything i want in my pc. the only questions are, do you know if it will be easy to organize the cables and can you fit a 1 tb or 2 tb ssd or hard drive in?

Lightshedder -2 points 6 months ago

What? No CPU cooler? Using stock? Really? You could use "SilverStone SST-AR06" or "Noctua NH-L9i" or "Zalman CNPS2X" or something else that's slim! Also i would go with the SilverStone SST-RVZ02B case! Better, in my opinion, then the Fractal one.

Xizt 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Third Party CPU cooler is not really needed for locked processors unless you are looking for quietness.

As for the case, to each their own, I prefer the node 202

SirMrGuyHuman 1 point 6 months ago

The issue? A standard cooler produces loads of heat, and in a M-ITX case, that heat is not going to get out of the case if you don't have some good 80 mm fans on you.

rubberdickey 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Cryorig C7 maybe an option for this build.

Jarmund 1 point 5 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xcVjLD

here's an alternate version of this portable lan build. kabylake cpu with the cryorig c7 in silverstone's RVZ02B

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte - GA-B150N Phoenix-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard 7W - 30W
G.Skill - NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 11W - 11W
Intel - 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 65W - 266W