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Portable LAN Build

by ThoughtA

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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

We're running an Intel i5-7500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. he selected case has a window, and if you're taking your PC to a LAN, you probably care about how the internals look. With that I mind, while i5-7500 includes a stock cooler, we're adding the CRYORIG C7. The Nano S can fit pretty huge CPU coolers, but we're opting for this low-profile cooler to reduce the strain on the system when traveling.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection of a couple of mITX motherboards that include an RGB header to accompany the RGB strip in the part list. This will allow you to add some flash to the understated case and catch people's eyes at LANs. All of the included motherboards can fit at least one M.2 drive and are WiFi-capable.

If stock/availability is an issue or you just don't care for RGB lighting, here is a link to every modern mITX motherboard that has WiFi and an M.2 port.

Memory

We can comfortably fit 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which should provide some nice memory headroom. We're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price.

Storage

We're using parametric filters to incorporate an M.2 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 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 to your heart's desire.

GPU

In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 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 Mordor.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

If you'd like more room, there are a couple "mini" GTX 1080 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 narrow Silverstone RVZ03B. This case can support full-sized video cards and ATX PSUs up to 150mm long. However, Silverstone recommends using a 140mm long PSU, so we limited our PSU selection to that. The RVZ03B sports 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, and it supports Kensington locks for a little more security when you're at a LAN. A neat feature of the case is that it includes a strip of RGB LEDs out the front of the case, along with a controller for it.

This case does use a riser card (which is included) for plugging in the GPU.

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: 306W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €191.48 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €191.48 Amazon France Buy
CPU Cooler
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
€97.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €97.89 Amazon France 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)
€129.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €129.99 Amazon France Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
€147.30 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €147.30 Amazon France Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
€544.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €544.99 Amazon France Buy
Case €129.95 €14.95 €144.90 LDLC Buy
Power Supply €83.33 €83.33 Amazon France Buy
Base Total: €1324.93
Shipping: €14.95
Total: €1339.88
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