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Portable LAN Build

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 kind 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. The 2600 comes with a good CPU cooler, and our case has no window, so there's no need for a 3rd party cooler.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mini ITX motherboard with a B450 chipset. 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 DDR4-3000 and faster, 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 new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is one of the best cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. It will perform great on every game out there at 2560x1440 and/or higher refresh rate monitors like 120 or 144Hz.

Case

Our parts are going into the Fractal Design Core 500 mITX case. This case is small enough to be portable while also giving comfortable room for building the PC and selecting its parts. It includes 2x front panel USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and plenty of room for spare drives if you wish to take a lot of media or games with you.

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.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
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€168.11
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Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: Mini ITX; Chipset: AMD B450

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Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333; Form Factor: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

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€76.14
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Storage Intenso 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 10000 GB; Type: SSD

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€76.67
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Storage Toshiba P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"

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€65.33
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Video Card

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Case Fractal Design Core 500 Mini ITX Desktop Case
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Power Supply

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Total: €386.25

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Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

typo alert! you said "this kinds" in the third sentence of the preface

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

Uhh, that was just a really esoteric type of slang. Yup. Totally intentional.

(Thanks!)

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Can this build used for daily gaming use?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

100%

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

The problem I see is in the Case. I have built in it and it would be kind of hard to transport if you were flying on a plane to the LAN.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Name a smaller case that is readily available

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Wasn't out at the time but the Q500L is one of the smallest full size ATX cases available. About the same size as this if not smaller. Node 202 is even smaller though for ITX

  • 15 months ago
  • 0 points

Something similar to the Node 202

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

It's smaller than a medium-large dog

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought this build was good. It's my first time building a PC, and it started up just fine. I've been running it the past couple days, and temps have been normal. I did have trouble getting the ODD bay out. The screws just wouldn't come out behind the bezel cover. The cover could be smoother to take off and on, but it's not too bad.

Since I can't get the bay/brack out, will I still be able to add a fan or two on the top later?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

very cool built, for my personal use i'd remove the HDD and opt for a cheaper card (1660ti), but i wouldn't mind spend the extra cash in a better cpu. I'm only worried about noise/heat what do you guys think?

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Interesting! I would spend more money on the gfx rather than cpu. I always thought gfx had a higher impact on the overall computer performance. As far as noise/heat, it was pretty minimal when I had the stock cooler/cpu fan. Heat reached up to 70ish max. Since then, I've installed a water cooling radiator/corsair h100, and the highest CPU temp I've seen is 60. It's usually 50~60 during gaming.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

thank's for the answer, don't know what you mean with gfx tho

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

That's graphics card

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

GPU is a better term to reference a graphics card. GFX is typically used to abbreviate "Graphic Effects".

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone have a Mini-ITX ff build tutorial? I really would love to build this as looking at benchmarks, it'd destroy any game I want to throw at it (mostly Destiny 2, CS:GO and Minecraft), and I travel a lot between two houses so this looks absolutely perfect because of that. However, I don't really know how to build it, so I'm looking for a link to a youtube video or written tutorial on how to build it. Thank you!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice, how is a non overclocked 2600 Gonna work with a 2070? Just curious, because there’s no way you’re over clocking on a stock cooler!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

It won't be too bad at stock, about a 8.63% bottleneck.

But it would be better with an aio. Just a 5% overclock nearly halves that to 4.69%. I don't think it would be too hard to get a 195 Mhz overclock.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

AMD's stock coolers are decent. While the Wraith Stealth is the smallest one, it can still manage a decent overclock.

  • 14 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah but getting some pretty high temps doing so.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

how is this graphics card ? i.e build and durability ?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you stream on this?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the ryzen 5 1600, the last gen cpu, I stream csgo at 1080p 60fps and not having a problem. When it comes to tripple AAA games like gta v, or rainbow six siege, I have had issues. This is a great 1000 dollar system for lan and other multitasking needs. Streaming can work but Id recomend a capture card and a cheap encoding PC.

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

its a lan build. why you wanna stream?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB DUAL OC Video Card does not fit this case as it takes up 2.7 slots and sticks out of the side by about 10mm.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard have a backplate?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the overall build, but I think you could've gone with a little bit smaller case for LAN. I also think that the Ryzen 2600 is a little bit of a bottle neck for the RTX 2070. Overall though good job!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

First time builder here and quite enjoyed putting this build together. The smaller case can make cable management slightly challenging, but still achievable with some room to spare. The machine seems to run like a dream, with fair temps, although there is a slight bottleneck on the RTX video card. Not a problem though--can always put on a better cooler in an attempt to overclock, or throw in a different processor altogether (the Ryzen 5 on this list is pretty cheap anyways).

Enjoyed the experience, and not having to scratch my head on figuring out the parts I needed.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I´ll say a good case for a lan build should be the corsair 380t

  • 14 months ago
  • -1 points

Really good build, but there are more sexier options for a mini itx build case like the thermaltake core v21.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Core v1 you wanna say, core v21 is microATX case

  • 14 months ago
  • -2 points

dont get ryzen 5 since itll bottleneck..u might as well get an i5

  • 14 months ago
  • 5 points

Technically, there's always some type of bottleneck

All you're gonna lose is 10% or less FPS with Ryzen

I'm sure most people would rather spend the $165 and get a solid all around performer, over spending $30 more and getting a barely noticeable performance increase. Not to mention you're getting half the threads with an i5

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