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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 new Ryzen 5 3600 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 3600 comes with a good CPU cooler, 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 X570 chipset. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. Since the X570 chipset is new, there may not be as many mITX X570 motherboards available. Should stock or pricing be an issue, you can select a B450 chipset motherboard instead. However, read the warning below regarding this decision.

The X570 chipset was selected rather than the B450 chipset in order to bypass any BIOS update issues that would occur when combining a new Ryzen 3000 series (Zen 2) CPU with a B450 chipset. However, you are welcome to explore those options as well, but be forewarned that because it uses an older chipset, this motherboard may require a BIOS update before it will be compatible with the CPU. The manufacturer may have already updated the B450 BIOS before sending it to retailers, but if not, many motherboards cannot be updated without using an older CPU to do so.

If the motherboard is not updated, the PC is unlikely to boot at all with the new CPU. In this case, you would need to temporarily use an older CPU to update the motherboard BIOS before using a new CPU with it. The CPUs that could do this update would be the Ryzen 1000 CPUs, Ryzen 2000 APUs, and Ryzen 2000 CPUs.

If you stick with the X570 chipset on original part list provided, you will not have to deal with this process.

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 DDR4-3200 and faster, as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're using a parametric filter to incorporate an SSD with at least 960GB. 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 2TB 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 AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT has great performance for the price. 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 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 3.2 Gen 1 front ports. With this case, you can even fit mechanical drives for extra storage, if you so please

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: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
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£172.79
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£174.78
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Motherboard Gigabyte X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: Mini ITX; Chipset: AMD X570

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£206.98
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FREE
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£206.98
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Memory Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400, DDR4-3466, DDR4-3600; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB; CAS Latency: 3 - 19

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£54.99
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£3.49
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£58.48
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Storage PNY CS900 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB; Type: SSD

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£79.98
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£79.98
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Video Card PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: Radeon RX 5700 XT

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£349.99
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£349.99
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Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case
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£35.74
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£35.74
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Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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£88.99
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£88.99
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Base Total: £989.46
Shipping: £5.48
Total: £994.94
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Compatibility Notes

  • Note: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 PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card is 270mm long, some drive bays may not be usable. The Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case hard drive bays are positioned where some of the bays may be physically blocked when using longer video cards.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 5 points

According to a review on Amazon for the "Gigabyte X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX" motherboard, it will not fit into the Thermaltake Core V1 case because it has thick steel heatsink screwed onto the bottom of the motherboard. It makes it too thick to stand on the standoffs of the V1 case. You can make it barely fit by taking the heatsink off but I'm guessing you probably shouldn't do that.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true. You can also make it "fit" by bending two of the four standoffs out of the way and only using the remaining two, which are at least in opposite corners. Not ideal. I might 3d print something to secure the other corners, but that's a huge pain, and I haven't decided whether it's worth my time. The board feels secure, but if either screw were to come loose, that could cause a problem.

Anyway, buyer beware.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

id just throw in a different motherboard

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Not to be a total reply guy about this, but I don't think your case choice is all that commendable. The Core V1 is physically awkward to carry, being both cube-shaped and kinda large around. It's shape doesn't lend itself to transport all that well. It's a good ITX case in general, especially for the price, it's just not what I would want to bring around with me. The MSI Trident 3 commercial comes to mind.

For a "Portable LAN" case, I would have expected one of two choices: either one that's either physically smaller and in the same price range, like the shoebox-shaped Silverstone SG13, or one that's console-shaped and more expensive like the Fractal Design Node 202/ Silverstone RVZ03.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Lian Li made an mITX case with a handle recently

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Maximum Video Card Length: 255 mm / 10.039" With Drive Cages, 285 mm / 11.22" Without Drive Cages

Length: 270 mm

Is this video card without drive cages, and how should I know? I'm not sure if this video card fits the case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Expect the GPU to be running at 84 degrees, as it throttles a little to keep at that designated temperature, the cpu shouldn't encounter issues, however

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a great build, I love to use AMD parts and help support the company. Great work, but you might have wanted to get the power color RX 5700 XT red devil

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

is 550w gold enough for the 5700 xt? seems a bit underpowered imo.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

you will be fine, the total power draw is 334 watts which is plenty under 550

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

In my personal opinion, this is not the worst thing I've seen. Some builds just straight up look awful mainly because of too many colors to rape your eyes. only grudge is the gpu, i rate it a 7.5 out of 10

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

why is the GPU a negative?

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Too high of temps and I personally don't have a good time with amd GPU's

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