Description

My laptop has been giving me troubles and i wanted to invest in something portable yet powerful. So i decided to build a potable PC that i will be using as my daily driver. I don't play games often but its better to have a graphics card for some occasional events. The OS running on this will be Arch Linux which I will be booting and installing from a USB stick(the reason i have not included an optical drive in the list). I will buy a potable one if i need one on the future. I am waiting for all the parts to arrive. Will be assembling all the parts together and measuring the performance and will update again.

Justification: [ Motherboard ] : Mini ITX + Wifi + Supports 32 GB Memory for future upgrades. [ CPU ] : Not chosen 6600k as i will not over clock to avoid excess wear and tear. [ PSU ] : Modular and Efficient. [ GPU ] : Fits my case plus powerful enough to run almost anything reasonable and modern. [ Memory ] : Was rated well on pcpartpicker. [ SSD ] : Fast boot plus supports TRIM. [ SSHD ] : Got a nice/cheap deal. [ CASE ] : Portable and Solid. [ CPU cooler ] : The best i could fit in this case. [ Keyboard Mice and Headphones ] : I already had them purchased some time ago.

It was a bit challenging to fit in the parts in this pretty small but strong and well build Lian Li case. Had to unscrew some parts couple of times to do all the wire management properly. But the final result is pretty satisfying.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Another Archer! Welcome to the club!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

My desktop runs Windows, but I would blow that away in a heart beat if my AMD card approached any sort of playability under the open source driver. I have Arch on my Laptop and I love every second of it.

And no, fglrx is not fun to install even though the maintainer for that repo in arch is very helpful.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard stories about that. That's the reason I tend to stay away from AMD graphics even though NVIDIA's attitude towards open source has never been that awesome :/

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly why I bought an AMD card. NVIDIA cards run way cooler at every performance bracket, but their attitudes on open source are disgusting at best. I decided to run a hotter rig with my 390x and support a company that has been making strides in the FOSS community in the last few years. Are they the best? No they aren't, but I want a company like them to be in the discussion.

That being said I still don't want to go through the pain of installing Linux on my rig again. fglrx was recently dropped in Ubuntu 16.04 because it's a ***** to maintain, and Arch dropped it from officially maintained repos a long time ago. The AMD kernel driver is getting closer, but it's just not there.

It's really sad that the thing that holds AMD cards back is not their hardware (even though they could be pushing smaller transistor topologies and lower thermals without a doubt), but their software sucks *** across the board.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, +1!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build, sweet case! Love the portability. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Your conky config looks very nice, good build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have saved alot of money not buying a z170 motherboard, you know, the ones that are made for overclocking.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

But other then that 1+

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have gotten the z170 board for the wifi card. Some controllers don't play that well with Linux or require proprietary binary blobs to function.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome, dude!

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Currently doing a very similar build, same case+GPU+cooler. Any stats for thermals? I'm considering a 1060 which only has a 120W TDP, just 45W extra. Also, would you recommend an m.2 to minimize cable management issues?