My friend is wanting a portable LAN rig since his laptop died. Something small. Just got off deployment so he's got a chunk of change he can dump.
He has a gaming rig , but he needs something he can carry with little to no problem. It must be able to handle multitasking. IRC chat, skype, some gaming, and web browsers/pdf's or whatever format his anime novella collection is in. I mean, this is something an i3 and a GTX 950 can handle, right?
This is where it gets messed up.
Super small and cute
mass storage (undecided)
Yep... a nano... why??? "Because it's cute and small and can fit in my pocket like a kitten!"
I just... I can't even.
Well, this is what I selected. I picked these parts to be as small as possible and my budget I was given was no more than $1500. Man the latest and greatest are not easy on the wallet.
Any i5, even haswell or ivybridge let alone skylake, will suffice pairing with the R9 Nano.
1 stick of 8 GB of RAM to allow for expansion (16 GB of RAM is just silly at this point in time). I figured anything cas 15 or less should be good right?
I've had experience with the Gigabyte-Z97N-Wifi mITX motherboard and was very pleased with quality, temps, and overclocking, so H170 should do well too, but that's an assumption since I think they changed the design a bit between the two chipsets.
Undecided on storage but he's worried about the life of the hard drive and is very wary of going with a SSD. I think He wants a spin drive that will last him a long time.
The case was chosen because it's small and well-built and has a handle which are the requirements he wanted. Specifically small as possible with a handle.
The PSU I chose because of SFX form factor the case requires, modular cables, 80+ gold, built by Silverstone (who makes great SFX PSUs) and 600W which is as big as they get currently.
No aftermarket heatsink because it's a locked i5 which do come with heatsinks.
It's a pain in the nether regions to find reviews on what's considered good RAM or good motherboard, so these were chosen based off of experience with those brands in the past year or two.
If there are higher wattage rated SFX PSUs with great quality, I would definitely like to know.
I would only consider replacing intel heat sink if it does not perform adequately; noise is not an issue. An idea was to use the super small Cryorig aftermarket cooler which has great performance for the price.
Is there a smaller case that can fit a dual-slotted mITX card and still look great? TU200B was an alternative.
Color scheme not entirely important, as this case doesn't have a window, but I would like to deck this thing out with fans for airflow.