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Small Form Factor Gaming Rig

Dajmin
  • 56 months ago

Hi guys.

I'm in the market for a new gaming machine for streaming and video recording, but due to serious space limits it needs to be pretty much console sized. I've built a lot of PCs in the past, but never had size restrictions before so I'm hoping someone can help!

I'm working with a max budget of £1000, but the Other Half might want me to reign that in a bit :) It doesn't need to run above 1080p, but frame rate is obviously vital for videos. At this point I'm kind of resigned to waiting for a Steam Machine, but if you can suggest something better that's a similar size then that'd be fantastic.

Thanks!

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Might want a lesser clocked 980 or even a 970 but this is nice if its sitting under or next to the tv etc...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £155.99 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £88.19 @ More Computers
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £41.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £66.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 4GB 8PACK HOF EDITION Video Card £359.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case Silverstone RVZ02B HTPC Case £86.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Power Supply Silverstone 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply £67.80 @ Scan.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £867.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-14 21:56 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Mike.

Quick follow-up question. I love the RVZ02 case, but I can't seem to get a straight answer about orientation. All of the photos show it as a tower. The description says it can be used either, but do you know if it can actually be used laid flat like a desktop?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it can it comes with rubber feet so it can be used in that orientation. It's how I intend to use mine.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome news. Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

The miniature beast. 6600k and a 980 in a great HTPC case. The only thing it lacks is an SSD boot drive, unfortunately

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £196.82 @ Ebuyer
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X31 69.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler £54.89 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI Z170I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £136.73 @ More Computers
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £37.83 @ Ebuyer
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card £372.98 @ Aria PC
Case Silverstone ML07B HTPC Case £51.00 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply Silverstone 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply £97.92 @ Scan.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £982.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-14 21:59 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Alternatively, you can do this. Don't know why I didnt see this earlier!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £196.82 @ Ebuyer
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X31 69.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler £54.89 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI Z170I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £136.73 @ More Computers
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £37.83 @ Ebuyer
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £39.44 @ CCL Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card £372.98 @ Aria PC
Case Silverstone ML07B HTPC Case £51.00 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply Silverstone 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply £67.80 @ Scan.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £992.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-14 22:40 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £155.99 @ Ebuyer
CPU Cooler CRYORIG C1 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler £44.99 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard Asus H170M-E D3 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £73.18 @ More Computers
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £33.90 @ Ebuyer
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £66.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £38.50 @ Amazon UK
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card £264.97 @ Aria PC
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case £43.80 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £79.04 @ CCL Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £801.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-14 22:14 BST+0100
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Those Silverstone cases definitely looks like we're heading in the right direction. Especially the ones that are flat desktop style. That way it'd fit under my TV beside the PS4 :)

A 980 might be overkill for what I need right now, but I could dial that down and give myself a decent upgrade path for the future (and lower costs right now). Any other suggestions would be appreciated, but that's a great start. Thanks guys!

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