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Build Guide

Portable LAN Build

by ThoughtA




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 kinds of PC is Small Form Factor, abbreviated to SFF.


We're running an Intel i5-7500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. he selected case has a window, and if you're taking your PC to a LAN, you probably care about how the internals look. With that I mind, while i5-7500 includes a stock cooler, we're adding the CRYORIG C7. The Nano S can fit pretty huge CPU coolers, but we're opting for this low-profile cooler to reduce the strain on the system when traveling.


We're using a parametric selection of a couple of mITX motherboards that include an RGB header to accompany the RGB strip in the part list. This will allow you to add some flash to the understated case and catch people's eyes at LANs. All of the included motherboards can fit at least one M.2 drive and are WiFi-capable.

If stock/availability is an issue or you just don't care for RGB lighting, here is a link to every modern mITX motherboard that has WiFi and an M.2 port.


We can comfortably fit 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which should provide some nice memory headroom. We're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price.


We're using parametric filters to incorporate an M.2 SSD with at least 480GB. 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 for these purposes isn't a bad idea, but to keep the price down, you'd want to consider a 2.5" drive instead of M.2, since 1TB M.2 drives are fairly new and expensive still. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.


In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

If you'd like more room, there are a couple "mini" GTX 1080 video cards floating around. However, we specifically selected this case because it can fit full-sized video cards. Because of this, we've left the filter open to either size.


Our parts are going into the windowed Fractal Design Nano S. This case can fit full-sized video cards and ATX PSUs while remaining easy to carry and maintaining a small footprint. The front panel features 2x USB 3.0 ports, and the inside includes 2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays. There are several cable management holes in all the right places, all rubber grommets for a better aesthetic. Additionally, this mITX case comes with two fans, one of which is 140mm (the other is 120mm).


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of six well-reviewed, fully modular ATX PSUs, all of which are 80+ Gold Certified.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 306W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $179.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $179.89 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $29.89 $29.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $108.99 $108.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$111.99 FREE $111.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
$195.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $195.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$509.99 $4.99 $514.98 Newegg Buy
Free Solar Eclipse Shades w/ purchase, limited offer
Case $54.99 $54.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $89.99 -$20.00 $4.99 $74.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Other $21.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $21.99 Amazon Buy
Base Total: $1303.71
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $9.98
Total: $1293.69
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

lifeinhand 2 points 1 month ago

I am concerning the actual portability of this case.

cobbleking 1 point 17 days ago

Why'd you choose the I5-7500 over the R5 1500X?

The_M26_Pershing 1 point 2 days ago

He probably chose the I5 for gaming purposes.

here's userbenchmark: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-7500-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-1500X/3648vs3921

but this was meant to be portable too, if this was a computer meant for you know, editing and stuff then you'd probably would want the R5. but the I5 almost is pretty damn good with the 7500, and even then my 2500k lasted about 6 years and now it's running as a miner, but still makes a good amount.

BadTyke 1 point 16 days ago

How's the temps and sound levels?

bluetube202 1 point 9 days ago

This build isn't really that portable I could fit all the parts of this build in a much smaller case and it would've been much more portable than this "portable" build.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
CRYORIG - C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Asus - STRIX B250I GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard 7W - 30W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 11W - 11W
ADATA - XPG SX8000 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Turbo OC Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 78W - 306W