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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 $184.69 $184.69 OutletPC Buy
CPU Cooler $26.88 $26.88 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard $108.99 $108.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$139.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $139.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: M.2 (M)
$185.99 FREE $185.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
$499.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $499.99 Amazon Buy
Case $49.99 $49.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $89.99 -$30.00 FREE $59.99 Newegg Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1286.51
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $1256.51
* 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.

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Noobyfish 1 point 1 month ago

Has anyone tired this build yet? I might look into building it for a friend who does LAN party stuff all the time. I just wanna know how it worked out for someone who built it and if you can Benchmarks would be nice.

sleepless1440 1 point 28 days ago

I built a pc very similar to this. Only thing different was CPU slightly. The build went really smoothly, I like the case a lot. The cooler is also alright, but any sff cooler will work just as well. I don't have benchmarks right now, I could probably get them later.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 1 point 15 days ago

What a lovely case!

master72 1 point 14 days ago

does the i bottleneck the 1080?

Synchro 1 point 8 days ago


lonewolf393 1 point 3 days ago

I've been looking into a build similar to this one, and I was wondering how's the noise? I've heard this specific graphics card is apparently noisy but also I saw that the Nano S case has some sort of sound dampening material in it. So what I'm wondering is does it actually make it quieter or is it still a little noisy?