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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.

CPU and Cooler

At this budget, we're using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. The R5 1600 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable, and it will easily fit inside our case.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mini ITX motherboard with a B350 chipset. The chipset will you to overclock the CPU, if you would like to, without breaking the bank. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build.


For our memory, the parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within AMD’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000mhz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory.


Since we have the room to do so, we're using a parametric filter to incorporate a 2.5" SSD with at least 500GB. 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 or adding an extra 3.5" mechanical drive for these purposes may not be a bad idea, depending on how many games you want to have ready to play as soon as you set up at the LAN. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.


For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 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 War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

Due to the high cost of GPUs and low availability, we are using a parametric filter for a GeForce GTX 1070 with a max price set. With patience and vigilance, you can find a video card for around this price, and we want to provide a part list that is more accurate to this concept.


Our parts are going into the small, cube-shaped Thermaltake Core V1 mini ITX desktop case. This case can fit fairly large video cards, and any that are too long will be filtered out by our compatibility engine. It can also fit more PSUs, with a max length of 200mm. The Core V1 also sports 2x USB 3.0 front ports, and it has 3 windows to show of your PC's guts. With this case, you can even fit 2x mechanical drives for extra storage, if you so please. SSDs will fit too, of course.


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

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 119W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $189.99 -$20.00 FREE $169.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Mini ITX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
$108.49 $108.49 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)
$167.99 -$15.00 FREE $152.99 Newegg Buy
+ USD $15 off w/ promo code EMCPSEV32, ends 3/22
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$129.89 $129.89 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
No Matches Available
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $525.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
Case $45.99 $45.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $89.99 -$15.00 FREE $74.99 Newegg Buy
$15.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $732.34
Promo Discounts: -$15.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $682.34
* 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:

WBCraft 2 points 11 days ago

If the user doesn’t plan on overclocking, wouldn’t the 1600x be a better purchase due to the XFR technology? I saw in the build that you wouldn’t be overclocking in this guide and thought that suggesting the 1600x I’d this is the user’s mindset could be a good suggestion

Charbles 1 point 16 days ago

Very cool!

HarvesterofSorrow 2 Builds 1 point 7 hours ago

eat pant

T_H_I_C_C -1 points 14 days ago

No GPU. R5 does not have a GPU.

CiroSchillig 5 points 14 days ago

no gtx 1070 matches the price segment of the used parametric filter

T_H_I_C_C 1 point 14 days ago

IK. Just letting people know.

CiroSchillig 2 points 6 days ago

Sorry, must have been pretty tired when I read your comment. I'd go for a Ryzen APU too.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock - AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard 7W - 30W
G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 14W - 14W
Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 31W - 119W