Description

I wanted to put together a full power portable rig that takes <10 min to assemble. It wasn't a budget build, but I can and do leave it in my car trunk most of the time so I have it on me for one-off game sessions. It's been wonderful so far and setup and tear down is literally <10 min and can be carried in 2 pieces (1 trip) to the car.

Some post-build thoughts:

  1. A Founders Edition 1080ti is said to be a more appropriate card design for tight air space like this, but I initially had this card in an eGPU enclosure. As it turns out though, heat is "not" an issue at all with this card/case combo.

  2. I initially had a fan cooler on the CPU, but it was peaking at 91C, so I water-cooled it and it peaks at ~63C now.

  3. I replaced the H60 radiator fan with a Corsair ML120 Pro LED White ultra-high static pressure fan to increase overall case pressure since there's only room for one case fan. It wasn't necessary, but does move air noticeably better now.

  4. My Passmark score is very acceptable.

  5. Overall rig is pretty light considering how much stuff I have in that bag.

  6. I chose a wired keyboard because it was by far my favorite Razer keyboard and mostly personal preference. Other than that, there's only 1 power cord and 1 monitor cord when using peripherals in wireless mode. It's quite nice.

  7. I listed all parts, including controller, bag, etc so everyone knows what it cost to complete a full portable rig, transport needs and all.

  8. I used a short cable set for the PSU to improve airflow up through the top vents.

  9. I happily opted for a proper G-Sync monitor and it's UNBELIEVABLY smooth :D After calibrating, it covers almost as much of the Adobe RGB spectrum as my previous high end IPS panel too, so I'm very happy with it overall.

  10. Real world RAM benchmarks show virtually no measurable performance difference between RAM operating in Single vs. Dual Channel mode for gaming, so I opted for a single 16GB stick so I could easily pop in another stick in the near future if I so desired. (I've done a lot of homework on this one).

  11. To save money, I opted for an Intel 600p M.2 PCIe SSD over the faster Samsung M.2 cards because honestly, 1900/550 MB/s R/W is plenty for gaming.

  12. I intentionally place the GPU side up in the bag during transport to keep it from impacting the floor in any way, but the GPU actually fits nice and snug in there and doesn't move around during transport. Despite how thin the metal is on the case, it's still structurally sound when fully assembled.

  13. Using MSI Command Center, I can adjust the Radiator Fan & Pump speed, so I opted for a semi-aggressive Fan Curve, and full power to the pump. Overall, it's honestly pretty quiet. The PSU fan is probably louder than the radiator fan if anything, but it moves a ton of air.

  14. I opted to turn the PSU upside-down to double as an exhaust fan and I haven't had any issues yet. There is also actually an air gap between the PSU housing and the case, so even though I'm not pulling air in through the top for the PSU fan, the case will still exhaust through the top vents due to static pressure.

  15. The bag I used was carefully chosen to fit everything I need, has decent padding, etc and it's MOLLE provisioned, so I used that to attach the Razer Headset Case with a couple of these MOLLE straps.

  16. I opted for a DS4 controller because they're only $40 and operate over Bluetooth. I wanted an Xbox 1 Elite controller, but said and done, I'd be in nearly $200 for a controller and dongle, and I'd have to hide the dongle inside the case to avoid having to plug it in on every setup.

  17. I got the foldable card table at Walmart for $30 for anyone interested.

  18. I initially really wanted the "Dan A4-SFX" case, but didn't want to wait until next year for it. It's still on my radar. It's TINY. Check it out for sure.

Future Plans

Thinking about dissecting a Razer Chroma device and using it to synchronize custom internal RGB case lighting just for fun :P

Saving Money

Obviously I put this rig together exactly how I wanted it, and not focusing solely on budget, so there's a ton of room to cut back on CPU, GPU, Monitor, Peripherals, etc if someone wanted to make this a budget build.

This is my 3rd rig overall, starting with a huge full-tower, water, custom monster, then to a semi-portable one before this. This one is my favorite hands down. I play a lot more often now that it's truly portable.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you do a single stick of memory? Wouldn't you get better performance with two DIMMs?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

He wants to be able to upgrade later on. Its a mini itx board and only has two memory slots.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The performance hit is very slight actually. I know this article is old, but there were some benchmarks done to compare it:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/does-dual-channel-memory-make-difference-in-gaming-performance/

The ability to jump to 32gb later on sounds like a better deal to me. :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I built out a Ryzen 1700 rig in the same case. I did the same thing with memory (to start). I put in one stick of 16GB DDR4-3000. When I changed that to two sticks of 8GB memory with the same timings memory read and write times 16,000 MB/sec to 32,000 MB/sec.

It could be a difference between Intel and AMD. And it could be that I enabled XMP 2.0 somewhere in between. But the performance improvement actually did bring up bottom 5% FPS in GoW4. It was only 2-3% (so probably matches your article), but I was surprised that I was able to do anything to get bottom 5% up. It didn't have a meaningful impact on overall FPS.

But excellent build for showing how to make the whole rig portable. This gave me some great ideas.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Just as everyone below said, the convenience of being able to throw in another stick at will was worth the unnoticeable performance drop for me. There are so many factors that can give/take only a few FPS that I wasn't going to sweat it, especially with a 1080ti. LawBreakers runs at 156FPS maxed out XD.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Very neat!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I see you!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Mother God of Sick Portables! I wanted to do the same thing as first project when i finish my university to start working!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

You sir have my +1!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen gaming stations that are.portable but never an entire setup. This is beyond cool!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I've got that monitor and a mITX build! This tells me I at least don't have to be afraid of taking things on the road. However, I have a sort of rolling desk-shelf thing and all my random cables are tied up here so it'd take me some time to break down. Still, a bit of inspiration never hurt. Any gaming FPS numbers?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything maxed out for all games for me at 2560 x 1440 - No overclock atm:

  • LawBreakers: 156 FPS avg
  • Tom Clancy's The Division: 79 FPS avg

I'll add more here as soon as I think to. Everything I have is above 60 FPS. Certain games like The Division are surprisingly expensive for things like Ambient Occlusion and nVidia's high-end shadowing techniques, but with G-Sync, you could even afford to do 4k with a bit of a dip in FPS with no tearing.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I wouldn't have thought that the 1080Ti could show anything other than total >120fps domination at 1440p but I guess that's the price for these super-max settings. All those recommendations for the 1070 at 1440p are starting to feel a bit misleading but I suppose that that's why we have price/performance comparisons alongside the pure performance numbers. I was dealing with a bit of stuttering on Nier: Automata but wasn't sure where it was coming from. I don't blame G-Sync for not doing it's job since I suspect it's something else in the system causing real frame drops.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know if you guys think I should pull all the non-PC parts from the list and just list them in the Description. The build price looks deceivingly high due to the peripherals and bag, etc. It's really about a $2,000 build + stuff-n-things.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had listed my first rig ~7yrs ago. 8800GTX SC on water, custom UV lighting, 3 fan rad, giant metal Thermaltake case. It was crazy. Weighed like 40lbs XD. Ran me about $2,300 for just the tower.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Forgot to mention this. The only other case I saw that was smaller that I wanted more was the "Dan A4-SFX" case, but I didn't want to wait until next year for it. It's still on my radar. It's TINY. Check it out for sure. Not sure if you could get an AIO Water Cooler in there though. Sounds like a CHALLENGE to me XD.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

What a nice build! Im so jealous of it ... that 1080 is fir though.. I want a make a small rig like this or with the thermaltake suppressor f1 which is a little bigger.. the portability seems amazing. Also i want to ask something about the cooling system, does the coolermaster seidon 120v ver.3 plus will fit in this case? it has fan sandwhich format and i bet you can only fit it in front panel. Finally does this case has a good airflow, i want to overclock my cpu in the future and I bet i can do it only with water-cooling.. Thanks for your time and congrats to the build! :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, why h110 mobo? I have the same case and mobo, but I have a 6500 and a zotac 1060 6gb.

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