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Upgrading Wife's Portable Gaming/Streaming/VR Build

kazini
  • 25 months ago

My wife has had a build with a i7-2600k and a 980ti for coming up on a few years now. she uses it to game and stream and im looking into upgrading it both because i feel like she can see some performance improvements and because we'd like a smaller form factor for when we take our htc vive over to family/friends houses. Currently we lug a full size tower everywhere we go and it tends to both be conspicuous (we live in a bad neighborhood) and quite annoying to load and unload.

I made a list and am just looking for input on a mini-itx build as i've honestly never done one. i have the parts ill be re-using from her current build marked down as purchased on this list as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor $308.87 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler $29.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $209.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $356.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $199.99 @ B&H
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Cooler Master - Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $25.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Optical Drive LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Keyboard AZIO - MGK1-K Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $0.00
Mouse Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse Purchased For $0.00
Headphones Sennheiser - HD 558 Headphones Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1141.71
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1131.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-02 22:24 EDT-0400

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor $289.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $47.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $209.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $164.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $169.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV ITX TG (Black) Mini ITX Desktop Case $84.49 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan ARCTIC - F12 PWM 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $7.29 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan ARCTIC - F12 PWM 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $7.29 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Keyboard AZIO - MGK1-K Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $0.00
Mouse Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse Purchased For $0.00
Headphones Sennheiser - HD 558 Headphones Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $981.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-02 22:42 EDT-0400
  • Newer CPU
  • Beefy CPU cooler (to keep temps low, what with a small form factor and space)
  • 32GB is on the overkill (and expensive side), 16GB should suffice
  • NVME brings zero benefits (it only would be effective if you work with 10GB plus sized files) for a normal rig. A standard SATA M.2 (like the 860 EVO) would do the job just as well
  • The Elite 130 is an older design, which means that it has it's own flaws (the PSU is mounted above the motherboard). The Evolv ITX would be more practical, reassembly-wise
  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

i pretty much agree with all of this, the nvme was just to take advantage of it and upgrade from the garbage ssd she has in there (bought a really cheap one when i built it)

Also i had considered the Evolv ITX but she is adamant that she doesn't want to give up her optical drive, any recommendations that include a slot for an optical drive?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, there is the Thermaltake Core X1

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8238TW/thermaltake-case-ca1d600s1wn00

The only downside seems to be that it doesn't come with any fans out of the box (and it can support quite a lot of them). I'd advise gong for 3x200mm (one up front, 2 on the top) and 1x140mm (on the rear).

Here's some options on what you could do:

If you want some "flash" in your build (the fan colour can be controlled by Asus Aura)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Case Thermaltake - Core X1 Mini ITX Tower Case $99.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan Pro 120 Air Flow RGB 48.8 CFM 120mm Fan $19.59 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan MF200R RGB 90.0 CFM 200mm Fan $19.95 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan MF200R RGB 90.0 CFM 200mm Fan $19.95 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan MF200R RGB 90.0 CFM 200mm Fan $19.95 @ Newegg
Other SilverStone PWM Fan Hub System Cables, Black (CPF04) $14.20 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $193.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-03 01:03 EDT-0400

If you don't want any lighting, you could do this. Slightly less impressive, but it is much cheaper (and the fans are beefier, too)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Case Thermaltake - Core X1 Mini ITX Tower Case $99.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Case Fan Phanteks - PH-F200SP_BBK 110.1 CFM 200mm Fan $18.61 @ Newegg
Case Fan Phanteks - PH-F200SP_BBK 110.1 CFM 200mm Fan $18.61 @ Newegg
Case Fan Phanteks - PH-F200SP_BBK 110.1 CFM 200mm Fan $18.61 @ Newegg
Case Fan Phanteks - PH-F140SP_BBK 82.1 CFM 140mm Fan $14.99 @ Newegg
Other SilverStone PWM Fan Hub System Cables, Black (CPF04) $14.20 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $185.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-03 01:00 EDT-0400
  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Overkill for streaming. I would go with a Ryzen 7 1700X and 16gb of RAM instead of 32. No need for 32 unless you are doing heavy 4k video editing. Also you could probably live with a 240gb SSD and save some money. Since you are streaming I'm not sure what all that storage is for.

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