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Portable Gaming PC Build Guide – November 2018

Mainstream gaming performance in a small package.

Portability, price, and performance in gaming desktops usually don’t mix well. Majority of mini-ITX cases support only SFX PSU’s which are expensive and those that can fit a mainstream graphics card are usually expensive. With the recent improvements in PC hardware technology, building a mainstream gaming PC using a small and portable case is now more viable. If you are currently looking for a gaming PC that merges portability, price, and performance, this build guide is for you.

Related: Php15,000 Budget Gaming PC Build Guide December 2018 (Athlon 200GE)

The Components

Just some REMINDERS:

  • The prices are based on the item listing of retailers in Metro Manila. Price may change without prior notice so call the store to verify the updated price on your day of purchase.
  • For the monitor, we recommend the LG 29UM69 as starting point since it’s a 75-Hz monitor that supports Free Sync and has a resolution of 2560 x 1080.

Intel Core i5 8400
Socket – Intel LGA 1151
Number of Cores – 6
Number of Threads – 6
CPU Speed – 2.8 to 4.0 GHz
L3 Cache – 9 MB
TDP (Thermal Design Power) – 65 watts
On-die GPU – Intel UHD 630

Gigabyte B360N Aorus Gaming WiFi
Socket – Intel LGA 1151
Chipset – Intel B360
Memory Type Supported – DDR4
Memory Speed Supported – up to 2,666 MHz
Max. Memory Amount Supported – 32GB
Memory Slots – 2
Form Factor – Mini ITX (17.0 cm x 17.0 cm)
Heatsink on VRM – Yes

Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB
GPU – AMD Radeon RX 580
Number of Cores – 2,304
GPU Base Speed – 1,257 MHz
GPU Turbo Speed – 1,366 MHz
Memory – 8GB GDDR5 @ 8 GHz
PCI-E Power Cable Requirement – 1x 8-pin
Graphics Card Length – 230 mm
Display Outputs – 1x DVI-D, 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort 1.4

G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GBx2 DDR4 2800
(F4-2800C15D-16GVRB)
Memory Type – DDR4
Memory Amount – 8GB x 2 = 16GB
Speed – 2,800 MHz
Voltage – 1.25 V
Timings – 15-16-16-35

Seasonic S12II 520
Rated Capacity – 520 watts
Tested Max. Capacity – 588 watts
Form Factor – ATX
PCI-E Power Cables – 2x 6+2 pin
Input Voltage – 100 V to 240 V
Input Frequency – 50 Hz to 60 Hz
Modular Cables – No
80PLUS Rating – Bronze

Crucial BX500 480GB (CT480BX500SSD1)
Type – Solid State Drive (SSD)
Form Factor – 2.5 inch
Interface – SATA 6Gb/s
Capacity – 480 GB
Warranty – 3 years

Silverstone SG13
Form Factor – Mini ITX
PSU Bay Form Factor – ATX
Max. Graphics Card Length – 266 mm
Max. CPU Cooler Height – 61 mm
Drive Bays – 3x 2.5-inch
Front Fan Provision – 1x 120 mm or 1x 140 mm
Top Fan Provision – none
Rear Fan Provision – none
Side Fan Provision – none

Build Summary

  Part Name Price ()
CPU Intel Core i5 8400 2.8 – 4.0 GHz 10,750
Motherboard Gigabyte B360N Aorus Gaming WiFi 6,430
Graphics Card Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB 14,500
Memory G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GBx2 DDR4 2800 9,040
Power Supply Seasonic S12II-520 3,070
Case Silverstone SG13 2,200
Storage Drive Crucial BX500 480GB 4,420
TOTAL SYSTEM COST   50,410

For those who want to tweak the build according to their preferences, see the alternative parts below.

  • All AMD Build: Ryzen 5 2600 | Gigabyte B450I Aorus Pro WiFi | New TOTAL = ₱50,470
  • Cost Reduction: G. Skill Ripjaws V 4GBx2 DDR4 2400 | Corsair VS450 | Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD (WD10SPZX) | New TOTAL = ₱42,930

Performance

We have thoroughly tested the AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB and it’s a very capable GPU for playing games at 2560 x 1080 resolution. If you are not interested in performance graphs, you could watch the game play videos below.

For those concerned with temperature issues in small cases, no need to worry. The peak temperature I have observed on the Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB is 75 C when running F1 2017 for 30 minutes. That is not bad considering I tested the graphics card in Silverstone SG13 without a front fan and only relying on the PSU’s fan for ejecting hot air outside of the case. Ambient temperature is 28 C.

OS for First-time Builders

Ubuntu MATE is a free and easy-to-use OS (operating system) that can accommodate the needs of a PC gamer. Besides being free and easy-to-use, another great thing about Ubuntu MATE is you are in control of the system updates. You choose when and what to download and there are no forced system updates when restarting the PC.

As of today, there are more than 5,000 games at Steam which are natively available on Linux. That may be meager compared to the total number of games at Steam but Valve’s recent move to enable Windows games to be run within the Steam Linux client boosted by a large amount the number of games that can be enjoyed on Linux. Some of the popular PC games that can now be played on Linux are The Witcher 3, Tekken 7, Dark Souls III, NieR: Automata, and Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain.

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I'm a PC gamer and Ubuntu MATE is my recommended OS for gaming.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Miles Sparks

    November 10, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Whao! Wow!

  2. Kris Jan

    November 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    wow nice but intel nmn i hope amd build sna

  3. Pinoy Linux Gamer

    November 11, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Kindly re-check the article. It’s been updated to include recommendations for tweaking the build.

  4. Dennis

    November 15, 2018 at 9:21 am

    75c is bad and it’s because your poor choice of case and card. There are mini itx cases out there that have better air flow. I have a 1080 strix in my RVZ02 and it doesn’t go further than 60c. AMD RX cards are hella hot and power inefficient, you should’ve gotten an Nvidia card.

  5. Dark Zyrus

    November 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I’d rather replace that SG13 with a Thermaltake Core V1 instead

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