Description

For a long time I struggled on how to create a portable PC for my visits at LAN Partys with my friends. My intention was, to keep it small. Unfortunately, at that time, this was my only intention. I did not think about airflow or even weight ... but I'll come to this later.

I started out with a cheap Gigabyte Wifi mITX Board and an i3 4160. The board was okay but lacked good looks since it was orange so when I got the chance I sold it and got a black one. The i3 did a great job at most games but since my favorite game of all times is BF4 which is very CPU hungry - I had some problems with the small 2 core so I upgraded to an i5.

My first case was a Raijintek Metis which was a huge improvement in space but very bad in terms of temperatures. I then switched to the well known Bitfenix Prodigy (a horrible build since I bought it used from ebay and the previous owner was heavily smoking but not cleaning at all). The prodigy was good, temps were good and there were handles to carry it around. Until one of the handles broke. So I sold the broken case and got me a Silverstone Milo ML07. It was very good until I upgraded my videocard from a small ITX card to a full sized GTX770. Temps started to rise.

This is why this build is now retired. It is currently being taken apart and I am waiting for my Fractal Design Nano S to be shipped - a larger case but hopefully nice airflow and a good build quality. I will keep this build log for remembering the Milo!

Part Reviews

CPU

Got it for 90 Eur on Ebay - does a great job in the small PC. Currently there is no need for more performance for my LAN rig!

CPU Cooler

Only four stars because installation was horrible. Does a good job even in the small Milo case!

Motherboard

Bought it for the looks and the wifi. No need for a Z-board but the features are very good.

Memory

Does the job. Is black colored. Check.

Storage

Old HDD from my laptop - not the best choice for installing games but I had it laying around. Will upgrade to a WD 1TB Blue 7200 soon... 4 stars here because it is really old but still runs ;)

Video Card

Great performance (even better than my EVGA in my other build) but super loud noises so I sold it...

Case

Here we go - the main part in my LAN build. The case is very optimized in terms of space. Unfortunately in my case the GPU just got too warm which affected the drives being mounted on the opposite side of the GPU bracket. I will use the case for an HTPC soon - but as a full power gaming LAN rig - at least for me - it is too small.

Power Supply

Is a little louder than full sized power supplies but the space factor is very important in small cases. Also cable management and gold certification are very good. A nice piece of hardware!

Keyboard

This keyboard is very very good for typing and gaming. Plus it is light and wireless. I use the same one in my office as my daily driver. Unfortunately the wireless connection could be better - sometimes I get input lag when the case is on the floor and the table is very thick or made with metal.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 17 points

So what in the world does Schleppzock mean? Google results actually direct to this completed build lol.

  • 43 months ago
  • 13 points

Amazing SEO :D

Schleppzock consists of two parts: 1) Schlepp (from "schleppen" = colloquial for carrying) 2) Zock (from "zocken" = colloquial for gaming)

  • 43 months ago
  • 17 points

Ah German, where you can mash two words together and come out with a new one.

  • 43 months ago
  • 6 points

I'm pretty sure we do that in English as well.

http://www.edufind.com/english-grammar/compound-nouns/

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

You didn't get the jode, right?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

And it still sounds like a real word haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 6 points

Cool! Thanks for clearing that up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that he knows what it means, its feature time :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

"Schleppzock". Guess you're german!? ; )
To bad the build got retired, it is something.
+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Too bad indeed. Hope that case gets a second life, unlike that poor candle.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey guys the candle is fine, don't worry ;) The build just did not satisfy my needs. When I am at a LAN party I want 2 things: 1) Performance 2) Fun. No worries about temps, fan speeds, etc. Such a small case with a more or less hot GTX 770 is okay for 1) but does not fulfill 2) unless you add 3 fans to it making it kinda loud ;) Plus when Fractal released the Nano S I was in love on first sight...

But because I also loved this build, I decided to make a build log here to keep it in mind!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Right call! ; )

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yes German - awesome build name, isn't it? ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ja! : )

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Gefällt mir :) mann sieht Deutsche nicht so oft hier

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Ja, aber auch in Deutschland gibts genug Fans von Custom PCs ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Super clean. What kind of camera are you using for the pictures?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir! Nikon D5300 / 35mm 1:1.8

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, Crispy Pictures... You Better Get a Feature ;D

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great pics and build, dude!

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That is VERY good cable management for an HTPC, very well done.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You have been through a lot of parts to get to where your at.

Hope things go your way with your next part selection and the LAN box will rise again :) +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you - and yes, Ive been. I have a main PC that I do not often change. It just has to run. So this LAN box is my trial and error fun build and tear apart machine ;) I kinda traded many parts on ebay to get better parts for not burning too much money.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps one day I will have a LAN/tinker build also. But for now my main PC will have to suffice.

I do have a PC side project but it is a dual core AMD CPU with a 9800GT that has 4GB DDR2 and is on windows XP.

But I do have plans for a faster Dual core AMD, a GTX 650, and 8GB DDR3 and moving up to windows 7 which will be nice.

Its solely for My little brother to play league of legends haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

In my opinion it doesnt matter what specs your PC has - at least you have the skills to build and have fun doing it. Dual Core AMD with GTX 650 sounds good for me!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah just cant wait for a new MoBo, the old shoddy as one I am using has some blown/swollen capacitors. I am surprised its still running if im honest.

Although they may just be ugly looking and still fine but they look pretty swollen to me.

and DDR3 will be a godsend haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The Nano S is going to be sweet. second fav budget ITX case right now.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately the shipping takes forever - seems to be some availability issues here in Europe...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps. It is a good choice still. Personally I'll wait for the case for a few days as it isn't always needed to test components but I'll invest US$10 to save 2-3 days in shipping or another part if it will take a while to come in.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Same here - the first shop ended up not receiving it so I bought it from my favorite shop as soon as they received it. Was 12 € more including next day delivery. Totally worth it. So I can spend the weekend building :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe you could go with a blower-style cooler to keep the GPU temps down? The case in the pictures looks way easier to transport than a Nano-S.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally with you on both points but:

1) I fell in love with the Nano S 2) Hate blower style GPUs because of: most of them are ugly and loud af...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Stunning...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice compact build

Congrats on featured!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sehr schön bauen +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I love how small and simplistic it is!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Going for small size is the real challenge ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool build, and seeing a full power i5 gaming computer stuffed into such a slim case is pretty unique. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC, even though it is retired. Gave me an idea for what to name my PC.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much :) How are you going to name it?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Figure out a name I do like in English and translate it to a different language. It's a lot better than all the cliché names I've thought of.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That is true. For me, a build needs a decent name to be fun ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. Make it your personal machine. If you name it something cliche then make that cliche name meaningful to you.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is O.K, For $800, But I recomend getting Dual Channel DDR3 2x4 Ram.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You do realize that these aren't the prices he paid for the parts don't you?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I always keep an option of upgrading so for the next build with these components, a second 8gb will join the party!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

YAY!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. How about one more shot with the case cover on if you have it.

Thumbs up

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is retired and some parts already sold :(

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No sweat was just seeing if some old jpegs were still around for it. I look forward to your next build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sehr gut!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Danke!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

bitte

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by Old Arbiterhand? Name for the case back then or what..?. < :?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

My Nickname ... Arbiter is kinda my nickname and when I started playing shooters I needed something more Old Shatterhandy ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Legit, the coolest nickname I've ever seen.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought it said 'Old Afterbirth' on the case lol... Nice pics, looks like the Bronx?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

For a long time I struggled on how to create a portable PC for my visits at LAN Partys with my friends

lol, I have the same problem. Try lugging around a NZXT phantom that weighs approximately a crap ton.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished a build in the Nano S. Good case. Plenty of height for a tall air cooler. 2 140mm intake fans keep temps down. Cool small build. Looked great. Best of luck with the Nano S.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 8 points

^ This comment deserves a feature ^

I know that's not possible, but still

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

it should be a thing just for this comment

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Meteorology ftw