This build is purely a gaming PC, in fact, it's a PC purely for one game! Namely, Heroes of the Storm. I'm still a very average player, but I think I've reached the point where the FPS on my MacBook Air has become the limiting factor in my ability to keep up with my friends. So it's time to put my money where my mouth is and build a dedicated HOTS rig!
With this build I had the following objectives in mind:
- Must play HOTS at 1080p / 60 FPS. No other games or activities matter at this point
- Minimal physical footprint, minimal complexity
- Quality where it counts- I don't want issues of power / heat affecting my limited playing time!
To that end I opted to experiment with the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, which has a built-in GPU! It's plenty capable of running HOTS, and that's all it needs to do :) I coupled this with the winning combination of Lazer3D LZ7 case, Corsair SF450 PSU, and Noctua NH-L12S cooler, and I'm super happy with the result. Now I have no excuses not to dominate at HOTS ;)
Many thanks to the PCPartPicker contributors that shared their Lazer3D builds! They really helped me with part selection and installation tips. Also, thanks to TekEverything for the "no compromise" build video that inspired me to go with the LZ7!
My Favourite Parts of This Build
The simplicity! No internal cables for USB ports, HDDs, GPU, etc. The finished product has a single button for on/off, and the interface panel from the motherboard. That's it. The Corsair PSU's modular cabling really helps out here- all the unnecessary cables can be removed, preventing what would otherwise be a cable management nightmare in a case this small.
I also really liked the MSI auto-install feature for drivers. It was nice not having to download / install the drivers one-by-one.
Be very careful with your RAM selection! This can be an expensive mistake. The Noctua cooler rests directly on top of the RAM, so there's no space for RAM with heatsink shrouds. Initially I purchased some G-Skill Ripjaws RAM which ended up being too tall, so I had to swap it for the Corsair Vengeance RAM you see in the part list. It's tricky to find specs on RAM height, so my recommendation here would be to check out other builds on PCPartPicker and see what they've used.