Description

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.

Lessons Learned

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.

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Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 9 points

Does the fruit add or subtract your from your fps?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

-10 FPS bc it's healthy.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, in order to gain fps it has to be a half eaten pizza.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! Given the case is so compact, I felt obliged to add a banana for scale ;)

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

I have always wanted an LZ7... Imagine if it came with a pico-box 500w so you could put tower coolers in

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

DC-DC power supplies are supported! That would be a sweet setup for sure

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Neat micro build! You could easily turn that into a living room emulation station.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! Yeah the build is small and quiet, would definitely work in a living room

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good, I like it. I dont see the XT140 fan listed on the part list in the system, was it just not installed at the time of the pictures?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Well spotted! Indeed the fan hadn't arrived when I took those pictures. I'll update the pics, as well as add my installation experience soon. Cheers!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Pics updated to include the XT140! It's a little tricky to install as by the time the fan screws have gone through the grille and the case, there's not much thread left to hold the fan. But using the extra M4 screws to attach the grille solves that problem nicely

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Super cool looking pc. The case is the main star IMO

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you like it! Thanks for checking it out. Totally agree- the fruit bowl is nice but it’s got nothing on that case ;)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the settings at 1080p with the Vega 11?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m running the recommended setting of 1080p, high detail. I also enabled anti-aliasing and I’m getting around 50-60 FPS

I also tried ultra detail and the FPS was still very playable, maybe 45-55 FPS. But I dropped it back as I prefer smoothness over detail when things get busy on screen!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Low Profile is the key in mini-ITX builds my dude ;) LZ7 is a must have. I'm in love with mine !

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes indeed! Just checked out your build, looks solid! I see you've also gone for the holy trinity of LZ7, Corsair PSU, and Noctua CPU cooler :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep :) Perfect combo. Last thing I want to do is cable management with custom PSU cables : https://www.pslatecustoms.com/collections/lazer3d-lz7-cables