February 18th 2018

Building a small, but powerful, gaming machine

Have you ever wanted a computer that is fast and powerful but also small, sleek, and sexy? Surely such a combination cannot exist! Well, prepare to feast your eyes upon this beautiful build I recently completed.

About the size of an Xbox but with computing power to spare this sweet little package was born out of necessity. I turned off my old desktop computer a few weeks ago when leaving for a business trip and arrived home only to find that it had given up the ghost never to be turned on again (bad motherboard). I salvaged the parts I could while using the opportunity to upgrade some others and eventually ended up with the build we see here in its final form.

Make no mistake, its creation was not without struggle. Blood, sweat, tears, and possibly a few curse words were included in the process of making everything fit into this small technological carapace.

If you would like more details on what's included or details on how to make your own (and possibly avoid some pitfalls and/or bloodshed), I documented some of the complications as well as included a build list with all the parts involved at PCPartPicker.com.

CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - MasterLiquid Lite 120 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard Asus - ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory Corsair - Vengeance RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3333 Memory
Storage Samsung - 960 Pro 2TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Video Card Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Turbo Video Card
Case Silverstone - RVZ03B Mini ITX Desktop Case
Power Supply Seasonic FOCUS Plus Series SSR-850PX 850W 80+ Platinum ATX12V
Case Fan Silverstone - FW121 32.6 CFM 120mm Fan
Monitor Acer - XB270HU bprz 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor