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Master Geek

#90645 26-Sep-2011 18:14
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so next year im gonna be flying to and from the south island in semester breaks and I plan on bringing my PC with me (just the Case and internals), is there any cases the fine people here can suggest because my idea is that if it cant be given like a backpack with extra slots and made carry on, then id make a custom one with enough space for my current hardware and can be packed in my other luggage.

 I have a Micro ATX; 24.4cm x 24.4cm board and a  GFX that is  (mm) 208 x 111 x 35 so i think it might be a awkward form-factor im asking for.

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Ultimate Geek

  #525952 26-Sep-2011 19:26
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Take a look at the Inwin BK623.

I have one myself, and it's a great case.

Only comes with a 300W SFX PSU though. Whether that's enough depends on your GPU and other internals.

The Cooler Master Elite 360 is probably a good choice if you want a full ATX PSU.

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Uber Geek


  #526005 26-Sep-2011 22:09
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I would start with the case and then think hardware. Suggest a Shuttle which has an optional padded carry case like an old school camera bag. There are other similar PCs around, but this is what I know of.

I did fit that size professional CAD graphics card into an old Shuttle xPC, but the card did draw too much power for the power supply.

There is no reason they can;t make more powerful power supplies into small form factors, other than there is not much of a market so it is not worth doing.

Have a look at PlayTech to see if they have something suitable. They have interesting stuff.

You can never have enough Volvos!


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  #526206 27-Sep-2011 14:09
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I would do a new Mini-ITX / Mini-DTX build with the Lian Li PC-Q08 personally.

Something like...

CPU: Intel i5 2500k
MOBO: Asus or Gigabyte H67 chipset Mini-ITX mobo 
RAM: 8GB Kingston Hyper X (2x 4GB)
DISK: 1TB WD Black for storage + Intel SSD for OS
VIDEO: Reuse, or Nvidia GTX 560Ti or AMD Radeon 6950

The case fits a 300mm long video cards if the 2nd lower hdd cage is removed.

Case size is: (W) 227mm x (H) 272mm x (D) 345mm, should be fine as cabin baggage.

Reviews here: 

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Uber Geek

  #526398 27-Sep-2011 18:28
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Are you planning on recasing your matx board? It is still going to be big and bulky to carry. Something like this:
Or this:
would be the smallest you could go and even then only if the cpu cooler and graphics card are low profile friendly. 
Can I ask why you want to carry a desktop around with you? Wouldn't it just be easier to get a laptop, tablet or netbook? 

Try Vultr using this link and get us both some credit:

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Uber Geek


  #526409 27-Sep-2011 18:41
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You can go smaller.. If you don't want any PCI(e) Cards.. I have a M350 Case with a Zotac GEForce 9300 Motherboard/PicoPSU in it with no problems at all.

If you have an ION based motherboard (Intel D945GSEJT) then you can fit an PCI Card in it.

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Master Geek

  #526760 28-Sep-2011 14:01
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ive decided to sell everything I have and invest in a gaming Laptop and a netbook

if anyone's looking for a cheep dual core or quad core system pm me :L

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