I have a desktop that I am quite pleased with. But while I started with a very light aluminum case (full-size), the beast got very heavy real quick after I installed everything. Three hard drives and two optical drives contribute to the weight.
So now my next project will be what I really was after all along, a LAN machine. With a stable desktop, I no longer really need to worry about back-up etc. So I want to build a mid... maybe even a micro ATX, with enough power for good grapics. FPS and RTS LAN experiences are the objective, with power, weight, and expense the primary concerns.
I won't be doing video.
I want one HD, one Optical drive, one graphics card, and air cool. And this stuff has to fit together d@mmit.
With a little shopping I can probably find it all and at a decent price. But quick question: what format optical drive will I need?
That should give you supreme preformance at LAN parties! A few places you could easily cut back on is hard drive and video card. I went over-the-top with both; a 74GB Raptor and a 8800GTS. You could also cut the OS back to Windows XP; your choice. Everything else should be great for a mobile gaming system!
Basic specs of the one I put together...
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor
MSI G965M-FI MicroATX mainboard
2GB of DDR2 533 RAM
PNY GeForce 8800GTS
16x DVD-ROM/52x CD-ROM drive
Windows Vista Home Premium
All that rolled into a Apevia X-QPack Aluminum MicroATX case with 420-watt power supply.
I second that but maybe cut the graphics card back, save some money for a nice new LAN game!!! i wouldnt cut back on the HDD i would go bigger, at one lan party i can back with over 30 GB of new games and music on top of what i had. 160gb gone.
more consumer research needs to be done about Micro-Atx...there is the "shuttle" which has been out for 5 yrs...which originally had cooling problems, but cooling problems these days are going away with newer state of the art multi core cpu's
Overall, not bad advice; However, take into consideration, 9 times out of 10, when you install multiple anti-virus programs, they will confict and cause massive head-aches. www.google.com, research into it.
OP: You appear competent with your desktop, if it were me, I'd look into a shuttle barebones, add a video card, and beef up the power supply, and you'd be on your way to a handy portable computer, without the problems of a notebook.
www.pricewatch.com as well as www.newegg.com are great resources for inexpensive, quality components. Beware, www.pricewatch.com has been known to advertise a few companies known for having poor reputations, triple check where you buy from before buying.