SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video rendering/encoding, gaming, multitasking, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Nothing outside of the tower, DVD-RW
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Case sized under 9 x 14 x 22 in to fit in a carry-on luggage, preferably with handle for easier transport.
OVERCLOCKING: Probably not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I’m looking for a machine to do a little of everything with power graphically. I travel to school and back every now and then in airplane and want something I can take with me relatively easily without having to ship it every couple of months. I’ve been looking for a good micro-atx case that can fit a big video card, but details are scarce. Quiet and cool is also important because I have it running almost continuously.
Thanks for the quick replies. I like the both builds, they have some different ideas than I had, especially the SG02 case and the modular PSU. A quick question: Would I also be needing an additional CPU cooler and would it fit in the case? Also, would a quad core be worth the extra money over the X2 and X3 that you've suggested, considering I'm always doing 100 things at once?
No unless your overclocking a good amount the stock should work fine, whether it would fit depends on which one you're talking about but I would assume not all would fit. And yes you could trade in the 4850 for a 4830 which should work at your resolution, and get a quad core.
Hmm for $500 and juggle between your uses i'd say a P2X4 810 is doable with perhaps a HD 4670/4830 But i had taken a P2X3 710 to 3ghz under stock volts, stock cooler, el cheapo board+rams hehe so its your call i guess