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August 12, 2009 12:21:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Last week of August

BUDGET RANGE: about $500

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.

Any help any of you may have would be great!
a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2009 12:28:49 AM

This would come to about $540, it's a relatively large case, although it fits your maximum size requirements, and I really like it (I own one).

AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Flex EX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Enhanced Bandwidth Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake VI5000BNS Black SECC Steel MicroATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Let me know what you think...
a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2009 2:33:32 PM

Haha about the same idea but my take of a portable rig/your price point/needs

I do up mATX/SFF gamers (speciality hehe) and the above is my casing of choice for SFF gaming rigs

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August 12, 2009 11:06:11 PM

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?
a b 4 Gaming
August 13, 2009 1:26:32 AM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
August 13, 2009 10:38:52 AM

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 :p 
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