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Portable System Budget Build-ish

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November 1, 2009 2:25:51 AM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HDR Photo Editing, Teh Internet11!1, Gaming ($600 Dollar GPU's need not apply) and MAYBE HD Video Editing


: Exclusively Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: None


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: N/A with Board Choice


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I move every 13 weeks. I want something I can grab and go with a small footprint. I occasionally get placed in some questionable places, so I don't want a $2000 dollar system walking out with someone else. I know a laptop would be more ideal, but I just can't pay laptop prices for laptop tech. Because of the mobility, I want wireless components where available.

Here We go, and thanks for the advice in advance!


Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - Retail $32.99

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $89.99

GPU:SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $159.99

PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $64.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail $175.99

Mem: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail $87.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare $74.99

OD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM $30.99

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $106.99

Monitor: Suggestions? No smaller that 21.5 in. I know it's in direct contrast to small footprint, but I'd like to run dual monitors.

Keyboard and Mouse" Suggestions? Wireless please

Total without Monitor or Mouse and Keyboard :$816.91


Some final comments: I'm not married to AMD/ATI by any means, just what I found after poking around Newegg. If you can come up with a better cpu/mobo/gpu combo, I'm all ears or eyes in this case. Just like anyone else, I want to spend as little as possible while yielding the greatest results.

Oh spirits of Toms Hardware New System Build......Please impart your knowlege and advice
November 1, 2009 3:59:36 AM

Change the graphic card to this:
Gigabyte HD 5770

I don't get what you mean by portable (is it for LAN Party use?), but if you were to cram the HD 4870 in too a small case, do it with a 5770. Sucks less power, less heat, better cooler + DirectX 11

And if you think paying 33 $ more is worth it to get an i5 build, then grab this combo.
(Its i5 750 + Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2)
the motherboard may be cheap but its a GREAT overclocker

But, if you still insist on getting AMD, no problem grab this combo:
(X4 955+ OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600)
and this one:
[Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit +GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H]

For my own build I will be selecting this one:
Its 21.5" but I don't have any experiences/knowledge whether it will be good or not.

PSU might work well, but others will change that for you. Remember if you want CF/SLI go ahead abd buy a high watt rating model. EDIT: this PSU has only 1 PCIE power plug. 4870 needs 2 of them. 5770 only needs 1. My suggeston: take the 5770 with this PSU.
November 1, 2009 4:03:41 AM

@akash3656 quote: "I don't get what you mean by portable (is it for LAN Party use?)"
Did you read his post? He moves every 13 weeks.
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November 1, 2009 4:24:30 AM

overshocks said:
@akash3656 quote: "I don't get what you mean by portable (is it for LAN Party use?)"
Did you read his post? He moves every 13 weeks.

Thanks for helping me at my 880 $ computer and here. I TOTALLY OVERSHOT the moving part.

TO OP: I do not know any good cases for any purpose... I'm sorry there.
November 1, 2009 4:45:12 AM

I would recommend a cm 690 it has good cooling and easy mobility..
although it's quite expensive for you in that budget
November 1, 2009 3:22:29 PM

Thanks guys! I'll scope the i5 build seeing how a have a week or two before I can build
November 3, 2009 12:03:33 AM

Since you have time to wait, and if you actually care about sata 3.0, usb 3.0...
Look out for this P55 Motherboard. Pricing=Don't know because not on sale yet
It has an A after P55 which means sata 3.0 and usb 3.0 support.