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Possible Portable High end Gaming Rig

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May 25, 2010 6:48:26 AM

I am going on an extended cruise (active duty navy) and want to build a rugged, portable gaming box that is as small as I can manage. The following is what I have put together, though I have concerns about both processor and ambient cooling, as well as getting all of it to fit into so small a box. I am not unhappy with the price, but am not sure the performance per dollar of the dual card setup is worth it.

I don't have a lot of time (2 weeks from now basically) to finish the build and get it assembled; so any help is greatly appreciated. If I am being overly optimistic about all of this, please let me know.


1 LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112222
$99.88

1 SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817256058
$149.99

1 ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131371
$209.99

1 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7
Item #: N82E16820145286
$199.99

1 Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
$288.99

2 HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814161330
$579.98 ($289.99 each)

1 Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835185129
$37.99

1 SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151199
$89.99

1 Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
Item #: N82E16820167016
$194.95

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
$99.99


Subtotal: $1,951.74
Tax: $161.02
May 25, 2010 2:24:46 PM

What size monitor are you going to be gaming on? This is also a lot to cram into a case that small...I would try to minimize the number of components in there, to reduce heat.

You should fill out the sticky at the top of the forum so we have some information to help you.
May 25, 2010 2:38:49 PM

Well, not sure where you're buying from (should fill out form in sticky, link in my sig) so I'll just general parts you should get.

Don't think that HSF will fit that Case. I'm not the Lan box expert around here, so I'll stick to hardware suggestions.

CPU
i5-750 $200

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
5870 $380
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't really need a blue ray drive.

Cheap $20 dvd burner is all you need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
X25-M 80gb is fine.

HD
Spinpoint F3 1tb $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
You'd technically be fine with a Corsair 750tx. $110
However if you do want the best, get this Seasonic which is $10 more than the silverstone.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll leave case and HSF to someone who has experience with Lan boxes.

1 5870 should be enough for any game up to 1920x1080. You can xfire it down the road though if you want.

If 5870's won't fit (might not), a 5850's is also fine. Go with XFX, HIS isn't the best support or warranty.

$290 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2010 6:02:16 AM

Sorry for not posting based on the sticky, I finished the build kinda late last night and just wanted to get some impressions, here is all the info:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 2-3k, not a big deal in either direction, but no desire to spend more for no real gain

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, 3d modeling, Video/Photo Editing, general workstation use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: none really, I am looking for a thin, small footprint 1080 p monitor, something that could fit on a 17" wide, 13" deep desk with room for a compact full size keyboard and mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: High quality, and would like to stick w/ an intel processor

OVERCLOCKING: whatever I can get by with in a small enclosure

CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but not a requirement, I just care about performance.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: x1080 or x1200, doesn't matter

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The PC needs to be relitively small, though I could perhaps take something a bit larger if it was still very portable. I needs to be relatively rugged, as I will be transporting it somewhat frequently, and it will be operated on an Aircraft Carrier - it can get a bit bumpy.
May 26, 2010 7:49:58 AM

Well, if your into hardcore casemodding, you could make a closed system with oil having direct touch with the components... :D 
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