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March 23, 2011 10:40:19 PM

Hi, im looking to build a portable pc mostly for med-high level gaming i have been doing alot of research involving the build seeing as i am a first time builder.

Is micro ATX better suited for gaming then a mini ITX setup? and if so what would offer me more bang for my buck?

Any recommendations on saving some money on this system would be great, im plannin on doing my shopping mostly on newegg.com. I have heard alot of times you can get more performance per dollar from using a AMD setup, is this true in most cases?

money is a factor for my build, i want to find components that meet my needs, yet dont break my bank, i was thinking about building my system then saving for a graphics card later on, any advice would be great and thanks in advance

Steve

(any advice, links, or info involving system building would be great. i can use all the advice i can get ;-D thank you)
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March 23, 2011 10:44:45 PM

Depends on what you define as 'portable.' IMO: I would build a mATX P67 {P8P67-M PRO}, w/SB i5-2500K, Ripjaws X {2X2GB 1600 CAS 9), and GTX 560Ti.

$150 P8P67-M PRO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$224 i5-2500K - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50 2X2GB 1600 CAS 9 F3-12800CL9D-4GBX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$250 GTX 560Ti EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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$674

/SSD $200 100GB 285MB/s / 275MB/s e.g. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
/HDD $70
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March 23, 2011 10:50:44 PM

Thank you for your response jaquith i was thinking something along these lines, although not set in stone

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1122&ID=19...

i want a small case but would like to have room to get a mid sized//priced video card in the very near future. i don't think i really need anymore then one expansion card, and a single cd//dvd drive would be fine. also for hard drives, i will just use a single hard drive and maybe add a SSD in the future, overall i want a case small and portable enough to move from place to place while still having some mid gaming power//affordability
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March 25, 2011 12:42:47 AM

If you want it really portable then there's no reason not to go mini itx these days. From the amd side http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/09/0... is pretty much the only option just now. I just ordered one with a 6 core phenom II (95W version) but I haven't assembled it all yet.

I heard the chipset heatsink could do with a fan, or at least needs some good airflow.

tomshardware's front page has a good section on mini itx/dtx cases for exactly what you're looking for just now.
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March 26, 2011 11:30:04 PM

Mini-ITX is a great solution for portable gaming. AMD options are slim, the Asus M4A88T-I is about the only choice, but Intel builds can be had for a decent price. Try out this comparison page to see most of the gaming-suitable mini-ITX boards available side by side.

Also, here a link with some recent mini-ITX gaming builds. Have a look around. There's lots of idea there.
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March 27, 2011 9:07:32 PM

Just a note: if the PCIe 16 slot is rated at x16, not x8, than the board should be well suited for a nice mid-range GPU.
There are a slew if small mid tower cases out there, and HTPC cases have been gaining a lot of ground lately.
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