Budget Range: $1 - $1000 (Would like to say as cheap as possible while fulfilling criteria)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming....
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (Possibly a video card as well)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com for pricing is fine
Country of Origin: Canada, but buying in the states (see: additional comments)
Parts Preferences: Maybe mini ITX form factor?
Overclocking: I would like to
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Additional Comments: Basically I'm going to be in the states for about 2-3 months, and I don't have the ability to bring my desktop. Therefore, I would like a computer that will handle the games I like to play, in which the most intensive is probably BF: BC2. I can borrow a friends keyboard, mouse and monitor (in the states) so I do not need to purchase those, but I am then limited to 1280x1024 resolution. I have some delusions of trying to make this computer very compact so that I can bring it back up to Canada and use as a secondary computer, or HTPC. I am OK with buying it in either the US or Canada but to transport it to the US it would have to be about the same volume as a very large laptop bag. I also have a 4890 video card just laying around so if I can make use of that, all the better.
More Info for Intrepid Readers: I have some vague ideas on maybe what to get, but I always find myself drifting towards getting stuff that will max out games at 1920x1200 and neglecting the fact that I have a limited budget. Also, I have built a few computers so I'm not worried about taking on strange form factors, but I have not overclocked any CPU. Any additional help/info anyone can provide is welcome!
1) I won't be flying, will be driving, but the car is old and very small and I need room for other things... so if possible then yes in terms of size, though not actually carrying this in carry on luggage so weight isnt an issue
2) Lets assume not, as this is more of a discussion for best possible options as I do not have a fully outlined strict purpose
3) There is one according to the micro center website that is within a reasonable driving distance, so yes