Need Advice! - Gaming PC microATX/mini-ITX SFF?

Hey guys,

So I'm trying to put together a PC that I will be able to travel with. I have a laptop already, but find a lot of latency issues and lagging that I don't want to deal with with gaming and performance. I really don't want to get another laptop. What I was thinking about was building a PC that would be small enough to travel with me, but also be powerful enough to do mid-high gaming and otherwise be a stable computer. Air travel, btw.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next two-three weeks. The earlier, the better.

Budget Range: $500-700. Could be talked into more, however.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, checking emails, facechat, gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, power supply **IMPORTANT** The power supply I have is an old 2002 era 250W power supply. I just found it in an old Dell computer I have and I was considering using it, but I realize this might be a terrible idea. I'll put the make and model up later. **ALSO** Monitor advice would be appreciated. Should I get two for both locations I'm traveling to? Or is it possible to find one sturdy enough for travel?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Parts Preferences: I'm usually biased toward Intel, but I could be talked into AMD. I want to get the case as small as possible while still being powerful and upgradable.

Overclocking: Maybe - probably not, unless it is necessary

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, depends on build

Additional Comments: Would like it to be pretty with LEDs and open panels (BLING!), would like it to be as quiet as possible, but the most important thing is that it is A) Small, B) Powerful, C) Adequately Cooled.
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    amd is the way to go with your budget
    intel is the way to go if your budget is 850+

    GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 100$-
    NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case 70$ -
    XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 170$ after rebate -
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply 20$ AR -
    AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX 80$ -
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 50$ -
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive wait til they're 75$ again -
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 30$ -

    Total = 595$ after rebate
    after you get hyper 212+ you can try to unlock into quad core
    and overclock it if you want
    maybe you can find better deals but this is just an outline of items i would get with your budget
    maybe even get a 6950 instead but might need to bump up to another psu
  2. Well i wouldn't compromise on the PSU front even for my el cheapo sub $300 builds so definitely get a decent 500W 80+/80+ bronze here :P Either way

    $595AR ($10 off promo code PSU): 965BE + HD 6950
  3. Best answer selected by thecomedian.
  4. possibly a little late, but my build in my signature is $700 shipped, with window 7, and its an i5 build
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