looking for something good for traveling with the ability to play games "if i ever get into it" like diablo 3 or various RTS games, dont want anything bigger than 15'6, 14 would be preferred, but i couldn't find one with sandy bridge budget is flexible look below
Approximate Purchase Date: in about a week give or take a few days
Budget Range: $2000 after rebates/shipping less is better
System Usage from Most to Least Important: i game but not a lot but would like the ability to do so, CAD sometimes, photoshop, music movies, just for kicks really
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: mainly newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: open to any recommendations
Overclocking: Yes but not that much
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: im building this out of boredom and just for kicks, also current laptop i have is mainly for school, long battery life, slow cpu/gpu etc...
looked at the sager ooptions for 6970 or 485 what would produce less heat and noise? i think im going all out and gonna do both a build and laptop and brought my budget up ~$3600 total for build and laptop
If you have a great gaming desktop (excellent 'bang for buck) I'd actually recommend getting a laptop with the GTX 460M (or GTX 560M shortly) or the HD 6870M. The cost savings are pretty significant and the performance is still really quite good. IMO its a good trade off for better portability, less heat and noise (and lower cost).
The HD 6970M / GTX 485M performance is, for all practical purposes, nearly identical (10-12% or there abouts). And the power/heat/noise issues are pretty much inline with the performance values.
I really like your mini-ITX build and see no reason to hold off on that.
It's well thought out and I don't think there will be anything changing enough in the near future to want to hold off there.
The notebook world is just getting started on the Sandy Bridge rollout and refresh.
It should be finished up this summer before the 'back to school' rush.
Right now they're working on reducing the inventory of the 'older parts' is my guess.
IMO - If you can wait... you could be well rewarded with a nice upgrade with almost no difference in overall price.