Howdy. I'm an animation student studying abroad whose in need of a computer to work at home from because the hours at my school are often less than friendly. I'm obsessed with making a computer that fits American Airlines's carry on luggage dimensions so that when my studies here are done I know I can simply carry the thing back home on the plane. [22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall or 114cm (56 x 35 x 23 cm)] I know several Micro ATX cases come very close if not exactly under these dimensions, but I just can't shake my fascination with the Mini ITX form. It's become a personal challenge. I am however, of course willing to listen to arguments and read sample builds that try to convince me to go Micro ATX if you feel the benefits or the price point are just too compelling to ignore.
Approximate Purchase Date: Feb. I like to time my builds with Windows beta releases to shave the OS off the initial build price.
Budget Range: $800-1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d and Video Rendering, Gaming
Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None.
Country: US or South East Asia
Parts Preferences: I'm a fan of AMD, but I've heard that Intel is friendlier to the Mini ITX format. No preference, I'm interested to hear your opinions on either.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not.
Monitor Resolution: High
Here is the build I cooked up, I'd love to hear your opinions: