Hello, I am an 18 year old American with a bit of a problem. I am attending university out of the country in the EU. My father said he would pay for a laptop for me, but only something very cheap - around 400 dollars. However, I already own an Asus Transformer, which in all honesty will accomplish nearly the same thing for my studies (taking notes in class, browsing websites, etc.) as a new laptop. He said he would not allow me to pay more for a more powerful laptop. My solution is to instead build myself a cheap, portable desktop with the capability to play games. I would bring it in my carry-on on the plane, and I already have a monitor in my destination which will work very well. I own a Radeon 5670 GPU which is in my current desktop that I could just put in my "portable desktop". I was wondering if this was a feasible idea for those of you experienced builders. I plan on using a slim-tower with a micro-ATX motherboard. If there are any slim-tower cases which support full ATX motherboards, then I would not even need to buy a new processor and motherboard,as I could just transfer my computer into a smaller package.
Basically my questions are: Does anyone have experience attempting something like this, and is it feasible? What Processor/motherboard would be the best if I were to buy a new micro-ATX setup? Most importantly, what cases will be able to fill my requirements? I haven't had much success locating such a specific type of case.
I am fairly certain there is no problem with carrying on a desktop computer. You are allowed to keep one in a check-bag, and if it fits in your carry on there is no reason why they'd refuse you.
While I appreciate the help, the case you linked to is hardly any smaller than my current case. When I said "slim tower" I meant the slim-case form factor, which is similar to the Dell Inspirion 620S desktop series. The NZXT is 7 inches thick, and I was looking for something around 4. I am not looking for an amazing desktop, as my current computer has an Athlon X2 processor, 6 GB DDR2 RAM, etc. That is absolutely fine for my needs.
However, my computer has an ATX motherboard and I suspect that the slim case I am thinking of will likely only support micro-ATX. I do not know if this is possible, but a motherboard with enough room for 2 PCI-e slots so I can crossfire my 5670 would be awesome, though not required.