Need help picking parts: ITX Book Form Factor Gaming PC

Why Am I Doing This: I travel a lot and want to play Planetside 2 from the hotel room. So I need a book sized PC with enough horsepower to run the game that will also fit in my backpack easily. No I don't want a new laptop unless it is cheaper. I already carry a work laptop that can not run the game.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: @$1000 or less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Should play planetside 2 on medium-high settings. Must fit in my backpack along with my work laptop. This will get carried through airport security atleast twice a week and packing in my suitcase is not an option.

Are you buying a monitor: No - the hotels I stay in have flatscreen TV's that will take a PC input.

Parts to Buy - Book sized Case, Quad core CPU, Mobo, RAM, Video Card, etc.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: Tulsa, OK

Overclocking: Probably not.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or less

I think I need a small form factor with a quad core CPU and fast enough GPU to run the game. The breadbox form factor won't really fit in my backpack and most book-pc form factors can't fit a decent GPU.

GPU - I have a radeon 6750 at home that works great. Anything around this speed should be good enough. What are the fast GPU's that are half height?

Or can we put in a riser card and place a full height GPU in sideways?

Or are there fast enough on-board GPU's I can buy? If so I can get a smaller case.

Case - Think xbox slim or smaller. Trying to keep the height down to about 3 inches so it fits in my backpack.

This may work but I need help picking parts to fit in it: APEVIA X-FIT-100

MOBO- I probably need an itx mobo unless someone has a different case for me that is small enough. Can anyone recommend a motherboard with an on board GPU fast enough to run planetside?

CD drive - none - I will use an external CD drive to load windows the first time. I don't need a CD drive when I travel.

Power supply - probably at-least 250 watt.

Give me your suggestions!
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  1. Laptop i5-2450 or 2540 dual core (almost same speed) with dedicated 6xxx or 7xxx radeon dedicated video and 8GB ram. Asus, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer or HP all have those specs. price range of $600-$1000. Building custom will bump you to $2000 with retail paid prices for parts.
  2. Wait for Steam Box?
  3. Here is my current build - all from Newegg - recommendations on motherboard, cpu and video card would be helpful. Currently at $549.94

    APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16811144254

    HIS iCooler H775FN1G Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814161418

    Foxconn H67S LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813186211

    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    Item #: N82E16819116506

    Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory XMP T1 Series Model KHX21C11T1K2/8X
    Item #: N82E16820104315

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136769

    Recommend other Motherboard/processsor/video card setups!
  4. If you're going to build a small box, no drives inside for heat and light load on PSU 250W is REAL LOW. eSata for HDDs or SDDs.
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