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I'm being shipped off to college in two weeks, and due to the nature of my degree I am going to be flying across Canada once every 4ish months. As such, I think it would be much more economic to buy a case/motherboard combo (I'm buying those parts anyway) that will let me bring the computer on the plane as carry on luggage rather than pay at least $70 to ship it each time.

The dimensions I'm dealing with are as follows:


Maximum size:
23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm
(9 in x 15.5 in x 21.5 in)
Wheels and handles included.

Maximum weight:
10 kg (22 lb)


Obviously the weight could be a very serious issue, but if I remove the power supply and maybe the GPU and check those items I should be able to cut down the weight significantly.

I would rather NOT constrain myself to something as limited as the NZXT Vulcan, but if I have to I will.

Any suggestions?
Edited by mostowizard - 8/14/11 at 6:48pm
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post #2 of 23
Dude. Why not get a netbook/notebook? I wouldn't want to have to pack and unpack a tower every four months...even if it did manage not to get broken by the airport luggage gorillas. I wouldn't trust them anyway.
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post #3 of 23
I'm with Skripka... laptop in gaming may be inferior compare to desktop platform but they are still decent for gaming.

I would just sell or leave my desktop at home if I have to travel back and fore.
I also have a MacBook Pro ... so yeah.
 
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post #4 of 23
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I can't afford a laptop anywhere NEAR the power of my desktop. I already have a little cheap 13inch ultralight laptop for taking notes on and such. I need my desktop for gaming and for running CAD software.
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post #5 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by mostowizard View Post
I can't afford a laptop anywhere NEAR the power of my desktop. I already have a little cheap 13inch ultralight laptop for taking notes on and such. I need my desktop for gaming and for running CAD software.
Are you going to be rendering? If you're not, I'd just get a monitor for the laptop. Anything is better than risking equipment on a regular basis. Why does it need to come home every 4 months? Start/end of summer I can understand.

You seem set on this, but are you certain there is no other viable alternative?
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post #6 of 23
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I'm on a 4stream coop program, so its not that I'm going to be going HOME every 4 months; its that I'm going to be going to a different city every 4 months. I've only really had this computer for a little under a year and I really see no reason to sell it and downgrade to a laptop at a MASSIVE loss in money invested/computing power. When I consider that even something as fully featured as an Arc Midi would ALMOST fit within the carry on luggage requirements, I don't see why I couldn't easily make this work.

EDIT: I don't see why you guys seem to think that bringing a computer as carry on luggage is going to damage it... I'm not going to be letting the airport buffoons throw it around or anything.
Edited by mostowizard - 8/14/11 at 7:02pm
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post #7 of 23
Get a lian-li mATX case. Small. Light. Unbelievable quality.

Say thanks to aluminum.

This little baby should be perfect:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=41120&...ture=LIAN%2DLI

Edit: I changed the link to a canadian retailer.
Edited by Snowmen - 8/14/11 at 7:08pm
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post #8 of 23
Or get an Apex TX-381. Awesomesauce and has a handle. Then you just need to figure out how to ship your monitor around and you're golden. (I assume you can slap a keyboard and mouse into a backpack)
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post #9 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Quantum Reality View Post
Or get an Apex TX-381. Awesomesauce and has a handle. Then you just need to figure out how to ship your monitor around and you're golden. (I assume you can slap a keyboard and mouse into a backpack)
exactly.

Man, the Lian Li's ability to take regular old ATX motherboards looks awesome! How is the cooling performance though?
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post #10 of 23
Is the computer going to be stationary when you move every few months or does it need to be taken to work sights everyday? If its going to stay in once place for the 4 months in between I would consider getting a tech station and boxing up all the components individually when it's time to move again. The tech station would make it easier to tear down and assemble plus the individual boxed components would take up less space than a tower and could be separated into 2 carry on bags.
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