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There has been a change in my life so that I will have to be on a plane three to four times a year on transcontinental flights, and then get on a transatlantic flight to stay at my homecountry for the summer. I currently have the rig shown in my profile.

I am wondering if anyone shares this kind of lifestyle, and how they got about bringing around their rig?

I am torn between investing more money on my rig to make it even more Small Form Factor or selling the desktop right now when I can so that I can buy a DTR.
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There has been a change in my life so that I will have to be on a plane three to four times a year on transcontinental flights, and then get on a transatlantic flight to stay at my homecountry for the summer. I currently have the rig shown in my profile.
I am wondering if anyone shares this kind of lifestyle, and how they got about bringing around their rig?
I am torn between investing more money on my rig to make it even more Small Form Factor or selling the desktop right now when I can so that I can buy a DTR.

If the moving around of your computer is too much, and you can afford a laptop that would replace it with the same performance, you might have to just do that.
 
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Would it not be easier to just buy a notebook that you can take on the flights? Shipping a desktop is very risky due to the weight and how baggage handlers treat the baggage. I wouldn't risk it TBH.
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In that situation, I would send it via courier to yourself the day before you flight leaves. Usually shipping something transatlantic takes 3-5 days so it's not like you won't be there to get it. It would probably be a good idea to take your PC apart and wrap each individual component separately, but still have it in the same box.

Do you know how much your rig weighs? Most courier services have a max weight limit.
    
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There are some extremely fast laptop options out there (Origin, Alienware, Sager etc, if you want something really light even the macbook pro retina makes a good gaming rig). If you don't like gaming on a laptop just buy a monitor and keyboard in each country and leave it there. You can just hook it up via HDMI to the laptop and it works great and will run any game in 1080p maxed out. If you want something cheap go with Sager. If you want top of the line performance (but big) go with alienware 18mx or Origin, if you want Light and stylish go with 15inch macbook pro retina and run windows 7 on it.
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Thanks for the tips.
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If the moving around of your computer is too much, and you can afford a laptop that would replace it with the same performance, you might have to just do that.

I suppose that's one way to do it, but part of the dilemma I'm having is that I keep asking myself if these DTRs are worth it; it seems a 2000+ dollar DTR with 680m sli can barely max metro, while the desktop 670 handles it with ease. DTRs are portable at the end of the day, and I cannot definitively reason if this justifies their expensiveness.
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Would it not be easier to just buy a notebook that you can take on the flights? Shipping a desktop is very risky due to the weight and how baggage handlers treat the baggage. I wouldn't risk it TBH.

True, but it's not just for the flights. I will be living in a foreign country for about 5 months in total every year, and it's kind of hard to live 5 months (4 or 6 flights back and forth) with just my netbook. My current desktop is actually small enough that I have brought it on flights as carry-ons, and this seems safe; its just that it's so heavy to lug it around from check-in to terminal 25. This is why I'm wondering if things will improve if I go down to a even smaller form factor desktop.
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In that situation, I would send it via courier to yourself the day before you flight leaves.

I don't think I trust any of these shipping services; hell I don't even trust TSA; that is why I am insistent on bringing my SFF desktop as a carry-on.
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If its small enough u could bring it as a carry on and use one of those baggage Dolleys you can get at Fred Meyer/ Walmart/ target and when u get on the plane store it above your seat...that's what I did for Xmas break last year when I went home from college...but that was when I had a mid tower (bitfenix shinobi) definitely wouldn't work now with my switch 810...I did get a lot of weird looks at the air port but they didn't have a problem with me taking it

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There are some extremely fast laptop options out there (Origin, Alienware, Sager etc, if you want something really light even the macbook pro retina makes a good gaming rig).

I was actually considering the MBPR for a very long time, but I decided to finally build a rig because I thought I'd settle down for once in my life, and I wanted to enjoy all those games that I could never play such as Crysis and Metro 2033. But I guess things happen, and that is unfortunately no longer an option.

I was considering the AW m17x, but apprently it stopped being a sli/xfr laptop for some reason after r2 which makes no sense. So this all left me with possibly getting the m18x, but even with sli gpus, it still couldn't pull off the fps that I was looking for in high end games, not to mention the cost (maybe 680mx will change this?).
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If its small enough u could bring it as a carry on and use one of those baggage Dolleys you can get at Fred Meyer/ Walmart/ target and when u get on the plane store it above your seat...that's what I did for Xmas break last year when I went home from college...but that was when I had a mid tower (bitfenix shinobi)

Jesus christ that must have been a ginormous bag; the best bag I found was at Macy's that barely fit my Silverstone Ft03, and it only came in pink.

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I was actually considering the MBPR for a very long time, but I decided to finally build a rig because I thought I'd settle down for once in my life, and I wanted to enjoy all those games that I could never play such as Crysis and Metro 2033. But I guess things happen, and that is unfortunately no longer an option.
I was considering the AW m17x, but apprently it stopped being a sli/xfr laptop for some reason after r2 which makes no sense. So this all left me with possibly getting the m18x, but even with sli gpus, it still couldn't pull off the fps that I was looking for in high end games, not to mention the cost (maybe 680mx will change this?).

Also check out Razer Blade (2012) the new model looks sweet
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