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post #1 of 7
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I want something portable, but I don't want to the premiums for a laptop, thus I decided to build one myself.

I figured I'll use a decent screen and my old i3 rig, but I'm not too sure what to put it in.

I'm thinking about using a brief case like this one, do you think it will fit this monitor? The dimensions are in the specs, but the measurements for the brief case is made on the outside.

Also, do you guys have any tips or comments?

I'd appreciate any feedback smile.gif
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Do you plan on having to plug in the pc and the screen into the wall? Because if you want to include a nice battery, charger, ac inverter you will most likely be spending a lot more then just buying an i3 laptop. It seems like you could just use a sleak htcp case for your rig and then build a case that could carry the pc and monitor along with the peripherals. That kind of defeats the purpose and wouldn't be what a consider a laptop, more of just a lan box with a carrying case.
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I am thinking of using a standard desktop power supply, I might use a UPS as a battery if I have the space.

The reason why I want to put it in a brief case is so it's portable enough to not be a lan box with carrying case thumb.gif

Besides, it will be more like a laptop if I glue the monitor onto the inside of the case, then you can open it like a normal laptop rolleyes.gif
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post #4 of 7
Well monitors do get hot so you may need to trim cooling vents for the monitor since they aren't supposed to be in enclosed spaces as well as for the pc itself. I have a ups, its pretty big and a pain to lug around do to its weight and it lasts about 20-30 mins on my sig rig. I've seen some very small ups's but they only last like 5 mins so you can save your stuff and shut down in the event of a power outage. As for paying the premium for laptops I feel like budge laptops are very reasonably priced, you can get a decently speced laptop for less than $400. Even if you part it out you wouldn't really save all that much money plus its chassis is perfect for itself.

I think these cases are pretty cool.
http://www.amazon.com/ADG-Sports-Aluminum-Four-Pistol/dp/B000ACAO36/ref=pd_sim_sg_2
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post #5 of 7
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The case you linked can't be shipped to Canada, and the Canadian site doesn't have it frown.gif

What kind of UPS do you have btw? Power? Dimensions? Mass?

Thanks for the tips on the monitors btw thumb.gif I think the front panel of a briefcase that opens up is pretty thin, so the monitor should get some air.
As for the actual components, the CPU can run P95 passively for an hour without overheating, the GPU needs a fan on it though.
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post #6 of 7
Just search around for gun cases in you're area, they are usually pretty strong and impact resistant which is nice. I have a CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS 1500VA 900W AVR Mini-Tower.

13.2 x 4 x 9.8 inches ; 25 pounds

Its pretty awesome and does a great job, but like I said it's 20-30 minutes best case scenario and the thing is quite heavy and bulky.

Using something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/PCI-Express-16x-Riser-Card-90-degree-Right-angle-Black-Card-2U-/170914230015

Might help you when orientating everything putting the gpu in a different position.
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post #7 of 7
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Thanks alot thumb.gif

I'm going to get the monitor first and do some measurements, because I'm not sure if the measurements are for the box or monitor with stand.
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