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post #1 of 13
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Hi Everyone,

So a little background of my issue. I'm a traveling field geologist in the oil/gas industry. I travel a lot but I do enjoy gaming and having a good pc to do some things on. I have built custom rigs before for high end gaming but those were full tower builds. Now looking to get something that I can easily move around and pump out good graphics.

Budget is about $1,800. I would like to be able to get a nice monitor along with it.

Any suggestions ?
post #2 of 13
Not sure about price, but I remembered seeing this build a while back.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1398692/build-log-tragbar-build-aka-airplane-carry-on-haswell-titan-z87e-itx/30

Might give you a good starting point. Good luck.
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I was planning a small build a while ago to use as my HTPC and I remember there were a few negatives with the ITX standard versus the ATX so I was going to go ATX. I can't remember exactly what those were, I'll do some digging.
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Main negative I have seen with ITX builds, is when you go small enough you can't fit standard power supplies (have to use ones that come with the case) and can't fit a normal CPU cooler.
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post #5 of 13
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Thanks you guys. Means a lot. Trying to do research and all isn't easy when you have directional drillers and geo-steering people messing up the drilling process on a oil pad.

I don't mind going either or build. But what would the smart money be. I was going to go ATX or leaning more to it anyway.

I know I want to be able to play and do my computing on the flat screen pannel's they give me. Also duel monitors at times too. Be nice to see some B4 on a 30 + inch LG flat screen in my bedroom on the rig site.

So my budget is $1800
I can go as far as $2400, if the items are justifiable. (Would like to run water cooling in this one as well so keeping other cost down would be nice if possible). Reason being I work is a semi dusty / dirty enviorment so I don't want fans blowing stuff into my unit if i can keep it that way with filters and a liquid loop.
post #6 of 13
I'm pretty sure all of the things that steered me away from the mini-ITX has been remedied. I can't really seem to find any reason why not to choose the micro-ATX over the mini-ITX as long as you bought a decent motherboard.
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post #7 of 13
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Well lets break this down ... would you recommend a i5 3570K or a AMD 6300 (Or Other) CPU unit ? I don't see the need for a i7 3770K. And I already have a i7 but its all the way in New York, I'm in Texas. Don't have the time to fly to NYC and get my full tower pc and bring it back. Let alone carrying something so big and heavy all the time.
post #8 of 13
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Computer Case: SilverStone Sugo series SG02W

CPU: Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge LGA 1155

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Pro LGA 1155

SSD: 2X (Kingston HyperX 3K 120G)

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866

GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB or (Duel 7970 in Cross fire)

PSU: Corsair AX Series AX860 860W

OS: Windows 7 64bit premium

Fans: Noctua NF-P12 1300 Case Fans 120mm (For radiator) and maybe ill use Corsair Air Series AF120s /SP120s


Monitor: No idea yet
post #9 of 13
For a monitor I would consider how much you want to spend. The more you spend the more of a loss it will be if it is damaged or lost when you are moving around. I would just get something that is fairly cheap so I don't have to worry a whole lot if something happens to it.

Where would you put a radiator in that case? I'm not really seeing a good place to mount it.
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post #10 of 13
it seems that you have solved your own problem, and very well i must say.

This is just me though, I would go itx since you are moving around so much. more compact and easier to pack away
 
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