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I'm trying to rebuild my computer into a airplane-ready build; Help please!

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Hey. So I didn't realise this when I first built my computer in January, but I need a system that can fit into an Air Canada carry-on, with the dimensions being (HWL) a max of 55cm x 23 cm x 40 cm. I currently have a Thermaltake Core V1, which is literally 1 inch too big in width for it to fit. as a result, I'm looking between one of the following cases to switch my things into:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $368.36)
CPU Cooler: Silverstone AR06 40.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($62.13 @ Newegg Canada)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $8.49)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (Purchased For $209.99)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (Purchased For $89.99)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $120.00)
Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $50.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $99.99)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (Purchased For $320.00)
Case: Silverstone Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case ($57.07 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($135.57 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: LG 22MB35DM-I 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $120.00)
Keyboard: AZIO MGK1 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $90.00)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $69.98)
Total: $1801.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-27 17:02 EDT-0400


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $368.36)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($101.68 @ Amazon Canada)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $8.49)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (Purchased For $209.99)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (Purchased For $89.99)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $120.00)
Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $50.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $99.99)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (Purchased For $320.00)
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q33B Mini ITX Tower Case ($146.88 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $99.99)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (Purchased For $0.00)
Case Fan: ARCTIC F8 PWM 31.0 CFM 80mm Fan (Purchased For $4.99)
Case Fan: ARCTIC F8 PWM 31.0 CFM 80mm Fan (Purchased For $4.99)
Monitor: LG 22MB35DM-I 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $120.00)
Keyboard: AZIO MGK1 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $90.00)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $69.98)
Total: $1905.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-27 17:02 EDT-0400


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $368.36)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($111.85 @ Newegg Canada)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $8.49)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (Purchased For $209.99)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (Purchased For $89.99)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $120.00)
Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $50.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $99.99)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (Purchased For $320.00)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($90.38 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $99.99)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: LG 22MB35DM-I 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $120.00)
Keyboard: AZIO MGK1 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $90.00)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $69.98)
Total: $1849.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-27 17:02 EDT-0400


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $368.36)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.31 @ NCIX)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $8.49)
Motherboard: Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (Purchased For $209.99)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (Purchased For $89.99)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $120.00)
Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $50.00)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card (Purchased For $320.00)
Case: EVGA Hadron Hydro Mini ITX Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($248.58 @ Amazon Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: LG 22MB35DM-I 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor (Purchased For $120.00)
Keyboard: AZIO MGK1 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $90.00)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $69.98)
Total: $1759.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-27 17:02 EDT-0400

I'm trying to save as much money as possible, and honestly if it fit I wouldn't be thinking of this at all if I could bring my computer past regulations. I know that I could always check it but I don't trust airlines shipping my things (they tend to throw them around... ugh). Also, I'm going with air cooling because I hear that water cooling explodes at high altitudes apparently.

Can anyone help me out?
post #2 of 5
ITX Cases
Fractal Nano S
Riotoro 280

Smaller ITX cases
Raijintek Metis
Fractal Core 500
Cougar QBX/Cougar QBX Kaze

HTPC
Silverstone RVZ02/ML08
Fractal Node 202

Premium
NCASE M1
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by smithydan View Post

ITX Cases
Fractal Nano S
Riotoro 280

Smaller ITX cases
Raijintek Metis
Fractal Core 500
Cougar QBX/Cougar QBX Kaze

HTPC
Silverstone RVZ02/ML08
Fractal Node 202

Premium
NCASE M1

Thanks! Out of those, which ones would you prefer? (I'm personally for Nano S or Core 500, but I don't know if the Nano S is too big for my tastes...)
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I had exactly the same issue. First of all, the carry on trolley bag is smaller on the inside than the out. You need to make sure the PC not only complies the carry-on dimensions but also fits into the bag, too.
Then It is not only the size. You need to think about the weight, too. The RVZ02 is about 4 kg empty. Probably 7.5 loaded. Now add the weight of the bag itself and you have a problem because most airlines have a total carry-on weight limit between 7-9 kg. That is why I sold my RVZ01.
With the massive cooler, the GPU, the 3.5 HDD, the heavier MoBo and PSU, you look at something between 4-5 kg just for the internals. If you add a case, like the Node 304, which is 5kg net you will be over around 12 kg with the bag and the peripherias. This means every time you check-in, you will need to worry about the weighting. You have to hope that the check-in lady takes pity on you and lets your grossly overweight bag into the cabin with no extra charge.

To remedy the situation I came up with multiple tiers of traveling
- I migrated all my movies and stuff to an 2.5 external HDD. For short stays, I take this only and play them on my company laptop. No games.
- For longer stays, I put my ITX MOBO back to its original box. The cooler is not too tall, it fits to the paper box, no problem. I added an mSATA SSD so everything is included in a small package. I have an old SFX PSU I just throw it to the bag and plug the PSU in on arrival. This way I can play some games on the IGP, too.
- When I want to play properly, I need to add my main PSU and GPU, too.

For a while I used a re-purposed UPS box to carry all the parts in one container. I dropped it because the airport security kept asking questions as they have never seen such thing before. Then I built a lightweight and small case for myself. It is 35x20x15cm (10.5L) only 0.9kg empty and 3.8 kg fully loaded (full size GPU, ATX PSU, 8cm cooler). It is kinda like a transformer case. You can detach the GPU compartment easily which makes it 35x20x10cm (7L) only. When I don't travel a lot anymore, I can reconfigure it to be around 20L to house water and stuff.
The whole build went around 120 USD and I don't need to buy a new case, ever. I can just reconfigure my own to suit my current needs biggrin.gif.
Edited by Pendra - 4/28/17 at 1:44am
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I'd look at the SUGO cases from Thermaltek as well as the Node 304 from Fractal as well.
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