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I wanted to document a $2000 ITX H67 build for others that are interested.

Silverstone SG05-450W (fits in a backpack)

Foxconn H67S (cheap with good socket placement, I'd recommend the ASUS p8h67-i deluxe but it's not released)

i7-2600K (for the additional 100MHZ, cache, and better GPU if you ever decide to retire it into a HTPC)

ASUS GTX 560 Ti (fits perfectly at 9" with great cooling and overclockability, faster than larger cards while being cheaper)

ASUS 23.6" LED 1080P (LED long life with HD resolution, 3 yr warranty, and tradeoff between performance/size)

Scythe Shuriken (ITX builds can get hot with stock cooler plus makes it quieter, big shuriken may fit on the foxconn BUT if you want a p67/z67 it may not fit the upgrade due to different socket location)

2x OKGEAR 10" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle (required for HDDs)

Crucial C300 128GB (decent size and great speed, big enough to use a slower 2TB drive for storage instead of a 1tb faster drive to install apps on)

Samsung 2TB 5400RPM HDD (lower power usage/noise, 2TB storage, $99 price point)

Sidewinder X6 (as keypad may be removed for tight spaces such as at lans)

HAWKING HAWNU2 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Hi-Gain Wireless Window Adapter with Range Amplifier (may substitute but it's nifty to have a good signal if you be traveling)

Creative Tactic3D Sigma (5.1 in a headphone format while being affordable, USB audio takes care of Foxconn's sketchy audio)

G.SKILL ECO 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (went for low profile but does 7-7-7-21 timings @ 1.35V while being able to fit under HSF, you may overclock to 1600 and raise timings)

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner (slot load, no tray to break)

Linkworld 12" serial-ATA convert to serial-ATA cable for notebook /slim optical drive

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W UPS (clean power is important, figured with the low power draw might as well be the longest one gaming during a power outage)

I'd recommend a Logitech G9x mouse but have not included the cost in the build as a mouse is very personal, same goes for mouse pad.

If your gaming warrants, you can use a TrackIR 5 plus headphone clip for head tracking to have the advantages of Eyefinity with a single monitor while saving major $$$ on hardware. Adds a ton of immersion to games and if you upgrade to Nvidia 3D coupled with your surround sound headphones, you should be very happy if you like that sort of thing.

If you wanted to be total bad@ss you can get a Pelican case with wheels to cart your bad boy around while being water proof and virtually unbreakable. You could dump the thing in the ocean and in 100 years aliens could find it

So there you have it, a very good cost/performance 11 liter LAN system that you could transport on your motorcycle/back.
Edited by zorrobyte - 1/28/11 at 11:30am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k ASUS P8Z77-Deluxe PNY Nvidia GTX 670 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 120GB HGST 1TB 2.5" HDD Corsair H70 Win8X64 
PowerCase
Thermaltake 600W PSU Silverstone SG05 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k ASUS P8Z77-Deluxe PNY Nvidia GTX 670 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force 3 120GB HGST 1TB 2.5" HDD Corsair H70 Win8X64 
PowerCase
Thermaltake 600W PSU Silverstone SG05 
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here's an earlier variation mini-itx build article from MaximumPC. They spent $1600 retail, so you could just change up the cpu/mobo/gpu for today's latest and greatest
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD x6 1055t @ 3.7ghz MSI 790fx-gd70 Gigabyte 5870 (4x4gb)Gskill ripjaw ddr3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 512gb SSD, 2x2TB green 2x Asus 24x sata dvdrw Windows7 64 ultimate dual 24" Dell 2407wfp 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K90 Antec TruePower blue 750w CoolerMaster HAF932 w/ usb3.0! Logitech g500 
Mouse Pad
Allsop 12''x14'' 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD x6 1055t @ 3.7ghz MSI 790fx-gd70 Gigabyte 5870 (4x4gb)Gskill ripjaw ddr3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 512gb SSD, 2x2TB green 2x Asus 24x sata dvdrw Windows7 64 ultimate dual 24" Dell 2407wfp 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K90 Antec TruePower blue 750w CoolerMaster HAF932 w/ usb3.0! Logitech g500 
Mouse Pad
Allsop 12''x14'' 
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