Originally Posted by ChiTownButcher
Judging by your references to taking it to a job, the Pelican case for protection while traveling (possible airplane or van loaded with gear) full length GPU and cooling requirements I also assumed you will be using a higher end or 6+ core CPU and actually doing "Work"
What size/model Pelican do you have or will you buy a Pelican that fits the PC?
Corsair Air240 is great for air cooling, will fit the Bequiet Darkrock TF cooler or Noctua NHL12, easily fits a full size GPU (290mm limit, even an RTX 2080 ti is about 270mm), full size PSU, 3x 3.5" HDD and 3x2.5" SSD/HDD all be it's a MATX case so a bit bigger total volume but the 2 chamber design makes it a cube.
If you need smaller and are willing to buy SFX PSU the Silverstone RVZ03 is about the best on thermals for really small cases but much harder to build in and fitting a GPU can be tricky to say the least.
Fractal Design Nano S with meshmod front intake / Meshify C Mini which will fit a larger CPU cooler but is taller/deeper but not as thick.
More info on what system you want to put in it would be helpful.
Yes, I will be wanting to take this PC to collaborate in video editing, video transcoding on-location, and doing rough renders.
I don't have my eye on any one specific Pelican case. Air travel isn't a priority right now, but I'd like to generally to overall be about the size of a carry-on.
My thinking is finding the right size Pelican case that will have space to sit the computer case flat with foam padding, and then install a UPS on the other side, and mount a gutted LCD, or get a portable LCD monitor (~20-23" maybe) mounted in the lid. That way, I just have to connect the one UPS plug to an extension cord and I'm good to go.
With that all being said, cost is still a large factor overall. I was originally looking at getting the NCASE M1 for its size and get a Pelican case that fit it. But the M1 is already a pricey case, plus another ~$200+ for a Pelican case that's a huge chunk of cash right there. I need this to last a long time which is why thermals are pretty important to me in this build.
But right now, planned key components aren't anything totally crazy:
x1 HDD (3.5")
[Generic] AIO cooler (TBD)
[Generic] Mini-ITX mobo (TBD)
[Generic] PSU (TBD)
I am leaning towards using an AIO cooler which will allow me to get a little more creative with placement so I don't need to be quite so picky about total ambient airflow. That, and if I will be restricted to a passive cooler, and can't use a large-tower cooler, an AIO will probably yield slightly better temps. Overall, I might need to do a little case modding if, for instance, I can't find a case small enough that also can support a dual 120mm rad.