[SOLVED] Converting my monstrous desktop to something portable

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Hello everyone, I have a question for all of you.

Back at home, I have myself a monstrous gaming desktop that I miss terribly, but because of it's size I wont really be able to keep it with me for the next five years (I'm in the military). I bought a laptop a year and a half ago planning to use that, but I have discovered it's essentially a $2000 paperweight, and is pretty soon to have a fist sized hole through it. So with that said, I was thinking about possibly using what I have at home to make something more portable that I can take with me, and something I know will work.

So with that said, what I have back home;
The case: Corsair Graphite Series 780T, a huge case making transport nearly impossible, and keeping in the barracks a pretty big issue

GPU: 2x https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126116
I'm linking this for the size (11.73" x 5.28"). I know being able to keep using both is unlikely, I'll probably hold onto the second one in case the other dies on me or something.

Motherboard: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132830
Once again for size. (12.0" x 9.6").

I also have the https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181100 in there.

CPU: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117649

I also have disk drive, an hdd, ssd, and all of the other stuff needed. If you need any more specifics I can provide.

So how much of this should I be able to utilize converting to a much more portable build? When I built this I had much more money to play with, my current situation leaves me pretty low on income I can play with, so I would like to keep this as cheap as possible. Ideally, only needing a new case. I'm just not sure about sizing, and how those smaller cases work with airflow and all of that. I was looking at

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?reviews=all&Item=N82E16811119265&Description=case&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=case-_-11-119-265-_-Product

But even that might be a little on the big side. Any input is appreciated!
 

assasin32

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Maybe swap to air cooling too, I’m not too trusting of a water cooler if you have to keep moving. Also a tv tuner for the computer so you can watch/dvr your shows. Make your computer/monitor pull double duty. Same with your monitor if you don’t have one with multiple inputs a switch so you can hit a button and switch to a console may be nice to have.

But in all honesty, atx or micro atx board with an appropriate new case and possibly heatsink would be required to go smaller.
 

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There isn't really much you can do with a desktop, and keep performance but smaller/more portable.

Sure, you could build something in a smaller case. But the other stuff is what kills the portable concept. Monitor/keyboard/mouse.
And you can only go so small with the case, because of the larger GPU and PSU required.
 
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Thanks for the reply! I'm not to worried about the extra stuff, since really everyone has a TV for their consoles. And as far as the Keyboard and mouse goes I have both of those with me anyways.
 

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So drop down to a regular size case, and lose one of the GPU's.
Going any smaller would mean changing to a microATX board, for not any more portability.
 
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Awesome, thanks for the answer. Do you have any specific recommendations? Do you think that one linked would work? Thanks again

 

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I see no reason why it wouldn't.
You could even DIY a handle on the top.
 

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Maybe swap to air cooling too, I’m not too trusting of a water cooler if you have to keep moving. Also a tv tuner for the computer so you can watch/dvr your shows. Make your computer/monitor pull double duty. Same with your monitor if you don’t have one with multiple inputs a switch so you can hit a button and switch to a console may be nice to have.

But in all honesty, atx or micro atx board with an appropriate new case and possibly heatsink would be required to go smaller.
 

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