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Transferring components back and forth between 2 Cases and 2 locations

Northstar08
  • 71 months ago

Hi, I have an unusual situation in that I spend 7 months of the year in one location and 5 months in another. Airlines will not ensure electrical components so I basically need to build 1 desktop in each location as transferring an entire case is out of the question

Below is my current build that I will make soon

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Northstar08/saved/p7bCmG

I am wondering, how viable it is to transfer components from one machine to another so I do not have to buy the same parts twice. If this is possible, do people have recommendations on what is easy to move and what is just not worth the effort (I will be a first time builder so my experience level is low)

I am assuming RAM is the obvious choice to move and therefore thinking (even though it is overkill), to upgrade my above build to 2x8 GB ram

Anyway, I would really appreciate suggestions on easy components to move between locations so I don't have to buy them twice

Also, I am guessing, keeping the original packaging is the way to go for transferring components or is there some specific carrying case that I could buy

Thanks

North

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

have you looked into mini itx, I'm not sure exact dimensions but I'm thinking off the top of my head that it would fit in a stow away bag on a plane.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I did think about it but I am not sure I could manage the build given that this will be my first build. I won't have any help so I figured, less frustrating (although more costly) to just have 1 case in each location.

I am realistically thinking, using a Mid Tower Case would be easier for my first build. I am also thinking of this as a learning experience so I don't mind at all having 2 builds in 2 locations.

Was hoping that transferring a few components between builds would be possible as it will add to my learning experience and would save a few bucks.

Anyway, if people have suggestions on what components would be easily transferrable, I could then spend a few more bucks on those components as they will be used in both locations

Also, if getting a specific case would make it easier to remove/install components, please suggest a case (regardless of cost of case)

Thanks

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into it, the hardest thing will be fitting a video card into the case..

Air France Air France 21" x 13" x 9" 26.4 lbs. Air Tran Air Tran 22" x 16" x 10" - Alaska Air/Horizon Alaska Air/Horizon 24" x 17" x 10" - American Airlines American Airlines 22" x 14" x 9" / 45 linear inches 40 lbs. British Airways British Airways 22" x 18" x 10" 51 lbs. Delta Delta Airlines 22" x 14" x 9" 40 lbs. Southwest Southwest Airlines 24" x 16" x 10" - Spirit Spirit Airlines 22" x 18" x 10" 40 lbs. United Airlines United Airlines 22" x 14" x 9" 40 lbs. US Airways US Airways 22" x 14" x 19" 40 lbs.

so to go on every airline you need a 21' 14' 9'

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

ok I worked on this for a bit..and man did i come across a case that would be exceptional. Check this out.. it will fit on any airline as well as has a carrying handle and will work with the bigger video cards. Only thing i wanted differently is water cooling for travel..the water cooling works better in tight spaces as well is better for travle as the weight is mounted to the case not the MB.. everything I was was 140mm and I just couldnt verify it would fit.. anyways check this out and let me know

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $253.13 @ DirectCanada
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet CPU Cooler $31.22 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $143.98 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $49.99 @ Memory Express
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.99 @ NCIX
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $209.99 @ NCIX
Case Lian-Li PC-TU200B Mini ITX Tower Case $174.98 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Fractal Design Integra R2 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Memory Express
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.79 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1163.05
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-24 12:42 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

omg, you did a crazy amount of work for me.

I don't know how to possibly thank you

I am at work right now but will check this all out thoroughly late tonight and see if I can somehow manage to do this. I am still a little worried that fitting everything into a small case might be too much for a first time builder like myself.

But man, if I could make this work, I would only have to get one machine

Thanks so much

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

np, i was a bit intrigued as I have built 100's of systems but never one to fit a stow away like luggage. Also note that this MB has wifi built in, one less part you have to worry with. The spacing looks ideal I really don't think installation will be an issue.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

ohhh so here is a guy that has almost the same build as I put together..He would be an awesome contact as he has first hand experience..and looks as if he went with an after market unit that fit..

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/WH6hP6

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