I need a rig that is both poweful and something I can attach a handle to the case and hoist into the back seat of the car along with the assorted periperals.
I've thought about a laptop, but not sure I want invest super amounts of money into that when I could build a small rig, more powerful for far less -- as long as it's fairly portable (i.e. lifting it in and out of the car once daily +monitor, keyboard, and mouse).
Seems to me the mini ITX enclosure is the biggest hurdle. Obviously the smaller the better. But finding one that will get rid of the heat and house a long graphics card: that's the problem. The SilverStone SG series (SG05 is the smallest and I'd love it if that could work; just worried about the heat) could work.
Anyone else thought about this now that gaming is forcing the evolution of miniITX?
P.S. Micro ATX might be a way to go, but finding a small enough mATX case is pretty hard.