There are some other mATX cases you might want to look at (the Antec Minuet or NSK1380, for example). Cooling and power is going to be tricky with any small case.spworley wrote:But for this one, my main criteria is "the most powerful box that fits in airplane carry-on and is also one-handed luggable. A shuttle case would be great, but that Silverstone may be give the best flexibility.
The one time I flew with a mini-tower I pulled off the CPU heatsink and all the expansion cards, wrapped them in bubble-wrap and put them inside on a bed of bubblewrap and filled all the remaining space with bubblewrap. Then I put it in a cardboard box with enough space around it to fill with those syrofoam peanuts, and sealed it up. The hard drives I pulled and put into my carry-on. Everything worked when I put it back together on arrival (remember to bring thermal paste for the heatsink). i had a friend do something similar but he put it in his checked bag, surrounded by and stuffed full of clothes (and with the HD in his carry-on). It's possible the HDs in the carryon might freak them out but they have to see things like that every time they scan a laptop.spworley wrote:You're right that TSA checkers don't like mystery boxes. But how else do you travel with a PC? There's NO WAY you would check in a PC inside baggage, no matter how well you packed it, it's going to be trouble.
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