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Mon Apr 08, 2002 9:23 pm

I'm tired of carrying my huge case over to LAN's does anyone know of a small motherboard that would be good for gamming?
 
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Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:16 pm

If cost is no object, and you don't care about future upgradeability, then something like this would be decent for gaming and easy to carry around.
 
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Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:35 pm

More seriously, how about a µATX board like the NV7m? Stick it into a small case with a handle mounted to it, and you'd be good to go.
 
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Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:38 pm

I set up a system based off a NV7m a little while ago for my Uncle. He hasn't been having any problems with it as of yet. If I can, I'll try to test the onboard video and check out its OC options.
 
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Tue Apr 09, 2002 6:11 am

The on-board video is going to be a bit weak for 3D gaming (unless you play at 640x480x16). Think of it as a "GeForce2 MX250"--it's not very much faster than an MX200. However, the board does have an AGP slot, so you can slap in a better video card if you want to play 3D games.

If I read the features page correctly, the NV7m includes on-board LAN and excellent sound, so even with the AGP slot filled you shouldn't need to use all three PCI slots.
 
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Tue Apr 09, 2002 7:49 am

I like this idea here:

http://members.aol.com/prophetm/toolbox/

Only I'm think a slightly larger box, somthing with room to carry the keyboard, mouse, cables, CD, and whatever else I would want. Everything would be in one box ('cept the monitor, I know) easy to carry. Hell you could get one with wheels roll it right out the door.
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Tue Apr 09, 2002 8:30 am

Another option if you're rich is to look at laptops.

A mobile P3 1Ghz with 512 KB cache connected to a lot of RAM and a GPU from ATI or nVidia - that would be very nice, and VERY portable. In the laptop's bag take some speakers/headphones, and a decent mouse, and you're laughing.
 
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Tue Apr 09, 2002 1:12 pm

As JustAnEngineer pointed out, you can get P4s with DDR now.
 
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Tue Apr 09, 2002 1:27 pm

I was considering getting a Laptop, but since I'm a college student I'm poor right now so I need to find other solutions.

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