spec'ing a portable matx system

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Hi all,

Looking to build a mobile matx pc for digital photography work at various sites, I'm a massive gamer too though. Laptops just don't cut it on large image files in the price bracket I'm looking at, and power sockets (or lack of) aren't an issue. I can't afford two machines so I'm selling my current tower to a friend and reinvesting from scratch. The timing is a consequence of work requirements and GFX going bang so I do kinda need it NOW and budget is 'as little as possible'.

Rough spec: A64 3000 (939), MSI RS480, 1GB dual pc3200 RAM, 2x Seagate SATA HDs, GF6600GT 128MB, NEC DVDRW, Aspire X-QPACK case.

Overall discussion issues are:
1) Portability, so i'm looking at matx but what about mbtx or Epia? Forums suggest mbtx is no better than atx if you understand cooling, it's just easier. Availability and choice also seem to be an issue with mbtx. Via Epia don't seem powerful enough.

2) The QPACK case is spec'ed with a 420w PSU. I read on a forum that this MUST be a typo 'cos detailed PSU specs suggest a 240w PSU! Can anyone confirm or comment on this, everyone is quoting 420 but if all the quotes are from the same source...

3) SSE3 instructions. This is apparently the only technical advantage of the Venice core over the Winchester (disregarding slightly cooler temperatures). Any clarification or real world examples of usefulness of SSE3?

4) General spec. I'm fairly happy with the potential performance of this setup, given at least a 50% increase in all areas over my current rig whilst reducing physical size. Mobo is largest concern for apparent lack of BIOS tweaks but are there any better ones around for 939, sata, PCIE?

5) Anyone know of quality high power matx PSUs available separately, ive been designing a compact case to build myself for months and now may be the time. The sticking point is finding a good small psu of 300-350w or so. Im even considering making a wiring kit to alow an external atx PSU, could get messy though!

Any input or advice would be appreciated very much.[/FONT]
 
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