Within the past 12 months, I’ve been looking at retiring my trusty, old Clevo x7200. If you’ve come across my posts on NBR, you know I’ve been patiently waiting for a Clevo or an MSI (Tornado based) laptop supporting a desktop CPU with 8+ cores, 32 to 64 GB of RAM, and plenty of disk space, as some of my day to day routines require having enough CPU horsepower and drive space to run 4 virtual machines simultaneously. Note, the GPU isn’t all that important in my case, as this computer will be used for writing and compiling code, running and debugging solutions against databases and web servers. Also, the internal LCD isn’t much of a factor either as I use an external monitor about 99.99% of the time. As long as the graphics card and monitor lets me watch an occasional high-def movie over HDMI or play ‘Hearts’ or ‘Minesweeper', I'm set. Other goals for this machine is something that can easily be transported between my home or office packaged in a small enough footprint that packing it up and shoving it in my car is a 3 minute process and won’t strain the back. However, coming off of my Clevo x7200, weighing in at 12.8 pounds (5.8kg), it shouldn’t be too much to ask to come up with a lighter solution. Oh, did I mention I was given a budget of under $2800 USD. Keeping that in mind, this past autumn, I ran across a press release regarding a new ITX based motherboard that could support intel 18 core CPUs with the X299 platform capable of 64GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM memory, 2 PCIe x4 M.2 drives (tying directly to the CPU), 6+ SATA 6GB drives (tied to the PCH) from ASRock, the x299e-itx/ac. Pondering on this a bit, I wondered if I could really move away from the laptop based platforms, which I’ve been using since 1999, and moving to an unorthodox solution which may or may not work. Well, after some careful research and waiting in frustration for a platform from the laptop vendors (that looks like may never come), I decided to take the plunge and move into the Mini-ITX world using a small form factor case. The following posts in this thread document my move, and hopefully provide some useful information for others that may be looking to make a similar move.