yes, in a way the laptop would be easier, but wouldnt it always be? Think about what clutter I could get rid of by getting rid of my huge tower and the 19" monitor and such at home, and swap it all for a laptop. But there again, (you know where im going now) it wont have near the same power or usability as a tower either. Laptops are a great comprimise, but for carpc, unless you have one already I would say build the ITX. If you have a laptop, just get a dock and your 75% done.