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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    The center console will most def fit you PC and a few components. Measure though to confirm. When you do measure, remember to add length to account for the cables you have to connect, like VGA and DVI, etc.
    I'm just worried about how I would get wires to it.. I can't see how the pieces of the console would pop up to give me access..

    Also, do you have a link to the power adapter you were talking about for that mobo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    I'm just worried about how I would get wires to it.. I can't see how the pieces of the console would pop up to give me access..

    Also, do you have a link to the power adapter you were talking about for that mobo?

    Thanks
    Your going to have to take the console out and run the wire. Trust me its much easier to run from the dash to the console, then from the dash to the rear. Thats my opinion, but the rear locations look good also. If you want to run the wires to the back, it will require more panels to be removed then put back. I know its a b!+ch because I had to take out all my interior to do what I wanted.



    Of course though, you will not have alot of cables like me.

    I think you should have the screen in dash, with maybe a few components. Then the console can hold the PSU and MoBo, then under the seat, the AMP.

    Something like this: http://www.bluenook.com/product_detail.asp?pid=1635 for the adapter. I am starting to think though that the best thing to do is buy a M2-ATX and power it off the 12V rail. Only reason I say is because alot of car adapters put out 15V, which I am not sure the MoBo can handle. In my setup I plan to use two M4-ATX to power all 6 boards. Let me do more research on the MoBo and see if it is ok to take in 15V.
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    I wonder about temperatures if I choose to store it in the console. There will be zero airflow so I would think that may be an issue... Thoughts?
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    Wow, that PICOPSU-150-XT PSU is pretty awesome looking! It only powers 12V (no 5V rails) but I will be using a full size HDD so that's fine...

    Only thing is, no startup / shutdown controller.. Of course, this is if I would go with the other Mobo I linked and not the one we were talking about..

    So, if I didn't have a startup / shutdown controller I don't know what to do.. I currently use the M2-ATX in my truck.. How do things work with out one? If I end up doing EFW & HORM (the M200/300 cases have built in CF setup) then I don't need a startup / shutdown controller?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    Wow, that PICOPSU-150-XT PSU is pretty awesome looking! It only powers 12V (no 5V rails) but I will be using a full size HDD so that's fine...

    Only thing is, no startup / shutdown controller.. Of course, this is if I would go with the other Mobo I linked and not the one we were talking about..

    So, if I didn't have a startup / shutdown controller I don't know what to do.. I currently use the M2-ATX in my truck.. How do things work with out one? If I end up doing EFW & HORM (the M200/300 cases have built in CF setup) then I don't need a startup / shutdown controller?
    Just seen the M3-ATX is basically the same thing but with controller capabilities (although it's OOS).
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    Well just went and measured my console.. I don't think it will work (if I try to use a case ie: M200)... If I just lay the mobo in there and maybe the PSU, and HDD it *may* work but it will be tight..

    The M200 is 9.4" X 7.8" X 2.1". It's one of the smallest cases I found that will accept a full size HDD..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    I wonder about temperatures if I choose to store it in the console. There will be zero airflow so I would think that may be an issue... Thoughts?
    You'll need to vent it somehow. I've seen fans mounted to the sides and back of a center console. I'm getting away with intake through the top of the center console since it isn't a tight seal and exhausting to the area below the center console. During the summer I open the top of the center console and point an AC vent at it. I haven't had any issues in over 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    I wonder about temperatures if I choose to store it in the console. There will be zero airflow so I would think that may be an issue... Thoughts?
    Thats an easy fix. All you need is maybe two well placed fans. Here are pix of mine. I went over board with mine because originally my MoBo was going to go in the center console also, and the Kino 690-S1 gets really hot if not cooled correctly. I left the fans after I scrapped that idea because it actually helps push cool air to my second console now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    Wow, that PICOPSU-150-XT PSU is pretty awesome looking! It only powers 12V (no 5V rails) but I will be using a full size HDD so that's fine...

    Only thing is, no startup / shutdown controller.. Of course, this is if I would go with the other Mobo I linked and not the one we were talking about..

    So, if I didn't have a startup / shutdown controller I don't know what to do.. I currently use the M2-ATX in my truck.. How do things work with out one? If I end up doing EFW & HORM (the M200/300 cases have built in CF setup) then I don't need a startup / shutdown controller?
    Be very very careful with the PICO.... my understanding is that they do not have power regulation and if there is a power spike, your stuff is toast. I wanted to use PICO too, but that made me not use them.

    They sell seperate shut down controller, I am just not sure if it worth buying seperate units, PSU and controller. It may end up being the same price in cost of buying something like the M2-ATX. To use the INTEL board your going to have to be creative since it doesnt have a connector like a regular board. I think you may be able to get away with hacking it, like the mod that allows you to use a desktop PSU. On my setup it will just shut off and on, no shut down at all since EWF and HORM are made for that. No data is ever saved on the HDD. I am also relooking into maybe going SSD. The INTEL boards actually have a header on them to directly attach a INTEL SSD and its very small. It would be easier to mount then a standard SSD and HDD. In all just research on what you want carefully. Dont be like me and just jump on certain tech, then end up 3 installs later with alot of useless stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    Just seen the M3-ATX is basically the same thing but with controller capabilities (although it's OOS).
    NEVERRRRRRRRRRR EVERRRRRRRRRRRR buy the M3-ATX. It is plagued with so many issues. Do a search on the forums and you will see a $h!+ load of problems come up. I would just spend the extra money on the M4-ATX. Seeing you install isnt going to be huge, I would just go with a M2--ATX, or you can go with a OPUS PSU. Thats what I use, but they are very big. My OPUS 320 is about half the size of my MoBo, which is hugeeeeeeeeeeee.
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    I'm thinking I can't use the D945GSEJT because I want to do dual monitors down the line (going to add headrest monitors) and the D945GSEJT can only do digital from the DVI port.. I'm not going to buy that one adapter for $100+ that you linked just so I can use this board..

    Guess I'll use the one I originally linked..

    EDIT: Crap.. Just looked at that board and it only has one VGA port and no DVI port.. Sigh.. I guess I'll keep looking..
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    Hmm... Just thought of something..

    On the back of the center console there is an AC plug.. I wonder if I should just use that? I may be going with under the seat install so I could just run the power and plug it in over there..

    The bad side would be I would always have a wire out in the open.. The good side is I wouldn't need to spend money on a PSU.. I could just use one of those laptop PSU's (if I went with a board that had the plug on the back).

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