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    Hey guys, I managed to get a hold of 3 PC's for free. They all are in fairly good condition and seem to have reasonably good hardware. The oldest one having a Pentium 3 slot style processor. The other 2 are pentium 4's. Out of the 3 I have got a total of 5 HDD's (one being a 4 gb maxtor), 3 mother boards, and some other spare parts. None of them really came with any substancial amounts of memory,... the most was about 256mb i think.

    My question is, which processor would be the best for a car PC in my situation?

    I am moving to north florida within the next few days and want it to be able to cope with the extremes that state presents. This will be a multimedia system only. I will have no head unit and will be using a sound blaster audigy 2 for the 5.1 dolby digital surround. I will also be running dual 10 inch touch screens.

  • #2
    Of all of those, I wouldn't use any processor in the car.

    They are power hungry and generate a lot of heat.

    Being in Texas, I am familiar with the temperatures you're talking about. I wouldn't recomend it.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    • #3
      ok well, with that I can sell off the parts I do have and put the money toward a new setup. What main hardware (CPU, Memory, HDD, Mobo) would you recommend for this application?

      I will be fabricating a full custom center console for the system to reside in and it will have a minimum of 4 80mm intake and exhuast fans pulling in the cold air from under the seats.

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      • #4
        I do not tell people what to buy, I tell people to do their research on what they should buy. There are a number of threads out there to help you determine what will best fit your needs.

        I don't do this to be rude, I do this because if you don't do your research and figure out what best fits your needs you will have a ton of problems in the future.

        Check out this thread to give you a bit of a start on what to look for:

        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/newb...ere-start.html

        and here:

        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...-faq-faqs.html

        I'd also suggest reading here:

        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...n-feeding.html

        Remember, the 3 factors for CarPCs: Size, power consumption, and heat generation. You do not need your CarPC to be as powerful as your desktop or laptop. You aren't going to do the same things. You're going to do much less in fact.
        Jan Bennett
        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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        • #5
          Thanks for those links. I have read them before and will read through again, but I was asking for a recommendation on things you would use,... being that you have the same environment pretty much, I would think what would work for you would work for me.

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          • #6
            MII12000

            or a Core 2 Duo mobo
            Jan Bennett
            FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

            Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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            • #7
              thanks. I got to looking at the store and also on newegg. I found one mother board with a built in processor that sparked my interest:

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813181019

              Memory:
              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16820221109R

              Hard Drive:
              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012

              this mobo has a PCI expansion slot and I want to run dual monitors so I need a video card:
              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129062

              Combo Drive:
              http://store.mp3car.com/Panasonic_UJ..._p/opt-004.htm

              Now, if I estimate correctly, this shouldnt be pushing much more than 90W,... so for a power supply:
              http://store.mp3car.com/OPUS_150_wat..._p/pwr-001.htm

              total cost for the above items: $860.94

              What do you think? too much? Would I be better to just get a pre-built from the store?

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              • #8
                A prebuilt unit takes away the hassle of building it yourself. As Red said, it is a personal preference as to what you buy. I personally would go for a duo core 2, but I would want something that is a bit more powerful than the average user (that's just me). The via board you selected above is a pretty good item. A lot of people use them on here. Have a bit of a look through the completed projects and worklogs and you will see what else people use. Also have a look at the carpc specs of users. This may also give you insight into what is popular.

                The G4 unit would be good, but do you want to spend $2k. Only this can be answered by you. I don't know how much money you have or you fabrication skills, so a G4 for you may be an excellent idea. It may not.
                Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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