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    Ok I am planning on building a carputer and can't figure out what kind of Motherboard to use.

    I am thinking of buying this one...

    http://www.arsenalpc.com/Customize.asp?KitID=659&Res=2
    Specs: http://support.intel.com/support/mo...b/CS-008815.htm

    Its an Intel D845HV w/ a Celeron 2.2 Ghz processor with fan. It's a Micro-ATX 9.6 X 9.6 inches.
    Price: $102
    for $20 more I can add a 1.5 mhz P4 chip, is it that much difference? (are P4's even recommended for carputers?

    I know nothing about motherboards and my only requirements as of now is that it is new and comes with a CPU. I am trying to make it as cheap as possible so is this a good deal?

    One more thing if this is a good deal then what's the best/smallest power supply?

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    I would never ever ever ever ever ever recommend a celeron to anyone. They are so overpriced for what you get. Definitly get the P4 over it. I always go with mobile athlons for car pcs though.
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    • #3
      Hmmm i don't know much about athlons, I will probably end up getting a Pentium 4. I would love a Mobile but they are so damned much. Oh yeah is $121 a good price for a P4 intel micro atx board? I was thinking of going to a MarketPro Show but I am not sure how good the deals are/if they are going to sell me something broken.

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      • #4
        Here is a good starting point
        http://www.viaembedded.com/product/index.jsp
        Small (As in where can I put it in the car)
        S-video out
        all in one
        cpu onboard
        low power requirement

        UK example prices
        http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Default.aspx
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        • #5
          do the mobile pentium procs usually folow the same form factor as their big brothers (celeron and P4) ? because from what ive been hearing, they may be the best way to go, but im trying to see if i can salvage as much from this computer as possible and currently its running a socket 478 2ghz celeron on a modified (gateway OEM. just missing the agp slot) intel 82845grg motherboard.
          Your everyday carpc geek and tech guru at your service. *bow*

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          • #6
            Originally posted by old_lou
            Here is a good starting point
            http://www.viaembedded.com/product/index.jsp
            Small (As in where can I put it in the car)
            S-video out
            all in one
            cpu onboard
            low power requirement

            UK example prices
            http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Default.aspx
            Hmmm great ideas but too rich for my blood, plus I don't know how those things perform compard to pentiums or atholons. I am trying to make this CPU fall in the $300 range when completed excluding case cause I am going to make that myself. But I want a good boot time.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MikeyUSF
              Hmmm great ideas but too rich for my blood, plus I don't know how those things perform compard to pentiums or atholons. I am trying to make this CPU fall in the $300 range when completed excluding case cause I am going to make that myself. But I want a good boot time.
              Anything with a VIA C3 processor will be slow as ****, but your boot time will still be good so you might not every notice it.
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