try to go for an intel board. in my experience, they seem to be the best for a general purpose board. my pc has an intel 82845g (atleast i think thats the model. i know its the chipset and onboard video model) motherboard and not only does it have a decent video card (not a gaming video card by any means although it seems to handle games a bit better than most other onboard cards ive seen. but it should work well for usual video and whatnot), but the boot times seem to be pretty damned good. on a cold boot on this machine, the big wait i have at the bios is for the hard drive to spin up. second its up to speed its off to windows. on a warm boot (restart), the post is instantaneous.
P.S. my board is microatx and socket 478 as well. supports P4's and celerons. currently its running a 2ghz celly.
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I was just askin what you guys recommend to look for when deciding on one such as chipsets and onboard graphics...... I wasnt actually asking someone to search for me.... I know comps and i just wanted to see what others are using with a socket 478 since the majority use epia boards
well, I went P4 because I don't think a VIA board has much power. Others will say it has enough power for what they want. I just figure if I'm going to put a computer in my car, might as well make it a Pentium 4.
Besides, I'm writing my own front end in vb.net and we all know how big of a resource hog vb.net is.
I've been building computer for three years (and I'm 16 now). I can say I really trust Foxconn, Asus, and Abit Mobo's. I just finished a newer computer based on a Abit AS8-V. Its not a High-Performance Mobo, but I've overclocked the hell out of my chip, and my Mobo is great.
I used Intel products, even though AMD now comes in 64 differnt flavors (which I have yet to test). I've only had one problem with Intel and the customer service is descent, and wasn't too hard to solve.
As for car computers, Its been a while since I've looked at Micro-ATX boards, but I think Foxconn makes some inexpensive Micro-ATX boards...
Here's some that should be descent, and inexpensive.