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    I'm looking into building a car pc, but I'm not sure what way to go with it. My goals for the setup is basically just music playback, with later possibly upgrading for wifi,gps,etc.

    Route 1: use my old 1.2 gig AMD processor and buy a new motherboard, ram, power supply, etc. This would be cheap, but slow. Also, I think this means I can't use the startup/shutdown controllers sold here, correct?

    Route 2: buy a Via mini-ITX board, processor, and startup/shutdown controller.

    Route 3: buy a "barebones" system, throw in a processor and HD.

    I know I'm a newbie at all of this, but I'm open to suggestions.

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    These are all good options. It all depends on how you want to develop you carpc in the future.

    Option 1: Good because it would be cheap. You could still use the shutdown controllers sold here but it depends on how you power your pc. Downside, you may not be able to do all the things you want in the future.

    Option 2: Good way to go. small size but costs more money. I personally don't think the via boards are quick enough, but it all comes down to what you want to do in your car.

    Option 3: More expensive and a larger pc install, but gives a lot of room for expansion if you buy a reasonably quick machine. you can also run things like flash skins to make you r setup have that wow factor.

    Mainly this hobby stops with money. The more money you have the more options you have, ie better soundcards, screens, quicker processors and the like.

    For answers to a lot of your questions, have a look at the wiki. (link at the top of the page) or the FAQ emporium. There is a lot of info there. You have to sift through some crap, but you will find the answers that you are looking for.
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    • #3
      Alright, thanks for the advice. I'm still researching and price-checking for now

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      • #4
        The mini-itx may actually be slower than your other mobo.

        My M10000 ranked somewhere near a 800Mhz system.


        But it does EVERYTHING just fine.
        current projects

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        • #5
          I ran a M10000 for a while, then a MII12000 for a LONG time. 100% satisfied with it for basic functionality.

          I only upgraded because I am doing other things with my CarPC now...like RTA and amplifier diagnostics/stats, etc.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
            I ran a M10000 for a while, then a MII12000 for a LONG time. 100% satisfied with it for basic functionality.

            I only upgraded because I am doing other things with my CarPC now...like RTA and amplifier diagnostics/stats, etc.


            I had a M10k and it did everything I threw at it just fine. I didnt have lag of any sorts, and I got my boot time less than what my current Pentium M is at now. The problem comes when using graphic programs such as Corel Draw X3 and Autocad 2007. It obviously wont do that. But for GPS, music, video, internet, and everything regular like you want, would be standard and a via board will suit your needs. However thehy are expensive because they are tiny and efficient.
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