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    Hello, i am a little new to the carpc scene but i know about computers and how they work etc. My Question is i see alot of people use the mini-ITX MOBO.... in just about all their installs well, i wanted to know if i can use a regular motherboard... i have a extra one just sittin here collecting dust and i know it works i just dont want it to go to waste..... i am not really picky about the space it will take up... but if i can use it what kind of PWS Can i use (recommended) etc. Thanks any help or responces will help greatly.....

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    What brand/model board? What cpu's are compatible with it?

    Let's see if we can help after you share that info
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    • #3
      well its an amptron (i think) its a 1.1 ghz cpu with 1 gig of ram its an old mobo like 2000 model...... its still good for what i plan to use it for ( mp3,dvd,gps,etc)

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      • #4
        I remembered what kind of motherboard i have the model number is syntax 740mp...... i was reading the forum about the m4 psu and i think this will work but can i get that confirmed

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MGMCarPC97 View Post
          Hello, i am a little new to the carpc scene but i know about computers and how they work etc. My Question is i see alot of people use the mini-ITX MOBO.... in just about all their installs well, i wanted to know if i can use a regular motherboard...
          Yes. You're only limited by three factors:
          Physical space
          Power consumption
          Heat

          i have a extra one just sittin here collecting dust and i know it works i just dont want it to go to waste..... i am not really picky about the space it will take up... but if i can use it what kind of PWS Can i use (recommended) etc. Thanks any help or responces will help greatly.....
          Can't recommend an power suply unless we know more about the board. Is it ATX compliant? If so, there are several ATX-compliant DC-DC power supplies that would likely do you well.
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



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          • #6
            How can i find out if it is atx compliant??

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            • #7
              also if it is atx compliant what kind of wattage do i need to power the carpc up
              for example: 80watt or 320 watts psu?

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              • #8
                I found this calculator helpful in picking out my power supply:

                http://carpc.kyferez.com/Tools/PSUWattageCalculator.php


                Like DarquePervert said above,
                Yes. You're only limited by three factors:
                Physical space
                Power consumption
                Heat
                The mini-ITX boards are for people that are limited by space.
                The calculator above will help you determine if you are limited by power consumption. You should also know that more power consumption means a bigger power supply and more money.
                If you are limited by heat, then you will probably want to add more fans, vent holes, or find a cooler spot for the pc.
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                • #9
                  okay thanks Freak3dot i looked at it and it told me "Your Recommended Minimum Power Supply is Watts Peak !!* " with that in play that can give me an i idea at what i am looking for but i still a regular full-size atx motherboard?

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                  • #10
                    You can use a full size atx motherboard if space isn't a problem.

                    I was planning on using a full size atx motherboard since I have one to spare. I'll let you know how it turns out. I should have updates sometime in the next month.
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                    • #11
                      okay cool thanks i have been thinking using the m4 psu what do you think.

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                      • #12
                        I'm curious about this as well. I'm in a similar situation since I have an extra pc doing nothing (Dell Optiplex GX270 - P4 w/1 GB ram) that I could use. The power supply quesion is really all I need answered to get started - that and order the screen

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MGMCarPC97 View Post
                          okay cool thanks i have been thinking using the m4 psu what do you think.
                          Time to take a trip through the FAQs, specifically this one: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...iew&advfaqid=6

                          Originally posted by elj4176 View Post
                          I'm curious about this as well. I'm in a similar situation since I have an extra pc doing nothing (Dell Optiplex GX270 - P4 w/1 GB ram) that I could use. The power supply quesion is really all I need answered to get started - that and order the screen
                          Yours is possibly a special case.
                          Dell is notorious for making their power supplies conform to their own standard.
                          They have even used what appears to be a PSU that complies to ATX standards as far as connectors, but the pinout is completely different.

                          While the above-linked FAQ will be helpful in determining your power requirements, you also need to make 100% certain that that Dell motherboard truly is ATX-compliant if you want to use one of the ATX DC-DC power supplies.
                          Chances are your newer model is aTX compliant, but you want to be certain before you start plugging things in, lest you see smoke.
                          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                          How about the Wiki?



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                          • #14
                            I will read through the FAQ and attempt to avoid the blue smoke of electronic death.
                            I also have a mini-itx mobo with a via c3 but I think the mobo is bad because I have tested another socket 370 proc and swapped the memory and it does not boot (power supply is known good). I could always replace that board and go that route but I like the idea of more horsepower and larger case for airflow.

                            Thanks for the info.

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                            • #15
                              HI

                              I have similar issue ,

                              I want to use my GA-MA790GP-DS4H gigabyte motherboard to build a carputer . But now i am thinking of two thing

                              1- Hot temperature ----- i'm living in a v.hot area ( sometimes it reachs 50 degree) and i dont know if this motherboard can hold on or not .

                              2- The power issue >>> do you think that OPUS 320W Intelligent DC-DC PSU could pawer the motherboard + AMD x2 4600 + ??????

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