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    Hey!

    I am looking forward to building a car pc. I am somewhat familiar with building computers, but since I have no experience with car pc's, I have come to this forum.

    This is the list I have put together. Can you tell me if everything is compatible, and if I am missing anything?

    Case: VoomPC-2 Enclosure
    Power supply: M2-ATX-HV 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU 4-Pin P4 - Molex Power Cable
    Motherboard: Intel BLKD945GCLF2D Mini-ITX Motherboard with Integrated Atom™ Processor
    Memory: G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model F2-5300CL5S
    Hard drive: Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9160411AS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive

    Right now I am not worried about a monitor and keyboard and wires. Just want to make sure this is a good list for the machine

    Thanks

  • #2
    Do yourself a favor and get a better PSU than the M3.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      I don't think that power supply will fit anyways. Are the VoomPC closures able to fit an M3? It looks like the screw holes were meant to mount an M2, maybe even an M1.

      From the link for the VoomPC enclosure:
      "This car PC / vehicle PC enclosure is specifically designed to work with the M1-ATX or M2-ATX car PC automotive power supply series, sold separately, scroll below for more information."

      I saw a guy on here with a VoomPC-2 enclosure and with an Intell 230 Board, but he had to hack out a hole on top to fit the fan or somthing, I'm not sure. But will that board fit the case?

      Anyways, good luck! But you might want to reconsider the case if you want to keep the current specs.

      I also agree, I've read some not-so-good review on the M3.

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      • #4
        The M3 simply fills the ATX connector on the motherboard:

        It would be hard for it NOT to fit in the Voom case.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          ahhh, okay gotcha.

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          • #6
            get another motherboard than that...pauy a little more..but you will be confident with it...


            mine blew....the southbridge was very hot...i am not alone with that problem....in canada...(quebec)...there is a taxi company wich put carputer to their taxi.....they blerw 70 motherboard...all with the same problem...


            i read two topics on the net with the same problem...


            i bought another one like this..(not because i am confident with it,...but because someone was giving me this very cheap !

            if it blow...i will buy something better
            Carputer to sell : http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/vbcl...?do=ad&id=2684

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            • #7
              Thanks for the suggestions

              I have updated my list. Please tell me if everything is combatible.

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              • #8
                List is updated


                Oh, one more question; The fans on the case, how do they get power? Do they connect to the PSU via 4-pin molex?

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                • #9
                  my sugesttion...: get 1 gb of ram...get an ssd of 30 gb...

                  later if you want more space buy an external hdd ...http://www.buffalo-technology.com/pr...tion-turbousb/
                  Carputer to sell : http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/vbcl...?do=ad&id=2684

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                  • #10
                    Ok, I'll look into solid state drives.

                    And why 1gb ram? Because it uses less power?


                    And can someone answer my VoomPC-2 fan question

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by VMAN244 View Post
                      Ok, I'll look into solid state drives.

                      And why 1gb ram? Because it uses less power?


                      And can someone answer my VoomPC-2 fan question

                      2gb is generally an overkill for a carputer
                      plus it will be slower when resuming from hibernating
                      -the system has to count all that ram wen resuming; the less it has to count the faster the resume will be
                      trinybwoy

                      2006 Mazda6 Carpc

                      2008 Acura TSX Nexus 7

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                      • #12
                        Ah, Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by trinybwoy View Post
                          2gb is generally an overkill for a carputer
                          plus it will be slower when resuming from hibernating
                          -the system has to count all that ram wen resuming; the less it has to count the faster the resume will be
                          thats really getting grey area anymore though. if youre running vista like i am, 2gb is really a must for getting the most speed out of your system... and it only dumps whats in ram to hibernation, so its not like youre saving 2gb everytime you shut down... i still get 15sec startups, so in my case its much better to have the extra ram.

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                          • #14
                            I have that same MB and have had it working with my car computer for about a year now. I have had No problems with it and cooling has been just fine. However i am not using the Voom case I am using "4th Generation Black Aluminum Mini ITX Car PC Case". I also have the M2 power supply and it fits in my case and works very nice. Good Luck and have fun with it friend!

                            Phil

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