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  • System Proposal and Questions - Advice Needed

    This is my first post here...I've spent a considerable amount of time recently researching here and at other places to put together preliminary plans for a custom carputer. Here's the system (going in my '02 Mazda Protege)-

    Motherboard: VIA EPIA-M100000 Mini-ITX
    Case: Casetronic Mini ITX-2699R (
    HDD: Maxtor 60GB UltraDMA 133 7200 RPM
    LCD Display: Lilliput 7" VGA Touchscreen (ordered off E-Bay from the guy in Hong Kong)
    Power Supply: Opus Solutions ATX DC-DC or this-
    Memory: Kingston 256MB PC2100
    DVD: Lite-On Slimline 8x DVD-ROM
    GPS: DeLorme Earthmate GPS receiver w/ Street Atlas USA 2004 software

    I also put together this spreadsheet to aid the planning process-

    Now for the questions.
    1. Would all these parts work well together? Any suggestions/comments?
    2. Would it be wise to go with a 5400 RPM HDD instead for heat purposes? It will be going in the case, so it won't be perpendicular to the ground. Is this okay?
    3. How much does the Opus PSU cost when purchasing directly from them (the only option)? Does it connect to the car's battery somehow?
    4. I understand that I need a head unit with an auxillary input to connect the computer to the stereo. Would the integrated sound on the M100000 mobo work for this or would I need something like a Soundblaster Live? Is connecting via an amplifier the only other option?

    Long read, I know. Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    its the same questions in every newbie thread.

    you must buy the opus direct. they have a 90w ($142) and a 150w ($185?i am a few dollars off) and it connects to your. And yes "magically" it somehow connects to the car battery (hence dc-dc psu).

    you can connect to a head unit or an amp from any sound card with a 1/8" to rca plug.
    92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

    93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

    90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)