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    I'm trying to build a carputer and it seems that buying the motherboard, case, drives, etc all separate seem to add up really quickly.

    I was wondering, can I use something like this?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=5178228653

    They go for about $165 shipped if you get one that wasn't bid on. Seems like a good deal considering it's P4, 2gig ram capable, fast FSB, etc. Plus it fits a standard 5.25 drive, so DVD/RW can be had cheaply.

    Could I use this system and swap out the power supply for say a 200W Opus DC/DC unit? Maybe cut and install a few extra fans in the case?

    Sorry if this is so NEWB.. I've built my own computer systems, and read the stickies (most of them) but still not sure what is "optimal" for a car system considering power, cooling etc.

    If someone who knows can look at the spec sheet on that auction and if something won't work, explain to me why and what I DO need to make it work?

    Thanks a million

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    Originally posted by boostd4
    I'm trying to build a carputer and it seems that buying the motherboard, case, drives, etc all separate seem to add up really quickly.

    I was wondering, can I use something like this?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=5178228653
    Sure you can.

    They go for about $165 shipped if you get one that wasn't bid on. Seems like a good deal considering it's P4, 2gig ram capable, fast FSB, etc. Plus it fits a standard 5.25 drive, so DVD/RW can be had cheaply.
    You do realize that it's just a motherboard, case and power supply? You get no CPU, no hard drive, no RAM, no optical drives, and so on?
    Sure the base setup is relatively cheap, but you're going to be sinking money into a lot of other parts as well.


    Could I use this system and swap out the power supply for say a 200W Opus DC/DC unit? Maybe cut and install a few extra fans in the case?
    Opus doesn't make a 200w PSU, for one. Perhaps you mean their 150w PSU?
    There are other power supplies out there that provide more wattage, but they're unregulated.
    P4s are typically power-hungry. You can run them, but you need a capable inverter.
    Also, fans can be added, but remember that they draw power, too. Not much, but when you're limited on how much you've got available, every little bit counts...

    Sorry if this is so NEWB.. I've built my own computer systems, and read the stickies (most of them) but still not sure what is "optimal" for a car system considering power, cooling etc.
    Keep reading, compadre. There's a lot to learn...

    If someone who knows can look at the spec sheet on that auction and if something won't work, explain to me why and what I DO need to make it work?

    Thanks a million
    Would this setup work?
    You might be able to use this with a P4 2.4Ghz (or lower) CPU and the Opus 150w PSU. Don't go crazy on high-end components because you've only got so much power to work with.

    Search the forums for a power calculator and see if it falls within the range you want. You may also be able to Google the specs of that motherboard to find out its power draw as well for a more accurate calculation.

    Good luck.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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