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  • Newbie build-up: Ampie CarPC

    Utilizing eBay, and my licensed copy of Win XP Home after I upgraded my laptop to Win XP Professional, I got the whole damn thing done for less than $650 USD - AND, I have a pretty decent system that is strong and fast enough to listen to MP3s while I use my GPS.

    Here's what I got:

    VIA Eden V10000 Mini ITX (new) - $86 shipped, eBay
    Pentium 4 M 1.6ghz (new) - $27 shipped, eBay
    Kingston 400mhz 1GB PC3200 DDR Ram (new) - $87 shipped, eBay
    Hitachi 7200rpm 60GB 2.5" HD (new; hard to find) - $116 shipped, eBay.
    M1 ATX power supply 90W (new) - $62 shipped, eBay
    Panasonic Optical Drive 24x24x24x slim slot load CD RW/DVD ROM (used for 1 hour per seller) - $54 shipped, eBay
    Casetronic Mini ITX Case, black (used) - $34 shipped, eBay
    Lilliput 7" Double Din Touchscreen Monitor (new, closeout 2005 model) - $148 shipped, eBay.

    Total: $614.xx

    Normally it is not recommended to buy all of the components separately due to shipping, but the great thing about eBay is you can find relatively new parts on close-out for monster deals, and if the seller is a decent one they are not hiding another $10 in handling fees in their shipping. I mean, $27 shipped for a new Pent 4 M 1.6ghz processor??! Can't beat that...

    The only disadvantage to doing it this way was that it took me about 2 and a half months to acquire all the parts, but I have a system that beats most $800 systems, and that's NOT including a monitor! If I were to buy this preconfigured/prebuilt it would have cost me over $1100 with monitor, and it's awesome! I haven't finished setting it up yet, but I am really looking forward to it. I still have to make my custom bezel for the car and load my GPS software (Microsoft Streets & Trips), which I already had also.

    I guess you could call my CarPC the "eBay Special".
    CarPC: VoomPC Ampie Case | VIA Epia MII 10000 | 1GB DDR RAM | 60GB Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5" HD | Lilliput 7" Touch Screen | Slot-load slim Panasonic CD-RW/DVD Rom in External USB 2.0 case |
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  • #2
    Originally posted by EEEEeeee36
    VIA Eden V10000 Mini ITX (new) - $86 shipped, eBay
    Pentium 4 M 1.6ghz (new) - $27 shipped, eBay
    can you explain why you bought a separate processor when the motherboard you bought already has an imbedded processor?
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
      can you explain why you bought a separate processor when the motherboard you bought already has an embedded processor?
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



      Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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      • #4
        LOL

        wow i spilled coke all over keyboard

        Yev
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
          can you explain why you bought a separate processor when the motherboard you bought already has an embedded processor?
          Yeah I can actually, and it's a pretty simple explanation: I am a computer Noob. Plain and simple. I've never built a computer before, and even though I know what most of the parts were and I've upgraded my own desktop before (added RAM, nothing major), I didn't realize the motherboard I bought already had a processor. Also, when I was looking at power handling requirements the Pentium 4 M used the least amount of power, and I purchased it right away when I was piecing things together. Even if I had realized that there was a processor on the board when I bought it, I already had the P4M chip.

          Besides, the 1.6G P4M chip is almost twice the clock speed as the chip that came on the motherboard. At least I only blew $28!

          Also, because I am such a Noob, I was following the list from the FAQ and just started buying everything on the list:http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...24&postcount=8.. On the list is: Motherboard, Processor, Memory, Hard Drive, Power Supply, Display, & Optical Drives. The list didn't say that most Motherboards came with processors, so I didn't even bother checking.
          CarPC: VoomPC Ampie Case | VIA Epia MII 10000 | 1GB DDR RAM | 60GB Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5" HD | Lilliput 7" Touch Screen | Slot-load slim Panasonic CD-RW/DVD Rom in External USB 2.0 case |
          Jesse Mayor -

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Yevmeister
            LOL

            wow i spilled coke all over keyboard

            Yev
            Yeah, it was THAT hilarious.
            CarPC: VoomPC Ampie Case | VIA Epia MII 10000 | 1GB DDR RAM | 60GB Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5" HD | Lilliput 7" Touch Screen | Slot-load slim Panasonic CD-RW/DVD Rom in External USB 2.0 case |
            Jesse Mayor -

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            • #7
              I guess that's what happens when you don't really do your own research....

              welcome to the hobby, the hard way I guess...lol

              btw, I did explicitly state it in that post:

              Some of the smaller VIA boards have imbedded processors
              Thanks for reading that post, it probably tought you way more than you might realize.



              edit: so you didn't even bother to check that the processor would even FIT the mobo to begin with? the right pin structure or anything?
              Jan Bennett
              FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

              Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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              • #8
                I moved the posts off of the FAQ Emporium post to prevent it culttering up that FAQ any more than it already had.
                Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                How about the Wiki?



                Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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                • #9
                  glad you caught that darque, I didn't even pick up on that.
                  Jan Bennett
                  FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                  Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                  • #10
                    oh well, we allmake stupid mistakes...i have a full motherboard and proc just sitting in my room because i jumped on a good deal w/o doing research. (though it's going to be part of my render farm now )

                    welcome to the hobby, have fun, read, search, read and ask questions.
                    New System in progress:
                    M10k
                    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
                    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
                    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
                    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
                    Transflective Xenarc

                    My Car Pc Install
                    My Boat Pc worklog

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DarquePervert
                      I moved the posts off of the FAQ Emporium post to prevent it culttering up that FAQ any more than it already had.
                      NOICE. I like the title of the thread.
                      CarPC: VoomPC Ampie Case | VIA Epia MII 10000 | 1GB DDR RAM | 60GB Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5" HD | Lilliput 7" Touch Screen | Slot-load slim Panasonic CD-RW/DVD Rom in External USB 2.0 case |
                      Jesse Mayor -

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                      • #12
                        PS, I didn't like the case I got, so I just bought a VoomPC Ampie case that came with a VIA Epia MII 10000 and an ATX 2 power supply. $299, or $318 shipped. My cousin wants to re-do his CarPC so he's going to buy my Mobo (with the pre-installed processor.... ), and ATX 1.

                        Like I mentioned in my previous post, I hadn't finished setting up my previous configuration (including checking whether or not the separate processor I got would fit on the board or not). Will a Pentium 4 M chip fit on a VIA Epia Board? From what I am reading it is not looking that way... Is the C3 chip that comes with the Epia board fast enough? I know I am comparing a 1Ghz chip to a 1.6Ghz chip, but it was my understanding that the Pentium 4 M was a very fast chip that used very little power for what it could do.

                        Little help? Thanks for all your help guys!
                        CarPC: VoomPC Ampie Case | VIA Epia MII 10000 | 1GB DDR RAM | 60GB Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5" HD | Lilliput 7" Touch Screen | Slot-load slim Panasonic CD-RW/DVD Rom in External USB 2.0 case |
                        Jesse Mayor -

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                        • #13
                          I think you need to do some more research. These questions are all incredibly newbieish.
                          Jan Bennett
                          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
                            I think you need to do some more research. These questions are all incredibly newbieish.
                            Come on!! he already admitted he is newbie... cant newbie ask newbie questions anymore?

                            Honestly i think u and DP should take a little break from newbie forums... mayby u guys have answered too many questions... and little vacation might do some good.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
                              I think you need to do some more research. These questions are all incredibly newbieish.
                              I did a search. I didn't find any threads that specifically talked about whether or not a 478pin Pentium 4 M would fit on a Mini ITX board. Yes they are newbie questions; like I said I've never built an actual computere before, and even the stuff I've done with computers (adding RAM, adding an optical drove, adding a Hard Drive) has all been on full case/desktop PCs. I LITERALLY saw my first mini ITX board a couple weeks ago when I got my first one.
                              CarPC: VoomPC Ampie Case | VIA Epia MII 10000 | 1GB DDR RAM | 60GB Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5" HD | Lilliput 7" Touch Screen | Slot-load slim Panasonic CD-RW/DVD Rom in External USB 2.0 case |
                              Jesse Mayor -

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