I'm looking to build a somewhat budget carpc. All I really need it to run smoothly is GPS and music. I've been looking at these two boards:
Elite C7VCM Mini-ITX Motherboard with VIA C7 1.5GHz Processor
- CPU: VIA C7 1.5Ghz
- Chipset: CN700
- DC-DC power on board, 12V in
- Board can power up to 2 x 2.5 or 3.5" drives
- Memory: SO-SIMM DDR 400MHz, max. 1GB
- Graphics: Unichrome Pro integrated
- Storage: 1* P-ATA
- Expansion: 1* PCI
- I/O ports: VGA, audio, 2* PS/2, 4* USB2.0, 1* 10/100MBit LAN, 1* COM, 1* parallel-port
and the Intel D201GLY, which is in the MP3Car store:
Does anyone have any experience with either of these boards? The Elite board has been seldomly talked about, and I read the threads on the Intel board, but few people have actually posted their experiences with them. I'm leaning towards the Elite board because it comes with the dc-dc power supply cables so I can use it outside of the car before installing, and also because it's got a sodimm slot and i have an extra stick of 512mb laying around.
What do you guys think...?
Both boards will do what you want.
And to power it in the house you should look at the thread "powering your carpc on the bench" or something like that. Every geek has a spare PSU or 7, so just hack one up to give you +12v out. And if you dont have a spare, get one off ebay. Because you should. Those little boards can be powered no problem from a regular PSU for testing.
Of course if you dont have a DC-DC PSU yet, then you can just plug-n-chug the ATX PSU into your little itty board.
And those boards will be plenty for a CarPC with XP on it.
Also there are a plethora of slower via boards (such as the M10k) that have regular slots for RAM as well.
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