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    $200 hardware solution? Does this look doable?

    This looks interesting and at least one user posted a comment that they built a CarPC from these components.

    http://paulstamatiou.com/2008/01/25/diy-200-dollar-pc

    I'm still wrapping my arms around the whole homebuilt CarPC idea. It's a long term project for me so I'm just gathering ideas at this point.

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    I'd go with a better PSU than the PicoPSU, but yeah, it's doable.
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    That looks pretty nice, and cheap. A few thoughts:
    • It looks like there is one PCI slot on the board, meaning that most peripherals would need to be added through USB. Depending on the size of the case you chose, you might limit yourself in the physical size of any card you'd want to use.
    • Celeron 2.2 would be fine for most car computing needs, but if you (like some people on the forums) plan to run games or want to watch HD video, etc., the 2.2 is not going to be sufficient.
    • Not sure what the specs on the PicoPSU are, but you would need to determine the total current draw of all components (motherboard, USB devices, harddrive, any optical drive, screen if you plan to run it from the same PSU, etc.) on each voltage rail of the PC and then see if the PicoPSU can supply enough current to run your planned system. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then search the forums for "processor power" or something similar and do bit of reading.


    All in all, it looks like a pretty small and cheap CarPC...of course when other factors, such as a copy of Windows/OS X, a larger power supply, Nav/frontend software, GPS puck, etc. are factored in, the cost for the entire system will become quite a bit more significant...

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    I am using the same motherboard for my carpc setup.
    1gb ram
    320gb hd
    160w m2-atx

    the celeron processor are supposed to be faster than via c7 (a lot faster?)

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    I think that is actually pretty cool!

    I am a perfectionist and absolutely must have the coolest toy available but it is nice to know that it can be done for that amount at all. I had no idea...Car PCs for the masses!!
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    That MB is sold in the mp3car store
    http://store.mp3car.com/Intel_D201GL..._p/mtb-053.htm

    If you are interested. It boots fast and easily deals with music and more.
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    Thanks for the input. I am still learning and wasn't sure if that board was any good. I did try to search around, but some of the lingo is over my head. I will be building one to run a Megasquirt EFI system, music and GPS. I have to build the car it's going first though.

    Although, I have been toying with building it and putting it my daily driver first, then transplanting it into my hot rod when I'm done building it.

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    My suggestion (when you decide) is build it on the desk and make it work the way you want then put it in the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galvitron View Post
    I am a perfectionist and absolutely must have the coolest toy available
    Uhhh...and this hobby satisfies you? CarPCs never reach a perfect state...there's always something more to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parksgm View Post
    Uhhh...and this hobby satisfies you? CarPCs never reach a perfect state...there's always something more to be done.
    I surely agree....... towards the end of my build, I decided to scrap the setup and now im in the process of building number 2, when number 1 was never installed, lol.....
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