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    Low Bitrate Ricksastar's Avatar
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    Any problems with this set up?

    I have been trying to find the right parts for my carpc. I am new to building computers so I want to make sure i am buying the right parts and that they will work together. I want to run Music/Video(DVD)/GPS/Internet

    Motherboard:
    GIGABYTE GA-945GCM-S2C LGA 775 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Intel

    Processor:
    Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    Power:
    Carnetix CNX-P2140 185W Dual Output Intelligent DC-DC Regulator

    GPS:
    The BU-353 GPS Receiver

    havent decided on an exernal hard drive yet.. and not sure what to get for bluetooth for my Treo.

    Thoughts? any feedback would be muchly appreciated

    thanks

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    Go with an ATX-compatible PSU instead of the Carnetix. I recommend the DSATX or one of the more powerful Opus models.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Will opus 150W be enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksastar View Post
    I want to run Music/Video(DVD)/GPS/Internet
    those are all basic PC programs. while that processor can certainly handle them, it is overkill for your needs. you can save yourself alot of money by going with (see below):

    as I mentioned earlier, those components should work fine but they are bigger and more powerful than you need. since it uses more power you may also have to buy a high-power (more expensive) power supply to feed it.

    many of us MP3car members use the Intel "little valley" mini-ITX motherboards. the 2 newest models (the D201GLY2 and D201GLY2A) have built in Core2-based Celeron processors that can handle all basic carPC programs (including everything you listed). they only cost ~$75 (since the processor is built-in to the motherboard, that price covers both items). the boards are smaller than micro-ATX and they only draw ~27watts, which will allow you to save even more money on a power supply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksastar View Post
    the carnetix models like the P2140 are meant to supply power to PCs that only require a single input voltage (like laptops or any other PC that uses a "power brick"). as darque mentioned you will need an ATX-style power supply. if you get a low power system like the little valley then you can buy a cheaper PSU like the M2-ATX.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksastar View Post
    that's just a standard USB receiver so it should work fine with anything you use (as long as it has USB ports). I use that receiver myself with iGuidance and it works great.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksastar View Post
    havent decided on an exernal hard drive yet..
    an external HDD is fine for data backup, but you still need an internal drive for your main system. windows (XP at least) will not natively boot from an external HDD. it is possible to do it, but it's really not an ideal setup. for power and space saving reasons I would recommend you go with a 2.5" laptop HDD.

    whatever you decide to do, good luck with your future carPC

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    How much power would this setup draw?

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