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    Thoughts on this cheap mini-itx for my setup

    Ok, so I've been searching and haven't really found my answers so please bear with me.

    I am looking for a cheap mini-itx mobo and cpu to run RR, nav, dvd, bluetooth, and surround audio on XP. Most likely going to get a transflective 7" touch... anyway, I say cheap because it will most likely be temporary. I don't need anything blazing fast, just something that won't lag on me.

    I currently have a full size atx board and athlon cpu in my other car. I just got a bmw z3 and the only place (IMO) I can hide a computer will be in the dash, so I need something small. Anyway, I was looking at this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813153045

    Gives me 6 channels audio, built in cpu, usb. Thoughts? Need anymore info on my setup? thanks!

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    get the intel dual core atom instead.

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    Yup Intel D945GCLF2 , cheap, runs great, very stable.
    Take a look if you get a minute,
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    Nice! thanks for the input. Only $20 more and offers SATA, more ram capacity, bigger CPU (any idea what the 330 is comparable to?)... I like, thanks!!

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    I didn't want to jump in the big thread about this board with a small question, but could anyone comment on using this board/cpu with only 512 ram (for quick boot time):

    xp pro, RR as shell, winamp

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    Dont know about 512, it had a meg when I got it, and I havent timed it with a stopwatch, but it seems fine to me, as fast or faster than the two previous boards I had used (a Jetway and an MSI, however they both had 2 gigs in them when I used them).

    Resume from hibernation is negligable (cant get the car out of the garage before its resumed and music playing). A full boot into windows (although as I said, I never timed it) seems to take under a minute from ignition on thru bios and windows start and CF loading to music playing.

    Waiting on a psu, when I get it back in the car Ill see if I can remember to time it and post.
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    What about the new Zotac ITX board?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500012

    $65, C2D processors (775 socket), up to 4GB of ram, Nvidia 7100 graphics, not sure on the sound side of things.

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    Jistari, I'm assuming you meant a gig of ram, not a meg right?!? anyway, I'll probably just go with 1 gig. It what my last system had and I wasn't unhappy with the performance or the boot time...

    Pockets: looks like a nice board, but since it doesn't come with a cpu I'm thinking it may become a bit more pricey....? Not sure though. Either way, I got my intel board off eBay using the 30% off live.com search.

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    Got my psu, all is right in the world again :-)

    And yes, sorry I meant a gig.

    So resume from Hibernate with a gig is 29 seconds (till music plays in CF).

    Resume from a cold shutdown is 1:10 seconds, thats a full XP home install (no optimizing done) then CF loading and music playing.

    Going to pop the two gig memory in and see how that goes.

    Its essentially the same with two gigs mem.

    And its about 9 seconds to windows loading bar on restart from a cold shutdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pockets View Post
    What about the new Zotac ITX board?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500012

    $65, C2D processors (775 socket), up to 4GB of ram, Nvidia 7100 graphics, not sure on the sound side of things.
    You can get it for less now at Newegg and it will also support C2Q... The only part that sucks is the 10/100 NIC instead of 10/100/1000. But oh well...

    Either way... I would go for Intel D945GCLF or Intel D945GCLF2 if you need the extra core. Either way... low power consumption, decent processing power (for this usage) an low price. What's there to hate?

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