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    What do you guys think of this motherboard for my build?

    GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2 Socket AM2 AMD 690V Micro ATX Motherboard



    Specification
    GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2
    Model
    GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2
    Socket
    Socket AM2+ Motherboard
    CPU
    AMD Socket AM2 Athlon™ 64 FX / Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon™ 64 / Sempron™ processor
    Chipset
    North Bridge Chipset: AMD 690V
    South Bridge Chipset: AMD SB600
    Supports
    Windows Vista
    Memory
    4 DDR2 DIMM memory slots (supports up to 16GB memory)(Note 1)
    Supports dual channel DDR2 800/667/533/400 DIMMs
    Supports 1.8V DDR2 DIMMs
    Expansion Slots
    1 PCI Express x 16 slot
    1 PCI Express x 4 slot
    2 PCI slot
    Onboard Video
    ATI Radeon Xpress 1200
    LAN
    Realtek RTL8110 Gigabit Ethernet
    Audio
    Realtek ALC888 Audio Codec

    BIOS
    1 4Mbit flash ROM
    Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
    PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 1.0b
    Other Features
    Supports @BIOS
    Supports Download Center
    Supports Q-Flash
    Supports EasyTune (only supports Hardware Monitor function)(Note 3)
    Supports Xpress Install
    Supports Xpress Recovery2
    Supports Xpress BIOS Rescue

    H/W Monitoring
    System voltage detection
    CPU / System temperature detection
    CPU / System fan speed detection
    CPU / System warning temperature
    CPU fan failure warning
    Supports CPU Smart Fan function(Note 2)
    Rear Panel I/O
    1 PS/2 keyboard port
    1 PS/2 mouse port
    1 parallel port
    1 COMA port
    1 VGA port
    4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    1 RJ-45 LAN port
    6 audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC In/Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out)/Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out)
    Internal I/O Connectors
    1 24-pin ATX power connector
    1 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
    1 floppy connector
    1 IDE connector
    4 SATA 3Gb/s connector
    1 CPU fan connector
    1 system fan connector
    1 front panel connector
    1 front audio connector
    1 CD In connector
    1 SPDIF In/Out connector
    3 USB 2.0/1.1 connector for additional 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports by cables
    1 COMB connector
    1 Power LED connector
    1 Chassis Intrusion connector
    1 TV out connector

    Form Factor
    Micro ATX Motherboard Form FactorDimension: 24.4cm x 24.4cm

    Hooked up to a:

    EVGA 7900 GTX 512MB Video Card
    Soundblaster XFI sound card
    AMD 3.2GHZ dual core black edition processor
    4 gigs of Patriot ddr2 ram?

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    you know that that will need over 300w probably, with that video card, now if it was a 7800 then maybe not so much but the 7900 needs external power

    you did not specify anything else for your build, so nobody can really give you any other advice, until you do

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    Well I am looking for a power supply also. I don't know which ones are best suited for car applications. What would ya'll suggest?

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    i would suggest dc to dc, but the more watts the more expensive they go, and if you look on this site you can find all the info you need

    just expect to pay a lot of a high watt carPC psu

    thats why you should really consider do you really need a 7900? and what other future peripherals will u be using?

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    If your going with a monster MoBo like that, then I would get a OPUS 320. Even with that, you are cutting it really close because you also have to add the devices that you are going to connect to the equation. If you want alot of power and like to stay with AMD, then I suggest the Kino-690S1, which is the board I use. I am anti-Intel. The MoBo is expensive, but the processor is cheap. I got my Turion x2 64 TL-58 1.9GHZ for $45.00 dollars. Also got 4 GB of Sodimm RAM for $40.00. Here is a link, its a open box item, but you save $100.00 dollars. http://www.logicsupply.com/products/kino_690s1. What is nice is that it has a impressive built in graphics card. I think its a 1250 Radeon Express.
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    I'm using a similar board, but from ASUS, check my sig for specs...

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    OPUS 320 and ditch the vid card. Onboard uses WAY less power but will do everything you need it to do...
    2GB RAM will be PLENTY as well, on an optimized OS...but DDR2 is dirt cheap, so your call...
    CPU might be a bit of overkill too...X2 is perfect, but get the 2.6Ghz model...PLENTY of oomph!

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    i suggest you research the mobo for undervolting and under clocking ability, why? simply because you can take that BE and get it down to mobile specs with lowering the voltage and maybe underclock it a bit, lets face it you wont need all that 2ghz+ for a carpc, and you can always make more then one profile if you ever consider to game or something like that

    im not 100% you should go with external video, I would go with a mobo that has integrated video as well, you cant go wrong with ati or nvidia, plus you might be able to do some form of sli or whatever with the integrated video and the external video card

    but to be honest unless your going with something bigger then 7” screen I would not invest in an external video card even if you have one, simply because you will not run games on high rest on a 7” screen, you will do just fine with integrated ati/nvidia with 800x600 with medium settings on most games, slap in another low power video card with sli or whatever and you can double your frame rate with a fraction of power

    i would suggest a amd/ati 3200

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...lue=757%3A7619

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    Yeah the video card and other stuff Is stuff I had just laying around.... I can do without the video card, but I do like the processor.

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    I'd personally stay away from nVidia chipset/integrated video solutions...
    ATI is far better.

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