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    Give me your opinions, please (Mobo's)...

    OK... I'm just getting my feet wet with this carPC stuff, but I'm doing boatloads of research before I take the plunge. I pretty much know what I want this thing to do, and audio is of far more importance than video. That being said, I have a little crumb-cruncher (actually, still a nipple-nibbler, at this stage) that will probably want some back-seat entertainment as she gets older, so I would like to have the capability of dual (independent) display.

    I know I'm not going to be content with an embedded system (Atom), and I want more "horsepower" than one can provide. I am mindful of power consumption and cooling, so I'm not willing to make the jump all the way to a socket 775 (desktop processor) solution. Unfortunately, there are no mini-ITX boards out there that support the new Core i5 or i7 mobile processors, so "no-joy", there. I'm leaning towards the Intel T9000 series mobile processors (socket P / PGA478).

    As you can probably tell by now, cost is not really an object...

    What I've collected to date:

    M4-ATX power supply
    Auzen X-Meridian sound card (PCI)

    What I intend to add:

    SSD boot drive
    500GB storage drive
    GPS
    OBDII
    Backup Camera
    ???

    Now, on to the mobo's... I've narrowed it down to 2, maybe 3 choices.

    First, is this: BCM IX45GM2
    (I'm having a hard time finding a place to purchase one, however)

    Second: DFI CA100-D

    Third: MSI IM-GM45

    Now, you may notice that each of these boards lean towards more graphic-intensive applications, and I stated I wasn't that concerned about video. But, I have the X-Meridian for handling audio, and with the processing power I'm looking at, I have the luxury of doing both. The other important factor is that all of these cards have a PCI slot.

    For all of this, I'll figure out the case/packaging requirements once I've got the system configuration finalized.

    So, any advice? Am I completely off track or missing any possible problems or pitfalls?

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!

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    from quickly skimming at the specs, there isn't anything special about them.
    except for the fact they're industrial type boards (not MSI board) they're expensive, hard to find replacement with no extra benefit. you can do the same thing using something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tx+775&x=0&y=0

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    You missed some of the more salient points: PCI SLOT, and socket 775 is higher power consumption and more HEAT than what I'm willing to settle for.

    I've looked at Zotac, and nothing they have fits what I'm looking for.

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    one of the zotac board has pci express slot, however none has mobile cpu.
    personally i'd rather get non mobile cpu and spend a bit more effort on cooling. especially when you have a video card running, you're going to have to deal with cooling anyway. I've ran my old system (2.4ghz P4) in +35*C before with no issues. this way you'll get more power and easily upgradeable system. I'm in no way saying that mobile processor isn't good, except i can never find the lower power consumption to justify the price.

    As for the boards you have, i don't have any experience with them, so i can't help you there. I know a few members here have used the MSI one, but i never heard of the other 2.

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    I'm with Punky - mobile processor is going to result in harder to find cooling solutions. Lookup bxsteez on the boards here - he has a mobile board & processor. He was looking for a better cooling combo for the processor and had a hard time finding much of anything.

    If power is a concern, you can still get some low (35W) draw CPUs, or you could go ATOM. Personally I'd do ATOM before I'd do mobile.

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    As the rest said, you can get a good 775 socket chip and a board with that socket for a cheap price. You can also dial the chip back a bit. You said you did not want to mess with power consumption and cooling. I would look into it. You will get more "bang for the buck."

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    that is a wicked deal, tempted to upgrade myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom_First View Post
    Unfortunately, there are no mini-ITX boards out there that support the new Core i5 or i7 mobile processors, so "no-joy", there.
    EDIT: ow, I missed the "mobile" part. But anyway:
    Check Zotac H55-ITX WiFi:
    -LGA1156 slot (i3, i5 or i7!!!)
    -H55 bridge
    -PCI Express x16
    -2x DDR3
    -6x SATA-300
    -eSATA, SPDIF, HDMI, DVI on backpanel
    -802.11b/g/n WiFi

    So, "yes-joy" there
    Check my worklog:
    Corsa + Atom + Gentoo Linux + 9" capacitive touchscreen

    Lord of the boards: DFI CP100-NRM

    "Or you can try Ubuntu, but than don't tell everyone you are using linux,
    because it's just a secret unreleased prebeta of Windows 3829" :P

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    You should check this. Congatec BM57, accepts i5 and i7 mobile, DDR3
    Check my worklog:
    Corsa + Atom + Gentoo Linux + 9" capacitive touchscreen

    Lord of the boards: DFI CP100-NRM

    "Or you can try Ubuntu, but than don't tell everyone you are using linux,
    because it's just a secret unreleased prebeta of Windows 3829" :P

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