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    Debating About Hardware

    ok guys first post here have ready a ton of stuff on the fourms though, but still trying to make a decision on what path to take. ive got a 2006 cobalt lt sedan that i'm looking to throw a car pc into. but enough of that onto my post

    as the tittle states i'm debating between a few different setups. i was thinking about going with a Intel Atom D510 setup, but then found i can get a used Intel Atom 330 from a friend of mine, or i can use the Sempron 140 i have laying around plus a mini Itx board and put one together that way. i'm just wondering which would be the best platform to start with and also will perform best.

    i was mainly leaning towards the Intel D510 setup using this board:
    ZOTAC NM10-A-E Intel Atom D510
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500046

    or this board

    ASUS AT5NM10-I Intel Atom D510 BGA559
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131630

    then there is the used intel atom 330 board for about $45-$55

    ASUS AT3GC-I Intel Atom 330 479
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131396

    then finally i can use my Sempron 140 cpu i have sitting here with this board:

    ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 AMD 880G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131659


    just some of the ideas floating around in my head, but any input is welcomed...

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    No real clue about mobos but having built-in wifi is pretty sweet and saves a usb slot.
    If you have stuff laying around or free why not start with that?

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    well if i go the am2+/am3 build ive got a sempron 140 cpu readily avail, but i'm trying to keep power usage at a low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burksdb View Post
    well if i go the am2+/am3 build ive got a sempron 140 cpu readily avail, but i'm trying to keep power usage at a low.
    If you are a patient guy, you may want to wait around for the first AMD fusion Dual Core CPU (Ontario) to hit the shelves (I think Q1 2011). It will be a low power (ie 10-20w range?), speedy and have very, very good integrated DX11 graphics (400 shaders - similar to 5650 graphics, blows all integrated graphics out of the water).

    If you dont wanna wait and you want a speedy, low power build - undervolting /underclocking your sempron or doing the same to an Athlon II will lower the power specs quite a bit. Ive got a an Athlon II C2 set to 1.10v @2600Mhz (default is 1.425v @2800Mhz) which only draws 35W @ FULL load, which is almost never happens. I think my whole rig only draws a couple amps @12v at any given time. The i3 gives somewhat similar results, but I don't have one to play with to find out. I went an AMD build because of price (Ive always liked AMD quality).

    BTW, If its in your car, your battery should provide plenty of power for your rig ... I can run my 'puter for hours without the engine on before my battery even gets close to going dead.

    So, IMO, there is really no need to hobble your build with slow-as-s*it Atom builds (especially when fusion comes around) .. Unless of course you plan to use your comp with the engine off all the time, then maybe that extra 10w (!) of power savings might come in handy :P
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    ^ +1

    it's all up to you in the end, but the amd setup sounds pretty decent for a cheap starter setup. sure it is a little overkill, but it should allow you to start to have a setup for a little cheaper then starting from scratch.

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    ^ basicly what i was thinking. i'm pretty sure ive spent a good 4-8 hrs reading info on this site, and i'm almost at the buying point besides trying to find a good psu and such... besides if down the road i feel that i need more cpu power ive got a good upgrade path i can follow with just a few more watts and maybe an extra fan. now just gotta pick a psu and case.

    btw what psu do you use on your athlon II?

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    yea feature wise i'm leaning towards the amd build. and besides is down the road i find the need for more power i have an upgrade path, which is going to be hard to stray away from (i'm running an xeon x3440 oc to 4.0 (watercooled) with trifire 4870's.)

    btw what psu are you running for your athlon II

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burksdb View Post
    yea feature wise i'm leaning towards the amd build. and besides is down the road i find the need for more power i have an upgrade path, which is going to be hard to stray away from (i'm running an xeon x3440 oc to 4.0 (watercooled) with trifire 4870's.)

    btw what psu are you running for your athlon II
    M2-ATX-HV .. works great. Id like to move up to the M4-ATX some time in the future (I like the timer programing feature). But for now, the M2-ATX has works perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgerbik View Post
    M2-ATX-HV .. works great. Id like to move up to the M4-ATX some time in the future (I like the timer programing feature). But for now, the M2-ATX has works perfect.
    pretty much along the lines of what i was looking at also saw this:

    IEL 140watt
    http://store.mp3car.com/IEI_140W_DC_..._p/pwr-033.htm

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    any other ideas?

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