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    New in the making, carpc for mazda 6 2004

    Hey guys, I am in the process of making a new car pc. I wanted to have your guys input on what you think of my parts and selection. And I would be really happy if you could have suggestions for better or worse parts. Thanks!

    Here it goes

    C Specs:
    CPU: Intel Celeron E3400 Wolfdale 2.6GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

    Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116348

    Decided to go with a dual core because they are cheap, and that should be enough power to run my system. Also it takes less voltage which is always good and less heat. I chose the celeron bc I dont think it will be a problem and it is fast enough to do what I want to do with it, (sound and video). And its CHEAP!

    Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard.

    Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128357

    I choose this mb, because its micro and it fits my CPU. And I have used gigabyte in the past and generally pretty happy with their mobos. I know on problem that you pointed out is that there isnt enough usbs. I will probably end up getting a cheap usb divider (those things that take 1 usb and turn it in into 4) and that should be enough. What do you think of that? Any mobo that have more usb spots and fitting the criteria, of 775 socket and micro you know of? Thanks!

    Ram:G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

    Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

    By using your suggestion, 4 gigs is overkill. I mean I have 4 gigs on my rig at home, and I find that absolutely fine. So I think 2 gigs should be just enough.

    PS: DSATX 220W
    http://www.short-circuit.com/product/DSATX.html

    I think 220 W should be enough and this power supply works with carpc and can convert the car power source to the comp power supply.

    Screen: Lilliput 629GL
    http://www.mo-co-so.com/Lilliput-629...29-dvi-rci.htm

    I think it is a pretty standard screen. Any suggestions on other ones?

    Case:

    Okay this is where I have problems. I am not sure of what case can fit this power supply and the rest of the computer parts as well. I would like to also be 100 percent sure this car pc case can fit under my passanger seat, because this is where I want to put it. I am thinking of getting this one:
    http://www.mo-co-so.com/Black-Box-Mo...-p/mcs-bbm.htm

    Any suggestions on something better?

    The screen and case is where I am having most of my issues. Any help would be greatful. Thanks for going through this and helping me out!

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    that board would be ok, though i hate how few usb ports it has..

    yes, you can use a usb hub, but some are finicky about hibernate/standby. because of this, i recommend you plug any critical devices into a usb port on the mainboard, not a hub(like the touch screen) in most cases, i recommend a powered hub over a non-powered hub to make sure that all the devices plugged in have enough power.

    board/case:
    to my knowledge, there are not any cases that will fit the dsatx + motherboard. and there are zero car-specific cases that fit a micro-atx board. all the cases are designed for mini-itx boards with small power supplies like the m1, m2, or m3 units.

    otherwise, the parts look good!

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    Just to piggyback on what soundman just said about the USB Hub, you dont want to hook the hub to the 5v rail on the PSU, instead get a separate converter that is rated at 5v, 2.5amps to power it, reason being, with several USB devices you will quickly max out your PSU's wattage, I have a M4ATX and with 6 USB devices it didnt have enough power. If you do go this route, you might need to use a diode to prevent the computer from feeding back into your ACC during shutdown

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    Oo okay cool. I had a question about the case and dsax power supply. If they do not fit into the case then how exactly do you put them together. can you have the power supply outside the case i guess , but the dsax is a board and doesnt have a case inclosure so I dont think you can do it. How do people do it with building the computer if no cases work with it. I am not really sure what to do in that case...what do people normally do. Also I will try to find a mobo with more usb devices but I think that will be enough. 1 for the touch, 1 for the gps, 1 for the camera, and 1 for the touch screen. I think that should be solid. What kind of power USB hub were you talking about. Do you have an example I could look at?

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    there isn't a set list of powered hubs. if you don't intend to use standby or hibernate, then almost any powered hub will work. if you intend to standby or hibernate, then you'll need to start searching, as there are not many hubs that will work consistently with most hardware.


    for the dsatx, you can use a external project box..

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    I bought the RAM Tough Hub after reading some good reviews. It's designed for use in an automotive environment, but is expensive (over $80). I think it's worth the cash.

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