Could use a little hardware help.
I have been doing alot of research. I have a general idea of what I want my set-up to look like and do. As for what its gonna do: I want it to play music primarily and do it well. I plan on replacing my hu with this. It will be feeding alot of audio and video equipment. I would also like to add gps, hd radio, and dvd functionality is a must. I would also like to play my emulators with it. Dolphin would be awesome but if it could play up to an n64 emulator I would be thrilled.
The equipment I have so far. I have 2 1gb sticks of ddr2 laptop ram sticks, a 2gb and 4 gb ddr3 laptop ram stick, a 320 gb 2.5" hard drive, a tk55 processor (can only find one socket s1 mini itx board) Oh yeah and two slim dvd drives.
Ive already ordered my touch screen. I went with a cheapy proximus 7 inch usb unit. As for getting into the bios I will be feeding video into my existing monitors in my vehicle.
I also have a LEGAL license for xp home and pro 32 bit so that is what I will be running (one of the two anyway)
Really what Im having trouble with Is deciding a power plant. I hate intel with a passion. I would prefer not to run intel. I would prefer to use the ram Ive got. I dont mind buying ddr3 ram but ddr2 is expensive!
The serious choices Im considering:
gigabyte GA-E350N Integrated E-350 processor. From my research its quite a bit faster than the comparable atom chips tests higher in pcmark. I know the old atom single core in my eeepc will run project 64 good nuff so this should too. I dont know how itll hold up with a usb monitor and a carpc front. 81 bux total
Zotax 880g-itx AM3 board with an athlon x2 5200+ I see no reason this couldnt do everything im asking for. At 65 watts it outs out alot more heat. Only supports direct x 9 where the other two options support 11. 102 bux total.
AMD a4-A6 with a mATX motherboard not sure which mobo yet. This puts me in at the highest budget at around 140ish. It also consumes alot of space.
The car its going into is a 92 caprice classic. Plenty of room but its almost all occupied by something or another. Power concerns are non existent. Im running dual 135 amp alternators (just until I have the time and funds to rebuild them with the ice 220 amp kits and over drive pulleys) and 4 gel cell oddysseys.