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    Mini-ITX vs. a desktop PC?

    I've always purchased all my PC's prebuilt. For those of us who haven't built a PC before how much work is involved in using a Mini-ITX motherboard and custimizing it for carputer needs vs. using a desktop PC for the carputer?

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    building a mini-itx system is exactly the same as building a regular system, but smaller. for the mini-itx, (and many new motherboards), just add memory, a hard drive, and power, and you are ready to go. if you are not familiar with building computers, you should look into it, it is pretty basic after some research, and can turn out very benificial. you will get a system for much less money than you would pay for a prebuilt system, it will have what you want and not a bunch of unneeded junk, it will be much smaller (if you go mini-itx) and you will learn what is in a computer, so you can better understand what is happening when somthing goes wrong. hope i helped, good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raypsaliga
    building a mini-itx system is exactly the same as building a regular system, but smaller. for the mini-itx, (and many new motherboards), just add memory, a hard drive, and power, and you are ready to go. if you are not familiar with building computers, you should look into it, it is pretty basic after some research, and can turn out very benificial. you will get a system for much less money than you would pay for a prebuilt system, it will have what you want and not a bunch of unneeded junk, it will be much smaller (if you go mini-itx) and you will learn what is in a computer, so you can better understand what is happening when somthing goes wrong. hope i helped, good luck.

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    It's not always cheaper to build a prebuilt than it is to buy a dell....

    When their hot deals come around, they offered a 2.8ghz w/ 17"lcd not too long ago for 546 or some figure lower than that w/ 2 optical drives and 512mb ram (albeit it costed 150 to go from integrated graphics to a radeon 9800pro), but that's still as good as you could do if not better at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mastermind
    It's not always cheaper to build a prebuilt than it is to buy a dell....

    When their hot deals come around, they offered a 2.8ghz w/ 17"lcd not too long ago for 546 or some figure lower than that w/ 2 optical drives and 512mb ram (albeit it costed 150 to go from integrated graphics to a radeon 9800pro), but that's still as good as you could do if not better at the time.
    i stand corrected.

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    yea, you can actually buy pre-built systems for pretty cheap... but you wont get quality parts most of the time (Dell usually uses cheap parts)...

    and the avaliblity of pre-built mini-itx is not enormous... but i have seen them on ebay and mini-itx.com (european i believe).
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    Plan on taking a pretty full day to uninstall all the bs spyware and bloatware on a dell, gateway, ect. I dont mind the hardware at all, but the software generally sucks for performance. Maybe I am biased, but I would say build your own and learn as you go. It is quite easy and very rewarding. Plus, a smaller form factor is harder to find by the big names. If your putting it in a car, you need to decide as much on room and heat as you do the dollar factor. The Itx form factor has those under control.

    Decided to try one of those $30 specials off ebay (update, looks like they are all gone now ) and it works well, I would say every bit as well as my Epia Classic did. Put in a stick of pc133, add a hard drive and a rom drive, and put it in a case. Its a full day thing for a newbie, but priceless for the experience. And CHEAP!!

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    Its has an old desktop style panel, so it may be proprietary. Also it only takes up to a 2.0 so it is definately dated. I would keep looking myself. Check for a combo with processor, they are usually a better deal. It really depends on what you want from the system. If you can deal with the heat and space requirements, go for a full size computer, but if you are like many of us and dont have a lot of room (or money for the expensive power supplies!) go for a Itx setup. If you need one built for you, pm me, I can get you up and running very cheap and turn key if thats what you need.
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    if you haven't built computers before (i use the plural for a reason too) you will run into the same problems that everyone else does.

    thing is, anything mini, is more expensive, more fragile, and typically more kinky, since you get into proprietary parts area.

    really, building a car pc can be as easy or as hard as you want it. ideally, you can get a cheap dell, wipe it out, make a clean install of whatever OS you desire and mount it in the trunk with cables running into the passenger cabin.

    perhaps thats the best approach for someone with little hands on experience.

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    I've been reading through the threads in this forum. There's some very good info here. Thanks for all the replies!

    I was lucky enough this morning to run into an old buddy of mine that I haven't seen in years. It turns out he does in-car entertainment systems for a local dealership. We talked a little about this project and he offered to give me a hand. I've already placed an order for a mobo and CPU along with an Opus. Is it really taking some people up to a month to get the Opus?

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    i got mine from mp3car... shipped today. they are still in stock too... but they are $15 more than direct from opus.. id pay $15 dollars to have it in 3 days rather than 3 weeks

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