Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Which MB?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Posts
    2

    Post Which MB?

    Before striking off into a MP3 box for my car I want to build one for the house to interface with my stereo. I would also like this box to be able to play DVD's to the TV.

    Any recommendations on MB's? cpu? any other necessary hardware?

    Obviously I would like to build this as cheaply as possible.

    Ned
    Ned
    http://www.tokairegistry.com
    http://www.cullenracing.com

  2. #2
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    louisville,ky,usa
    Posts
    259

    Post

    Personally, I've seen people talk about the issues with the K6 series processors, so I would recommend the Celeron Chips. Since it's in the house and heat is not a issue, the AMD duron's might be a option since they are pretty darn cheap right now.

    I do not recommend intergrated video motherboards unless you are going to use a DVD decoder card, other wise the ATI line of cards seem to do DVD quite nicely.

    Soundblaster Live card are a nice choice for indoors, since you might actaully get the benefits of 4 speaker output. However, in the interest of cost, you might be better off with a nice SB16. Power's not issue in the house, so any old power supply will do.

    DVD drives, the pioneer line seems to be the most popular. I have a SCSI model of their's, and it's nice. I hear good things about the IDE drives.

    That's really about it. Throw a Hard Drive at it, maybe ethernet, and you're good to go.
    I cheat, I own an empeg.
    Meskimen's Law: There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
    http://civic.mp3car.com

  3. #3
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    355

    Post

    Take a look at this discussion about the Blaster PC at TigerDirect. For $149 (case & MB with intergrated SB Live), it's a great deal. It also comes with a remote control and a volume control dial on the from of the case - perfect for a home stereo setup. The MB is a slot 1, so you could use a celeron using a socket 370 -> slot 1 adapter, or you could pick up a slot 1 P2/P3 on E-Bay for cheap.

    Mike.

  4. #4
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    Posts
    274

    Post

    Ned911,

    ckeck out also the BookPCs at www.directron.com. They are listed under Think-box computers/Bare-Bone Series and they are pretty small, optionaly black in color, with TVout, 4ch audio and much cheaper than buying components (MB, sound card, DVD decoder,case etc) and build such a PC by yourself!

    Dimitris

  5. #5
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Posts
    2

    Post

    Dimitris,

    For the price that might be the answer. Now which one?

    Also, it appears that these BookPC's will work using Linux - any experience?

    Ned
    Ned
    http://www.tokairegistry.com
    http://www.cullenracing.com

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •