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    Post Hardware prices for Mp3Box

    Well I've sat down and priced what it will cost for _new_ parts for an Mp3Box. The prices are in AU$ not US.

    AMD Duron 650Mhz CPU (this is one of the cheapest, and slowest chips I can find brand new): $ 97.27
    M/B for CPU (built in sound I think): $171.82
    64Mb RAM (Lifetime warranty): $59.09
    40Gb IBM Glass Platter HDD (3yr warranty): $281.82
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    10Gb Fujitsu HDD (3yr warranty): $181.82
    Win98 Keyboard: $8.18

    TOTAL: For 40Gb HDD: $618.18 For 10Gb HDD: $518.18

    If fellow Australian's are wondering how the prices are so cheap, they are wholesale prices. Other costs to include are a case, LCD, power supply (I want to make a DC-DC one probably the MK2.6 on Sproggy's website.)
    So I think it is looking like around $1000 for a complete system.

    How does this compare with the cost others have spent? Have I missed anything else?

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    Well, I don't know if you can compare my prices to your Australian, but if it helps, here's what I spent:

    PC Chips M599-LMR Motherboard + AMD 500Mhz CPU: $139.99 (+$10 shipping)
    (Built in Sound, Video, LAN)
    64Meg SDRAM - $47
    30Gig IBM HD: $160
    ATX Power Supply (The smallest I could find): $39 + $10 ship
    Inverter: $29.99
    Numeric Keypad: $15.99
    CDROM: $40
    LCD (BG Micro Serial 20x4 kit): $40

    Total: $531.97

    I still need to build my case too and figure out how to get the sound to my radio, which may require a new head unit.


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    Well considering the AU to US exchange rate, my prices don't look too bad, granted i still got other stuff to find prices for. And I also forgot, those prices should have +10% for GST

    But on the up side, these are brand new parts much of the stuff with warranty. I went to pcrecyclers.net and added up some older parts and it's not much cheaper, and the old parts aren't exactly what i want (no onboard sound etc) and i don't think they would have much warranty as well.
    I just converted 531 US dollars with Yahoo, it came to about 950 AU, so my prices are pretty much inline.


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    Not to be rude, but why on earth would you spend so much money on something like this?

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    20 GB hard drive - $120

    4x40 LCD - $20

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    rocket - basically I would eventually like to do this as a business, so I need something for people to see, and I figure people won't want to buy old secondhand parts with no warranty... not to mention the cost difference of an old system to a new one is not all that much!

    You might say "but you can get a cheap old pentium for a few hundred" Yes, but not in the amount to actually run a business off.

    We also have plans to make the computer a total in-car computer that logs info on the car like fuel, revs, speed etc.

    Also going by the previous posts, I'm spending only the same amount as money as a few other people who've made Mp3Boxes, only the exchange rate makes it look like a lot more.

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    Catfish, have you build and install a unit in your car? Before thinking of getting on a commercial level first get things working in your car and you will see that there is so much involved in a project like this...
    Its not about getting your home desktop and putting it in your car... it doesnt work that way...
    Im sure many people here thought of starting a business involving mp3 technology in a cars and i know people who been working on it in past few years (here in Australia), so doing this sort of price count is not realistic at all...
    i personally spent AU$22.80 (+ US$20 for the LCD) on whole set up, but on commercial level all this calculations are worthless!

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    If you don't mind buying from a US company, you can go to http://www.computergate.com . I think they still have some Pentium 233MMX's.

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    I'm not entirely sure any of your parts would be under warranty after sticking them in a car anyway.

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    r0cket-
    Would you actually tell them that it was installed in a car though?

    For my planned setup, in looking at around $AU756, or (~$US420)

    BUT that isn't including wireing and mounting hardware.

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