About to take plunge, need comments
Hi all, I'm about to take the plunge and order this stuff. Here's some background.
Car: 2004 Nissan 350z Touring Roadster
ME: I want MP3, WMP Visualizations, DVD, CD, GPS capabilities. FM is pointless as I have XM.
Here are the parts and my rationale is included if needed.
Display Xenarc 700TS USB $370.00
I want the Xenarc because I heard they are built better, have auto shut-off and on.
Cable Xenarc 700TS USB/VGA 16Foot Extension cable $40
PC will be in the back, monitor up front. Its a $40 add-on from the above website.
Motherboard VIA Epia MII 10k $175.89
Here's the crux of it. Will this processor have enough oomph for playing full screen visualizations and DVD's? Hopefully yes.
Case Morex Cubid 3677 Black 82.89
This case comes with a 62.5W power supply, IDE to laptop and slimline connectors. I'm hoping the power will be enough.
Memory Kingston 512MB 266Mhz DDR 99.89
This should be enough to power all my needs.
Hard Drive Hitachi/IBM 80GB 5400RPM NoteBook Hard Drive 194.50
More space, yes, thanks. I probably have about 20gb of mp3's. I only need about 40gb but its only like $30 more. Here's the rub: will it push my power supply over the top?
DVD Lite-On LSC-24082 Slim 8X DVD / 24x24x24x CDRW 89.89 Black Color
Slim Line DVD, I may change this for an external dvd/cdrw later because getting to the loader may become a pain but for now I like the fact that it is internal.
Power ITPS 12V voltage regulator 39.00
Standard Shut down controller.
I am removing the factory head-unit and installing an amplifier to power the speakers (infinity or JL audio). I will also be installing an infinity basslink.
So for the computer parts, I come to $1092.06. Ouch. However, thats 512mb ram, 80gb laptop hard drive. I'm concerned that maybe I have the nice options but the motherboard/cpu isn't up to speed. This particular motherboard does have some nice options of pcmcia slot (for wireless net card) and compact flash (for transferring photos from my digital cam.)
Please help me here. I'm about to take the plunge and would welcome any feedback whatsoever.
edit: changed to 512mb per suggestions from other posters.