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    Talking New to this - help me get started...

    I am taking the plunge!

    Here's the issue - I am married and therefore on a budget (women just don't get this idea )

    I need to put together a bare bones box for around $100...I can add everything else piece-by-piece later. The board and the case are what I am looking for.

    Can someone point me to a MB with on-board TV out so that I can eventually hook it up to an LCD screen? They usually come with on-board audio, so that's no biggie. Or should I go with a separate video card?

    The board needs to be of NLX or micro/flex ATX so that I can find a case that will be small and easy to mount in my Jeep...I am shying away from towers because I have a perfect placement for it.

    Also, a black case would be perfect since my Jeep is black.

    If I can get these 2 items - I can begin work - so PLEASE help me

    Also, I have read just about every post on this board and looked at every example - so, I am getting pretty educated on this and can't wait!

    Thanks for everyone's help...

    -Mike
    "As God as my witness...I thought turkey's could fly"

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    I bought a couple of these GVC DF701 they can end up being pretty cheap. I won one of mine for $11.25. also check his other auctions for stuff you may need because his shipping charges are as follows $8.99-1st item, $4-2nd, $2- each additional item

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    I'm using supermicro 370SED which is small with onboard tv-out. See my "wired ride" web site for examples of the image quality from this board when hooked to a 5.6 LCD.
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    What kind of Jeep do you have? I'm curious to know where other people have found creative mounting places. I am using the center console in my WJ.

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    I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee...

    One problem is getting an LCD mounted - I already have a phone system installed - but I would like the LCD screen where that is...now, where to put the phone cradle

    BTW - I just bid on a ABIT WB6 motherboard...is this a good mobo?

    -Mike
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    Maybe check you the BYO Mini System topic from a few days back. I love that Case.
    Not sure about cost though..

    Maybe a socket 7 board would be more cost effective, but your max CPU speed would be 500Mhz. (pleanty for MP3, and Divx IMO).

    I was looking at this one for myself,
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    Take a look at this:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1321488998

    Think it would work ok?
    "As God as my witness...I thought turkey's could fly"

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    First off, glad to see another Henry who is an mp3car enthusiast

    As far as the missus, if she's like mine, she'll come around once you get the basics together and running, especially if you include music that she likes.

    There are ,any ways to keep the cost down on this kind of project. Recycle as many old computer parts as practical (RAM, cases, etc), haunt surplus computer stores and e-bay and be creative! Many of the members here have come up with unique solutions due to cost/space/other considerations.

    Your software choices will also affect the cost of the system. If, like me, you run DOS with MPXPlay, you can avoid using any sort of display, or can go with a small LCD readout. I use a keypad to control the program which allows me to directly choose a song bby typing in its number, or leave it on random and see what comes up. If you use DOS, just remember that you will need to use an ISA soundcard, and these are becoming increasingly rare, and the sound quality can be less than acceptable (a problem I am currently dealing with). If you prefer Windows/Winamp, there are many ways to speed up booting, and you can use a small LCD display, or if you get lucky and score a good display, the sky's the limit, as long as your wallet will allow.
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    I strugled for a long time trying to find an afordable motherboard with tv out, and was never able to find one. i then struggled to find someone selling an old ati xpert pci w/tv out for a reasonable price, and couldn't manage that either. The computer you found on ebay should be able to handle everything, only forewarning is that it probably tops out at 500mhz for cpu upgrades. otherwise, i think you're going to be hard pressed to find both a case and a motherboard with tv out for $100. I ended up finding a matx motherboard with an agp slot on a bargin table of a local retailer and paired it with a ati radeon ve oem, which was still close to $100.
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    I was looking to upgrade my slot one board a while ago. The fastest they made was an 800Mhz PIII (with a 100 FSB). Stupid cheap motherboard wouldn't reconzise the CPU (Pine Motherboad). A 800Mhz might be a little tough to find nowadays anyways.
    Nice looking setup.
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    [XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX] XX% Completed -
    Car Totaled and i bought a 20G mp3 player

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