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    Offered a complete epia 1000 board.....good deal?

    ok, i've decided to devote my time into a carpc and will begin late october, but i dont have a mini pc built for the carputer yet.

    I was offered a pre-built one that is apparently like new and was going to be used in a carpc but he's going to ditch it.

    The cost of this will be $250.......please tell me if it's a good deal:

    Included:
    - Via M10000 EPIA Motherboard/CPU
    - 256MB DDR ram Crucial/Micron stuff
    - 20gb Laptop HDD
    - 12v DC-DC Power Supply (specifically this one http://store.ituner.com/ituner/posoformi.html)
    - Custom plexi case I made for it to fit in the drivers side knee panel in my car. Case is tiny, check the pics.
    - IMac slot load DVD Drive (must be used externally, case is too small) I had this wired straight to the long IDE cable you see out the side of the case and lived in the center console right under my LCD display.
    - No *optional* LVDS connector on the board

    he says he doesnt know the output of the system, but it worked fine when he booted it for testing.

    I just plan to use the carputer for emulation, dvd, gps, and music.......is this sufficient and a good price?

    here are images of the PC- the fourth picture is the external dvd
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    Sounds good to me.

    New 20gig Toshiba - $71 + shipping
    M10000 EPIA MoBo - $175 + shipping
    Power Supply - $30 to $50 + shipping
    256mb Ram - $40 to $60 (crucial is free shipping)

    So just at that you're already saving some bucks.

    I think it would be powerful enough too. I have an EPIA 800 and it does everything I want it to do. And big differences between my board and yours? Processor and video. That one would be a 1ghz Nehamiah (spelling?) mine is just a plain 800mhz C3. Your video I believe does hardware mpeg decoding, which mine does not. Should be loads better.
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    what the hell is all that junk in there?

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    any second opinions?

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    ditch that plexi case. 1 hole and 1 fan? I sense a heat issue, especially the way the hdd is just tossed in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorcity
    ditch that plexi case. 1 hole and 1 fan? I sense a heat issue, especially the way the hdd is just tossed in there.
    so it's still a worthy buy, but i should take out the parts and install them in a new case?

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    i see 2 fans. but i agree some more circulation would be recommended.
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    I disagree. I think that that's enough. I have a VCR pc that is roughly the same size, and it has a EPIA 800 in it. It only has one fan. An 80mm in Back. I've ran this thing constantly day and night downloading stuff for about 8 months. No problems at all, even when watching a DivX or XviD movie. I'm sure that it's just fine. Just don't block your intake or exhaust holes.

    Edit: Maybe what I would do is drill a few holes on the ram side of the case. But only if you have heat issues. I really think you'll be ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder
    Sounds good to me.

    New 20gig Toshiba - $71 + shipping
    M10000 EPIA MoBo - $175 + shipping
    Power Supply - $30 to $50 + shipping
    256mb Ram - $40 to $60 (crucial is free shipping)

    So just at that you're already saving some bucks.

    I think it would be powerful enough too. I have an EPIA 800 and it does everything I want it to do. And big differences between my board and yours? Processor and video. That one would be a 1ghz Nehamiah (spelling?) mine is just a plain 800mhz C3. Your video I believe does hardware mpeg decoding, which mine does not. Should be loads better.
    the video is only mpeg acceleration. only SP and nano has hardware decoding

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    Well I'll be.

    Damn I was close though eh?
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