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    hardware question

    I am planning on starting my new project soon in my thunderbird sc and i had a couple questions.

    1. I see everyone using these mini itx boards or old laptops what i was wondering if it is possible to use a regular home pc board and processor. i could understand a mobile harddrive but i dont see y i cant use a regular board and processor

    2. will the opus dc\dc psu work on a reuglaur board

    3. do i need the shutdown controller if i m useing a dc/dc psuor do i need it at all?

    if you could answer these questions it would be very helpful

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetcoupe
    I am planning on starting my new project soon in my thunderbird sc and i had a couple questions.

    1. I see everyone using these mini itx boards or old laptops what i was wondering if it is possible to use a regular home pc board and processor. i could understand a mobile harddrive but i dont see y i cant use a regular board and processor
    Yes. Search the SMYP forum here and you'll see what other people have done using standard ATX motherboards. The primary reason for the miniITX boards is that they're small enough to fit in tight places (glove boxes, under seats, etc.)


    2. will the opus dc\dc psu work on a reuglaur board
    Yes, but check the power draw to make sure you're not going to go over the capacity of the Opus.


    3. do i need the shutdown controller if i m useing a dc/dc psuor do i need it at all?
    Some people don't even use a shutdown controller. That's a convenience item. The Opus has one built-in. There are other DC-DC PSUs that don't have a built-in shutdown controller.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Like was said before, Mini-itx is nice for packaging purposes and for power usage/heat. I can fit the Mini-itx under the center console of my 89 Cougar. I can fit it in the DIN opening of the dash of my 2000 Grand Marquis. I am using the Mini-itx in my Cougar. I am thinking I will use a Micro-ATX in my Grand Marquis in the trunk, but I think I fould a spot under the dash (no in the radio opening) that I can put it, so I might do another Mini-itx for it.

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    First, you may try to search the forum for other people setup to get the idea.

    1)use whatever you have in your garage/shell/closet. I used full size P3 ATX mobo and micro mobo for AMD mobile CPU.
    2)Opus PSU was design for ATX/mATX/ITX board. So it will work for regular board.
    3)If you get the Opus, you don't have to buy a separate SDC because opus has it built-in. Whether you need the SDC or not is up to you. If you want turning on and off the PC without your intervention (like car HU), yes you need a SDC.
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