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    Motherboard problem...

    Hi,
    I have been searching the forums for a week and reading, but I can't make up my mind on a motherboard. My goal is to simply play Mp3's, Gps, and maybe watch a DVD, but mainly the first two.
    I have a G35 and I have the stock headunit.
    I am concerned about power and price of the motherboard. Could someone make some suggestions. Is a via epia m10000 going to serve my needs better than a P3?
    At least if someone could point me in the right direction.
    I value your expertise.

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    Also, I am going to run either a lilliput or xenarc touchscreen 7 inch monitor.
    thanks

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    An epia will give you better power consumption and size, but may struggle with DVD playback or graphics.

    A p3 will provide all the power you need, but will be quite power hungry.

    I use a P4 mAtx board with a 2.4ghz celeron processor. Gives me both processing power and is good on wattage consumption. You can fit these boards in micro desktop cases, and I haven't found space being an issue.

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    Uhm.... The P3 is easy to power compared to a P4
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3
    Uhm.... The P3 is easy to power compared to a P4
    just what i was thinking. P4 alone uses the power or a P3 + mobo. If youjust want something small and easy go epia 1 or 1.2ghz. they have hardware dvd acceleration but they can't do the native resolution of the 7" widescreens but most people jsut run in 800x600 mode.

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    also epia will cost about the same as a P3 setup but the power supply is a lot cheaper for one of those - eg m1-atx from the mp3car.com store is $75 or summit. Get s slot load DVD (laptop one) linked by firewire or USB2 and a USB or PCI soundcard (onboard is crap). Job done!

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    I like my onboard sound the MB has integrated sound vid and lan.

    http://www.softwareandstuff.com/MBB10389.html

    I used a CPU and memory I had laying arround and the MB was $20.00
    So far the only items that I spent much money on are the DC to DC PS and the 14 inch LCD....Total less then $350.
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