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    Not too bad looking. I'm tempted to sell my laptop for this. I like my setup mostly and it did take a bit of time and work, but the dock takes up much more room than I'd like. Plus when I put my security vcr in there, that's going to eat a lot more trunk space. Also a dock on a rack in the trunk isn't as polished looking.

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    This has made the rounds all over the internet today!!

    Sorta bothers me since everyones making it into a huge deal when its absolutely nothing new. Its just a package of parts we've already had available for a long time

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickercivic1
    Man i like that 20pins power supply board.. Runs straight from the power supply to the motherboard.. I love that.
    Ditto that ... and I don't see that little board available on the Mini-box site anywhere. It definitely isn't included with the M1-ATX nor the VOOMPC enclosure (both of which I already have).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aoLhaTer
    This has made the rounds all over the internet today!!

    Sorta bothers me since everyones making it into a huge deal when its absolutely nothing new. Its just a package of parts we've already had available for a long time
    Better price point though, or so it appears to me.

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    yeah. the price point seems to be the major kicker here. ive NEVER seen a cheap VIA motherboard let alone a whole system. this package brings the price down quite a bit to where it competes price-wise with a basic pre-built home system (depending on who you go through. one with just the basic computer hardware, no OS, monitor, keyboard, etc. will usually be under $400/$500)

    heck, im seriously considering this as the basis of my carpc project instead of the microatx system i had in mind. even with already having the motherboard, the cost of a cpu, memory, psu, hard drive, etc. will easily bring it up above $300 unless i went specifically with ebay and was anal about comparing prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vchat20
    yeah. the price point seems to be the major kicker here. ive NEVER seen a cheap VIA motherboard let alone a whole system. this package brings the price down quite a bit to where it competes price-wise with a basic pre-built home system (depending on who you go through. one with just the basic computer hardware, no OS, monitor, keyboard, etc. will usually be under $400/$500)
    Whats with all this talk about a great price point??? The systems they are selling for $299 only includes the case, power supply, and motherboard! The price is nothing revolutionary. If you buy everything from mp3car, its only $12 more. This whole thing seems like a lot of PR BS.

    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=59
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...roducts_id=122
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=67
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    Quote Originally Posted by god_of_cpu
    Whats with all this talk about a great price point??? The systems they are selling for $299 only includes the case, power supply, and motherboard! The price is nothing revolutionary. If you buy everything from mp3car, its only $12 more. This whole thing seems like a lot of PR BS.

    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=59
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...roducts_id=122
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=67
    Well, yeah it's PR BS, it's a press release after all.

    Any other differrences between their barebones kit and those parts? Last time I looked at a mini system was probably over a year ago and it certainly seemed more expensive then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    Well, yeah it's PR BS, it's a press release after all.

    Any other differrences between their barebones kit and those parts? Last time I looked at a mini system was probably over a year ago and it certainly seemed more expensive then.
    Bah. Opus and other places have been selling pre-built carPC kits for a while. They just never worked up a press release, nor did they get VIA involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    Bah. Opus and other places have been selling pre-built carPC kits for a while. They just never worked up a press release, nor did they get VIA involved.
    I understand that it's not new. But when I was looking a couple years ago at kits that were mostly completed, the ones I saw were much more expensive. So maybe stating the obvious is a shrewd move on their part.

    For people who think it's cool but too expensive or don't know were to start, $300 is probably a good price point to grab their attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rando
    Ditto that ... and I don't see that little board available on the Mini-box site anywhere. It definitely isn't included with the M1-ATX nor the VOOMPC enclosure (both of which I already have).
    Andrei tells me that he is awaiting shipment of the first production batch of the PCB ATX extensions. I guess that means they'll be available from the mini-box site soon.

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