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    looking to spend $2000 on a car PC

    i need somthing that is small, somthing say around 5"x10"x1", does not use much power, powerful video play back, boots fast,, and for the screen i would like a 10.4" touch screen with 800x600 res, 500 nits bright, so what kind of options do i have using these specs?

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    since the motherboard (mini-itx) is 17cm(x) x 17cm(y) (6.7 in x 6.7 in), I would say you are off to a bad start.... now if you can go to 7"(x) x 10"(y) x 4"(z), the Travla c156 might work.....or is it the 136.... I forget.....

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    You're gonna need to get a nano-ITX board for something that small.

    They're 4.7" square


    Even still

    I really doubt you're gonna be able to cram everything you need in an area that small. Why does it have to be that size?

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    The 5" x 10" is easy, as Splinter says a nano itx will get you that. Or a 3.5" biscuit PC (6"x4"). I'm running a PCM-9373 that has everything needed on board, and could even take a compact flash hard drive if you want to go small on that too.

    I think the tricky thing is going to be the 1" requirement. The height of heatsink/fan on many boards will break this requirement. Perhaps thermally coupling the cpu directly to a substantial ally case might work here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sr_ryan1
    i need somthing that is small, somthing say around 5"x10"x1", does not use much power, powerful video play back, boots fast,, and for the screen i would like a 10.4" touch screen with 800x600 res, 500 nits bright, so what kind of options do i have using these specs?

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    P4 mobile setup with a 10.4" touchscreen. don't know if there's a 500nit one out there. IT might be pushing your size requirements, but some creative thinking should get what you need. I think you could squeeze that into a $2000 budget.

    Check out the Pentium M motherboards in the mp3car.com store, too. They are miniITX form factor which is the smallest you can get with a P4 right now.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    Check out the Pentium M motherboards in the mp3car.com store, too. They are miniITX form factor which is the smallest you can get with a P4 right now.
    Not true. You can get a lot smaller than mini-itx with Pentium M. Here are 2 Pentium M motherboards that are 146mmx105mm (5.7"x4").

    http://www.advantech.com/products/Mo...E0J8&BU=&PD=EC
    http://www.advantech.com/products/Mo...QMPI&BU=&PD=EC
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