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    P4 mini-itx vs via MII1200

    Just wanted to get some quick input on the above setup... I have got a P4 just sitting here and 512 meg memory that I want to put to use and was wondering if the P4 would be worth while for a power setup in my car.

    I'm not exactly sure of the power requirements of the P4 board but was hoping to use something like the Opus power supply. I know the Via would work with it but I have this hardware sitting here driving me nuts.

    Thanks in advance for the input.

    Toxic_d

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    BTW this will eventually end up being attached to a MSEFI setup in my RX7.

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    That will work. But !

    1- That'll suck a lot of watt
    2- and dissipate a lot of Heat (baaaaaad)
    3- Even with a burning hot 3+ ghz P4, you'll be limited by a not so powerfull onboard video system, and that board only has a pci slot (no high power video card allowed)
    4- You'll need to hack a bios to get 800*480 (how phun...)

    best choice would be a second hand shuttle...

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    Bummer... the cpu I have is a 2.4ghz 533 core speed. I just have it kicking around so I wanted to stick it into the car. So I think I may just use this for a SFF desktop pc and pickup a MII1200.

    Is anyone here running a MSEFI system and have their carPC hooked up full time?

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    Not a MII12k, but a SP13k :good:

    I was speaking about a second hand shuttle for the car cause it will give you more flexibility than a via system. Underclock it (bus @ 400), undervolt it, and add an old AGP TI4200 geforce4. Then use an opus 150w to power it, and an external powerbrick for home. You have best of both worlds.

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    No **** the shuttles are that flexible? Where would I find a second hand one here? do many people sell them here? My only concern with that is the size of the whole unit but that could be remedied...

    Thanks again for the response.

    Toxic_d

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    I haven't serach by myself, first I would figure out what model would suit my needs, then search on e-bay.

    With slim HDD & dvd, the box could be drastically reduced.

    If you can live without a powerfull video card( no agp slot), shuttle has a ZEN model, that only needs a DC input....

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    What power supply could power this board other than the one shuttle sends along with this? The zen is what I am referring to..

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    I dunno what voltage is needed, but if it needs 19v, a carnetix 1900 may do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic_d
    No **** the shuttles are that flexible? Where would I find a second hand one here? do many people sell them here? My only concern with that is the size of the whole unit but that could be remedied
    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaFX
    I haven't serach by myself, first I would figure out what model would suit my needs, then search on e-bay.
    With slim HDD & dvd, the box could be drastically reduced.
    They're damn flexible and can be highly modified. I chopped mine down to under 3" tall. I'm certain by taking some things out of the case (hard drive & PSU, namely), the height can be further reduced.
    The motherboard itself is exactly 7.5" X 10", so it could go into a dash, if the dimensions were right.



    Read about it in my worklog.

    My original plan was to mount the bottom of the Shuttle case (complete w/ standoffs and motherboard, but no case) vertically behind the dash, but that's just too difficult to get to, so I went with my present plan of mounting the chopped-down Shuttle case upside down underneath the dash ont he passenger side of my truck.

    Good luck!
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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