I'd recommend you consider adding a tab for "other" for a clearer picture of whats used across the board, if that's an option....
What do the majority of you use. I have seen both on here and wanted to get a feel for what the most popular was and why. Arguably this is a subjective thing and couldnt be classified as spoon feeding (just thought I'd cover myself from getting stuck in the oven and broiled )
I accidentally double posted. Can someone delete the other thread please, thanks!
It's really a pointless poll. (BTW - I removed the dupe.)Originally Posted by blairellis
When you're doing a project like this, it doesn't matter what everyone else does.
What matters is the hardware that meets your needs, space, and budget.
I can tell you that the majority of people use a miniITX board because they are low-power, low-heat (at least the EPIA ones) and they are dropped into small cases and marketed as in-car PCs.
Do you want to be a lemming and go with what everyone else is doing, or do you want to use some creativity and do something different for a challenge? I chose the latter and am very pleased.
I marked ATX... but it is really a mATX. Build what suits your need and budget.
RIIIIIGHT. Because the mini-itx market is freaking HUGE, everyone and their mother is running one in their car. And using a bigger mobo is for some reason amazingly creative, and has nothing to do with price and processing power.Originally Posted by DarquePervert
In progress: M10000; Travla c134; Xenarc 700TSV; Hitachi 80GB 2.5"; 256MB ULP; M2-ATX; ITPS; Powermate; iKEY SL-88 KB; Holux GM-210; Audiobahn ADD51T w/ COAX/optical converter; Road Runner; iGuidance 2.1
I used what I had.
What was low power and not expensive.
For some people the processing power of the commonly-used EPIA boards is simply not enough. It wasn't for me, so I sought an alternative solution and made it work.Originally Posted by fonseca
There are newer miniITX boards for P4M and whatnot, sure. But those are recent.
Sure, price is a factor. Sure, processing power is a factor. But size, heat and available power are also issues to be dealt with as well. For some people, the only on-hand hardware is either too large to fit in the available space, has too much power draw to work effectively or will generate to much heat to be stable. Sometimes the more efficient route is to buy something else rather than work with what you've got.
I use nothing but laptop motherboards for my installs... laptops are designed from the ground up with mobile use in mind, & there are many benifits, low power, low heat & blazing fast with the pentium m chips... a built in tank circiut... a bios that knows the difference between key on & key off(through weather on battery or dc input)
this is my opinion though, & some don't agree... a laptop motherboard can be more of a hastle to install though, and doesn't HAVE to just be a docked laptop...
this is a good question..i've got a m-atx 1.2ghz athlon system here, but i'm considering the benefits of going an epia m10000 or something similar. presuming i've got a half decent power supply .. and a good battery setup, what do you guys recommend?
no one can tell you the best thing to use, it all depends on the setup you have, or the setup you plan on getting
use a mobo that will suit your needs, people will recommend the same things that have been said a million times over, but, it doesnt really matter imo, get whatever you want :T