Taking the Plunge
I hope I'm posting in the right place this time cos I got dinged already.
Okay, I have been viewing and reviewing this forum, off and on, for about 3 months now, and I think it's time to take the plunge.
I would appreciate it if you guys could help with inputs on my ideas.
I have been torn on choosing a mobo and CPU for the longest time, simply because of power issues and upgradeability. But since this is my first project I have decided to dive into the ocean and make mistakes where necessary because it's all a learning curve. (Help me shorten it if you can, pleae. LOL)
I have decided to choose between the MII 10k, MII 12k, or a Jetway. (This is solely because I'm hoping to successfully build the whole system in my car's double DIN space.
I measured the depth and it's exactly 17cm, but that it with the metal that holds the stoc radio behind still in place. I plan to either cut this metal, or bend it out of the way. I hope not to do too much damage.
Meanwhile, with that said, an m2-atx is in my psu plans. I'm on standby for a used 7" xenarc. If not I'm going with a 7" lilli.
Let me se, what else?
A power supply. If you are going the jetway route, then don't get the M2 or M1 because there have been issues. I have heard that the issues have been sorted out with the newer versions, but I wouldn't trust it.
Originally Posted by BLAXKINNED
Amp for speakers.
So there goes that for screen, mobo, and enclosure choice.
Of course I intend to get a min of 512mb RAM. I need help here. COuld someone point me in the right direction for the "type" of RAM that these VIA mobos require? I'd appreciate it.
I'm not so torn on HDD choice.
WHat front end works best with the VIA combo?
Shoot! I'm so full of some questions, but I'll wait to have these ones anwsered first before I continue.
I will take pics of my car interior to give you guys and idea of what I intend. It's okay to let me fall, but don't let me fall real hard that my vision will be blurred, pls.
Thanks for viewing and in advance for your insightful advice.
Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster
WHAO! That was quick. LOL
Yeah, I'll get the HDD, RAM and good gauge wires. Now that leads me to another question.
I have searched the web to see how best to connect the Carpc to the amp for best sound since it may be a 6 channel sound mobo. I think I'm going to eliminate my HU altogether because I do not want to fab another location for it.
My biggest question with regards to this is "do I need a remote wire (like the one used with HUs) for the amp to come one and receive sound from my comp?
Hey 2k1Toaster, you seem to run hardware similar to what I may be putting to gether. How long have you had yours and what has been your biggest issues with the whole set up.
If you'd change anything what woud it be.
Just inquiring, so as to help me plan better. Thanx for leading. LOL
Notice my sig for how long I've had it in ;).
Not that long by any means compared to some others.
As for ram, with the via boards I have heard that Kingston RAM works best. I personally use PQI value ram because it is cheap and all low end systems I build use it.
Frontend, any. Streetdeck, RoadRunner, Centrafuge, MediaCar, anything. It all works fine, just stay away from highly flash intensive skins. I use RR.
As for remote wire, if you get any smart PSU like an opus or M1/M2 or DS-ATX there will be a remote amp wire.
My biggest issue was this weird attraction my CarPC had to me. Any time I got out of my car, it would freeze for some reason. Read about it here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/general-hardware-discussion/91962-i-think-my-carpc-is-emotionally-attached-to-me-freezes-when-i-get-out-of-my-car.html
I think it was my harddrive. I just defragged and fixed the drive's errors and it stopped so it is good now.
What I would change... hmmm. That's a thinker... If I had the money, Xenarc or transflective screen. Maybe also getting an Opus instead of the M2. I hear lots of M2 horror stories and if mine goes, I don't want it to take my other stuff with it too which it seems to do.
That was a few lines of insight. Thanx a bunch.
Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster
I'll be shooting up some more questions as they pop up,
I'm a cheapo...I know. But would anyone recommend using this as a first project. If so why? And if not, why not?
Gosh! I'm gonna get my as chewed....LOL