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    Low Bitrate bigbuffs's Avatar
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    Help with possible new build

    So I am thinking about getting a new car PC. I currently have a via vb7001 or something like that. It has 1.5 GHz processor and 212mb RAM and it is just not cutting it for me. It doesn't run fast enough and I have a lot of issues with it.

    I would like to get something that runs fast and I know I could build a fast and relatively inexpensive micro atx system but I'm concerned about the power usage. I'm using an m2-atx power supply so I have 160watts from that but I don't want to have to get a higher powered alternator.

    Also I've thought about maybe trying to get a laptop though it might be a more expensive route it would be nice to have the portability of it plus I'm guessing they probably use less energy.

    Can anyone help guide me that use a faster system that uses more power?
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    This. It's a dual core, plus you can have 2 gigs of ram (1 stick) in it. It will be much much faster than the deal you have right now, and I believe it eats a max of 50W (might be high balling it there). I think the atom 330 board is also a pretty popular choice in the community as well.
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    As for upgrading your alternator, don't worry about it. There are people that run 1000 watt audio systems on the stock alternator without problems.

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    That looks pretty good. I'd like to have at least a 2ghz processor but this looks like a pretty good board for cheap.
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    yeah your alternator isn't an issue till you start looking at the 450watt+ psu's hahaha, yeah and as far as cheapness and speed is what you wont I wouldn't EVER go with a intel board you'll end up paying 2-3x what you could get with
    AMD board

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813153120 43$ mobo
    2.2GHz 512KB L2 45W Single-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103189 30$ cpu
    2GB RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148235 20$ ram the board can hold 2 ie. 4GB of RAM for 40$

    So, 2.2ghz, 2gb ram and decent board ~100 bucks

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    Jitters -
    Alternators come in many sizes and strengths. Without knowing the alternator in this user's ride, how would you know what the capabilities are?

    There is no blanket statement you can make about all alternators and their capabilities.
    The same can be said about the blanket statements about Intel hardware vs AMD hardware.
    I can get comparable Intel-based hardware with similar specs for roughly the same price as your AMD setup, let alone your claim of 2-3 times the price.
    Admittedly, I would do some serious price comparisons and take advantage of some serious deals to pull it off. Even without that extra effort, the difference wouldn't be as much as you claim.

    I understand that you have your personal preferences and biases. We all have them.
    However, it's not up to you to make hardware choices for other users based on your preference or bias.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Jitters -
    Alternators come in many sizes and strengths. Without knowing the alternator in this user's ride, how would you know what the capabilities are
    As you pointed out assuming is bad DarquePervert, so shame on you for assuming I don't know the alternator in his ride
    He is driving a 2001 Ford Mustang Convertible, which come stock with a 95amp alternator so a 200amp alternator Would in fact give him more than double the power...

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    the last thing i want to to is get in between you guy's argument but FYI, mustangs came with a V6 3.8 or a V8 4.6, with a combination of either 75amp, 105amp, or 130amp alternators.
    i know this because i had a 1988 5.0 mustang which came with a 75 amp alternator, which i changed with a donor 130 amp from a 2002 mustang.

    PS: even the tiny 75 amp alternator was enough to run a micro-atx 3.0ghz Pentium, with 2 HDs, on an M2-ATX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Injector View Post
    the last thing i want to to is get in between you guy's argument but FYI, mustangs came with a V6 3.8 or a V8 4.6, with a combination of either 75amp, 105amp, or 130amp alternators.
    i know this because i had a 1988 5.0 mustang which came with a 75 amp alternator, which i changed with a donor 130 amp from a 2002 mustang.

    PS: even the tiny 75 amp alternator was enough to run a micro-atx 3.0ghz Pentium, with 2 HDs, on an M2-ATX.
    lol the 130 is in the gt/cobra and I saw the 95 and 105 while searching the stock ratings of the 01.. hmm

    Edit:and yeah; hell a 60amp alt is enough

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    Well I'm not sure who you guys are talking about but I'm driving a 2000 pontiac grand prix and I do have the stock alternator on it though im not sure the amp rating of it. I do have to say I like the amd setup jitters posted, I could even go with an athlon x2 at 2.5ghz. Its double the price but still cheap at $60 plus dual core would be nice. Also its uses the same amount of power as the single core @45W that seems pretty low to me.
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