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    Took the plunge

    I gave into my temptations today and bought one:
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    1 x Ultra Low Profile PC2100 / DDR266 memory 256 MB (ULM266-256) = $62.50
    1 x VIA EPIA M10000 Nehemiah Mini-ITX Motherboard (M10000) = $159.00
    1 x Notebook HD to IDE Converter (2.5" to 3.5") (HD Converter) = $9.00
    1 x Seagate 40GB 9.5mm 5400pm Notebook Hard Drive = $109.00
    1 x Seagate 20GB 9.5mm 5400pm Notebook Hard Drive = $87.00
    1 x Panasonic CW-8123-B Slimline Slot Loading CD-RW / DVD = $109.00
    1 x Slimline CD to IDE adapter 12.7mm = $7.00

    I might live to regret it but I sure as hell hope I enjoy it til I do. Wish me luck with a place to install it.

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    Congrats

    Can I just ask what you are doing regarding power/screen? Those are the two most important things to get right in my experience


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    i am guessing you are using the c134 case

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    why didn't you order the panasonic dvd-rom from newegg for $71+2 shipping.

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    Well its too late now for the newegg. No, the truth is I already had bought it. I have a tablet pc and that drive was supplied with it. The original plan to mount the tablet in my truck. I almost did, then I went to DefCon this summer and this forum was mentioned at one of the talks.

    Confused: I really dont know what to do about power to be honest with you, I have a power inverter with a little 100 watt atx power supply. I don't know if that would work or not, so that was one of my next questions. Dont really know anything about DC-DC either but that sounds like a bad idea with the power spikes and all. I know computers, I know cars, but when you throw a science of them both, I'm lost. I cant afford a screen right now, payday is friday, but I'm in no hurry. I have plenty of prep work to do before I can worry about that stuff. (like learning how to fiberglass )

    Faiz: I was going to build my own case, if you're referring to "sandstorm" he wanted what I paid for it new.

    Any suggestions welcome, thank you for the feedback. I swear the nicest most knowledgeable people got together and created this board. I LOVE this place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confused
    Congrats

    Can I just ask what you are doing regarding power/screen? Those are the two most important things to get right in my experience


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    Yep, you think you might regret it now... Wait till you pay for the screen/PSU. That is where the big bucks come in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Das
    Confused: I really dont know what to do about power to be honest with you, I have a power inverter with a little 100 watt atx power supply. I don't know if that would work or not, so that was one of my next questions. Dont really know anything about DC-DC either but that sounds like a bad idea with the power spikes and all. I know computers, I know cars, but when you throw a science of them both, I'm lost. I cant afford a screen right now, payday is friday, but I'm in no hurry. I have plenty of prep work to do before I can worry about that stuff. (like learning how to fiberglass )
    Using an inverter, in my experience (and therefore opinion) is the worst thing you can do. What is the point in taking 8-16V DC, convert it to (hopefully) 120V AC, then convert it back down to 12V DC?

    Using a DC-DC power supply, you take out those unnecessary (and inefficient) -AC- conversions. DC-DC is the BEST way to do it.

    If you use something that isn't regulated, then you WILL suffer with those spikes you were talking about

    If you've got a case with a Morex DC-DC power supply and adapter "brick" (like the C134, and various other "Mini-ITX" cases etc), then you could get yourself a Carnetix CNX-P1260. If you need to buy outright (ie you don't have a case with one of those power supplies in it) then just get yourself an Opus (either 90W or 150W depending on what you want to get. The stuff you've got will be EASILY powered by the 90W Opus, but for a little extra, you could future-proof yourself, in case you find the Epia board too slow

    As for screen, I still recommend the Xenarc screen, as it is MUCH better than the Lilliput, in both build quality, and display quality.


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    The pw-70a and the itps? Do you think that would do the trick or not?
    Is that what you were referring to as DC-DC and power regulation?

    The only reason that I would do the power supply with the power inverter is because I already have both of them.
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    the ITPS is a good shutdown controller, but it can't survive crank unless you build a tank circuit. go with a carnetix or opus.
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    So the opus has the built in ITPS or no? Maybe I am not understanding the whole pupose. The ITPS is to power on the computer automatically when the car is powered on and to keep power long enough to let the computer shutdown properly, right? DC-DC is to run power a battery while still supplying a regulated amount of power?

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