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Thread: After A lot of research this is what i am thinking for my car pc

  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
    harrisburg pa

    Red face After A lot of research this is what i am thinking for my car pc

    Hi y'all, as you can see i am a Noob, hate the feeling but everybody gotta start somewhere right. I have been reading the forums a lot but never registered. So let me know what you guys think please any thoughts are appreciated. i should probably mention that i waant to do everything with this , audio, video, gps, wi fi, security system, voice interaction, bluetooth, obd interface

    for the basics to get started i was thinking:
    Motherboard: Intel atom 330
    Hard drive : Western Digital pssport 500gb external hard drive
    Memory: 2gb Mushkin enhanced ddr2
    Power: M2 Atx hv 160 dc -dc psu
    external dvd drive
    screen a liliput is what i am hearing is good led back lit
    As for a case i know i need a mini itx other than that anythoughts opr suggestions on this?

    So yea thats the basic set up i know to do all the alarm stuff and bluetooth i will need other stuff but i figure this will get me started. so please thoughts

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    Apr 2004
    Get an internal HDD instead of external. Less potential USB headaches.
    You don't need 2GB of RAM. 1GB is more than sufficient for vehicle oriented tasks.
    Be sure your motherboard is ATX compliant, otherwise your PSU choice will be another headache.
    You didn't specify any audio setup or software, but you appear to have put together a solid set of PC hardware.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?

    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    harrisburg pa
    Thanks for the input so far, I remember reading something about more memory not always being better in car pcs because it has to dump something everytime it powers off orsomething but my fear was that if i am say playing audio and then using gps, and say bluetooth all at once or just doing a lot of things in general at the same time that 1gb would not be enough. I am wrong? i'm not sure, and since i may at some point attempt to have my computer on all the time ( I have already read that this will be a massive headache, just need it for controlling my alarm) i thought that the memory dumping at power down may not effect me. and thanks for the info about the motherboard being atx compliant

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    Apr 2009
    harrisburg pa
    oh and as far as audio i was planning to hide my current radio in the vehicle and run the pc through it since it has all the outputs for the sub and 4 channel amps, And at the risk of getting tore apart for being... an idiot am i missing something about this board as to rather it is atx compliant i cant see anything in the specs here.
    Brand Intel
    Model BOXD945GCLF2
    Combo Type Motherboard/CPU Combo
    CPU Atom 330
    With Cooler Yes
    Supported CPU
    FSB 533/400MHz
    Supported CPU Technologies Hyper-Threading Technology
    North Bridge Intel 945GC
    South Bridge Intel ICH7
    Number of Memory Slots 1240pin
    Memory Standard DDR2 667
    Maximum Memory Supported 2GB
    Expansion Slots
    PCI Slots 1
    Storage Devices
    PATA 1 x ATA 100 2 Dev. Max
    SATA 2 x SATA II
    Onboard Video
    Onboard Video Chipset Intel GMA 950
    Onboard Audio
    Audio Channels 6 Channels
    Onboard LAN
    LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
    Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
    Rear Panel Ports
    PS/2 2
    COM 1
    LPT 1
    Video Ports D-Sub
    S-Video 1
    USB 4 x USB 2.0
    Audio Ports 3 Ports
    Onboard USB
    Onboard USB 4 x USB 2.0
    Physical Spec
    Form Factor Mini ITX

    Am i just missing it?

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    Constant Bitrate Ramb0_Command0's Avatar
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    May 2006
    NW Pennsylvania
    I'm not sure what exactly you mean by hiding the radio and using that but the other question you had was about the form factor, the form factor is mini ITX , you should be able to mount it in a atx case, I have mine currently mounted in a microATX form factor case and it fits fine, hope this helps.
    Car PC Project Status
    Audio......[====================] 100%
    Computer.[====================] 100%
    Car.........[====================] 30%
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