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    Planned Car PC Components - Suggestions?

    I have been wanting to build a CarPC for quite a while now, and am finally going to do it. I have been picking components for the past week or so, and the following is what I have come up with. Please let me know if these are good components, or if you have suggestions. Also, I am looking for a way to reduce the cost, so suggestions in that area would be great as well.

    • OPUS 120 watt DC-DC power Supply DCX3.120
    • M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU $50.00 used
    • Intel BOXD945GCLF2 Dual-Core Atom 1.6GHz $80.49
    • Intel D201GLY2A Motherboard w/Celeron 1.2GHz CPU $47.99
    • Sony Optiarc Slim DVD Burner AD-7590A-01 $49.99
    • WD Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA $64.99
    • Seagate Momentus 5400.4 120GB SATA/300 $29.99
    • Lilliput 7" EBY701-NP/C/T VGA Touch screen $172.95
    • 1GB Crucial Ballistix Ram Already Own
    • Microsoft Pharos GPS-360 GPS Receiver Already Own
    • Random Bluetooth USB Dongle Already Own


    This will all be going into a 2008 Kia Rio. I will be using the HU as an amp, and the screen will be fabricated into the dash.

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    Looks good to me. Some may argue to get an M2-ATX Power Supply instead, but that's personal preference.

    I have an M2 and it's been great to me so I certainly recommend it but I'm sure the OPUS is great as well; many people use those.

    I would suggest getting some type of wireless mini keyboard as well. I had a wired full sized keyboard in my back seat for the longest time and trust me it's a pain to use even the few times you do need to use it.

    Otherwise, looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiaTuner View Post
    WD Scorpio WD1600BEVS 160GB 5400RPM SATA $59.99
    Excelent choice with the scorpios... I purchased the WD Scorpio Black for mine (16Mb cache as opposed to the 8Mb) from newegg. For the 160GB model it's only $5 more ($64.99 with free shipping), and that's double the cache, and I think it's worth it!

    Sorry that's not a 'reduction in cost', but it is getting a bit more out of your money.
    Good luck with the build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    The only thing I would be worried about is that I've read some funny stories about the M series of power supplies causing RF interference. Now maybe it was just poor grounding, maybe it was a specific case, but I've almost never heard of OPUS RF interference. Just my thoughts.
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    I started buying components and managed to reduce some prices considrably by settling for a bit slower cpu/mobo combo & a refurbished seagate hdd, as well as a used M2-ATX
    • Power Supply: Saved $29.95 by going with a used M2-ATX.
    • Mobo/CPU: Saved $32.50 by going with a Celeron 1.2 embeded.
    • HDD: Saved $35 by going with a 120GB Seagate.


    I'm also still debating on a screen. Th newer Lilli's look nice, and may be worth the money, especially considering I have saved $97.45 by going with some cheaper components for the actual system. Only thing left to buy is the DVD drive & Screen. Anyone have any used ones?

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    So here is what I have so far:

    • M2-ATX-HV 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU $50.00 Used on MP3car Frums
    • Intel D201GLY2A SiS662 w/Celeron 1.2GHz $43.19 Geeks.com
    • TEAC DW-224SL Slot Loading CDRW/DVD Combo $15.98 Ebay
    • Seagate Momentus 5400.4 120GB SATA/300 5400RPM $29.99 Geeks.com
    • 1GB Crucial Ballistix Ram $- Already own
    • Microsoft Pharos GPS-360 GPS Receiver $- Already own


    Still to buy:
    • Lilliput 7" EBY701-NP/C/T VGA Touch screen $172.95 Ebay
    • DIRECTED DMHD1000 HD Radio Receiver $57.99 Ebay


    I also still need to buy the bending brake to make the case, and a few other odds and ends, but so far the project is coming in way under budget. I placed a bid on the CD Rom Drive figuring I would be outbid ($9.99) and was amazed when I checked my email and had won it for the original price plus $4.99 shipping. Mo-Co-So is selling the same drive for $59.99 + shipping, so i got a great deal on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiaTuner View Post
    So here is what I have so far:

    [*]Intel D201GLY2A SiS662 w/Celeron 1.2GHz $43.19 Geeks.com

    I know I am a noob here but I've heard very bad things about that motherboard.
    Specifically, horrible drivers.
    But for a carpc I don't know if it would matter...

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    That motherboard works fine as a carpc.

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    Okay.
    I was just wondering, as I was considering getting that board, but my friend advised against it because of the SiS chipset.
    I think I may put it back on my list if you say there won't be any problems.
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