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    New to the scene, need some help!

    PLEASE SEE POST #3 AND ON

    Hey everyone,

    I would really like to put together a decent car PC. I'm driving an '06 Hyundai Santa Fe with the Monsoon 6 cd changer head unit in at the moment.
    I've been looking around at parts, and things of that sort, and was somewhat intrigued by the "Intel BLKD201GLYL." It has an Intel celeron 215 (1.3 ghz), and it's mini-itx (69.99). That's really as far as I've gotten for the actual hardware part of the pc.

    For the monitor, I've mainly considered the Lilliput ones, probably the 7" model. Although the idea of an in-dash model intrigues me (certainly fixes the problem of mounting since they just kinda slide out), the price really jumps on those. I'm not leaving them out just yet, though. If there is one like this that still offers AM/FM radio, and can completely replace my current headunit, I would be extremely interested. I believe the Lilliput in-dash model has an amplifier, but I'm unsure about Radio.

    If I were to do an in-dash monitor, I'd probably want an in-dash pc (1 DIN each I'd presume). I have yet to find any cases designed to go directly in dash. Putting it in the trunk might be a better idea anyways, if I decide to add a sound card for better quality. Then a full 2-DIN touch screen could be used, which may be more practical in pricing and usage. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    On the pc, I really want to run linux, but it seems as if all of the fully functional gps tracking software and graphical frontends are for windows, which really annoys me. I did come across LinuxICE, though know nothing more about it.

    I think that pretty much covers most of the things off of the top of my head. I'm really leaning towards the possibility of getting a 2-DIN head unit with the PC in the back.
    Please, any suggestions, ideas, or advice is greatly appreciated. I'm really looking forward to doing this.

    Thanks!

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    Hate to double post, but if size constraints aren't a big deal, what would be some good choices for PC parts?

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    I've pretty much decided on the M2-ATX and what case I want to get, and that's it so far.

    Questions that remain:
    Should I go with the Jetway J7F2WE26-OC-PB (2.0 Ghz Via C7), or the J7F3E-PB (1.4 Ghz AMD GeodeNX), the latter of the two being $10 cheaper.
    I've heard good things about both boards, one being that the AMD runs extremely well.

    I was going to ask something about the M2-ATX, but I think I understand how it works for the most part now.

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    I just read about some bad stories regarding the M2-ATX, which made me feel less comfortable about buying it, though there was a rebuttal from a distributor claiming only one to be sent back due to a local burnt chip. Should I choose a different PS option, or would this be fine with either the AMD or VIA C7 board?

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    I can pretty much guarantee that 99.9% of the MZ-ATX failures are user caused error and usually overloading a rail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Offspring View Post
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    I've pretty much decided on the M2-ATX and what case I want to get, and that's it so far.

    Questions that remain:
    Should I go with the Jetway J7F2WE26-OC-PB (2.0 Ghz Via C7), or the J7F3E-PB (1.4 Ghz AMD GeodeNX), the latter of the two being $10 cheaper.
    I've heard good things about both boards, one being that the AMD runs extremely well.

    I was going to ask something about the M2-ATX, but I think I understand how it works for the most part now.
    Both boards work equally well. Personally I prefer C7 over AMD
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    Thanks for the info. Do you think a 1.5 Ghz C7 would perform better than the 1.4 AMD? The VIA C7 board is $50 cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offspring View Post
    Thanks for the info. Do you think a 1.5 Ghz C7 would perform better than the 1.4 AMD? The VIA C7 board is $50 cheaper.
    In these ITX boards, speed is directly related to money. So the more expensive it is the faster it will be (as a general rule).
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
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    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
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    ...and the faster it is, the more power it needs, and the more heat it creates.

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    what i said was for the epia boards. All those itty bitty ones draw negligable power. Once you move out of via chips, then you are corrrect.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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