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    Desktop install....power supply question

    Ok, So i actually went through the Faq, and didnt see anything about installing a desktop

    Basically, i came accross this computer

    (bad picture i know, but its super compact)
    Measurements end up being, 16.28"(L) x 6.89"(W) x 15.24"(H)
    I actually have room where my glovebox WAS to mount it (i now have a garson table that i had to remove the govebox for) I was going to mount it horizontally, with about 1.5 inch of padding on top and bottom using metal aluminum straps bent to conform.

    Specs are as follows
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual-Core processor E2160 (1.8GHz)
    1GB DDR2-667MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x512)
    128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400, DVI-I, VGA adapter
    802.11 b/g USB Wireless LAN card (w external antenna plug)
    FREE UPGRADE to 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 320GB
    LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
    Integrated 5.1 Capable Sound w/ front audio ports
    1 PCI Express (x16), 1 PCI Express (x1), 2 PCI


    now here is my question
    What power supply do you reccomend
    i can hook it up to the car, run monitors, amps etc etc etc
    Im just really wondering how i woudl inegrate startup/shutdown, and what power supply to a desktop. Thats the only part that is killing me at the moment.

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    Start with how much power does it need? The fact that it is a desktop is immaterial. What you have to do is figure out how to power it.

    Use one of the power calculators from the FAQ to figure out how much you need, then decide if you will use a DC-DC PSU or an inverter. Starting/stopping the PC works the same no matter if it is desktop or mini-itx.
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    i just checked this chart
    http://users.erols.com/chare/elec.htm#intel
    and the dual core isnt listed for power consumption.

    and as far as shutdown controllers, i have still yet to find a how to to wire one in...

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    I checked out the FAQ for the chart on processors, and the dual core pentium was nowhere i could find (maybe im an idiot, which is always possible)
    And im not too computer literate, which is the main reason for not building my own, so i dont know how to wire in a shutdown controller, and i havent seen a how to around. im still looking though

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    There 5 power calculators listed in the power supply faq. Did you check the others?

    Also, it looks like from you link, the Core 2 Duo is listed at 65 watts, if that is what you running.

    As far as wiring the system, check the FAQ Emporium. There are additional FAQs there besides the navbar at the top of the forum. Try this for how to wire a typical PSU like an Opus. Also, most manufacturers sites will include a how-to for wiring.


    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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