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    Which Mini ITX to get?

    I am heavily looking into setting up a carputer in my 93 Nissan 300zx... I a good place to put all of the components. Here is what I have and would like it to do.

    I have a 4ch amp that is a nice phoenix gold amp, two 6.5" phoenix gold speakers for the front and two 6.5" polk audio for the back. They are good speakers and I got them for sound quality. I am also looking to put in a couple subs in the future but I want to get some other things done first. So now for the carputer part, here's what I want to do with it.

    I want to get good quality sound out of it, I believe I need and external sound card for this (not sure what to get some help would be great)

    I want to hook gps up to it

    Diagnostics from ecu

    FM tuner

    100gb hdd laptop

    dvd drive

    bluetooth

    wifi

    possible a video capture card

    More that i'm sure i'm forgetting. I want to have expandability room also.

    I want to be able to do a bunch with the unit and I am not sure which mini itx to get and even if that is the best option. If it is then can someone give me some specs that would be able to run this stuff mentioned and not slow down my machine. That is the worst when it's slow and would defeat the purpose of it all really. Thanks!

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    An Intel D201GLY should be able to handle all of that stuff easily. Not certain about the video capture but if it is all done on the card, you don't need to worry about the CPU speed.
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    Is that running windows xp? I would have expected something faster to have been needed to run that stuff. W=

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    Ok I am looking at getting the MSI Fuzzy 945GM1 with a Core 2 Duo Mobile 2.16ghz with 667 fsb and getting 2gb ram for it. The processor from consumes 34W. Intel says Thermal Design Power: 34W. I'm pretty sure that's that the power consumption means.

    Should I run xp on this system or could I save some of the resources by running Win 2000? What do you guys recommend? Is this going to consume to much power. I am looking at getting M2-ATX 160 W Power supply. Any suggestions on anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Nice system. Run XP. It can handle it with a single M2-ATX. Here is my system that is very similar, and everything listed is running off a single supply.

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...-part-3-a.html
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    Awesome.... How many channels is your sound system and how do you have your sound setup. Do you have an external sound card? Do you have rca cables running to an amp? I am not sure about this part and am tryin to see how people are doing it.

    Would you recommend a different board or the one you have over the one I have picked out? thanks

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    I picked the kino board because of the cpu I already had from another system (socket M). It has 8.1 audio capabilities, 5 anolog ports on the back, 1 digital, and 2 on the front (I use the front ports internally for the HD and HQCT radio's). Out of those, 4 can be mic or line in. Also has 4 serial ports which are really nice, as you can use separate ports for: DTR amp control, HD Radio using Mitch's cable, OBDII serial connection (I have USB), and still have a 14 pin serial port (SP2) available for whatever else you might come up with.

    I use internal video and sound. I have no external cards, only HD Visteon radio and an HQCT module. I can run Streetdeck under visualization mode at 100FPS without any issue. I do have a PCI USB card, but thinking about getting rid of it.

    Basically, any of your industrial boards will exceed your expectations. This one sure exceeded mine! Hijackzx1 has the AMD version of this board, but from what I understand, he doesn't like the audio as it only has 3 ports (+2 front I think)

    Edit: As for how my sound is setup....
    The board has "smart" plugging. When you plug something in, it asks you what it is and you select from a list. I have the Subwoofer by itself, front and back by themselves, and if you look at the audio control on that link I gave you, the controls go down to individual speaker.
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    Here is the fuzzy board I was looking at....

    http://www.logicsupply.com/products/ms_9803
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    This is my first time using the mini itx systems, I just want to make sure this will be good for pretty much anything in regards to video, audio, gps, ecu diagnostics, etc....

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    Yeah, that board is a little better than the one I was taking a look at. Nice board.

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