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    Can i Use any MotherBoard??

    Hello, i am a little new to the carpc scene but i know about computers and how they work etc. My Question is i see alot of people use the mini-ITX MOBO.... in just about all their installs well, i wanted to know if i can use a regular motherboard... i have a extra one just sittin here collecting dust and i know it works i just dont want it to go to waste..... i am not really picky about the space it will take up... but if i can use it what kind of PWS Can i use (recommended) etc. Thanks any help or responces will help greatly.....

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    What brand/model board? What cpu's are compatible with it?

    Let's see if we can help after you share that info
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    well its an amptron (i think) its a 1.1 ghz cpu with 1 gig of ram its an old mobo like 2000 model...... its still good for what i plan to use it for ( mp3,dvd,gps,etc)

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    I remembered what kind of motherboard i have the model number is syntax 740mp...... i was reading the forum about the m4 psu and i think this will work but can i get that confirmed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGMCarPC97 View Post
    Hello, i am a little new to the carpc scene but i know about computers and how they work etc. My Question is i see alot of people use the mini-ITX MOBO.... in just about all their installs well, i wanted to know if i can use a regular motherboard...
    Yes. You're only limited by three factors:
    Physical space
    Power consumption
    Heat

    i have a extra one just sittin here collecting dust and i know it works i just dont want it to go to waste..... i am not really picky about the space it will take up... but if i can use it what kind of PWS Can i use (recommended) etc. Thanks any help or responces will help greatly.....
    Can't recommend an power suply unless we know more about the board. Is it ATX compliant? If so, there are several ATX-compliant DC-DC power supplies that would likely do you well.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    How can i find out if it is atx compliant??

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    also if it is atx compliant what kind of wattage do i need to power the carpc up
    for example: 80watt or 320 watts psu?

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    I found this calculator helpful in picking out my power supply:

    http://carpc.kyferez.com/Tools/PSUWattageCalculator.php


    Like DarquePervert said above,
    Yes. You're only limited by three factors:
    Physical space
    Power consumption
    Heat
    The mini-ITX boards are for people that are limited by space.
    The calculator above will help you determine if you are limited by power consumption. You should also know that more power consumption means a bigger power supply and more money.
    If you are limited by heat, then you will probably want to add more fans, vent holes, or find a cooler spot for the pc.
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    okay thanks Freak3dot i looked at it and it told me "Your Recommended Minimum Power Supply is Watts Peak !!* " with that in play that can give me an i idea at what i am looking for but i still a regular full-size atx motherboard?

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    You can use a full size atx motherboard if space isn't a problem.

    I was planning on using a full size atx motherboard since I have one to spare. I'll let you know how it turns out. I should have updates sometime in the next month.
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