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    need some help

    Alright so im setting up my first car pc, and i need some help figuring out what motherboard, processor and power supply to get.

    i already have a 120gb sata hard drive and 2 one gig ram cards, so it would be nice if the mother board could support those.

    right now the hard drive has vista on it, and just for the sake of easyness i would like to keep it on there.

    as far as the processor i know the mother board needs to support it, but i would like one thats not going to get bogged down with vista. If its smaller thatd be better, the pc will be going in my trunk, It'd be nice to have something smaller than a tower in there.

    is there any place i can look at the mother boards and processors?

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    Perhaps you'd get more help if you used a more descriptive thread title.

    Wait, I have more tips!

    1. What kind of ram do you have? The more specific you can get, the more help you'll get.

    2. You probably will have to reload the HDD anyway, chances are it won't work with new hardware.
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    The zotac ION has 2 RAM slots. I really like mine. You'll likely want to reload the OS anyway, as Tidder suggested, plus, reinstalling removes some bloat and slowness that usually happens to windows over time.
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    the ram is ddr2 laptop ram, and the hard drive is a laptop hard drive (pulled from my asus during an upgrade)

    i would rather not run conservative on the processor specs, I see a lot of people running ones around 1.6 ghz how fast should i be looking for if i plan on using this for music gps movies etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswiss View Post
    the ram is ddr2 laptop ram, and the hard drive is a laptop hard drive (pulled from my asus during an upgrade)

    i would rather not run conservative on the processor specs, I see a lot of people running ones around 1.6 ghz how fast should i be looking for if i plan on using this for music gps movies etc?
    if it is laptop memory, the only thing that it will work with is a laptop... i have never seen any standard motherboards that will support laptop memory...

    also, there are differnt types of ddr2 memory, and some systems will not support certain types(there is ddr2-533, ddr2-667, and ddr2-800...)
    you will really need to redo that hdd anyway (most systems will not boot a windows os that was loaded on a different type of motherboard, and if it does boot, it will be a little slower becaue of the drivers that it will be sifting through that it doesn't need), and most motherboards support sata hdds, so that should not be an issue.

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    alright so i guess ill be redoing the operating system then lol.

    are laptop mother boards and processors more expensive? they should be smaller shouldn't they? or should i just buy new ram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    if it is laptop memory, the only thing that it will work with is a laptop... i have never seen any standard motherboards that will support laptop memory...
    There are actually quite a few out there. Lots of industrial boards, but quite a few regular mini-itx and most all the nano-itx and pico-itx boards I've seen use notebook memory.

    OP, it's not worth it imo to try and get a laptop motherboard and processor running in the car. If you want to stick with the ram you have you'll just need to find a desktop-style board that'll support it and the processor you want.
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