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    So here I am doing some system planning before I make any purchases. Heres a list of the items I have in mind. Please let me know if it's overkill, or if I can definately go cheaper. I want all the functions of audio, video, bluetooth, GPS, HD radio, and maybe wi-fi internet.


    Moterboard- ZOTAC NM10-A-E Intel Atom D510 (1.66GHz, dual-core) BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

    PSU-DC-DC Opus 150 watt triple output

    Hard Drive-Seagate Momentus 7200.4 250GB
    *However I have a Maxtor 120GB DiamondMax Plus 9 lying around. It came out of my desktop, which is no longer in use. Would this be feasible?

    Monitor-Lilliput EBY701 7 Inch touchscreen

    Hows this for a start? I have not decided on how much memory I am going to use. Thinking 512MB or 1GB. Fast boot times in mind

    Any and all suggestions and opinions are welcome...thank you for any help you can be

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    I don't know anything about the NM10 video chipset. You say you want video. Does the NM10 do hardware-accelerated decoding of h.264? I know the ION platform does, but costs more. Then again, h.264 may not be important to you.

    For the hard drive, I'd stick with the laptop hard drive. Desktop hard drives won't fit in many of the smaller car PC cases, which brings me to:

    You don't mention a case to put all this in. Are you building your own enclosure?

    Memory: 1GB is fine.

    Monitor: fine.

    PSU: fine.

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    just to add to the hard drive debate-- the general consensus is that 2.5" laptop drives are better than 3.5" desktop drives, and ssd drives are better than 2.5" drives. but no drive is completely prone to failure, so if it is important, back it up

    there are plenty of forum members here running 3.5" drives. Even some that are still in use after 2 car-totaling wrecks.

    if you already have the 3.5" maxtor, save the money and use it for the time being. you'll probably want to upgrade it later when you have more time and money (just the idea of a carpc will make your wallet bleed), but it is a good hdd to start out with...

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    I used a desktop HD for a year with no problems. I just decided against it later for space and power constraints. I would keep the Maxtor and focus on other stuff. Just remember to keep one or two images of your HD handy.

    Best thing you can do is to always backup your OS and config (even if you have to partition your Max into smaller bits). In the end keep at least one image of your OS with updates and drivers, but nothing plugged (USB or serial), a clean slate to start over, and one current, functional image of everything working. It will save you many hours debugging stuff.

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    Thank you all for your support thus far. Kross, I did a little research and from what it looks like, it has graphics media accelerator. It didn't mention h.264 though. What exactly is the advantage? And I haven't thought about casing yet, I'll make one from heavy cardboard lol..j/k. And as for the hard drive debate, maybe I'll try the one I have in order to save the money. And to let you all know, I'm getting rid of my factory head unit.
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    i know your joking but cardboard can work, as long as it is coated to prevent moisture from ruining it. my 'case' is a sheet of plexiglass under the passenger seat that everything got mounted to-- cost me $2...

    being that you are getting rid of your head unit, you will need a amp-- either a factory one, if your car has one, or a aftermarket car audio amp, or small, and cheap motorcycle amp.

    quick pro/con list:
    the factory amp is cheapest(you already have it), and just needs a wiring harness, as long as it will accept low level inputs

    the motorcycle amp is next cheapest-- about $25-100 depending on model, and are reported to be as good as factory decks.

    aftermarket car amps are more expensive($100+ new), and have a larger footprint than mtorcycle amps: but usually have more power, and more adjustment options...

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    Awesome!! Cardboard it is!! Is it a certain type of spray coating, or is it sold already coated for moisture protection. Also I have a decent materials for my sound system. Components for the doors along with a 4 channel amp. And a mono block amp for my subs. The method is to run plug to rca from audio jack on motherboard, and just rca from 4 channel to sub amp?

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    that is the easiest way to do it, though, if you wanted to get more into it, you can also setup the computer to manipulate the audio (search for vst hosts ).

    for the cardboard stuff, check out freeflashstuff's build log, and this thread(it also has a link to his build log).
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/gene...cardboard.html

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    I'd also suggest going to a car (or home) audio store. Not a Bose shop, look for a specialty shop around you that does audio. Just go in there and talk to the guys. From my experiences, they're very knowledgeable and LOVE to talk about audio. You describe your project to them and they'll help you out -- from what Amp suits your needs to easy mounting solutions to old model products that they'll sell for 1/2 price!

    Spend some time reading through build threads here, as well, just to get your GPS and front end set up and working as you want.

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