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    Is this hardware overkill??

    So for the past 5 months I've been looking over all the different hardware and parts I thought I would want to use for my first car pc. Now I've read different threads on blu-ray players in the car and I know that the HD quality isn't the same in smaller screens but I do plan on installing either a flip down monitor or a small 22inch LED tv at some point. The deal behind the blu-ray is I don't want to have to buy the same movie for my kids twice. So here is the hardware I figured I'd run. The vehicle is a 2003 Tahoe.

    Motherboard-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500041

    Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-065-_-Product

    Power supply-http://store.mp3car.com/M4_ATX_250W_Intelligent_DC_DC_PSU_p/pwr-031.htm

    Monitor-http://store.mp3car.com/Lilliput_10_4_4_3_SKD_Open_Frame_Touch_Screen_VGA_ p/mon-118.htm

    Opitcal Drive-http://www.amexdigital.com/Press_Release-E_Portable Blu-ray Super Multi Drive.htm

    Fans- Depending on how I mount the PC in the center console I will be using 2-3 small/medium fans to keep the PC cool

    Hard drive- just going to use an 80GB solid state to run OS and basic programs and have external for all entertainment files.

    I've been doing car stereo for almost 8 years now but just want to make sure I'm making the right decisions as far as a pc goes. thanks for yalls input.

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    Looks like it should work fine..

    Umm but your processor link isn't working.

    Neither is the screen link.

    I went with a 1024x768 10.4" which is close to 720p resolution. So Blu-Ray looks terrific on it.

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    Yes this is WAAAY overkill!! If all you want to do is play blu ray movies, I would suggest something along the lines of:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-653-_-Product

    If you wait a few weeks, the ION2 will be out too.

    Plus as the processor is on board, you will save an additional $140!! The onboard processor is powerful enough to decode and play blu ray movies (the Nvidia ION chipset with it's onboard graphics is actually doing all the decoding I believe!)

    Due to the lower power requirements a cheaper DC-DC power supply can be used to, also due to using less power, there is less heat too which means lower rotating fans and less noise, if built in a aluminium case, you might be able to do without fans, coupled with your SSD, it could be silent!

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    The processor is a 3.2ghz intel i-3. The monitor I am second guessing now. It was the one from mp3car store for 250 that wasnt in a case but it says its resolution is 800x600 and displays up to 1920x1080 which to me doesnt make much sense. I took a look at the avionics website you recommended but I'm just not sure I'm ready to drop that kind of money into just the monitor. I want to get the best resolution possible I just don't know what monitor I'm going to use. Where is your pc mounted and have you had any problems keeping it cool in the southern summertime.

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    a quick refresher in monitor resolution: lcd monitors can accept a vast array of input resolutions, and the controller can adapt those resolutions to the actual pixel-resolution

    when a monitor says that it has a resolution of 800x600, this means that is its pixel configuration.

    the control board on the monitor can still adapt a higher resolution image to the screen(it will compress it).

    there is just no way to get a 1280x1024 image to clearly display on a monitor with 800pixels X 600pixels...

    i also agree with the person in your OT post about the i3-- i think it is overkill for just hd movies... the atom/ion chipset is more then capable for this.

    but if you are interested in doing something with processor intensive tasks like audio processing, movie editing, etc.., then it is a whole different game, and the i3 will be a very good fit.

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    Playing blu-rays is one of a long list of things I want the PC to do. I do not plan on editing movies or music or anything like that but the vehicle it is going in is a towing/camping rig for when I go fishing so I want to be able to database all my fishing spots check tide, whether, and fishing reports. Theres just so much out there that I'm so new to. I can install the most advanced alarm systems and wire up just about anything but when it comes to computers I just don't know what to do. I like the fact that the other device is all in one and will save me money I just wonder how capable is it. Also I see so many monitors I just don't know which one is best. The price seems reasonable for the one from mp3car but as I don't see any reviews on it, it worries me that no ones purchased it. I will be running HDMI from monitor to CPU and will have an actual 5.1 set up in the car. I just want the best quality available for the price. Thanks for the help though if got any other input throw it my way.

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    I like this concept I just worry about its computing power. yes I want to play blu-rays but the vehicle is also a towing/camping rig for when I go fishing so I want to be able to database the locations and results of my day on the water and also be able to access weather, fishing, and tidal reports. I also need to monitor vehicle information via obdII which is something else I'm familiar with on the automotive side but still trying to grasp as far as whats best to tie it into the CPU. If you want I've got the same post under newbie and can collaborate there too if you prefer

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    Threads merged here in the newbie section. Please don't double post.
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    I agree with soundman, i3 is overkill if all you are doing is hd movies. Heck, you can play hd movies on my little igepv2 board that's only 720MHz. It's all graphics power at that point. Atom+ION is a powerful machine. I'd go with that over the i3 and never look back.

    However, as justchat_t pointed out in another thread, performance really depends on software. Many of the frontends require more powerful processing and run slow on lower-powered cpus (ie, CF). Others take advantage of GPU hardware acceleration and run faster on lower-powered systems that have the graphics (intel atom and atom+ION boards work great).
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    The Intel Atom Dual core is a powerful processor. I use a 1.5ghz single core VIA C7 and while it's ok. It's just that OK. I am guessing the Atom Dual core will be around 3x more powerful than what I have, coupled with the ION chipset, it is one formidable computer! Plus the price is great too!!

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