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    Zotac ZBOXHD

    What does everyone think about using this for a car PC? The only thing that kinda worries me is how to get power to it I don't want a ugly power block. I want it hard wired into the car.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=Z700-3012

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    If size is any consideration for you, I'd go with one of the Zotac ZBOX Nano's - they have a VIA-based one and an AMD-based one. From my experience with VIA, go with AMD . Barebones AMD version can be had online for about $220 last time I checked.
    As far as the power block, instead of going Interter->Power Block->Unit, get a DC-DC car regulator, like Opus, Carnetix or DCDC-USB and use that to power it directly. You would need to get a barrel plug that fits into the DC jack of the computer - RadioShack sells those for a couple of bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivanov View Post
    You would need to get a barrel plug that fits into the DC jack of the computer - RadioShack sells those for a couple of bucks.
    Ah ha! Thank you for that. I got the ZBOX ID33 and am using the Carnetix P2140 but was having trouble finding a power supply I could cannibalize (I want to keep the original for bench testing). This is good to know.

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    I was going to go that route and decided not to. The ones radioshack sells are a higher guage than the current plug and didnt really trust it to handle the power. What I opted to do was buy two connectors and splice the power cable. That way I could always detatch it and plug it up in the house with no problems, then right back to the car.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

    very solid connectors.

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