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    Is This a Good Build?

    im building a identical carpc/htpc for myself. only difference s case and psu because one is car and other is home. i want powerfull pc so i could game if board during security job on large fold down screen. can u tell me if the car parts will work together?

    • Gigabyte FM2 A85X(Hudson D4) Wi-Fi Mini ITX Motherboard with UEFI BIOS GA-F2A85XN-WIF​I
    • AMD Quad Core A10-Series APU for Desktops A10-6800K with Radeon HD 8670D (AD680KWOHLBOX​)
    • HyperX 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 PC3-12800 CL9 DIMM Desktop Memory, Black KHX16C9B1BK2/8
    • Kingston HyperX 3K 480 GB Upgrade Kit SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3B/480G
    • Silverstone 12.7mm SATA Interface Slot Load 6X Blu-Ray Writer with 8X CD/DVD RW Drive (SOB02)
    • VoomPC-2 CarPC Enclosure
    • M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU


    if i have to ill change case nd lose bluray drive
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    I don't think the 160W psu can handle that kind of power, I got that proc in my home pc and my 250W psu couldn't handle it
    View my worklog here

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    I don't think that PSU is gonna cut it. But let's see what other people say.

    That CPU is a 100watt processor.

    Personally, I would try to not go over 80%~90% of the PSU rating. So, for a 160 watt PSU, I would try to keep actual usage under 130 or 140 watts.

    So, with a 100watt CPU, that would leave 30 to 40 watts for other components. RAM might use 5 watts. Not sure. SSD should be just a few watts.

    Motherboard could be roughly 30 watts.

    For spinning mechanical drives, I've read that they can use between 8 and 20 watts when spinning up (or burning).

    So, we've got maybe 145 watts used right there. Will there be a touch screen powered by the PSU?

    To answer your question, I'd get a 250watt power supply. Maybe even higher if you plan to power a really big screen from it as well.

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    i supose ill have to go haswell then and just use it for media


    what about a i5 quad core 2.9ghz 65 watt or i7 3.1ghz quad core 65 watt?

    doe they make a 250wat psu that fits in voom case or the standard case?
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    I can't say anything about the voom case. But I will say one thing. Intel graphics suck (in my opinion). If you're thinking about going with an intel cpu, I'd look for something with no video on the CPU (or disable it), and use a motherboard with nvidia graphics.

    Using more than 4gigs of RAM will require a 64bit OS. You can do it, but it may be overkill. This one is up to you. If you're on a tight budget, maybe just go with 4gigs.


    My setup is an Athlon64x2 (65watt i think), mini-itx board with nvidia graphics, 4gigs RAM, SSD, 250watt Opus PSU. The opus PSU is huge though.

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    What are you using it for, I've never understood a big powerful system in a car when just using it for a simple front end program playing mp3's or gps.

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    maybe i should just get a power invertor and do a mac mini unibody, would that be nice setup?

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    The new carpc im building uses an I7-3612QM (35W) with 8GB of Samsung low profile SODIMM DDR3, and Samsung 840 256GB SSD on a Jetway NF9G-QM77 mini-itx board in the Voom2PC case with 160W supply. It has a windows experience rating of 6.6 for graphics so it should be capable of mild gaming. I chose this setup because it uses the mobile socket G2 platform over the desktop socket 1155 which uses much more power. As an added bonus the motherboard is an industrial rated 85C with loads of extras like many more USB, RS232, and other ports, and supports 3 screens. I was able to save money by purchasing used laptop pulls for the CPU and Memory.

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    Don't do a mac. And don't do an inverter.

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    I have:

    AMD A8-3820 (65w)
    Asrock FM1 mini ITX motherboard
    2* 2Gb Low profile RAM
    256Gb Samsung 840 SSD
    Windows 8 32bit
    7" Touchscreen Samsung LED LCD monitor
    USB Hub
    2* DVR dashboard cameras
    BU353-S4 GPS puck
    USB Bluetooth
    USB Wifi
    USB Camera
    Scythe Kozuti Cooler
    VoomPC case (the small one)
    Smartphone

    All that is powered through the 6 year old M2-ATX 160w PSU, however it is at it's limits, when running at maximum CPU usage, if I start the car, the computer will turn off. However, just running centrafuse etc, I can start the engine up and the computer is stable. (2 Litre turbo diesel with 200k Miles... not the easiest engine to start LOL)

    What games are you planning on playing? What you could do is underclock the processor, which will actually save a lot of power. Heat hasn't been an issue and we have had 30c+ summers here in the UK.... and -15c winters....

    Or you could buy the A10-6700 which is also 65w. It isn't unlocked however you can still adjust multipliers down if you want to underclock!

    As for power usage, AC-DC PSU's are quite inefficient. Whereas the M2-ATX is highly efficient. So while it might only be 160w, it delivers most of that.
    Last edited by BiG K; 09-13-2013 at 05:32 PM.

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