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    Ready to purchase, input please!

    Well, my original specs for a carpc have changed 30 times since I first came to these forums, and here I sit, still indecisive on the hardware I want/need, and I have $600.00 in paypal and $150.00 in my pocket to spend on this thing and I am looking for input as I most likely will be ordering it all tonight!
    My carputer will mainly be for mp3/ogg dvd/divx playback. But future plans of a rearview camera and possibly a gps system might be in store for me.
    So far here is what I am considering:
    VIA EPIA EM 6000 from idotpc.com
    ITX-PA/M Aluminum Cube Case also from idotpc.com
    SB Audigy 2 from eBay. I don't mind second hand parts so long as they work. I'll probably hold off on the card at first though to make sure I have enough money for all my other supplies.
    7" Lilliput TS from mp3car.com
    CNX-P1260 DC-DC that Confused mentioned to me, thanks BTW! You don't need an ITPS with this right? Even for the Lilliput?
    I have hard drives and memory and other such things.
    Anyone have anything to add? Any other suggestions on saving a buck or two? Am I missing anything important?
    Thanks guys, you've been a big help. I'll post pics of my ION when I get it all installed.

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    looks good except for the VIA EPIA EM 6000, that will probably struggle with dvd's/divx (not sure, maybe the "mpeg 2 accelerator" fixes this?). Even if it does tackle the problem with hardware, spending a little extra for a faster via seems worth it.

    looked on via's site and it says the mpeg 2 provides "smooth dvd playback". It looks like a hardware dvd thing, so you would probably be screwed with divx.
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    Good point, I'll keep that in mind. Was looking at one of their 800mhz boards but they lacked USB2.0, though I doubt that will make much of a differance to me, just thought it would be handier. But a USB2.0 hub will work in an old style USB slot, only the speed slows down right? And I can connect usb2.0 devices to it and they will run?

    Quote Originally Posted by vcbb5
    looks good except for the VIA EPIA EM 6000, that will probably struggle with dvd's/divx (not sure, maybe the "mpeg 2 accelerator" fixes this?). Even if it does tackle the problem with hardware, spending a little extra for a faster via seems worth it.

    looked on via's site and it says the mpeg 2 provides "smooth dvd playback". It looks like a hardware dvd thing, so you would probably be screwed with divx.

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    Good choices, but I would check which power supply that case has. To use the Carnetix product, you ideally need the Morex 55W PSU inside it, as that is what it is designed for. You may get away with the power supply that is in it, but make sure it has the right connectors. Email Mike @ Carnetix to double-check with him that it will be OK before ordering And no, the ITPS (ITuner Piece of ***** ) isn't needed with the CNX-P1260, it is a better alternative to the ITPS


    I too agree with vcbb5, the M6000 may struggle a bit with DivX, try to step it up to the M10000 You won't be disappointed later on


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    Good point, I'll keep that in mind. Was looking at one of their 800mhz boards but they lacked USB2.0, though I doubt that will make much of a differance to me, just thought it would be handier. But a USB2.0 hub will work in an old style USB slot, only the speed slows down right? And I can connect usb2.0 devices to it and they will run?
    True on usb2.0. The 800mhz will also struggle with divx. I would just save yourself headache and get an m1000 (very popular, has usb 2.0) or better. Also make sure it is Nehemiah core, it's faster and better (m1000 has that).

    PS. Directron has m1000 for 158.90 shipped.
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    Okay, so once again my setup changes.
    I'll take the advice given and get the M10000
    Wow, the board and Lilliput hit me up for $450.00, pushing my budget here
    Morex 2677 and CNX-P1260 for roughly $160.00
    Total of $610.00
    I can handle that, unless that mobo can accept PC133 memory then I'll be stuck getting some DDR, 256MB of Kingston goes on ebay for about $30.00
    case accepts a 3.5 HDD so that'll suffice until I can afford a slim type to save on power in the future. Looks like I'm all set.
    Anyone else have something to add?

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    Yes, the M10000 is a DDR board, so it won't accept PC133 ram

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    make sure morex has regulated 12v (probably does, im just to lazy to check).
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    where are you mounting this?
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    wait, if your getting a cube, get a shuttle. I was able to get a refurb from newegg for 135 + a $75 moblie processor. You can get way more power, if you have the space
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