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    Critique My Choice of Components?

    Before going ahead an ordering does anyone have any opinions on the hardware I have selected. Good or bad... just as good cheaper alternatives? My budget is approx 1k and I'm just about there.

    Motherboard and Processor
    VIA EPIA M10000

    Hard Disk Drive - 60Gb
    Hitatchi Travelstar 80GN

    Memory
    Kingston 512Mb PC266

    DVD Drive (slim)
    Toshiba SD C2612

    7" Touchscreen VGA
    Gain/Xenarc 7"

    VIA PCI Riser Card

    Opus 150w PSU DC-DC 150w ATX PCB

    PCI Graphics Card (2 VGA)
    PNY Verto/GeForce2 FX5200 128Mb

    PCI Sound Card
    Audigy 2 ZS Plat/Pro

    USB Hub 2.0 4-Port
    Targus Ultra Mini Hub

    Power Cable - 8 gauge
    IDE to USB for DVD Drive?
    IDE Cable - Round for HDD
    Mini Jack to RCA Cables

    ARAT Bracket for e36 BMW

    I'll try the onboard graphics first but if I'm not satisfied or get a second screen I'll got the PNY gfx card as this has a second VGA.

    The reason for the selected sound card is for SQ and for connectivity between pc and my amp. This card has an external i/o box.

    Gain/Xenarc as if I have the roof down on my car during a bright day I at least want to be able to see the screen!

    Toshiba slim DVD is cheap! This will be mounted down the front of the car...

    Opus - very good - 'nuff said.

    Targus mini hub is cheap and pretty small.

    ARAT bracket as I don't want to hack the dash.

    EPIA M10000 - I won't be needing PCMCIA like on the newer EPIA II ones. Should have enough processing power.

    Hard Drive - 60Gb is enough for my apps and mp3 collection!

    512Mb will be enough memory for the car PC.

    Case - I could do with input here... If I decide to use the two PCI card with the VIA riser then these will be facing away from the mainboard. Not sure what case? May have to build a custom one?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZimZimmer
    Case - I could do with input here... If I decide to use the two PCI card with the VIA riser then these will be facing away from the mainboard. Not sure what case? May have to build a custom one?

    Thanks.
    Take a look at the Casetronic Travla C137. It has 2xPCI slots, but you're going away from that DIN-size with PCI card. If you're looking for more Graphics power there is a P4 Mobo with an ATI graphics chipset that will be out very soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by euro320i
    Take a look at the Casetronic Travla C137. It has 2xPCI slots, but you're going away from that DIN-size with PCI card. If you're looking for more Graphics power there is a P4 Mobo with an ATI graphics chipset that will be out very soon...
    Thanks for the input, that case is looking ideal.

    I decided against DIN-size as I want the functionality of PCI.... P4... Hmmm it would prob be a more suited choice in the long run if I choose to expand the system past mp3 and dvd playback

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    There's AMD mobo's with integrated GeForce already out if you're looking for graphics power. asus a7n8x-vm is mini-atx with nForce2 IGP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kai445
    There's AMD mobo's with integrated GeForce already out if you're looking for graphics power. asus a7n8x-vm is mini-atx with nForce2 IGP.
    Thanks. If I build a new home PC I could use this PC I'm using now, in the car. It's a AMD XP2600, A7n8x-x, 512Mb DDR400, Gainward 128Mb DDR with Nvidia ti4200 chipset, 120Gb HDD. Prob a bit overkill for my current requirements but an option for later? I may well find the M10000 is fine for my current needs tho and not bother with the PCI gfx card. I very much doubt I'll be wanting games, etc in the car.

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