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    Best Carputer Solution. Ideas Inside!

    Ok, i got my design all sketched up. I'm going to build my Carputer as an all-in-one unit with the LCD flush mounted into the system. The case will be made out of MDF wood and carpet mostly.

    With that out of the way... here we go. I have a choice between 2 setups. Let me know what you guys think would be better.

    Intel Celery 2.4GHz CPU
    M925 Motherboard w/LAN, Sound, USB, VGA
    60GB HD
    DVD-RW
    Bluetooth
    Wireless G

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    VIA EPIA M10000 w/ 1GHz CPU
    60GB HD
    DVD-RW
    Bluetooth
    Wireless G


    I know the 2.4 is a faster setup, but will it require too much power for a Opus 90W PSU? Is 1GHz enough for a carputer to run DVD, GPS, MP3 and basic programs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voidunknown
    I know the 2.4 is a faster setup, but will it require too much power for a Opus 90W PSU? Is 1GHz enough for a carputer to run DVD, GPS, MP3 and basic programs?
    Yes, the M10K is fast enough for all that you listed. Unless you really need SERIOUS speed, stay away from Intel, they hog power WAY too much. If you search the board, you will see people doing some pretty crazy stuff with their M10Ks.

    By the way, why do you feel you need a DVD burner in your car? Are you going to be "backing up" your movie collection? If you just want to watch movies, but still want the ability to burn, just get a DVD/CDRW combo drive.

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    Im not sure but I *think* the 2.4 may be too much power for the 90W

    My 90W powered:
    Epia M10000
    Generic Key and Mouse
    Generic CD Rom
    and a 40GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

    It would not power an additional 7200RPM in place of the CD Rom

    So IMO go for the 150
    92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

    93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

    90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)

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    Now a DVD-RW is too much, maby a dvd/cd-rw would be fine. Burning cds in your car and burning movies in your car are 2 diffrent things

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafaelsherman
    Yes, the M10K is fast enough for all that you listed. Unless you really need SERIOUS speed, stay away from Intel, they hog power WAY too much. If you search the board, you will see people doing some pretty crazy stuff with their M10Ks.

    By the way, why do you feel you need a DVD burner in your car? Are you going to be "backing up" your movie collection? If you just want to watch movies, but still want the ability to burn, just get a DVD/CDRW combo drive.

    Peace,

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    The only reason for the DVD-RW is because I want to watch DVD movies and my entire DVD collection is made up from backups. Unless anyone knows of a good DVD/CDRW or just DVD drive that WILL play DVD+/-RW with no problems. I don't want to burn anything, just watch em.

    So, M10k it is i guess. Now, should I go with a 7200RPM HD or only 5400?

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    Hrmm, i dont understand why a computer dvd-cdrw drive wouldnt play something thats backed up? After all, they make them ;x

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheerio
    Hrmm, i dont understand why a computer dvd-cdrw drive wouldnt play something thats backed up? After all, they make them ;x
    All 3 of the DVD/CDRW drives I tried in my home HTPC did not read DVD Backups. Only the DVD+/-RW drives would. I have a spare DVD+/-RW drive sitting here anyways. Does anyone know of a DVD or DVD/CDRW drive that will read burned DVD's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voidunknown
    All 3 of the DVD/CDRW drives I tried in my home HTPC did not read DVD Backups. Only the DVD+/-RW drives would. I have a spare DVD+/-RW drive sitting here anyways. Does anyone know of a DVD or DVD/CDRW drive that will read burned DVD's?
    I'll test DVD+R tomorrow on my DVD/CDRW drive. What app do you use to burn DVD's with. I'm using DVDShrink 3.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_dunnie
    I'll test DVD+R tomorrow on my DVD/CDRW drive. What app do you use to burn DVD's with. I'm using DVDShrink 3.1
    DVD Shrink 3.1 + Nero 6. Let me know!!! Thanks!

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    void: are you sure it was the drive or the software. Like did windows reconigise the drive, or did the software give you an error.

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