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    Trying to kill two birds with one stone - help!

    Was almost about to start buying parts for my carputer, till i realized my home gaming system required an upgrade. So am trying to kill two birds with one stone by trying to use my current desktop for my car-pc.

    I just need to know if what i am planning will work:-

    its a dell dimen 4400, atx with a 170W power supply.
    now i plan on probably getting the opus 150W DCDC and using that to power just the motherboard (1.6ghz 400fsb socket n),on-board sound, a 64mb agp geforce2, a 40gig wd 7200rpm drive and a usb gps. that's it.
    Motherboard details i could get are that its a Planar motherboard, made for dell based on the intel D865GBFL specifications

    Will the 150W opus be enough ?, I'll have to put the barebone motherboard since no case will fit (04 350z). So will there be heat issues ?

    All advice/suggestions appreciated!

    thanks!

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    Based on my own experience, I would say the OPUS will do just fine.
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    It will probably work, but you must be carefull with the power connector to the mobo. Dell stuffs sometime are not standard meaning standard power supply may not work with Dell mobo.
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    whew... found this on ebay, and a little note below that says :-

    NEW Power Supply Adapter for Dell Motherboards
    Lets you use your standard ATX power supply with most Dell boards!

    Known exceptions:

    Pentium 4 Dell Models that do not require a power supply adapter:

    Dell Dimension 4300
    Dell Dimension 4400 <----- yea!!!
    Dell Dimension 8200

    so will 150W be enough power for m/b+512mbram+agp gefroce2+onboardsound+usb gps+lilliput screen ?

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    I dunno how much the lilliput draws, but sounds like it should be enough.
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    150W should be enough. You can power the usb gps and lilliput with an external power supply controlled by a relay.

    Btw, it's the heat build up that you need to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desiz
    Was almost about to start buying parts for my carputer, till i realized my home gaming system required an upgrade. So am trying to kill two birds with one stone by trying to use my current desktop for my car-pc.

    I just need to know if what i am planning will work:-

    its a dell dimen 4400, atx with a 170W power supply.
    now i plan on probably getting the opus 150W DCDC and using that to power just the motherboard (1.6ghz 400fsb socket n),on-board sound, a 64mb agp geforce2, a 40gig wd 7200rpm drive and a usb gps. that's it.
    Motherboard details i could get are that its a Planar motherboard, made for dell based on the intel D865GBFL specifications

    Will the 150W opus be enough ?, I'll have to put the barebone motherboard since no case will fit (04 350z). So will there be heat issues ?

    All advice/suggestions appreciated!

    thanks!
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    edit: i guess u guys mean the heat problem , i thought power ...

    i plan on putting an extra fan if there is a heat problem.... though i don't think it will be on for more than an hour at a stretch... unless i go on a road trip

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    hmm.

    Here's my input: power is just fine, heat = kinda of an issue.. Re-design the case for better airflow maybe add a few fans.

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