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    I've had a re-read of this, isn't a tank circuit basically just a split charge setup?

    http://www.talkaudio.co.uk/vbb/showthread.php?t=54203
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygad

    You have 2 realistic options for this, opus or tank circuit.

    If you have faith in your alternator and standard battery then you can get away with not having a tank circuit, I don't and I don't have an opus either but I realise that my 2 truck batteries are not the perfect solution and am going for a better one i.e. the opus

    Hope that clarifies a bit

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    thanks for your post. to be honest with you, I know nothing about cars. so please dont get mad at me if i sounded dumb
    I really have no idea what is alternator and I just found out for the first time evar that I can connect an extera battery to a car!
    the carpc i'm going to build will probably need a 300W case. Thats what i've been told. And Opus dont come in 300W.

    Now I'm really lost. And I'm starting to look at the computer parts i bought today and think about returning them!

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    There are several good articles in here about how many watts your computer will use. 300W is really the max wattage and not close to the actual wattage used under normal car computer operation. Granted, the trick is to have your setup as efficient as possible. Right now my car pc is an ATX set up, with a regular ATX PSU and an inverter powering it. It doesn't survive crank, so that is something I'm going to be addressing in the near future. I don't think I'll be going with an Opus, but I know many people really like it. I also know there are several articles in here where people list what they have running on an Opus, safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fear Effect
    I know nothing about cars. so please dont get mad at me if i sounded dumb
    No worries m8, thought for a minute that you'd come asking for help and were being a little flippant about the responses....no harm done.

    Right then, a 300W PSU, suppose the 1st question is what kind of system are you intending to build and what purpose are you putting it to?

    To need a 300W psu would mean that you have some pretty hefty stuff going on.

    I'm gonna make an assumption that you have a full size ATX mobo, full size drives and a range of PCI cards to make the system and are looking for a suitable way to power it all.

    Thats not a problem 'cos its the exact same setup that I have at the moment.

    Do you really need the full size approach?

    If not and the equipment is recently bought you might be better taking it back whilst its still under warranty and reconsidering your hardware options.

    Why?

    Cos the full size approach, whilst being cheaper per component, is also power hungry, not only that but it takes up more room, quite a considerable amount of room in comparison to a mini-ITX based sytem.

    There are plenty I mean LOADS of threads on which mini-ITX based system to go for so I won't beat that to death.

    Keep reading and searching and posting questions if you need help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoTheHamster
    I've had a re-read of this, isn't a tank circuit basically just a split charge setup?

    http://www.talkaudio.co.uk/vbb/showthread.php?t=54203
    pretty much yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fear Effect
    thanks for your post. to be honest with you, I know nothing about cars. so please dont get mad at me if i sounded dumb
    I really have no idea what is alternator and I just found out for the first time evar that I can connect an extera battery to a car!
    the carpc i'm going to build will probably need a 300W case. Thats what i've been told. And Opus dont come in 300W.

    Now I'm really lost. And I'm starting to look at the computer parts i bought today and think about returning them!
    Nothing wrong with not knowing something and wanting to learn, just be careful. If you are unconfortible with anything, learn more. Try to avoid buying components until you have all of you questions answered. If you do not have a basic understanding of a cars electical system you are not going to be able to make the rightr choices for your setup and could do ALOT of damage to both you computer and your car.

    Trust me on this one learn first then buy it will save you alot money and frustration.

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