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    Variable Bitrate shrinkydinx's Avatar
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    so whats the difference between the carputers for sale in the store?

    if i customize the OPUS and Ampie models to have approximately the same specs, the opus comes out to be more than $200 more. so whats the difference between the two? just the case? and does the opus not come with a power supply?

    MP3Car Custom Car Computer (OPUS) MP3Car Custom Car Computer (OPUS)
    - Build Build & Test
    - Motherboard VIA EPIA MII12000 Mini-ITX Mainboard
    - Hard Drive 2.5" Hard Drive 40GB Samsung 5400rpm
    - CD/DVD Drive Teac 24x Notebook CD-ROM (refurb)
    - Memory 512MB DDR RAM PC2700 184-Pin DIMM Memory

    - Bluetooth None
    - Keyboard None
    - Operating System None
    - Sound On-board
    - Monitor No monitor
    - Wireless None

    $825.99

    MP3Car Custom Car Computer (Ampie) MP3Car Custom Car Computer (Ampie)
    - Build Customer Build
    - Motherboard VIA EPIA MII12000 Mini-ITX Mainboard
    - Hard Drive 2.5" Hard Drive 40GB Samsung 5400rpm
    - CD/DVD /w External Enclosure Teac 24x Notebook CD-ROM (refurb)
    - Memory 512MB DDR RAM PC2700 184-Pin DIMM Memory

    - Bluetooth None
    - Operating System None
    - Keyboard None
    - Monitor No monitor
    - Sound On-board
    - Power Supply M1-ATX
    - Wireless None
    - Hard Drive 2 None
    $604.00

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    Constant Bitrate NeckPayne's Avatar
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    The ampie case itself is cheaper. The product specs suggests that the Opus is using the Morex 3688 case, but it looks like the Opus Mini-ITX which is $379 compared to the ampie's $80.

    Reasons for the cost difference:
    - Opus is a better power supply and probably provides more watts
    - The Ampie doesn't allow PCI addons (I think) whereas the Opus comes with
    a 2 slot PCI riser card (these aren't cheap either).

    You have it so that they are building and testing the Opus, but you are building the Ampie, I think that's another $35.

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