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    Motorcycle PSU Opus vs. M1-ATX

    I'm not especially concerned about the power necessary to run what I plan to install since I have to keep it small and light as it is, however, I wonder if one or the other has greater preference among the users. As the title implies this is for a motorcycle mod so I'm not entirely sure if that could hold any bearing on my decision. I searched the forum and only found two people who have completed what I'm working towards so I dont have much data to base my decision off of. If it helps here is what I plan to install as of now:

    -PSOne lcd monitor
    -PC CHIPS M789CG Mobo/CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185043)
    -pqi 512MB RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141219)
    -Digitraveler GPS (http://www.gpspassion.com/Hardware/Reviews/RSGPS.htm)
    -CF Reader
    -Western Digital 3.5" 20GB HD
    -Touchpad Mouse
    -Wireless Card
    -and the random LED

    (heh, now that I actually list it, there seems to be quite a bit more than I thought, I wonder if the 90 Watt from the M1-ATX would be enough)

    Any help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated before I purchase one way or the other.
    So much to do, so little money. Having a budget sure makes this mod kinda tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XS400
    I'm not especially concerned about the power necessary to run what I plan to install since I have to keep it small and light as it is, however, I wonder if one or the other has greater preference among the users. As the title implies this is for a motorcycle mod so I'm not entirely sure if that could hold any bearing on my decision. I searched the forum and only found two people who have completed what I'm working towards so I dont have much data to base my decision off of. If it helps here is what I plan to install as of now:

    -PSOne lcd monitor
    -PC CHIPS M789CG Mobo/CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185043)
    -pqi 512MB RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141219)
    -Digitraveler GPS (http://www.gpspassion.com/Hardware/Reviews/RSGPS.htm)
    -CF Reader
    -Western Digital 3.5" 20GB HD
    -Touchpad Mouse
    -Wireless Card
    -and the random LED

    (heh, now that I actually list it, there seems to be quite a bit more than I thought, I wonder if the 90 Watt from the M1-ATX would be enough)

    Any help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated before I purchase one way or the other.
    First of all, is the motorcycle on a 12v power system? If it's not, then you're going to have some issues to work out, namely upgrading the bike to 12v. If it's already 12v, then keep reading.

    M1-ATX probably wouldn't be enough power. Consider an Opus 120w AT LEAST.
    Personally, I don't like PC-Chips brand hardware. They are budget components with a budget price and budget quality.
    You might consider a 2.5" laptop hard drive to save power and space. Yeah, they are lower capacities.
    There's no mention of an optical drive. Not a necessary component except at installation time. You can also use a USB optical drive for when you need to read a CD (not while riding, of course!)
    I believe the PSOne LCD requires TV-out. You haven't listed anything that will provide a composite video signal. You can use a scan converter, but the display from those tend to look like crap AT BEST.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Thanks for the post Darque. Just as you implied this is a budget job and if I could afford the more expensive VIA EPIA I would definitely go that route. The thing about the HD is that I already have the 3.5" on hand, I will however keep an eye open for a 2.5" at the ACP computer swapmeet this coming weekend. I jad no intention of installing an sort of optical drive in the bike itself since it is space consuming and as far as I've seen they don't work well in bumpy environments. And lastly the PSOne as you say isn't ready to use right out of the box for this project but with a little help of a few tutorials I found on the net I think I can get it to meet my needs (http://starfox.ucc.asn.au/carcomp/serio_lcd.htm). Again, thanks for the input, I will probably consider the Opus 120w over the M1-ATX, as the PSU seems to be the one item I'm most concerned about damaging and replacing, it's kinda expensive.
    So much to do, so little money. Having a budget sure makes this mod kinda tough.

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    I would be very worried about using any hdd on a motorcycle. Even on a shopper the vibrations are far worse then in a car.

    The unsprung weight is so much lower compared to a car.

    Anyway, good luck and keep posting as you progress!

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