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    For the lazyboy or novice...

    ...the newcomer, newbie, etc.

    Is there a ready-to-go DC-DC PSU available to purchase? With warranty, etc. I've been searching around with no luck, as I'm not really sure what to search for.

    For starters I'm in Australia, though even examples of products available overseas would be good so I have a starting point.

    Previously I was thinking of going the inverter way, but I'd rather explore the DC-DC option.

    The PSU would preferably be ATX. Though any physical size differences would be a small issue.

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    If you searched more carefully you probably would have come up with these names: arise, pc power and cooling, keypower. Among others. And there is definitely a currently active thread about a 100-150w commercial psu option.
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    As I said I wasn't really sure what to search for. Not all search engines accept terms such as "DC PSU" because of the small amount of letters and the common occurance of DC and PSU...

    But thanks for the names all the same.

    After a while I eventually tracked one down available here in Australia.

    http://www.zantech.com.au/zantech/dx250h.html

    This model seems to be available in a fair few other places around the world and has been mentioned in these forums in a couple of (unsuccessful?) group buys.

    The price in the stores is AUD$330 (inc tax, free au delivery) which is about USD$180.

    Are these supplies still good by comparison? I probably won't be using 250w but it sure does look like a professional product and seems to fit all the needs of an atx mobo.

    Don't really plan on getting it for a while yet, still gotta build and configure my jukebox outside of the car first, but if anyone can gimme a reason to not to get this psu when the time comes...

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    Originally posted by rawhide
    But thanks for the names all the same.

    After a while I eventually tracked one down available here in Australia.

    http://www.zantech.com.au/zantech/dx250h.html

    This model seems to be available in a fair few other places around the world and has been mentioned in these forums in a couple of (unsuccessful?) group buys.

    The price in the stores is AUD$330 (inc tax, free au delivery) which is about USD$180.

    That thing is huge!

    I've just ordered one of these:

    http://www.pcpowerandcooling.com/pro...line_12Vps.htm

    Add USD$35 for freight. Email their international sales address([email protected]), and mark the email to the attention of Tiffany - super helpful.

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    Not bad :P

    I suspect the reason for the zantech one being a bit bigger might be because it's got over twice the output. But as I said I probably wouldn't use all that... who would? Unless you're planning on running a p4 with geforce 4 in your car... *cough*

    Thanks for the link... do you mind me asking how you came across it? It's cool to find a few suitable power supplies but I'd like to know how people are actually coming across these

    Though not really sure if it's worth a saving of $30 when I can get the zantech one locally (and when I'm planning on using a regular atx case anyway).

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    Stop the presses! So I have a C3 VIA EPIA 800 MHZ coming to me that uses DC power.

    With this power supply would you tie it diretly into the cars eletrical system? Won't this power my MOBO?

    Maybe my search for power has come to an end?

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    Yeah that's usually the point of dc-dc power supplies. With a fuse ofcourse...

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    Originally posted by rawhide
    Not bad :P

    I suspect the reason for the zantech one being a bit bigger might be because it's got over twice the output. But as I said I probably wouldn't use all that... who would? Unless you're planning on running a p4 with geforce 4 in your car... *cough*

    Thanks for the link... do you mind me asking how you came across it? It's cool to find a few suitable power supplies but I'd like to know how people are actually coming across these

    Though not really sure if it's worth a saving of $30 when I can get the zantech one locally (and when I'm planning on using a regular atx case anyway).
    How did I find it? I'm a researchaholic, and there were links to their website here on the boards anyway.

    I can't afford the space required by the zantech. I want my machine to be small, and this is the smallest that I could find that had a warranty. There are custom build things here that are smaller, but they are more expensive, and have no warranty, which I have since decieded is important to me.

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    Originally posted by gfoulks
    Stop the presses! So I have a C3 VIA EPIA 800 MHZ coming to me that uses DC power.

    With this power supply would you tie it diretly into the cars eletrical system? Won't this power my MOBO?

    Maybe my search for power has come to an end?

    Greg
    You can't just run wires from the battery to that DC PSU. It needs a regulated, relatively high current supply. The full DC-DC ATX supplies don't have enough current on the 12V, since they're powering the other voltages too. Look for all the "12V, 5A supply" posts...

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    I'm so confused.

    Does such a thing exist? I would like to buy a Power supply that takes it's power directly from the car's electrical system and have it power a ATX board and accessories.

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