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    WIll the M2-ATX provide sufficiant powe

    I want to build carputer based off of a Micro-ATX board, so i can useI graphics card along with a 7.1 Sound Card. I am wonder if the M2-ATX 160w Power Supply be sufficent to power the Motheboard a 2.4GHz P4 Proceesor, 100 GB Note book hard Drive, 1 GB Memory, Slim DVD/CD-ROM,along with a video and sound card. and if it doesn't what are some other powersupplys that provide more power but do the same thing as th M2-ATX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightHawkFG View Post
    I want to build carputer based off of a Micro-ATX board, so i can useI graphics card along with a 7.1 Sound Card. I am wonder if the M2-ATX 160w Power Supply be sufficent to power the Motheboard a 2.4GHz P4 Proceesor, 100 GB Note book hard Drive, 1 GB Memory, Slim DVD/CD-ROM,along with a video and sound card. and if it doesn't what are some other powersupplys that provide more power but do the same thing as th M2-ATX.
    P4 eliminates the M2 right away. You might be able to power it, but not for long.

    And as you will hear over and over again, unless you do 3d rendering while driving you wont need a P4 and you definately wont need a video card. It will cause you more problems in the end then it is worth. Pentium M or Core 2 duo's are good power efficient and beasty cpus.

    If you already the P4 lying around as a spare, then go ahead and use it. Just be warned. A big heatsink in the car is no good. All that heat on cold days will mean condensation in the winter which could be very very bad. Also the power supply you will need is going to be bigger.

    There are many other options for power supplies. Opus 320 and DS-ATX are probably your best bet. Netiher available in the store. The opus 250 I believe is.
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    the make special adapter so you can connect it to a P4 or amd system

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightHawkFG View Post
    the make special adapter so you can connect it to a P4 or amd system
    "Special Adapter"? Are you serious? IT just a cable to use the 4pin part of the power supply. It says it can power a P4, but it cant. Really the M2 is not that powerful. Pentium M systems are ok, but not full blown Pentium 4.

    This has been covered many many times.
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    so basiclly if i were to build a carputer i would be limited to a via mother

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightHawkFG View Post
    so basiclly if i were to build a carputer i would be limited to a via mother
    Via or Pentium M, Core 2 Duo, or AMD mobile. No desktop chips if using the M2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Via or Pentium M, Core 2 Duo, or AMD mobile. No desktop chips if using the M2.
    IYHO (In Your Humble Opinion) ?

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    I have a M2 and running AMD Athlon XP processor on it, but thats pretty much all it can run. I would recommend going with atleast a 250W power supply, spend the extra bucks, its worth it.

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    ok but i want one that has a shutdown circuit

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightHawkFG View Post
    ok but i want one that has a shutdown circuit
    You haven't read the specs of all the power supplies in the mp3car.com store, have you?

    The Opus models all have a shutdown controller.
    The DSATX has a shutdown controller.
    Hell, all the ATX-compatible PSUs in the store here have an integrated SDC.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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