2003 Mazda 6s (version 5.0)
UPDATE: see post #8 for a video of StreetDeck in action
well, i filed my taxes early this year, so i decided to spend a bit of my refund on a new carputer setup. you can see all the iterations i've gone through with my current setup on my website: http://imondepression.com/carputer.
here are the parts that i'll be keeping from current setup:
- external dvd drive
- soundblaster live 24-bit external
- microsoft gps locator
- griffin powermate
- BTC wireless mini keyboard
and here's a list of all the new parts:
- intel D201GLY2 motherboard (1.2GHz celeron)
- M2-ATX power supply
- MCS mini itx case
- 1GB kingston RAM
- d-link 7-port usb hub
- hitachi travelstar 80GB hard drive
TOTAL COST: $375
i had a hard time deciding which motherboard to get. i want to upgrade the frontend to streetdeck, but i had read about some problems with getting it to work using the D201GLY. so i started looking at via C7 boards, but the cost of any one of those was pushing my budget limit. but recently, it has been discovered that with the latest BIOS and drivers, streetdeck WILL work with the intel board. so that made the choice clear.
for a while, i've been looking at getting a pre-built system from Mobile Computing Solutions. their prices are pretty cheap for some decent systems. but i figured i could build a slightly better system for cheaper. but one thing i was set on getting from them was their case. i gotta say that it's a very intuitive design and it's solidly built. it'll fit just about any mini itx board, along with almost any power supply. it comes with everything you would need, including an extra long power cord for a monitor.
i haven't recieved all the parts yet. i should've had everything today, but UPS screwed up my shipment and temporarily lost it. god, i hate UPS... anyway, i've received the case, power supply, and motherboard so far. i also ordered a modified power adapter that connects to the M2-ATX so that it can be plugged into any power outlet. i got it from MCS's ebay store.
i should be getting the rest of the parts in the next few days, so i'll post more pics as things progress...