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    I think that's a great case. I would be concerned about getting the M4-ATX in there, though. You could do as well with an M2-ATX, I'd bet, and it might fit more easily.

    Since Mini-box manufactures the M-350 case and the M2-ATX (and the M4-ATX), you might call or email them and ask which of their PSUs will fit in that enclosure with the boards you're considering. And you might consider buying directly from them, since you're paying list price, anyway. I bought my M4-ATX direct, and they shipped the same day.
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    http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-150-XT that is the other power supply i am looking i know it is a direct fit on the board with a 24 atx instead of the 20pin. also it seems that i can get a kit with a power supply for thehouse so i can test easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    I looked at those minor differences and decided not to spend over twice as much for the Asus board.
    Not minor differences, the whole design is better:
    -heatsink
    -ram slot placement
    -sound card
    -solid state capacitors

    You should also check Gigabyte GA-GC330UD: not overkill as the ASUS board, but still,
    you get better BIOS, heatsink, capacitors, for almost for the same price as the Intel board.

    Conclusion:
    Do NOT go the Intel board, go with the Gigabyte one,
    or if you want onboard HDMI, 7.1 and bluetooth, go with the ASUS.
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    i am thinking Asus is still the best even after looking at everything. it always gives me the option to bring it inside and use it on a tv for any onboard movies

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    I am doing some more looking into SSD drives and they seem really best for a car like stated above. shock proof and better temperature. I am thinking about doing a single 64 gig drive to house music OS, and the rest of the software i want to install. i saw someone said it can on be written a certain amount of times. anyone know how many times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianteel View Post
    I am doing some more looking into SSD drives and they seem really best for a car like stated above. shock proof and better temperature. I am thinking about doing a single 64 gig drive to house music OS, and the rest of the software i want to install. i saw someone said it can on be written a certain amount of times. anyone know how many times?
    Well, get a decent SSD (for example OCZ Vertex), it still lasts longer than a normal
    HDD in this enviroment. Also, a bit faster. But for best results, you should only use
    the SSD for the static part of the system, and do all the dynamic stuff
    (music, hibernation file, pagefile) on a laptop HDD.
    To answer your question, approx. 3 years MINIMUM for a low-end SSD, fair enough,
    as you will change it to a bigger/better/faster one in two years.
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    I have been lookin at those drives. The better ones for 32 and 64 gig or crazy expensive

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    They are all crazy expensive. But I believe they will be worthwhile in the end. I would start with a smaller one to save the cash. You know in a few years when you're ready to upgrade, the bigger ones will be the same or less than you paid for yours. I'm not going the route of SSD quite yet simply because I already had a fresh 160gb notebook drive laying around, but I do see it as a necessary upgrade if and when the cash is around.

    The OCZ Vertex does look to be the drive to beat for price/performance, especially with free shipping and a $30 mail-in. Using this for Win7 and your FE and such should be excellent, with the other HD for storage. If I remember correctly, the case does have two trays to use for drives, but do check. This is still a cheaper route than going all out for a 60+gb drive, and gives you more storage. Still puts a less reliable drive into the mix, but people do get away with it. The 60gb drive is 220 after rebate, you could afford to replace the notebook drive once till you reached that price.

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    weighing in the options i think i am going to start with the 32gig OCZ drive get everything installed then get another drive for it. I think that is the best way to go. I will not put music on it yet. use a usb card or something for that right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianteel View Post
    weighing in the options i think i am going to start with the 32gig OCZ drive get everything installed then get another drive for it. I think that is the best way to go. I will not put music on it yet. use a usb card or something for that right now
    I've been testing with the OCZ Agility 30gig and OCZ Vertex 30gig. Both are excellent drives and fast.

    I highly recommend either of them.
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