I started out with a EEE PC and although it works fine i am want more power in my car. The following is a list of parts i am planning on getting and looking to see what everyone thing who as been building these for a while:
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2K2/2G
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS AT3N7A-I Intel Atom 330 (1M Cache, 1.6GHz, Dual-Core) NVIDIA ION Motherboard/CPU Combo
Mini-Box M350 Mini ITX Enclosure
M4-ATX 250W 6-30V DC-DC Power Supply
I am going to try out Windows 7 ultimate. Been running on my laptop and seems to put really fast.
i think everything will work together. i am not sure if the power supply and the case will work well. I want everything as tight and small as possible with the biggest impact. the following are the parts i have now
EEE PC 900 running XP home 2gig RAM 16 GB HD
Creative Labs sound blaster external card
P2140 power regulator
MJS Sirius radio adapter
7 port powered hub
Pioneer 4 channel amp
Lilliput 7" touch screen
I think when i am done with the new system i would sell everything I do not need anymore.
Hard drive size mostly and then i have no way to use hibernate or standby because the USB ports stop working, and the drive is full
i am going to use it for movies music and some other things like that. I like the board because of the sound card that is built on bluetooth built in and many USB ports on it.
You should add a small SSD (16GB for example), only for the system,
and use the HDD for swap/hibernation/music/other dynamic data.
Check my worklog:
Corsa + Atom + Gentoo Linux + 9" capacitive touchscreen
Lord of the boards: DFI CP100-NRM
"Or you can try Ubuntu, but than don't tell everyone you are using linux,
because it's just a secret unreleased prebeta of Windows 3829" :P
There's a very interesting review of the Asus board on AnandTech. Check especially page 5, which shows little difference in perceived speed between the Asus board and Intel's Atom 330 board, the D945GCLF2 (which is what I'm running). The Intel board only has 8 USB ports -- 4 on the backplane + 4 via header connections -- versus 10 on the Asus (8 + 2). Although the Intel board has no built-in Bluetooth, a Bluetooth bud is inexpensive. I looked at those minor differences and decided not to spend over twice as much for the Asus board.
I haven't moved to Windows 7 on the system, so I can't give you a report from personal experience, but an acquaintance was successfully running Windows 7 on the Intel board even before it was officially released.
I'm not bashing the Asus board here; I'm an Asus fan, and run an EeePC 901 as my backup carPC. It appears that that the Asus board will do everything you need; the only disadvantage I see is the added cost. If I were building an HTPC or the like, I'd jump on that board, especially when they get the Windows 7 drivers released (if they haven't done that already).
Part of what i am stuck on is if the board is over kill or not. the computer i am using now is sluggish and constantly thinking when i change screens in centrafuse. I would rather pay more and have something really fast then less and something might frustrate me. I will read the article and see what they have to say about the boards.
As for the SSD 16gig drive, that is what i am using now and my own fear is that it will be the same way my current one is setup. it is 12/4 split. I have used windows 7 on it and ran great actually much faster than xp but there was no room left for any software. i would need at least 32 gig ssd if that is what i was going to use for it. Is the SSD that much faster than a standard drive. I was under the impression that they were still kind of slow.
SSDs are best when we're reading them, not writing to them, because they have a limited number of writes. Once the system is on there, they shouldn't be used for paging files or temp files. A couple of posts above, simplex said it well:
my big hang up on hard drive is the price and i do not want to have to buy more than one. I will look into that more.
what a bout the case. should i go to something little bigger or would that work just fine.