APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as I get a few problems figured out BUDGET RANGE: as cheap as possible
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: music, movies, internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need everything
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or amazon COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: doesn't matter
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x234 roughly
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This PC will be built for my truck. I plan on putting a 7in screen in place of my current radio and then running a PC to that screen. I have kind of decided to use the Atom platform as low power consumption is key. Using this paired with a SSD is my plan. If people think a regular hard drive can survive the rattles of being on the road then I may try one. I will also be using a Clear Wi-Max USB card to access the internet anywhere I go for Pandora and online radio sites.
Hi ... I am answering mostly because this thread was about to go to page 2 without a response. It's a Sunny Saturday, here in Texas, and I gotta git me outside and cop some rays.
You prolly are not going to "like" what I have to say, all that much, but it should be said. ... here goes ...
If you are "going portable", you definately DO want a notebook (with SSD) ...
... you DO NOT want any sort of ATX/uATX mobo or PSU ... and, I do mean "PERIOD".
* ATX RAM and other components WILL rattle loose ... with frequency ...
* Notebooks (most) are already set up for 12VDC and most have (even) more than one video port out.
* My Core2 DUO has HDMI and D-Sub out ... 512MB of GDDR and all the slots and connectors are designed for mobile vibration and jarring.
* You can take it with you ... (and NOT leave it in hot/vulnerable the vehicle) ...
* adequate shock mounts and decent power inversion (well filtered), will run into several hundreds of dollars. See "SKB Shock Rack Case" ... See 12V/120V inverters.
... There are so many reasons, I ain't even going to go on ... these are some ove the main ones ... others include size, mounting, major batt drain, etc., ad nauseum.
... Just give up on that ATX idea ... unless you have a pentagon budget.
... To be truly righteous ... you should look at a Tough-Book(TM), or other "battle hardened" notebook designs ... A 128GB SSD runs ~$350 ... Get any of the OCZ Vertex flavors or a Corsair P128. ... Cheaper? ... Kingston 64GB will do, in a bit of a pinch ... can still hold like 10 movies and 1000 songs, plus OS and APPS.
But IF you insist on the wrong solution, ... you should do it right (at least) ...
Now ... there MUST be a good 1U or 2U rack that is cheaper and less bulky than this ...
... there may be "permanently mountable", 2U shock-racks, that are not as bulky as this "travel" type waterproof model ...
AND ... I ain't gonna even TRY to find you a good inverter but IT HAD BETTER HAVE EXTREMELY CLEAN OUTPUT ! ! ! ! ... !
(Many models made on the other side of the world will wreck your mobo in seconds flat ... REMEMBER ... most inverters are used to run power tools, and, as such, DO NOT have the power conditioning that is required for sensitive tronix).
And you would do MUCH better to just get a good (normal) mobile DVD/CD/MP3 player with an iPod input (and std. 1/8th" Aux line) ... Rather than to expect any kind of standard ATX SATA optical (DVD/CD) player to "not skip" or get jolted out of alignment.
... Even a "personal sports" type "anti-skip" player would be superior.
notebooks can do surround sound, out ... at worst it would be a USB or firewire external option (but very compact).
Just WHY not let's don't try to re-invent a very complicated wheel, when so many VERY swanky options, (purpose built) are ALREADY AVAILABLE, on the mobile market ....
... Look at what comes in the hippest SUVs ... then go cannibalize one, at a junk yard ... it will still cost ya ... yes it will.
but ... one of those ATOM/ION2 510D SOHO media server thingies, might be JUST the ticket, for a crazy man, such as yourself ... I think the power options will be much better and the GPU will be integrated and it is as small as a brick and no huge tears if stolen ... lookin at $500+ for a "good" solution.
Thanks for all the suggestions Alvin, but I dont know if you got mobile as meaning "in my truck at all times", kind of like mobile audio.
This is what I am trying to accomplish. I have decided on using a 10' Lilliput touschscreen monitor that I will fabricate into my dash. My biggest questions were on what hardware would be sufficient to run Windows 7 and be low power enough to use in my car.