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    Hi, all.

    I'm interested in building a mini-ITX or nano-ITX for my car.

    I would like to have it very low powered and low noise (hence quiet fan or fanless).

    The problems are I don't know where to shop at nor what exact components I should need.

    I don't need to build it fancy cos it will only be used for playing music mainly and watch some movies but unlikely playing games.

    So anyone has good recommendation for motherboard, CPU, PSU, soundcard etc?

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    Default Re: mini-ITX

    What is your budget? I assume ITX is short for some form of small computer?
    If you want it fanless you will need to design it with suitable air intakes around the base.

    CPU wise:1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
    Last edited by winmacguy; 01-01-2007 at 11:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkim01 View Post
    Hi, all.

    I'm interested in building a mini-ITX or nano-ITX for my car.

    I would like to have it very low powered and low noise (hence quiet fan or fanless).

    The problems are I don't know where to shop at nor what exact components I should need.

    I don't need to build it fancy cos it will only be used for playing music mainly and watch some movies but unlikely playing games.

    So anyone has good recommendation for motherboard, CPU, PSU, soundcard etc?
    just take a look here:

    www.epiacenter.com

    i guess you will find everything you want to know about mini-itx there

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    Default Re: mini-ITX

    I've seen a few pics on the net of people putting an Apple Mac Mini into their car.
    Why not look at that? Might be a bit more expensive but is small, powerful and quiet.

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    Default Re: mini-ITX

    If your going to build one yourself the engineering for the form factor would be the most difficult part. You may also struggle to build a decent working machine for under $1000. You could just insert this little puppy and save yourself the hassel. You would be able to run Parallels and have XP running with OS X or Linux.
    here is a how to:
    http://www.tunertricks.com/blog/index.php?p=40
    http://www.apple.com/nz/macmini/
    From $1128

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    ITX can be costly at times. I wrote out a paragraph of stuff then relised it meant very little So anyway get in contact with e3Solutions (itx.co.nz) and see if you can get a barebone system done for you. They have some systems around the $600 mark full set up.

    Have a look at http://www.itx.co.nz for everything you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trinsic View Post
    They have some systems around the $600 mark full set up.

    Have a look at http://www.itx.co.nz for everything you need.
    Sounds pretty impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winmacguy View Post
    Sounds pretty impressive.
    Having a look around the site. I remember reading about sumicom itx cases along time ago and they are small. So by the looks of it s/he has imported them from china which must be quite cheaper then here/other places

    http://www.itx.co.nz/images/S350_500.gif
    Looks like a CDRom and thats it. Amazing

    EDIT: Ah here we go: Sumicom (Super Mini Computer)
    The main site seems dead so I think we are lucky that they are in NZ. They don't appear to be in the US.
    Last edited by trinsic; 02-01-2007 at 08:05 PM.

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