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http://www.logicsupply.com/products/m4_atx

This looks promising, 2 of these should be enough to power what I want with room to spare !
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I don't know that much about electronics as a whole so I cannot say either way either or not that PSU is good. (as far as quality of components it's made of) However, depending on what your rig will consist of you may only need 1 unless you want to have a discreet graphics card, in which you will need 2 with one specifically dedicated to that card (depending on what card it may not even be enough by itself those units are only rated to support up to 30v).

Also, something you might want to consider is getting capacitor as well to clean up the power delivery from any drops/surges that could come from the car not delivering clean power.
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I don't know that much about electronics as a whole so I cannot say either way either or not that PSU is good. (as far as quality of components it's made of) However, depending on what your rig will consist of you may only need 1 unless you want to have a discreet graphics card, in which you will need 2 with one specifically dedicated to that card (depending on what card it may not even be enough by itself those units are only rated to support up to 30v).

Also, something you might want to consider is getting capacitor as well to clean up the power delivery from any drops/surges that could come from the car not delivering clean power.
Looking at some of the feedback on those units, they kind of suck. I am looking at some serious PSU stuf I built a few years back, its not SMPS like that unit is but it'll keep a rock solid 12v with near zero deviation. I think I may make another one. High current to. I'll just have to make sure it won't turn on until the alternator supplys at least 13v.

I dunno, kind of torn, buy a premade product with a known voltage ripple or build my own which is a much larger headache.

I have to wiegh out my options. I did start drawing up a heavy duty mounting plate and I am seriously considering both air/water cooling.

Gonna think about the pros/con of everything over the next few days.

This is supposed to be the wifes Christmas present this year. She wanted a 'entertainment' system in the van and a carputer would be the best solution.

Now to start shopping.
post #14 of 18
If you end up using a monitor like that Faytech which Alison linked to, you don't need much for gaming. Regardless of their "claim" of 1080p, the physical resolution is only 800x480. Might sound rather low compared to normal monitors, but it is fine for such a small screen. Knowing that the screen is such low resolution, perhaps using a Llano's integrated graphics isn't such a bad idea after all. See these performance charts which show most games to be quite playable at 1024x768 low settings, which is higher resolution than the Faytech. Using Llano with IGP will also cut your power requirements quite a bit, allowing for use of cheap off-the-shelf PSUs.

For HDDs, use notebook drives and shock mount them.
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http://www.pugetsystems.com/aquarium-computer.php



I have decided to build a mineral cooled case. There are a number of reasons. Lets list them

Mineral submersion removes any concerns about moisture

It allows me to completely weather proof the system

It helps increase durability by dampening shock loads

It has Excelent cooling charecterstics and will allow me to build something fiarly hi performance in a very tight footprint.

IE no need for a large case and fans

It will make remote mounting the radiator easier.

It will provide more stable temperatures and I won;t have to use any exotic cooling solutions.

I am also going to use a 32-64gb ssd for primary OS storage.

Now onto the power supply issue. I am going to use a very high powered on demand inverter wired into the Astro Van in a permanent fashion. It also has a key on power/low voltage and other protections. I will also be incorporating a APC back up power supply to clean up the power more. . Most of the monitors I want to use have AC power requirements.

I have acquired a 1500watt continuous duty cycle inverter, it is 85% efficient. so it should provide plenty of power for the most demanding situations. I have also purchased a 175amp alternator. I will also be adding a second alternator and battery on a isolated system to for just the PC and other AC accessories. So I should have plenty of juice.

Now its time to start laying the plans for the Overhead and in dash monitors as well as the PC case. It needs to be very rugged and durable so I am going to start with a MB platter and build from there.

time to get to work, pictures coming in the next week or two.


I forgot to mention additional storage. I plan to use the new 128gb usb3 flash drives as well as a portable usb3.0 hdd. I will also install a HD dock and full USB hub breakouts for controlers, airmice etc.

Lots of peripherals acessories.

now I have to go find a overhead flip down monitor with a screen size I can match in a conventional desktop monitor gut it and install a VGA hmdi DVI monitor worth of guts.
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Sounds like you've got a good plan I've thought about oil cooling my sig rig but it costs lots of money for the amount of oil I needed for this aquarium I was going to use. I have everything else I need but never followed through with it.

It will definitely last a long time if sealed right. And with the ssd's you can submerge them as well same with the flash drive. You should have either a sata dock or an e-sata dock so you can stream blu-ray quality videos with no problems.

Now all you need is a wifi card for it and then tether it from your phone for some online gaming Then you can tether your consoles as well.
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post #17 of 18
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Sounds like you've got a good plan I've thought about oil cooling my sig rig but it costs lots of money for the amount of oil I needed for this aquarium I was going to use. I have everything else I need but never followed through with it.

It will definitely last a long time if sealed right. And with the ssd's you can submerge them as well same with the flash drive. You should have either a sata dock or an e-sata dock so you can stream blu-ray quality videos with no problems.

Now all you need is a wifi card for it and then tether it from your phone for some online gaming Then you can tether your consoles as well.
Already though about that, got a bunch of Wifi cards all set there!
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My search for sealed case connectors begins. Looking at milsepc bulk head connectors so I can completely seal the unit.
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