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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:39 pm 
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Ok so i'm planning out a killer sweet mod. I've never modded anything really small so i guess i'll ask you guys for some help. i need a good mini-itx mobo that supports a relatively fast P4 (533/400FSB) and is nice and small and trim. built-in video is a must. doesnt need to be DVI but that would certainly be a plus. it needs USB as well, and firewire would be a plus but not necissary. Ethernet is also a must. So its kind of open ended, i dont care about what brand it is.


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PM a mod and move this to the Modders Workshop :D

I was going to reccomend an Asus board I have until you said "built in ethernet" ...


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http://www.pricewatch.com/h/prc.aspx?i=2&a=13519

i just glanced at the top one on that list, and it has the features you need for about $100


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:52 pm 
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ok....as small as possable. i onw want to throw a hard drive internally as well so it needs to be small. no big heatsinks.


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mod some heatpipes to suck the heat off the proc to the side and hook up a fan or a radiator from there... that way you dont have to worry abotu a large heatsink...


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Good timing! I had been asking about a Multimedia PC and got the board for it in this morning *opens it up*. Yup, it's pretty small.

This one is an Abit SG80. There's also an SG81 that cuts off S/ATA but both have a Sis Onboard graphics controller.
http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/pro ... &model=269
  • LGA775
  • 2G DDR400
  • S/ATA 150 - RAID 0/1/JBOD
  • 10/100 PHY
  • AGP x8
  • 2x4 USB
  • Micro-ATX, 244mmx244mm
...And no big heatsinks. The chipset is passive.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:10 pm 
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oooooo nice, how much did it set you back? what are the demensions for the footprint of it?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:23 pm 
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Its an MATX mobo, so 244mm*244mm (gotten from the spec sheet here)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:26 pm 
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willah wrote:
Its an MATX mobo, so 244mm*244mm (gotten from the spec sheet here)


errrr. i was hoping it would be closer to the mini-itx spec of 170mm x 170mm.


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Get the dremel out. Shoud work if you hack some off :lol:


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willah wrote:
Get the dremel out. Shoud work if you hack some off :lol:
:lol:

well what i'm going is taking an old set-top cd player and trying to throw a stealthy computer in there. looking at the front you wont be able to tell at all and the regular cd function will still work as it did before. i mived some of the stuff around inside and have just enough room for a mini-itx case. i have about 7 inches by 10 inches. so i figure all i really need is the mobo and a HD in there. i'll run with an external power brick and everything else i need will be on the mobo. if i have space i'll also try to throw a laptop cd-rom on in. i have about 3 inches of depth so i think i can throw the HD and cd drive underneath the mobo. i'll try and get some pics tomorrow after work, maybe you guys can think something up.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 1:35 pm 
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i think i found my motherboard here: http://www.helmetpc.com/index.asp?PageA ... rodID=1470 what do you guys think? those motha's are REALLY expensive, thats pretty much the cheapest one you can throw a p4 in.


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Damn thats tiny and expensive, maybe you could just get a bigger CD player case and bigger mobo?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 12:50 pm 
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gramaton cleric wrote:
oooooo nice, how much did it set you back? what are the demensions for the footprint of it?
Top Secret ;)

244mm=9.5", so it's not really THAT big. 170mm is 6-3/4"...man, that's TINY!

Hey man, this site is all for you!
http://www.mini-itx.com/
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Just seems to be some trade-offs for fast AND that small. P4 boards are few and far between, with most having built-in Eden processors.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:40 pm 
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Chumly wrote:
gramaton cleric wrote:
oooooo nice, how much did it set you back? what are the demensions for the footprint of it?
Top Secret ;)

244mm=9.5", so it's not really THAT big. 170mm is 6-3/4"...man, that's TINY!

Hey man, this site is all for you!
http://www.mini-itx.com/
Image

Just seems to be some trade-offs for fast AND that small. P4 boards are few and far between, with most having built-in Eden processors.


i dislike you and your under the table deals because of your job.

yea i've been poking around mini-itx and thats what made me want to start the mod in the first place. i found the super mini-itx reseource for buying here so if anyone is looking into buying one look there. i'm still undecided. i think this project is going to wait till summer when i have more time and i can sneak some of the expense into birthday presents.


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