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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2005, 04:13:18 am »
Never tried dell laptops... perhaps next time that's what I'll aim for.
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« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2005, 12:50:58 pm »
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Heheh... we've got something like that set up in our living room already. Though no plasma TV, just a regular one. Well, the whole thing is the ghetto version of that. Much older Via board, less ram, smaller hard drive, and just a cheap usb joypad for a remote. Still though, it's networked, and so I can play all my downloaded videos and music in the living room... AND it's got a SNES emulator on it, with nearly every rom ever made, so that's nice as well.

Now if only I could build one into my car...
Well, the CPU for the setup would be very small (depending on how much I modify the case I get and how small a space I can cram the stuff into), maybe about a foot wide.  And if you buy the right equipment, it's cheap.  Like this one: http://mini-itx.com/store/?c=2#p1601 (yes, that's a normal sized soda can)
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« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2005, 05:37:50 pm »
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Well, the CPU for the setup would be very small (depending on how much I modify the case I get and how small a space I can cram the stuff into), maybe about a foot wide.  And if you buy the right equipment, it's cheap.  Like this one: http://mini-itx.com/store/?c=2#p1601 (yes, that's a normal sized soda can)
You might need to step up the hardware a notch or two.  Our rig uses a 1GHz Nehemiah chip, and it chokes on DVDs and DivX files when there's a lot of moving objects on the screen.  (the slipsteam effects from Andromeda are really bad for this, they play at about 3 FPS)  I doubt a 533MHz Eden like you linked to is going to be enough if you want to watch compressed movies and TV shows.
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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2005, 05:49:52 pm »
A lot of that has to do with the video card and memory as well.
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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2005, 07:52:16 pm »
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Well, the CPU for the setup would be very small (depending on how much I modify the case I get and how small a space I can cram the stuff into), maybe about a foot wide.  And if you buy the right equipment, it's cheap.  Like this one: http://mini-itx.com/store/?c=2#p1601 (yes, that's a normal sized soda can)
You might need to step up the hardware a notch or two.  Our rig uses a 1GHz Nehemiah chip, and it chokes on DVDs and DivX files when there's a lot of moving objects on the screen.  (the slipsteam effects from Andromeda are really bad for this, they play at about 3 FPS)  I doubt a 533MHz Eden like you linked to is going to be enough if you want to watch compressed movies and TV shows.
I planning on something with a bit more power - that's not the actual motherboard that I want that I linked to, for most of the reasons you posted.  The one I want, while it has an identical processor to yours, I'm fairly sure I can 'tweak' it a bit (I've got my current 300mhz compy rendering images in Blender at a faster rate than my friends 400mhz computer (which just bit the dust the other day)) on a low-as-possible Video card (2 friggin megs of RAM and no acceleration, only because it was the last ditch after all my other cards didn't want to work).  The one I posted to is pretty much a small (although outdated) motherboard.
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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2005, 09:06:03 pm »
There aren't many "tweaks" you can do to those boards. The chip is soldered in, and I don't think they overclock well. Like Will pointed out, some videos go down to 3fps in complex scenes. The only way around that is to reencode all the video into something easier to decode, and that's rarely worth the time/effort. Besides, that's way too much ram... go with 512 and spend the other cash on a faster CPU.

As for physical size... yeah, our rig is about a square foot in size. It's running in the box the MB came in.

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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2005, 09:54:33 pm »
I'd be content with an Afterburner pad.

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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2005, 11:18:50 pm »
I also want a spaceship
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« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2005, 01:57:57 am »
I want the really pretty soft handspun yarn that costs $300 per pound.  I want it in every color of the rainbow.  And then I want all the time I need to make it all into blankets that drape around the home that I want to be roommate-free and dog-free.  Oh, and a pony.
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« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2005, 02:07:26 am »
I would also like to have more free time! In the sense that I have very little to myself. If you'd like to take it literally and give me time in it's essence, that's fine too. :)
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« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2005, 06:30:36 am »
I think I'd like it if Harm and I ruled the world. Stupid people would be put on a Jurassic park like continent and their ability to breed taken away (aka, they'd have NO genitalia). It would be nice.
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« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2005, 10:03:24 am »
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There aren't many "tweaks" you can do to those boards. The chip is soldered in, and I don't think they overclock well. Like Will pointed out, some videos go down to 3fps in complex scenes. The only way around that is to reencode all the video into something easier to decode, and that's rarely worth the time/effort. Besides, that's way too much ram... go with 512 and spend the other cash on a faster CPU.

As for physical size... yeah, our rig is about a square foot in size. It's running in the box the MB came in.
You haven't seen me and computers then, Xepher.  I kinda run them as hard as I possibly can (so therefore the more RAM the better for me.  Processor speed (or the speed the computer takes to do the tasks I give it) isn't all that important to me.  That, and my 300mhz Pentium II (I wish it was an AMD processor...) seems to handle any videos I put on it (star trek, for example).
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« Reply #27 on: September 14, 2005, 11:50:04 pm »
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I think I'd like it if Harm and I ruled the world. Stupid people would be put on a Jurassic park like continent...
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heh, if we sent all the criminals to some empty continent and just left them there to die
and showed up like 50yrs later like, "sup?"
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something along the lines of, "G`Day mate"

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« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2005, 12:07:10 am »
no, let's leave their genitals unless they're rapists.  Almost everyone deserves the joy that is sex, even when that sex is solo.
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« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2005, 01:21:24 am »
But then it would be stupid people procreating. We *don't* want that.
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