No pics yet, but thanks to nightmorph, I've got a PICO inside.
90W PICO with a 102W brick, I took out the 3x 160gb drives i had inside it, because i just don't have enough molex splitters or connections to have them all running.
At first though, I was ready to go nuts, I think the PSU stalled the first time i tried to boot, because the fan wasn't even trying to spin up. Eventually i got it on, and now it boots every time...not sure, but it's working now.
It's very interesting to see what started out as a spaghetti monster of cables turn into a big gaping hole, with one stray molex in the case.
eventually i plan to use either an SDHC or a CF card as a SSD. that'll leave everything to run off motherboard headers, so i'll remove the main molex/SATA lead (i removed the P4 lead from the PICO because this computer doesn't have that connection).
It's a whole new world of quiet and power efficient. I'm going to play with numbers, but although i have this good 102W brick, i'm curious as to whether i can use a smaller, lower power 12v brick with the PICO, maybe 4.5A instead of the 8.5 i'm using now. A 4.5W brick would give me around 56W to play with, still well within what i really need.
right now i only really use a PS/2 keyboard and a USB mouse with it, with an additional USB connection for my camera (rare). there's also a card reader, but unless I can use that for an SD or CF card to boot off of, it's not staying in the system.
There's also a PCI wireless G card in there, which will be replaced with a Wireless G USB adapter, modded to fit internally (still working on those details).
I'd like to make a custom case, but I'm not sure what i'll make it with yet. Acrylic is tempting because i think i have a sheet of it, but an aluminum case isn't out of the question. Basically i'm looking for something i can do on a college students budget, that still looks awesome. Sadly however, I don't have all the tools to do the work myself, but I do have the materials, I think.
I can't get a definite power usage yet, as i have no killawatt, but it's on the to-do list, and i can definitely say it's very low.
http://via.com.tw/en/initiatives/empowe ... /index.jsp
^VIA's website regarding the specific motherboard I'm using.
Everex USA tanked, but at least my board is the VIA model (original Everex board shot, I bought a replacement).
PICO was definitely as small as I expected, but very very well designed. I could only ask for a couple more Molex because of my older drives.
Rig will be put up soon...
I'm also thinking of a new OS for it, instead of the regular Ubuntu...maybe a netbook OS for it? I'm not looking for a lot of productivity, but the basics would be nice, Instant Messaging, Word Processing, and Web Browsing capabilities at the least.
Final Specs that I have:
80gb SATA (not sure if it's 1.5 or 3.0 gb/s)
Card Reader (no SDHC though)
90W PICO + 102W brick
Supposed to use ~35W at full load, ~24 at idle. I'm sure the PICO with the right brick will make a huge difference.
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