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Offline badshot359Topic starter

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a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« on: December 15, 2007, 03:15:41 PM »

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2007, 03:23:28 PM »
I have already seen that I looked up the parts and it's more than $72.
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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2007, 04:01:48 PM »
It claims it can be done in four hours . . . definitely deceptive . . . I'd say more like 15+ . . .

Still, its another way of putting a cheap/small computer power processor on your bot . . .

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2007, 05:36:30 PM »
i've done it in less than 2 hours. then again i had a relative with all the parts on hand already. the thing that took the longest was making a case for it.
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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2007, 08:47:04 PM »
hey, i made one of those, loaded MAME on it and made it a awsome reto arcade machine with 100 or more games! ;D

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2007, 07:17:23 PM »
This looks good, it can be gifted for Christmas =D
Or as the post above, make arcade machines and rent 'em ;)

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2008, 06:09:12 PM »
oooooooo! I love Popsci! ;D I was subscribed a couple years ago and I think i'm going to renew it sometime soon, but yeah I saw that too very cool, I think it'll cost more than 72 dollars...

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 04:59:44 PM »
i wanna make one... i read that recently and thaught "hey, look, 72$ high qual robot brains..."

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008, 07:24:27 PM »
good idea maverick...*starting building GLaDos from Portal* who's secreting deadly nuerotoxins now!?! ;D

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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2008, 12:37:10 PM »
How much power does such a thing draw?

Could it be powered with a relatively small battery?
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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2008, 01:27:07 PM »
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How much power does such a thing draw?

Could it be powered with a relatively small battery?

no.
specialist low power x86 PC motherboards start at around 10Watts before you add things like hard disks, etc.
these cost a lot of money.

if you intend to use an old 2nd hand motherboard then expect to burn 50Watts minimum with a small HDD and minimal memory.

a 2nd hand laptop is a far better low power option but expect one of those to still draw around 20Watts. (although the battery problem is already solved.)


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Re: a $72 pc easy to upgrade
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2008, 02:20:28 PM »
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How much power does such a thing draw?

Could it be powered with a relatively small battery?

no.
specialist low power x86 PC motherboards start at around 10Watts before you add things like hard disks, etc.
these cost a lot of money.

if you intend to use an old 2nd hand motherboard then expect to burn 50Watts minimum with a small HDD and minimal memory.

a 2nd hand laptop is a far better low power option but expect one of those to still draw around 20Watts. (although the battery problem is already solved.)


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You wouldn't necessarily need a HDD. You could use a usb stick memory. But as you said, one would probably get off much better with a laptop.
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