Figured I should make a new thread, since its a new project, technically.
Estimated size when complete: 7"x5"x1"-1.5". (cant be sure on thickness till I have all my parts).
AMD E-350 1.6ghz dual core
HD 4200 graphics
4gb DDr3 1333
Micron C300 SSD 128gb, 1.8"
5" 640x480 touchscreen (Dalian)
11.1v 5Ah battery (probably)
Custom controls, full standard controller (psp style sticks, unless anyone has a better idea)
I was able to set my desktop up to be very similar to the final system (which should be headed towards me in an airplane)
I pulled my video card, and slapped in an old Athlon x2 (2.1ghz, underclocked to 1.4) into my desktop, which has HD 4200 integrated Graphics. I hooked up the SSD and did some tests due to being very antsy about using this SSD. My desktop is also slower as far as RAM and SATA are concerned. (ddr2 667 and SATA II)
Running tiny7 (win 7 ultimate 32 gutted) I got very impressive performance.
-Boots in 15 seconds.
-Games come up instantly.
-Oblivion at 30 FPS, no speedhacks, low quality preset
-Mirrors Edge at medium/low runs great
-Mass Effect 2 runs quite well, and I copied the installation, which rendered it unplayable last time I did it. (has to do with loading the wrong optimization files. On systems that can barely run it, having the wrong files renders it unplayable. It did not here, meaning a real installation will run great)
-L4d runs awesome at medium. No lag even in crescendo events.
-Borderlands runs fine at medium/low.
It should also be noted that this particular 4200, which is older than the APU version, handles clocking extremely well. I was able to push the clock to 1100mhz (over base 500mhz) with a substantial increase in performance (+800 3dmarks in 3dmark 06). Hopefully the APU version will also clock this well.
I am expecting my motherboard within the week (shipping from london, Payment cleared saturday, UPS express saver international) so hopefully I will be able to start actually doing something beyond screwing with my current PC.
Things that need to be solved:
-I want an application launcher. This may not be necessary, but its possible my screen is too small to be finger friendly with desktop shortcuts. If it is, I would like a grid based application launcher to make the interface much more finger friendly. I am thinking of running something like toolbox
, which is fully customizable. However, if theres any beter alternatives, Id love to hear about em.
-Havent decided on an AVR chip to use for my controls. I plan on using the HID standard and an AVR dev board to build my controls (then xpadder to interface with games). I just am unsure which board to use. The teensyAVR has my eye (thanks for pointing it out, XCVG) but I have very little wiggle room in my budget, and if I could get a clone of that or something for cheaper it would be good. Just needs to be small and have enough inputs for a standard controller (4-6 analog, ~14 IO)
-Analog sticks. PSP ones suck. The ones in those pandora gamepads are better, but theres not enough money left for 2 of those to gut for analogs. I have some tiny analogs from a retrocon, but they have tall nubs on them. I need something like on the PSP2, or better slide analogs than a PSP.
-not particularly important, but colour scheme. Version one was gonna be black and lime green, but seeing as how this version isnt Nvidia based, that seems...wrong.
-Needs a name! PCP2 is all generic. This is my baby and I wanna show my motherly love with a sweet name. Hmm, gotta name it after a character in a good movie....."Toothless" doesnt really work though. Any suggestions?
Current trends place us at *incoherent male orgasm screaming* by late 2013