Friday, December 30, 2011

VIA VE-900 project request

By Chuck Hajdu

About a month ago we posted an announcement for the new VIA VE-900 mainboard. It’s a very cool little board that has some real power and can be built into any number of systems.

In the past we’ve built quite a few VIA kits, including server and desktops. We’ve received a sample board from VIA and 8GB of DDR3 1066 RAM from our memory vendor friends. We already have hard drives on hand from WDC so we’re just about ready to go.

The next step is to actually design our system and that is where we’re looking for input. What should we build? Here are a couple of things we’ve thought about in the past:

1- an ammo can computer using a surplus Russian 7.62x54R can with dummy cartridges!!
2- an engine block from a Porsche 928 turned into a coffee table computer!!
3- gutting an ancient 286 “luggable” and turning it into a usable computer again

We’re asking our readers to send us some suggestions. What should we build?

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