Ive put together a computer and entertainment center for Magic that may seems to be working out well. After researching power consumption
I went with the atom processor that won all the green awards in a small compact box.
ZOTAC ZBOX ID15 [ZBOX-ID15-U]
I installed 4 gig of memory and a remanufactered 160 gig hdd both for $60
I use this for a monitor
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I installed Linux
Ubuntu 12.04 lts and opencpn
with the full set of enc
and ienc charts
from noaa and mil sites.
some other misc purchases were, usb optical drive, usb rf keyboard and mouse, hdmi cable, 3,5mm audio cable, wireless usb dongle, articulating wall mount for tv. I have around $450 invested but now I can watch mpegs, or dvds, check navigation
below listen to vast music
collection etc... with full power
usage like watching dvd
with computer on run thru sound system will be using around 6- 8 amps. I like the external usb peripherals., i bought a 7 port usb hub that has switches on each outlet so you can only turn on what your using to save power consumption
., Now more solar
and get wind
gen fixed to handle the extra amp draw,.
I will add a large cap external hard drive loaded with media.