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Please help yet again. I am looking forward to developing a large scale Internet Cafe but I do not want to use the CPU Casing for my systems. I plan instead to screw my Motherboards and Hard-disks under the browsing table, the Keyboard and Mouse (i intend using cordless) Disk Drives, Camera and Headphones - I intend using usb All these to run on AMD Boards (equivalent to P4, 2.5ghz, 256mb Ram, etc Can U advice? Can U link me up the best Boards (with everything on Board) The Hard Disks - Minimum 20-40GB - what type? Ram - 256 SDRAM (Or is there anyone better?) Any better and newer advice please? thanks
ASKED: November 16, 2004  8:26 AM
UPDATED: November 17, 2004  10:14 AM

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Probably not a good idea to mount hardware sub-table. recommend all-in-one units like IBM netvista, with limited HD. You don’t want to encourage local storage. As far as speed, unless you are gaming, then concentrate on high memory, high memory display card, and good bandwidth.

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  • Firstjos
    Thanks a lot Honestly - I know what I want and screwing the motherboard under the table is a novel idea i Ma introducing into the Internet Cafe world Its a novel idea - cut costs - and is neat So that aspect is not an issue anymore What I am concerned about is the area of Hardware etc that I should purchase etc Can u advice on what type of Board - (It has to be AMD) and I want a speed of P4, 256MB and all peripherals on board thanks
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  • Imaginetsecurity
    I agree that you should not mount the system outside of it's case. If you are simply going to be providing Internet access and not gaming you might consider using terminals instead of full systems. I deployed Internet access into 2,700 rooms for a major Las Vegas casino using just terminals and a hub for private laptops. Terminals have very small footprints and can be mounted securely under desks. Some are even integrated into the monitors so you only need to secure the monitor to the station via a cable lock, plug in your peripherals, power and Ethernet and you are done. They all have USB ports (I would be concerned with a "large" Inet Cafe using all wireless devices as they might grow legs and walk. Maybe consider using mice that dangle off the KB instead) so you could use the intended peripheral devices. They all have sound cards that headphones or speakers can be plugged into. They have their OS on a flash card so your drive space is automatically limited and you generally have much more control of the user experience with them. The manufacturers provide (some for charge others for free) management software to remotely manage the devices as a group. This reduces administrative overhead which you will experience more of with full systems. Most times, an image can be restored in less than a minute if something was messed up. They do not have moving parts so normal wear can be significantly reduced. Heat dissipation is a primary concern so make sure they are well ventilated wherever you might mount them. Their OS can either be a compact Windows or full Linux, again depending on your need. Most vendors will offer free installation support (customization of images, training, etc.) for volume purchases. If you are considering offering gaming then you I would suggest you invest in full systems with good graphics, decent monitors, lots of memory, large HD to play the games at levels customers would pay to stay in your Cafe. You would then need to consider more security on the local machines via policies or other localized restrictions.
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  • Cschuett
    Asus X Series are cheap boards and very good. I think it's the Asus A7V400-MX. Get that and a Sempron 2400. I can put the computers together for about 300. I go with Hitachi hard drives. You won't be using SDRam though. It'll be PC2700 DDR. Do not screw the boards into the table though. That's a recipe for disaster. I also go with an Antec case. I can't remember the specific model, but it's around 60 dollars and well worth it. Good, solid case and not expensive. That's the computer I build for friends and family who don't need much, just a solid little computer and don't want to spend a lot.
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