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Old 10-27-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Good Links for Component Shopping

I've decided to attempt construction of my own mobile device.

Sadly, I can't seem to find any good component sources out there ... I'd hate to just pull apart a bunch of consumer devices to farm out what I want. (I'd also hate buying all of those devices.)

Does anyone know of a good starting point for component shopping? "Replacement" parts would be optimal, since I don't plan on buying in bulk.

I'll need antennae for UMTS, CDMA, WiFi, and LTE as well as controllers, a touch screen, micro keyboard, x86 SoC (maybe an Atom or similar), and other such things.

I'll be able to fabricate a chassis to suit whatever I decide to go with. Battery and transformer selection will come before that and after everything else, of course, but that's no problem; lots to pick from there.

Thanks in advance.
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Normally, Dalco is my first stop when I'm looking for computer-related stuff. I've used them for years and have always gotten good value and prompt delivery.

Radio Shack is still the "national chain" place to go for board-level components, such as capacitors and resistors, unless you have a local electronic supply house, but they wouldn't be my first choice for a complete unit, such as hard drive.

If you have a good, trustworthy second-hand computer shop, they might be an option; the one I used to use before I moved also sold a lot of second-hand parts rescued from dead computers.

Good luck.


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