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    Getting sick and tired of my previous setup that involved using a screw-down terminal for the various power wires that came in and out of my case, I invested in some 9 pin molex connectors, some pins, and a molex crimper. The end result was this on the outside:

    and this on the inside of the case:


    Another added bonus to this connector system is the ablity to bring it into the house and plug it in using another male connnector that I have wired to the external 12v psu that came with the case's original power supply. This makes it really easy to do major software tweaks, etc if need be.

    I also cleaned up my wiring a bit including rewiring the power wires, the ide cable, and some other random wires; as well as adding a blower fan in the empty pci slot:


    Further improving the cooling inside of the case, I rigged up a fan above my M1-atx using a hacked up pci slot blank:


    Lastly, I added a little bit of lighting to the inside of the case with a little led light. took off the molex passthrough setup that came with it and wired it directly to the psu wiring harness:


    And here's a shot of the outside of the case:

    I don't have any pictures of it installed atm, the setup that I had before worked fine, but I'm not 100% happy with it. It was screwed down to a shelf located below the 6x9s in my grand am; the shelf could swing down on a piano hinge (located near the back seats) allowing easy access, but I don't quite trust the brackets that I had setup to hold the shelf in the upright position.

  • #2
    thats pretty ingenious. do you have any pics of how you connect it inside your house. an also what case is that?
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    • #3
      Do you realy need all those blower in the box ????
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      • #4
        my case is going to have at least 3 because the temps in texas get to at least 100 degrees outside for most of the year. i dont even want to imagine what its like inside the truck when im not in it. so yea depending on where you are sometimes it is necessary to have an extra amount of fans
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        • #5
          red lives in texas, and i've seen her post multiple times that she only uses the processor fan, and has never had problems..

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          • #6
            The case: http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...Code=ENC%2D007

            Since its located in the trunk of my black grand am, it has gotten fairly hot in summer, and I have had a couple times where it wouldn't boot due to the heat (I think it was the psu that was giving me trouble). So, the blower may not be completely needed, but since the space was there, I say why not .

            And here's a shot of the adapter I made to connect it inside the house. Notice there is only three pins that go positive and negative 12v as well as the acc turn on wire.

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            • #7
              He might have a system that creates more heat than Red's too. Cool stuff, looks good.
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              • #8
                i guess thats true

                but a damn smart idea on the power connector

                i might have to steal this idea....


                is that just a laptop power brick?

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                • #9
                  It's a 12v power brick that came with the original power supply for the case. I haven't had any problems with it dispite its 5A rating.

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                  • #10
                    haha, 5a? that means its rated at what.., 60watts?

                    -_-;;
                    i guess i'll just get a standard PSU, build a little box for it, and connect it the same way :T

                    good idea tho

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, its only 60w b/c thats what the internal psu that came with it was rated. I have powered the system fine using that psu for hours without a problem, so luckily its not an issue with my setup. I would have just used a a regular pc psu for power, but I didn't have a single one that provided a a steady 12v with enough amperage unless I provided some sort of load on the 5v line (and I didn't want to go out an purchase some high wattage resistors; but it did work fine by plugging a bunch of hard drives in ). Plus, this is a much more compact solution. If you are thinking about purchasing this case though, you can get it with a higher wattage psu and thus a higher wattage 12v adapter.

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                      • #12
                        well, im not going mini or whatever

                        im getting a full size mobo, that i've calculated to be close to 270watts with video card/hard drive/mobo/everything else, and i know that'll be overkill for a car pc, but i want to be removeable, so i can play games in my house, or at a friends house, throw it in the car for gps/music and whatever

                        in the car i'll need an SDC (or 2, rofl), but out of the car i'd need a 300-400watt normal PSU

                        i dont know why i never thought of doing like u did, but i think i'll do what you did :T

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