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    This is part of phase one of my car pc project. I have taken a perfectly good amplifier and gutted it to use as my pc case. I chose an MB Quart DSC 450. One it is a discontinued product so I got it for about the price of a regular mini itx case. Two it has a height of 2.5" so i can easily get a low profile cpu cooler in it. Three the amp comes with vents in the top to aid in cooling. (I may enlarge those)

    Here are some pics from my crappy cell phone.

    Mal
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    Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
    Gear: [90%]
    Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

  • #2
    I am a pc tech so like all pc techs I have spare pc parts at my disposal. I cut up a matx case for the motherboard mount. I wil have to cut it further, but here is the preliminary fit mock up. The white wire is the stock power indicator led lead I will adapt as my pc power indicator.

    Mal
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    Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
    Gear: [90%]
    Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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    • #3
      Asus board mounted. Salvaged motherboard mount was too high, so i used 1/8" nylon spacers.

      Mal
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      Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
      Gear: [90%]
      Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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      • #4
        Now I have to get an endplate cut. Going monday to the waterjet shop.

        Mal
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        Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
        Gear: [90%]
        Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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        • #5
          i gotta admit-- it looks really weird to see computer connections in a amp.

          next thing you know, people are gonna be asking you where you got a MB Quart computer..

          great work so far!!
          My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
          "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


          next project? subaru brz
          carpc undecided

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          • #6
            Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
            i gotta admit-- it looks really weird to see computer connections in a amp.

            next thing you know, people are gonna be asking you where you got a MB Quart computer..

            great work so far!!
            If I counter-sink the amp when I mount it, no one will see the computer connections. Im hoping they will ask where I mounted the computer not how I got one from MB Quart.

            Mal
            Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
            Gear: [90%]
            Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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            • #7
              Totally cool idea! Especially if you have 3 of that same amp counter sunk in a row or something! If not, Why not paint that case? ****, for a custom look I'd paint exposed amps anyway!

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              • #8
                very nice work! i like this!

                may do something like this in the future.
                trinybwoy

                2006 Mazda6 Carpc

                2008 Acura TSX Nexus 7

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by swiat34 View Post
                  Totally cool idea! Especially if you have 3 of that same amp counter sunk in a row or something!
                  I plan to get two more when Im done with the pc. One for the front and rear speakers. The other bridged for a dual voice coil sub.

                  Mal
                  Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
                  Gear: [90%]
                  Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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                  • #10
                    How many channel /watt are they? Must be 4, huh.

                    Oh ****! I didn't realize you can't say "****" on here! hehe oops

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by swiat34 View Post
                      How many channel /watt are they?

                      4 x 50 W @ 4 Ohms, 4 x 100 W @ 2 Ohms, 2 x 200 W @ 4 Ohms

                      Mal
                      Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
                      Gear: [90%]
                      Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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                      • #12
                        Hmmmm I have an old Jensen amp in my garage collecting dust. Now I have ideas to save me $20 in sheetmetal. Pretty sweet.
                        '05 Magnum RT
                        CarPC coming soon. Hopefully end of 2010.
                        Parts left to buy-
                        Monitor, Bybyte frame, Axxess hook up, Sheet metal for double din case.

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                        • #13
                          Quick update.

                          Got a Kingston 30GB V-Series SSD. It is 2.5". Mounted it to the top of the amp so that it hangs. I also got a HD sled that allows me to mount two 2.5" drives in the space of one 3.5" drive. I will mount a second (but not SSD) 2.5" HD ,1TB for data, once my endplates come back from the waterjet shop.

                          Waiting on:
                          • Endplates
                          • CPU
                          • Power Supply (Opus 360)
                          • Memory

                          All has been ordered, just waiting for them to arrive. Pics to come:

                          Mal
                          Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
                          Gear: [90%]
                          Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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                          • #14
                            Got all my parts and I am pretty much done. System is an Asus M4A88T-I w/ an AMD Athlon II x4 2.4GHz 45W CPU. Memory is 4GB DDR3 PC3-10600 SODIMM. Got the plates back from waterjet shop and they fit perfect except the video slot. Filed the opening out some and it fit perfectly. Then painted the end plates black.

                            Connected my Opus 360 to a spare ATX PSU and tested the pc. All worked except the video (go figure). I think is because I was adapting the DVI to VGA through two adapters. The board and PSU LEDs were green (as well as the adapted MB Quart LED which was red), so I am sure once I get my touchscreen all will be fine.

                            My Opus would not fit in the amp chassis. I learned amplifier dimensions refer to the outer dimensions not inner. So I lost about .5" in every direction. I ordered a project box to mount my Opus in. Once I get that and my monitor and extend and solder all my connections I will be completely done with phase one of my project.

                            So here are the promised pics :
                            Mal

                            PS Anyone want some 4ch MB Quart guts to play with, let me know.
                            Attached Files
                            Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
                            Gear: [90%]
                            Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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                            • #15
                              Awesome.
                              '05 Magnum RT
                              CarPC coming soon. Hopefully end of 2010.
                              Parts left to buy-
                              Monitor, Bybyte frame, Axxess hook up, Sheet metal for double din case.

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