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    With no other modifications, what is the opinion of the best place to place a computer, behind glovebox (worried about heat from engine), in glovebox (worried about ventalation), in trunk (worried about heat in summer)? I live in NYC. Thanks.

  • #2
    what kind of car are we talking about?
    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
    "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


    next project? subaru brz
    carpc undecided

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    • #3
      Infiniti M35X

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      • #4
        i would mount it just below the parcel shelf in the trunk.
        My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
        "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


        next project? subaru brz
        carpc undecided

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        • #5
          lol, I didn't know I had one of those...whatever that is. Care to clue me in on exactly what that is and where it is in my trunk?

          Thanks.

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          • #6
            the deck that the rear speakers are bolted to is typically referred to as the parcel shelf or rear deck. right below that is optimum imo because it keeps it off the trunk floor and mostly out of the way maintaining trunk space.
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


            next project? subaru brz
            carpc undecided

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            • #7
              That sounds like a good idea, bolt it to the underneath, seems like an easy and clean install. How would the magnet from the sub affect the computer? It is not enclosed and will be about a foot or so away from the zotac...it's a 10" I believe, pretty strong I would think.

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              • #8
                i really can't come up with a reason that it should mess with it-- it is a constant force, and much of pc's are non magnetic, so i don't believe that it will adversely affect the pc.
                My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                next project? subaru brz
                carpc undecided

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                • #9
                  One more thing. I might mount a quiet fan on the parcel shelf. Should it blow air into the trunk to the computer, or out the trunk into the cabin?

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                  • #10
                    the age-old question...

                    i am lead to believe that setting it up to blow across the carpc components will provide the best cooling option.
                    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                    "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                    next project? subaru brz
                    carpc undecided

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                    • #11
                      ...oh really? I didn't know this was a debate. I thought there was simply a proper way to do this and I didn't know. I've actually wondered about this quite a few times when building home PCs, but never really cared to look into it; viewing the home PCs as not that critical to get right the first time. Thanks for letting me know. I will take your advise and now do some more research.
                      PS, I've always set it up to blow on the computer as well.

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                      • #12
                        it's kind of like the 'best hard drive for car use' debate. while the physics and theories easily say that 2.5" drives are more durable because of less moving mass, but reality has not shown the same thing. guys have run 3.5" drives through car wrecks with zero issues, and others can't get a 2.5" drive to last a year.

                        the concept behind mounting it blowing into the trunk from the cabin is that it will push cool air into the trunk. i think it is like trying to drain the ocean with a bucket.
                        same for blowing the hot air of the trunk into the cabin.

                        neither does anything for directly cooling the hardware, just making cooler air available to the hardware.. like making you run 5 miles, and putting a table of nice cool water a mile away from the finish line. sure you'll get to it, but you'll be a whole lot happier if i bring the cool water to you at the finish line..

                        now, in really hot areas, it can be a good option to do, but i don't think it should be the only option-- it helps give cool air to the hardware, but doesn't completely fix the issue of cooling the hardware..

                        basically, if i had to choose only one of the 3 options, pushing air across the hardware makes the most sense to me, as any hot hardware can be cooled slightly by air moving across it.

                        but a combo of all 3 options is really the best case scenario.

                        that is, one fan to push cool air into the trunk, with a fan or ducting to push that cool air across the hardware, with either another fan or more ducting to push the air back into the cabin.

                        just like carpc's, there is no cut-and-dried answer
                        My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                        "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                        next project? subaru brz
                        carpc undecided

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