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    Hello, I would like to build a PC for my car. I plan to build an acrylic case for my spare computer parts. I would like to run Microsoft Streets & Tips (or is there a better GPS program w/ locator for Canada?), Webcam (for reverse/night vision), and MP3 / Movies. I plan to purchase a 7" LCD from a local chinese electronics store... or I can splurge $200 CAD more for a touch screen.

    Would this system be adaquete?

    Athlon 900
    512 MB PC133
    GeForce 256 DDR Deluxe or GeForce 3 Ti200 or GeForce 4 Mx(..forogt)
    SoundBlaster Live
    fireball 20 GB
    16x dvd rom
    MX Duo

    What else do I need? Other then a good power inverter. This would be a start, so I dont need anything fancy. Would the text be readable on a 7"?


    Oh, how are 7" lcd usually powered by? and what power supply should I look for in the system listed above? 160, 200, 230 watts are available at my local computer store, what Amperage do I need if I were to power the LCD from my PSU? It gives +12v = 8A, -12v = 0.3A for the 160 watt.

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    Check the FAQ Emporium for a guide on GPS and software for the car. Check the same spot for details about how to power your car PC. There are links to power calculators in that thread.
    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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