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    Is it safe to put a computer in the car with a 3.2 intel celeron D and 1 gig RAM on it? I am trying to decide between using an old laptop or building my own . I prefer a micro atx instead of a itx board because it is cheaper and more options. My concerns are power and heat, I plan on putting it under my seat (Honda CRV) in a custom case. Can ayone give me their input or suggestions?

    With a Micro ATX setup, what are my best options for power? Opus?

    Thanks guys!

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    umm, ur probably gonna get flamed for this.. (but not by me )

    power? get a big enough inverter and you'll be fine, heat? with that processor your probably gonna get a lot of heat, and i dont think you'll be able to cool it very well in a case that fits under your seat

    if you want suggestions or ideas, i'd strongly recommend searching, or looking in the worklog/show your ride sections

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    • #3
      dont go the inverter way.. is a poor mans fix to be honest... it uses lots more power and you can also if you buy a cheap one which isnt a true sign invertor cause damage and at best get interferance in your sound.. I do think however the 3.2 celeron might be a bit much just to run mp3's on etc.. I would be tempt to look at there power rating.. ie how many watts they draw as a cpu.. some are alot lower than others... I would prob go for a M2 DC-DC PSU which also has a built in shutdown controller, something else which you dont get with an invertor. There are lots of F.A.Q's about this and that.. have a search around the forums, its more a case that only you can decide in the end whats good for you rather than people telling you.. it all depends on your needs and your budget and your car..

      hope some of this info helps

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CdRsKuLL View Post
          I do think however the 3.2 celeron might be a bit much just to run mp3's on etc.. I would be tempt to look at there power rating.. ie how many watts they draw as a cpu..
          this is what i meant, with that processor could be more than what the sdc's can handle

          well, with mobo, processor, hd's, fans, screens and whatever

          granted he could just get 2 sdc's connected together, but, inverter is easier for a lot of people :T

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TheTreeHouse View Post
            Is it safe to put a computer in the car with a 3.2 intel celeron D and 1 gig RAM on it? I am trying to decide between using an old laptop or building my own . I prefer a micro atx instead of a itx board because it is cheaper and more options. My concerns are power and heat, I plan on putting it under my seat (Honda CRV) in a custom case. Can ayone give me their input or suggestions?

            With a Micro ATX setup, what are my best options for power? Opus?
            This thread wil help you determine a suitable power supply and/or what hardware you could use with a specific power supply: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=68636

            I agree with CdRsKull in that an inverter is a half-ased solution. A couple years ago when there werent' as many DC-DC PSU options available, it was the only viable method for powering systems more powerful than Via's EPIA motherboards based ont he C3 CPU. Now that there are better DC-DC PSUs on the market, only the most power-hungry setups require an inverter.
            The CPU manufacturers (Intel & AMD) are also producing more & more low-power CPUs, making the need to install a power-gobbling system a foolish venture anymore.
            Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
            How about the Wiki?



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            • #7
              I don't agree that putting a high power system is a waste, i have a PIII 1GHz System, unfortunatly this system is will not do standby, also i have to upgrade it to decent video and USB2.0 and a new sound card, all had to be Low Profile and cost more than what i could have a got a 2.5GHz P4 from Ebay for a Spare MB i have, also ram for that MB cost me 20euros from ebay also.

              I like my music asap for the long drive to work. Its no good to me if by the time im leaving the estate its only starting then as i only drive 5 mins to work, i believe with Frontends getting more complex like Centrefuse as an example a high power system is an advatage, also the fact that a lot of us work in IT and can gain access to the parts for near nothing is another big factor.

              The only part that will cost me any real amount is the Opus 250 and until thats fully released il work on my new MDF Case :-)

              This new system will cost me about 300euro for a big upgrade, far less than the 300euro + cpu's people are putting into there cars.
              P4 Celeron 2.2 - 512MB - OPUS 250 - Audigy SE - BU353 - HQCT - No Speakers though :-(

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