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  • Need help for carPC, Mazda 3 2006

    Hi guys, just found out about this website, looks pretty good

    So let's go directly to the point!

    I'm looking to make myself a carPC, here's the components I think I'd be getting;

    Motherboard; http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...c&promoid=1021

    CPU; http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...ufacture=Intel

    RAM; http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...l&promoid=1021

    HDD; http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...20Digital%20WD

    Touchscreen; http://store.mp3car.com/Direct_Fit_D..._p/dsh-021.htm

    My issue is mostly concerning the power supplying, what should I use? (It's the only part that really buggers me)

    The carPC shall be based on Window 7.

    Also I've been wondering, would I need anything on my car such as the battery or alternator or anything that has to do with the electrical parts of the car?

    The PC should go into the massive glove box.

    I also want to add a sub+amp to my audio, but I don't know squat about car electronics mostly Any suggestion for ~300$CND for both?

    Thanks!!

  • #2
    looks like you got most of it under control..

    why the i3 instead of a atom based setup?

    you can use one of the many computer power calculators to determine the systems overall power draw, and then use that to locate a power supply-- probably a m4, or a dsatx though...

    for car audio, most places can usually put together a package deal that fits your budget. you should be able to get a reasonable amp, and sub for that much..
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    • #3
      Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
      looks like you got most of it under control..

      why the i3 instead of a atom based setup?

      you can use one of the many computer power calculators to determine the systems overall power draw, and then use that to locate a power supply-- probably a m4, or a dsatx though...

      for car audio, most places can usually put together a package deal that fits your budget. you should be able to get a reasonable amp, and sub for that much..
      Sure an atom based setup would cost less (much less), but would it be as fast?

      Something like that;

      MB; http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...20MOTHERBOARDS

      RAM; http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...l&promoid=1021

      with the same HDD, that would require a minimum of 75W (125W psu recommended by eXtreme PSU calculator) so this exact DC-DC PSU would be just fine I guess?;

      http://store.mp3car.com/M3_ATX_125_W..._p/pwr-029.htm

      Thanks alot for your input on the atom based setup

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      • #4
        There are FAQs on this site about choosing a power supply....
        They might provide some insight into why soundman recommends what he does, and perhaps why other CPU choices might be better.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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