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    Hello everyone

    I'm new to the scene but I would like your help on the planning of my car PC

    Well let's get to the point, shall we
    Can you tell me if the Opus 90 W Power supply is sufficent for the following PC config :

    Celeron 600 Mhz CPU
    256 Mb RAM
    15 Gb Hard Disk
    Sound On-board
    Riva TNT2 32 Mb Video Card
    DVD-Rom

    or should I use an Opus 150 W ?

    Oh and if someone out there has a car like mine (Renault Clio 1.2 16V - 2002 Version) I would be happy if he/she could tell me the best spot to put the LCD Touchscreen

    Thanks
    Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

    CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
    [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

  • #2
    Yes the 90 will be sufficient enough to run that setup but you might want to consider the future. You might wanna more powerful machine in the future so I would consider the 150.
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    • #3
      Yes might buy the 150 W version for future updates on the machine Thanks krypt2nite
      Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

      CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
      [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

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      • #4
        I bought the 150W - as it will use less power with a less powerful board, and less pople have had 'issues' with them I think

        You might need a bigger HDD - depends on how many MP3s you want

        What are you planning for the screen? VGA touchscreen is a good bet (Xenarc/Lilliput)
        Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
        Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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        • #5
          Hi stevieg

          Yes I thought of a bigger HDD...but for now because of my low budget, I want to keep it low cost...maybe in a month or two I'll manage to buy one

          I was thinking buying a 7" Lilliput from CarTFT.com...is this a good choice ?

          Thanks
          Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

          CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
          [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

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          • #6
            do you already have the 15gb HD? just look around you can find them very cheap.
            for refrence, samsung 160gb's go for 99$.

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            • #7
              Yes I already have the 15 Gb HDD. I forgot to mention but the config I'm planning to use is my girlfriend's old computer She doesn't need it anymore (bought a new one), so I figured I could use it for my CarPC Project

              Sounds like $99 isn't much...maybe I'll save a little bit and buy one next month

              Thanks
              Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

              CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
              [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kusanagi_Kei
                Hi stevieg

                Yes I thought of a bigger HDD...but for now because of my low budget, I want to keep it low cost...maybe in a month or two I'll manage to buy one

                I was thinking buying a 7" Lilliput from CarTFT.com...is this a good choice ?

                Thanks
                I got my Lilliput from cartft.com and I've been very happy with it, so yes I would say it's a good choice.

                One good thing with using a mid-life HDD like a 15GB is that you probably know it works fine by now so if it does break (unusual) you know it's not that it was a faulty drive to start with. When you get a new one, make sure you run it through it's paces on a desktop machine first to check for any defects before putting it in the car pc!
                Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the advice stevieg For now I'll use the 15 Gb HDD (like some sort of temporary storage device) until I buy the new one

                  Ah by the way, great site stevieg I'm curious about your software development for your car, can't wait to see the results
                  Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

                  CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
                  [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

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                  • #10
                    Welcome Kusanagi Kei, I lived in the Algarve (Carvoeiro) many years ago. It was an awesome place to live, but I hear its spoiled by the tourists.
                    For now I would recommend just using a cheapo inverter, the Lilliput alone will run you $300.00, plus cables, etc. By the time you're done you'll easily have $500.00 spent. and that's using the pc that you allready have, with that 15Gig HD (nothing wrong with that)
                    This way you'll at least have a carputer running. I think it's better to do a "cheap" install first, this way you'll get better ideas and knowledge along the way and end up with a better plan for the 2nd carputer. (Than sell your first one)
                    Good luck...
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                    • #11
                      Welcome Kusanagi Kei, I lived in the Algarve (Carvoeiro) many years ago. It was an awesome place to live, but I hear its spoiled by the tourists.
                      For now I would recommend just using a cheapo inverter, the Lilliput alone will run you $300.00, plus cables, etc. By the time you're done you'll easily have $500.00 spent. and that's using the pc that you allready have, with that 15Gig HD (nothing wrong with that)
                      This way you'll at least have a carputer running. I think it's better to do a "cheap" install first, this way you'll get better ideas and knowledge along the way and end up with a better plan for the 2nd carputer. (Than sell your first one)
                      Good luck...
                      Hello Muldrick

                      Oh yes Carvoeiro Nice place but you heard right...it's too spoiled by the many tourist that visit this part of Algarve every year I dated a girl from Faro, that's not far away

                      Thanks for the advice I don't want to spend a lot of money right now...I would consider buying the inverter but I'm a little bit confused on buying the inverter or saving a little bit of money for the opus...well gotta think a little bit more on this

                      Thanks
                      Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

                      CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
                      [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

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                      • #12
                        Save money on inverter and put it towards Opus, it will cost you less in the long run to get it right first time.

                        Believe me, I have used inverter (with 2 desktop PSUs), morex dc-dc (on it's own), then with the ITPS, then an Opus, and only the Opus has worked.

                        The Morex and a Carnetix CNX-P1260 is now sitting in my dad's car and working perfectly. The inverter and ITPS have since been thrown in the bin.


                        Garry
                        Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
                        www.aimee.cc

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                        • #13
                          I would advise you to go for the xenarc screen instead. reason being i've had two lilliputs and both have had a touch screen fault about 3 months into there life. If you check the forums out i'm not alone. The xenarc just seems that little bit better quality and brighter.. I just wish I spent the extra few bucks in the first place.

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                          • #14
                            Oh yeah, I also recommend the Xenarc. I've seen and used both a Lilliput (my mate's) and 2 Xenarc (older - my dad's, newest - mine) and even the older Xenarc is better than the Lilliput, and the newer one is even better still. I can still see the Xenarc in the direct sunlight, but the Lilliput - no chance.

                            My mate is now saving up for a Xenarc, and wishing he'd not bought the Lilliput


                            Garry
                            Co-Developer of A.I.M.E.E
                            www.aimee.cc

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the advices Confused and CdRSkuLL Yes I've been seeing through the forum that people are a little more fond of the Xenarc display. Didn't think that the Lilliput was so problematic... Since the Xenarc is also available on CarTFT.com, maybe I give it a try Gotta save a little bit more, but if it's worth it I don't mind
                              Greetings from Portugal :) Where the sun always shine bright...well I think.. :D

                              CarPC Project - Multimedia eXperience
                              [...................................] - 0 % Complete (Still on planning stage)

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