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    Hi all,
    New here. Just became interested in the idea of a carputer. I have been reading the forums for about a week and noticed that most peoples sigs have a progress meter for their pc's. How long does it usually take to build a system? I know that money is always a huge factor, but that aside, what is the average time from start (buying the parts) to finish (working system with all or most of the bugs worked out)?
    I guess an easier question would be: How long did your system take to build?
    Thanks.
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  • #2
    If most are like me, it is always a work in progress. As new things come out or features get added, I try to implement them. My sig is not updated. I have recently added XM and did the Lilliput indash conversion. It is a great hobby and if I ever get finished with it my wife will start finding other things for me to work on.

    Back to your question though. Assuming all parts that you want to implement are on hand already, you could probably have a working system, bug free for the most part in a couple of days. It all really depends what you would like to have into your system. The more you add, the more things you have to make work together the way that you want them to.
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    • #3
      goin 1 1/2 years on mine and still not finished, always adding something new to it.

      agree with sfay93, basic install just a couple of days. friend of mine did his complete on a weekend.
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      • #4
        Mine took a couple of weekends to do but again, it depends on how you measure it. I spent a LOT of time researching, reading, and assembling the parts lists and sources. I pulled the trigger and bought everything in two waves about two weeks apart.

        But that's me. I did some custom fabrication, etc. It can be done much quicker if you don't do fabrication, don't care about wires showing, etc.

        Like most, my install focused on, for example, getting the screen in and leaving the interior of the car in shreds for awhile, then on the actual system install, then on cleaning up the details.

        Since then, I've been adding tweaking, adjusting, removing, reinstaling, upgrading continuously.
        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by john1701
          goin 1 1/2 years on mine and still not finished, always adding something new to it.

          agree with sfay93, basic install just a couple of days. friend of mine did his complete on a weekend.
          I think most agree, it's a labor of love. If you are not into computers or mods to your car, it's probably not the hobby for you. Time is not a concern for most of us, we are just having fun working on our installs.

          BTW, I have been working on mine for more than a year.
          It's the cake having/eating thing.

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          • #6
            It took me about 3 months from planning to finish.
            Well, finish means operational.

            Just like everybody else, I'm planning for next update.
            It's just impossible to runout of ideas.

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            • #7
              For us to create one:about a week....but to build one for yourself:endless!

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              • #8
                for me about six months planning and getting parts, about 4 days install (hardware) 2 weeks wire management, rest time adding stuff and/or updating/upgrading.
                The MC of Florida Car PC Meets
                CAR:2001 Ford Crown Victoria
                PC: Acer EEE 900HA with Win7 with CF 2.0.
                Memory:1G
                Drives:160gig
                WI-FI:Cingular
                GPS:IG2k9
                Screen:Xenarc 700TSV
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                • #9
                  7 weeks from idea to current completion status.

                  I think it is better to plan properly for the first install and be happy with it.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all the info!! Its helping me get a good idea of what it will take to get one going.
                    Spent so far: $1,755
                    Check Out My Work Log for Specs/Pics
                    CarPC Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!].....Installation[---------+].....Pastrami Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
                    Don't mess with Texas.
                    It's not nice to pick on retards!

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                    • #11
                      Took me 5 minutes to get a laptop working in my car back in 99. Spent the next 5 years improving it.
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                      • #12
                        For me
                        about 8 years now
                        tried and tested all aspects got all the t-shirts lol
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                        • #13
                          It's NEVER done. As long as you're "into it", it's always a work in progress.
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