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    ok, well i have a 300W inverter and i was going to use that. Then i see these DC-DC power supplys. That seems like alot better solution. I used one of those online calculators and it said 275 is the max it would ever use. I have like a 125W PSU in it right now (its an Emachines) and i dont wanna spend alot of money on parts that i cant carry over when i build a custom system just for my car. I just really wanna know what kinda route i should go. Stick with the inverter of go with DC-DC PSU. Im going to be getting a shutdown controller too for the computer. This one here:http://www.dashwerks.com/dw_dssc.php
    edit** just found this HERE would that work for the PSU?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    96' Mercedes Benz C36 -Matte Black-
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  • #2
    that 200w power supply DOES NOT REGULATE THE 12V SUPPLIES.

    I'd suggest getting an OPUS 150W supply. And going with laptop drives and a laptop cd rom drive, with those you should have more than enough power. Plus the OPUS includes a shutdown controller built in!

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    • #3
      If you're under 150 watts, go Opus 150.

      If you're over that, go inverter.

      Check the "FAQ Emporium" on this site for info on powering your PC.
      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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      • #4
        I run my whole system (including monitor) out of a M1-Atx 90W psu
        Via Epia M10000 / 512 DDR / 10gigs 3.5 HD / M1-ATX / Innovatek 7" TS Screen
        Trunk fiberglassing in progress...
        Need GPS / Aux Input / WiFi

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        • #5
          well im kinda streaching my limits on funds for all this. so i think im going to go with the inverter for now and ill get the OPUS when i have enough money.
          Also does the OPUS have all the same features as that shutdown controller does?
          96' Mercedes Benz C36 -Matte Black-
          Status..::... {##------}25%~~ back to planning

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          • #6
            If you get the money to spend, an OPUS really is worth the price. Of course, if you put a lot of work into it, you can get pretty much the same thing from an invertor. OPUS is just quicker/easier to set up. If you know what you're doing, you can get a setup just as good (though not as efficent) as an OPUS.
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            • #7
              well whats the big hype with OPUS, why not this one??
              http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=94
              its about $100 cheaper than the OPUS
              96' Mercedes Benz C36 -Matte Black-
              Status..::... {##------}25%~~ back to planning

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              • #8
                Originally posted by markland556
                well whats the big hype with OPUS, why not this one??
                http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=94
                its about $100 cheaper than the OPUS
                Read the specs.
                The Carnetix is designed to work with certain cases that have a power module in them (like an M1-ATX).
                The Opus will work on any ATX motherboard (assuming the setup meets power limitations... You're not going to be powering your P4EE 3.0 with it!).

                Why the big hype witht he Opus?
                It's an all-in-one power solution, albeit with limited power output. It has a shutdown controller. It survives crank. It's got battery protection. It will start your PC when you turn the key. Opus Solutions stands behind their products and is very helpful (reading the forums confirms this).
                Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                How about the Wiki?



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                • #9
                  does OPUS have remote out to power on amps? if it has, is it delayed 1-2 sec to elliminate loudspeaker bumps?
                  carpc install finished:D
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=578243

                  Cruisin on my own...

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                  • #10
                    Not sure why you'd wan't to run you remote from your opus? Why wouldn't you just tap off the car??
                    Its not the cards you're dealt, its how you play the hand!

                    Originally posted by ryuandwings
                    Where can I get a roll of tin foil?
                    I been looking for that all over the net, but I can't find it.
                    Please help.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cala
                      does OPUS have remote out to power on amps? if it has, is it delayed 1-2 sec to elliminate loudspeaker bumps?
                      No. It's an ATX power supply for a computer, period.
                      You're perfectly capable of reading the specs yourself, aren't you?
                      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                      How about the Wiki?



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                      • #12
                        The Carnetix is an excellent product. I use one. But it is not an all-in-one. It's a voltage regulator with startup/shutdown features built in. It's intended for use with computers that already have a DC power supply built in to them.
                        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.
                        Want to:
                        -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                        -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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                        • #13
                          so the opus is my best choice i guess, thanks
                          96' Mercedes Benz C36 -Matte Black-
                          Status..::... {##------}25%~~ back to planning

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