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    Hey im new to this and i want to put a carpc into my 2000 dodge neon.
    I dont have alot of money and will be doing eveything myself(not skilled at all)
    I have a bunch of questions so bear with me.

    Will i have to have a head unit or can i connect my carpc to my audio directly.
    Can i use one of my existing computers that are atx form.
    Will the heat of georgia affect the carpc (95 degrees outside probably over 100 degrees farenhight inside.)
    Can i sitck this thing in my trunk and wire my dvd rom drive up front.
    Lastly where should i put the lcd screen and what screen should i get.
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      Will i have to have a head unit or can i connect my carpc to my audio directly.

      You don't have to have a headunit, many prefer to use one though because it is simpler for many to route the PC as AUX-IN through the headunit, plus then if your PC is down your not stuck without music.

      Can i use one of my existing computers that are atx form.

      The concern here is power, currently as far as DC-DC goes 250w seems to be the max. Its doubtful a regular ATX is under 250w, but possible. There is the option of an inverter (basically sticks a normal plug in your car) but that gives off a lot of heat and isn't a garunteed fix.

      Will the heat of georgia affect the carpc (95 degrees outside probably over 100 degrees farenhight inside.)

      Computers run in that heat, you may need to play around with cooling but I'm pretty sure carputers are common in the south and other hot places.

      Can i sitck this thing in my trunk and wire my dvd rom drive up front.

      Yes most people install in the trunk, and then run the screen and optical drive up to the front. Others include USB ports, card readers, additional screens, keyboards, etc. as well.

      Lastly where should i put the lcd screen and what screen should i get.

      Well honestly I would reccomend a motorized in-dash fold-out screen for you. Pricier, but that neon dash doesn't look very PC friendly (very curvey) and you could *try* fabricating it, but if you doubt your own skills before you even get started in-dash motorized may be your best bet. This stick in like a regular HU and pop out. Search for reviews, but the two most common here are Xenarc and Lilliput. The general concensus appears to be you get what you pay for, the Xenarc is better but most seem happy with their Lilliput (from what I have seen).
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      Planning (Phase I)
      |||||++++++| 40% Making Final Pre-Purchase Plans
      Car Stereo (Phase II)
      |||||||||++| 80% - Building box, getting ready to wire
      Carputer (Phase III)
      ||+++++++++| 10% Desiging CarPC case

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        Well honestly I would reccomend a motorized in-dash fold-out screen for you. Pricier, but that neon dash doesn't look very PC friendly (very curvey) and you could *try* fabricating it, but if you doubt your own skills before you even get started in-dash motorized may be your best bet. This stick in like a regular HU and pop out. Search for reviews, but the two most common here are Xenarc and Lilliput. The general concensus appears to be you get what you pay for, the Xenarc is better but most seem happy with their Lilliput (from what I have seen).
        I agree that the indash is the best way to go. Ive looked at the ones from digitalww but they look cheap; I think ill get a Xenerac indash if i can afford it. But if I do this I will have to get rid of my head unit correct? Then I will need to buy an amp to connect my computer to the speakers, won't this cost me another $70. And I wont have good fm or am.

        Also I've heard about the sproggy power supply but it seems about as expensive as two Opus power supplies. I havent seen many alternatives to opus.

        Also where do you think i should put my dvd rom drive since my computer will be in the back(if i get around to building it).

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