How does this look? Building my first CarPC...
I'm building my first carPC, and really my first PC altogether and have done a lot of reading on how to pick out the most reasonable options for components. Here's what I've come up with so far. Keep in mind the main functionality here is going to be music, DVDs, navigation, web browsing and possibly engine management in the future. I'm trying to build a little more than what I need right now to allow for expandability in the future. I could very well be on completely the wrong track so please correct me if I am, but what do you think?
Processor (will this work w/ the mobo?):
Memory (they all look the same other than 1GB, 2GB, etc. Any tips?):
Hard Drive (don't really know what the difference is other than price):
Screen (something like this, don't really know much about these yet):
I am aiming for let's say just under competition level sound quality for music. I have a 350Z so I won't be running any rear speakers, but I will be running a nice amped 2-way component set and probably a single 10" or pair of 10" SQ subs. For sound I am trying to decide whether I should get a different sound card or run the onboard sound through an external EQ/signal processor.
For memory, I am thinking 2 gigs will be plenty to start with and will have me running smoothly in all applications, especially if I want to be running, say, GPS and music at the same time.
The last thing I need to decide on is a power supply. Any suggestions there? The reason I chose that particular processor is because it is high FSB, high speed and fairly low power consumption. as far as the other stuff though, I'm not sure how much power it will use. On top of the carPC power, I will also be using probably 100-200W RMS on the comps up front and 500-600W RMS total or so on the sub(s).
I guess I will also need a DVDRW or something, but that is a minor detail I can work out later. Some help on picking out the best screen would be cool too.
As far as my skill level with this stuff, though I've never built a carPC before, I have done probably 300 competition level SPL and SQ sound systems. I can also do custom fabrication w/ fiberglass. I plan on making this a completely stealth install (going as far as keeping the factory head unit in the stock location and just leaving the lights hooked up).
Bottom line, I want to plan everything out right down to the circuit breakers/fuses/wiring before I make ANY purchases (including audio stuff) because once I do that all I need to do is buy it and put it in, minimizing down time. I think I am well on my way but just need some tips from people that have done this before.
Any help will be GREATLY appreciated! :peace: