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    Need a double din car pc.

    Hello guys from Greece.

    I am very happy that i found this fora.

    Anyway lets go to point.

    Some days ago i bought a new car. This car has a built in navi and a cd player from VW.

    The problem is that the cd player doenst play mp3's and the navi need to have a cdrom inside to play.

    Anyway after a lot of thinking we ve decided to go for a new unit. And here comes the help that i want.

    Basically the needs are navigation dvd player and music player. I can find this kind of things through ebay but i am thinking that maybe foolish to pay these kind of maney when with little more i can have a pc .

    The basic problem on the pc itself is that i dont know a lot . I mean i have a double din space but i am not sure what kind of mobo should i buy to fit in the double din .

    On the other hand i have seen some pico - itx mobos but they are expensive. I know that i could go to a solution with the main pc could enter below the driver's seat but i dont want to remove parts from the car for the cables to reach from the screen to the seat.

    Except this my need is to install another 2 monitors for the kids to watch dvd's.

    So as you can see these are what i want.

    a) installation on the doulble din space
    b) a detachable lcd screen.
    c) gps and radio to be attached on the pc.

    I know some about computers but nothing of car pcs.

    My needs are . A case that could fit my 2007 VW double din. dont care about the cpus but i would like the option to be upgradable some tinme in the future.

    i hope you will be able to understand what i am asking for.

    thanks in advance guys.
    pavlos

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    i really don't like the idea of putting a carpc in the dash-- it usually requires almost just as much work as mounting it anywhere else, mostly because you then need to start thinking about ventilation--and getting that done correctly can be very time consuming depending on the car..

    i have not read very many amazing reviews of pico-itx boards-- they seem to get the job done, but are not super fast, which can be a problem when you try to change songs..

    have you looked at head units like the pioneer AVIC series? not sure if they are available near you, but they have models that will cover everything you want to do for about the same price as a carpc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i really don't like the idea of putting a carpc in the dash-- it usually requires almost just as much work as mounting it anywhere else, mostly because you then need to start thinking about ventilation--and getting that done correctly can be very time consuming depending on the car..

    i have not read very many amazing reviews of pico-itx boards-- they seem to get the job done, but are not super fast, which can be a problem when you try to change songs..

    have you looked at head units like the pioneer AVIC series? not sure if they are available near you, but they have models that will cover everything you want to do for about the same price as a carpc..
    Since you already know how to assemble a PC you should be good. Order a second bezel that is made for your car, then fab the PC as part of the bezel(check my worklog if you are confused as to what I'm talking about). Notice that the PC internals are not enclosed behind the dash in my installation(which greatly improves cooling). Keep in mind you may have to relocate a control or two, but since you already have a 2Dinn space, this should be minimal.

    Keep in mind that his was also my 1st install. My next one is gonna be way better, since now I know what to look for as far as hardware is concerned(a SSD drive for example to increase speed and durability of the PC in a car environment).
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