My PC plans - anything wrong with this system?
Greetings everyone. I've been reading here for a while and have been planning a PC to put in my next car as it doesn't come with a radio. The car will be a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Here is a picture of the dash with the optional deck and gauge pack.
My list of parts is as follows:
40 or 60 Gig hard drive
CD or DVD - undecided
OPUS 150W DC-DC PSU
7" touchscreen from DSCustoms
small keyboard - undecided
mouse - Cirque Easy Cat Touchpad
Linksys USB Wireless Network Card
Kicker KQ5 equalizer and volume control
Kicker KX700.5 Amp driving 4 speakers and a sub
Kicker 10" Comp VR Sub
This car has a double DIN spot for a radio. I plan to put the touchscreen in this location and power it from the 12V rail on the OPUS which will be directly behind the touchscreen in the radio cavity. The ATX power cable will run straight up to the motherboard which will be right behind the air vents. I will have to remove or cut up some of the vents and I am fine with that. The cooler air in the summer will help the mobo. Too much heat in the winter may be an issue? The hard drive and possibly CD-ROM will live in that area too.
Just above the air vents is presently a clock. That clock will be replaced by a single DIN gauge pod as seen in the dash picture above, but without the gauges. In the top half of that DIN will be the Kicker KQ5 for master volume control. This will also pre-amp the signal to the amp in the trunk. Below the KQ5, will be a half-DIN blank with power and reset buttons, power and HDD LEDs, the Ethernet Jack with a custom made CAT5 jumper to the motherboard, and a single USB port. I have plans to use a USB pen type drive here for easily moving files. I found a USB cable just for this purpose at FrontX.
I plan to use it mostly for playing MP3s, but the occasional video in DIVX would be nice too. Probably also transporting files between work and home. The car will also be equipped with remote start and I may tie an aux output to remotely boot the PC without the car being on. I plan to use XP Pro SP1 and hibernate it. Remote Desktop will allow me to manage it from inside my house. MP3s will be via Winamp 3 with a custom larger skin that I have mostly done.
So tell me, what is wrong with this setup?
Where should I place the CD-ROM?
What Keyboard should I be looking for?
Is VIA coming out with a faster motherboard in the next month?
Do I need to be looking at a better sound card than the onboard one?