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    I've started building my carputer, I'm receiving most of my parts today. Although I have not ordered a computer to run the system. I'm planning to put the computer under the passenger seat, so I need either a small form factor or a smaller box.

    There is aprox. 4 inches of clearence, which means the box can be a max of 4inches in height. I had planned to order a Dell Refurbished SFF from Prefixtech.com because of cost. Although I was also planning to make an order for some additional parts from newegg, so I thought i'd just try to order everything there.

    What are your thoughts on this system, would it fit under my passenger seat, would it work for a carpc install etc? http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

    If it wouldent work, what would be a good SFF barbones kit from newegg?

    My primary concern is that it may skip or there might be issues with it fitting into the car. Putting it into the trunk is an option but if i was going to do that, I would go with a full blown desktop.

    Another question, what video card would I need to properly use a 7inch VGA LCD touchscreen? I was reading about how it won't fill the whole screen and I would need to use Tvtool/Powerstrip or a specific video card. What's the scoop on that?

    Lastly, I am removing my headunit so therefore I'll need an aftermarket amp to power the additional speakers I'm planning to add and my existing stock speakers. So which AMP would you guys recommend/what kind of setup? I've got 6 speakers in the vehicle now.
    I was thinking about this unit:
    http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2....PROD_ID=677231
    or a Sony 500watt/4channel to start with.

    I've got a few other questions but this is just to get started. Thanks for your input guys...

    Toyota Corolla 04
    Panasonic 7in In-Dash
    Mini-ITX 933Mhz
    Mediacar/Mappoint
    GPS/MP3/GPRS/Sony HU
    2x20 Character LCD

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    I need your input, chime in guys!

    Toyota Corolla 04
    Panasonic 7in In-Dash
    Mini-ITX 933Mhz
    Mediacar/Mappoint
    GPS/MP3/GPRS/Sony HU
    2x20 Character LCD

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    What are you looking to do with your computer? MP3 only? DVD?

    How much do you want to spend?

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    It won't fit, its smallest dimension is 5.9" high. You would be better off using your trunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bodiby
    What are you looking to do with your computer? MP3 only? DVD?

    How much do you want to spend?
    I've wrote my own program to run OBD-II display and the AC controls. I'm also going to be running Mediacar for MP3, DVD, FM/XM Radio, GPS, Phonecontrol etc. In addition to that, there's going to be an additional LCD display for the obd and ac controls along with an LCD charactor USB display for date/time to replace the factory display.

    What about this case?
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

    I'm looking to keep it as cheap as possible...

    Toyota Corolla 04
    Panasonic 7in In-Dash
    Mini-ITX 933Mhz
    Mediacar/Mappoint
    GPS/MP3/GPRS/Sony HU
    2x20 Character LCD

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    Above link is bad.

    I suggest you start simple and add on. Otherwise you may give up and sell it all in the classifieds forum.

    If you want cheap, use an aux input adapter on your current OEM head unit. They assume you have CD-changer controls on your HU. One like this:

    http://www.installer-parts.com/cars/toyota.html

    That is the first one I found. Sure there are others. Of course, if you were looking to put the display in the dash, this won't work.

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