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    High-end Car PC: Planning thread

    Ok, so I've decided to keep my latest car (Nissan Altima 06 w/ Bose) and build a car PC into it.

    I'm not an idiot and don't plan on burning money, but do have decent income and my priority is quality. I'm looking for help planning my rig from those who've been through this already.

    So let's get started. What power supply/case should I go with? I'd like to build as powerful a PC as I can power.

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    I will set you on your way:

    PSU - keep it within the power capabilities of a dc-dc. go for the DS-ATX 220W and you will be able to build a very nice system on that power budget.

    as for a case - dont bother. they cost money you can spend elsewhere, they restrict what you can fit in and you can build a much more integrated system with a custom made enclosure which you can also deisgn to suit your car and provide a better cooling design that is not compromised by how it is mounted, bits of the car etc etc.

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    For once I agree with Scousey.
    Either the DSATX (rated at 220w) or the Opus 250w (if it becomes available again) would be your best choices.

    they also include cattery protection, shutdown controller, remote turn on for other devces like amplifiers, etc.

    Here's some good resources for you to peruse for more ideas and information:
    Newbie FAQ

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    How about the Wiki?



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    Welcome!

    It's nice to find another individual who sees the value to quality and understands it's benefits.

    I'd recommend reading through all of the links that Darque posted. They were written to help people out in your exact situation.

    I'd also recommend looking in the work logs section at others projects to see what people have gotten to work, what problems people have run into, and to get ideas on what you wan to do.

    Most everyone on here is more than happy to help by answering questions, just be sure you've searched for answers and read the stickies.

    This hobby is research intensive and will consume a lot of your time.

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    I like to toot my own horn, on occasion, so here goes:

    Like you, I wanted quality first, with saving money a distant second, so I went with quality components where I could, for example, my harddrive is one of the Hitachi Travelstar 7200 rpm 100 gB 2.5 laptop drives. At the time, probably the best laptop drive you could get. I got the highest speed Pentium M (2.26 gHZ) because you really do want the lower power of the M, but you also want the processor horsepower to do what you need to do.

    Anyways, take a look at my worklog, it's linked in my sig, and also in that thread is the link to the actual install thread. I agree with Scouse Monkey, make your own case, it's more versatile that way.

    Good luck, and let me, or anyone else here know if you have questions.

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    as for the pc, heres my suggestions

    go with an Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom core, its the Mobile version. Its faster then any AMD chip currently, usually including the fx62 chip, and has the same power threshold as a Pentium M Dothan core.).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128016 theres a good mobo for the proc. its micro-atx, has onboard video, PCI express slot (for add in graphics if wanted/needed), 2 normal PCI slots for expansion cards, supports 4 gb of dual channel DDR 2 mem, SATA and PATA for optical/HDD's, USB headers for more USB ports, and its not too badly priced ($95, $100 shipped).

    i would go with 1 gb of mem, 2x 512 DDR 2 modules personally.

    i vote for a Laptop HD, as they are designed for a mobile enviornment. Desktop drives will also work (as many on these boards can attest to), i just prefer the mobile drives for a car pc (makes me feel safer about my data ).

    have you thought about mobile internet? (i.e. EVDO) if you have thought about it, get the Kyoceria EVDO router. this will allow you to add multiple comps to it, you can remove it from the car and take it inside buildings and such, so you basically will always have internet (and for the kicker you just use a normal cat V to plug in so you can easily hook your car pc up and unhook it just as fast)

    GPS, OBD-2 are also ideas you might want to think about.

    I dont know if you like your stuff to stay clean and dust free, but if you do i would recommend a case. A case would also help if its going to be visible when you open the trunk or wherever its going to be. However no case installs have greater flexibility in their install positions, and if done right (look at how Red's installed hers) can be easier to access the internals (since no case) and look OEM.

    Im not sure if you want to do the work youself or not, but you did say you want a quality build so i would say get a 8 in touchscreen and make a custom enclosure for it in the center console (many people on here have done VERY good jobs with theirs).

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    don't know what your planning for your display, but I happen to be installing a 10.4" high end screen in the exact same car as your's in portrait mode(sideways)... here's an idea for you...

    this shot is just a preview of the construction, when I'm done I'll do a thread detailing the whole construction process of this, & other details... here's a sneek peek...

    this is done in a way that will not alter or effect the factory finish of the bezel at all, & it will look 100% factory..., well... factory if the factory installed 10.4" screens anyway
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    Hey John,
    Let me know if you need any help w/ upholstery and sound; we're moving really fast at the shop in Woodside and I'd like you to come by sometime.
    I've been doing some high end cars myself and had some power issues, so my next vehicle I'm doing some bat-caps and dual PSU. One just a regular Opus or Carnetix and a high wattage one like this one http://www.powerstream.com/dc6.htm or something similar.
    If you get this let me know how it goes...
    08 Lincoln Navigator www.mobiteklink.com

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    btw, darque & red, you'll get to see this at the next dallas,fw meet, I'm doing this for a guy that's from out your way, & he's anxious to check out a meet once he's installed, the screen is a boe hydis 180 deg viewing angles,it is already transflective & sunlight viewable stock, but will be modded by me to upgrade the backlight, I'll be adding 2 more ccfl's to the stock screen, this will be a sick display....... well he did say "high end"

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    Cool beans.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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