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    New to Carputers...Thinking of getting one for my new car

    I am a 17 year old high school senior and i am getting a 2003 G35 coupe 6 speed MT in march and i was thinking of getting rims for my car as like a graduation present type of thing. Then i was introduced to carputers thanks to a video i didnt mean to watch and i am now in deep thought about getting a carputer for my car instead of rims. Should i invest in a carputer? What should i get (i want everything such as a GPS and mp3 compatability and CD/DVD playback but dont want to spend a fortune)? I am thinking of spending around $2,000...can i get a good carputer for that kind of money and would it be worth it? Thanks in advance!!

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    you can definately get a carputer system for 2K are you looking at building one? such as buying the HD, mobo, ect or a full ouready built system? I too am 17 and getting a car in feb so your not the only young guy here.

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    hahah well im glad im not the only young one...but umm im looking for one already built preferably...i was looking at the one that is made for G35's...is that a good one? How much would it cost to install becuase i have no clue and not enough skill to install one by myself?

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    Well asking if we think they're worth it is kind of a silly question... considering where you're asking it... lol

    As for if you can get one for 2g's... I spent less than a thousand on my carPC- but I utilized a broken laptop and some other components.

    Just keep in mind that there is a decent amount of work that goes into these projects. I for one wouldn't want to go through and do this kind of work to a $40,000 without a GOOD amount of research or someone with a good deal of experience guiding my hand.

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    Prefab systems aren't all that involved, and getting one installed isn't any more expensive than getting a new stereo installed.

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    Thanks for the input Derwood...I understand what ure saying but how much money would it really cost to put it in, like is it that much work where the installation might be more the the carputer itself?

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    do it yourself man its not very complicated! you have a car manual most likely and it probably has break-down's. Read up in the FAQ's and back posts, go to the work logs at the top right search your car i'm sure there is a build in progress or finished.
    It pretty much consists of getting power and routing wires under/around/through area's of your car and little fabrication in your dash.

    And you know what i know who you can go to, to get it done Free, can anyone guess?

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    Thanks man, but i dont know about that...i honostly cant get any of that done by myself...i dont know how to fabricate or run wires, i am car illiterate for now until i start supin up my G35.

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    well if it will be that hard, go to the off topic section and find a person in your area that has done an install and hook up with him and have him teach you, i know i wouldnt do it free but it will be hella cheaper than having it installed at a shop.

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    The problem is that i honostly DONT want to have to do this myself because i have been waiting for this car for almost 2 years and i am getting about 15 THOUSAND dollars off of it and its in AMAZING condition and i know that if i was gunna do the wrk then i wouldnt do it right somehow but if anyone knows how much it would cost to do maybe by experience then that would be great info to know...thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shak2 View Post
    The problem is that i honostly DONT want to have to do this myself because i have been waiting for this car for almost 2 years and i am getting about 15 THOUSAND dollars off of it and its in AMAZING condition and i know that if i was gunna do the wrk then i wouldnt do it right somehow but if anyone knows how much it would cost to do maybe by experience then that would be great info to know...thanks!
    I'd just get MP3car's infill complete package solution with streetdeck. That would probably be your best bet. Just know that this passion of ours is more a hobby than a commercially available plug-n-play industry. Its much closer now, but it is still a hobby wrought with frustrations, hours of studying, and countless hours of tweaking (not to mention, it's something of a money pit). Even streetdeck users, using probably the easiest FE to get going on, have been lighting up the forum with tons of question about the newest release lately.

    As for a hardware solution that makes it easier not to screw up your new car, Go with the infill. It's a double din, all in one, computer.

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