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    Best way to accomplish what I want

    Hey all,
    Im a newbie to CarPc's, and I must say this forum is the shizzle.. lol...

    I am in the middle of setting up a decent audio system in my 07 cobalt ss..

    There is so much information it is difficult to decide (search was good but didnt help much)

    The basics will need to include:

    1: A decent sound car with 2v pre-outs minimum (F/R/Subs)
    -This can be added to the motherboard I presume..
    -How would the Sound blaster Audigy 2 stand up?
    2: A case that is compatible with adding a sound card (Opus? anything cheaper?)
    3: M2-ATX (or something that I wont run into trouble with)
    4: A 8" touchscreen (looking on the gooddeals18 website)
    5: 1gb of ram
    6: dvd drive
    7: decent sized hard drive (what do you recommend?)

    and I think thats it unless there is something else you can recommend.

    I dont want to spend a hell of a lot of money on this.. 500-700 dollars would be nice.. And I don't think the VoomPC 2 deals on ebay are gunna be good enough.. (especially for adding a sound car)

    Let me know what you guys think, Trying to get this done ASAP..

    BTW I have

    a T10001 rockford fosgate amp for subs
    a T8004 4 channels for mids and highs


    Thanks for all the help.. If There is a better place to find this info please let me know!!

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    1. yes it can be added to the motherboard. you can get them as a PCI or USB.

    2. that depends on what sound card you buy, and what type you buy. most carPC cases are too small to fit an upright PCI card so you'll need to use a 90 riser card (or a ribbon cable riser card). a USB card can be used with any case.

    3. if you want to use the M2ATX then make sure your other components are efficient enough to run from it. remember, total wattage means nothing; make sure your devices don't draw more current from each rail than the M2ATX is capable of providing.

    I use the M2ATX with an Intel Little Valley D201GLY2A board. it is very efficient, has good performance (Core2-based celeron), and is very affordable (~$75 USD), and is small enough to fit into small cases like the voompc or mo-co-so carPC cases.

    4. look for the brightest monitor you can find (transflective is best, but is not within your budget). also, make sure the monitor you choose has VGA input (composite video input is no good for computer use, small text will be unreadable and detailed pictures will appear pixelated).

    5. 1GB should be fine; I only use 512MB and my system zips along quite nicely, but your individual computer uses may require more. keep in mind that many of the smaller motherboard (mini-ITX and smaller) only have 1 ram slot, so make sure you get a large enough RAM stick to start with (since you can't 'add' to it later)

    6. are you planning on integrating the DVD drive into the dash, or using it in the pc case?

    7. that all depends on your needs. I use a 40GB 2.5' laptop drive ($15 on ebay ) and it suits me just fine. other people swear that any HDD less than 500GB belongs in a museum

    --I know you're excited about this project and want to get it done fast, but don't rush through anything (you'll regret it later). read through the FAQ sections and the wiki. take your time and shop wisely, you can find some good deals if you shop wisely.

    good luck

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    Thanks for the detailed reply.

    Im looking to fit this sound card into the box... I want good sound

    http://us.creative.com/products/prod...&product=15854

    By the looks of the Mo-Co-So case, this could fit at the top with some custom fitment..

    Has anyone tried this?

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    I use a Mo-Co-So case for my system:


    it fits the D201GLY2A with ease, but there is very little room above the board's heatsink, ram, and power wires. a full-size soundcard would be a tough fit but it's probably possible.

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    so you have no problems running everything, everything runs smooth?

    I will probably get 1 gb of ram, and a sound card to go along with it to get me started..

    The 8.4" tv is on the way, along with my new amplifier...

    What kind of wiring do I need to get everything hooked up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSteveSC View Post
    so you have no problems running everything, everything runs smooth?
    for my uses, yes everything runs nice and smooth... I use it primarily for mp3s and GPS (iGuidance), but I also watch my slingbox, firefox, videos/movies, etc. generally, most things you use a carPC for does not require a very powerful system. the D201GLY2A with 512MB is more than enough for my carPC needs. before this system I used an old 600MHz PIII laptop with 392MB ram and handled everything fine as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by SSteveSC View Post
    I will probably get 1 gb of ram, and a sound card to go along with it to get me started..
    while a good quality sound card can offer better sound than on-board, you need to have high-quality audio equipment (speakers, amps, etc) and listen to uncompressed audio files to take advantage of it. if you're using factory speakers, average quality aftermarket speakers, a cheap/average quality amplifier, or listening to mp3'sthen it's not worth spending alot of money on a high-end sound card.

    you may want to give the onboard audio a try first. it may sound better than you think

    Quote Originally Posted by SSteveSC View Post
    The 8.4" tv is on the way
    TV? did you buy an actual TV or are you just using "TV" as a general term to refer to a monitor?. most (if not all) small LCD TVs have only composite video inputs. you need a VGA input for good video quality. composite video will look pixelated, and small text will be blurry and unreadable.

    Quote Originally Posted by SSteveSC View Post
    What kind of wiring do I need to get everything hooked up?
    your audio, video, and USB connections just use standard cables. you should run thick power wires to avoid excessive voltage-drop issues (I use 10 awg for my M2-ATX)

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    thanks again for the wicked reply.. Yea I ordered the monitor with a vga input..

    and I have the power series amps from rockford fosgate.. T10001 and T8004.. I will be using the factory speakers from the amps for the next month or so until I have money to throw into speakers...

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