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    Who builds their own carputers?

    I am wondering how many people here build their own carputers instead of buying a preassembled one. This includes fabricating your own case to make the best possible and most elegant look for your car. I am thinking of something like this:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/fabr...ps-indash.html

    I am going to do something similar to that. I want to build my own self contained case where all the components are built in. This would require me to custom design a face for it. This is the reason I ask how many people have done or are planning on doing this, so I can see some other custom projects and get an idea of what I want to do.
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    I do. My "faceplate" is a drive cooler with three fans to cool the system.
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    Building your own FTW.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    Build all of my own, have been since 96. Like anything else if ya want it done right, ya gotta do it yourself. The case for my car I did not make, I ran across one that was already perfect for my application.

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    Why use a case at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    Why use a case at all?

    To protect the components from getting knocked, to provide RF shielding, to provide nice airflow over the components.
    If your case is part of your car, then so be it.
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    Build your own.... Make it do exactly what you want.
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    Definately build it yourself.

    And as for the case in dash, it is a great idea, but you really need a good case fabrication skills to get it to fit in a double din slot. I did it temporarily, but I didnt have any good available tools for metal working, so I decided to buld a custom acrylic case.
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    how important is RF shielding?

    i ask because I want to build my car computer case with plexiglass.

    (because when I tried to make an ammo box case I think I shorted out the mother board due to the metal) maybe not but I still want plexiglass. a lot easier to fabricate.

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    I think it is quite important. RF radiation drops proportionally to the square of the distance. My PC is under my dash, next to my radio. I find that the RF interference can affect radio reception for certain stations and if the radio signal is weak.

    A nicely grounded case can reduce RF radiation some more. Some relevant links:

    http://www.equiptoelec.com/rprcots04...ipto_proof.pdf
    http://www.fcc.gov/oet/info/rules/pa...t15-5-4-07.pdf

    Of course the FCC part 15 doesn't actually apply here, but it can be useful to see what the requirements for commercial devices are. If your PC is not near sensitive equipment, then it will be less of an issue.
    Old Systems retired due to new car
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