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    Ok Car gods,

    I have a challenge for you. I'm looking to set up a car pc in my new 2010 Camaro. Here are some things that it MUST have:

    Flip down monitor
    BluTooth suppot
    GPS receiver
    Wireless Internet to link to my home network
    DVD/CD support
    Ipod jack
    Auto startup/shutdown
    5.1 surround sound support

    Optional but preferable:
    A/V jack for optional gaming system
    Voice Control system

    The challenge is my budget. I want to build it for under $800. I've posted this on a few other forums and gotten some interesting responses. I best so far has been:

    1. VMI70 7inch IN-DASH VGA touchscreen Here - $280

    2. Intel BOXD945GCLF w/ an integrated 1.6ghz Atom - Newegg.com - $65
    3. 1x2gb DDR2 800 Ram - Newegg.com - $23
    4. M1-ATX 90 Watt PSU - mp3car.com - $75
    5. BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver - mp3car.com - $38
    6. cirago BTA-3210 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Dongle - newegg.com - $15
    7. Ampie Car Computer Case - mp3car.com - $70
    8. Fujitsu MHW2080BJ 80GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA - newegg.com - $40
    9. Rosewill RNX-G1W 802.11b/g usb adapter - newegg.com - $20
    10.NEW Grand total - $625

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that I already have the speaker assembly and amp covered through the Boston Acoustics 5.1 system that came with the car. I will also be using a USB dvd player for the initial set up, then sharing a drive on my home network to do future loads.

    Darque: Great call on the touch screen, I missed that it didn't have vga. Let me know what you think of the above. No dvd player, but it is 1 din and has vga


    What do you think?

    Vzeed9oo

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    That touchscreen will not control the PC.
    Furthermore, you'd need composite video signal to go to that headunit and the motherboard you specified doesn't have a composite video out. Even if you get a device to convert the VGA signal to composite, the image quality will be at a low resolution and look sub-par at best.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    you'll need a center speaker for a true 5.1 sound effect. also, you'll probably need an aftermarket amp to connect it to your sound system too.

    and then im not sure where you plan on mounting the screen because it doesnt look like you will be able to mount a single din or screen and make it look right....

    EDIT: You also forgot a slot load dvd player. if you want something that can play dvds and not just cds it'll cost you. i think it'll beat least $80 for that, plus another 100 (at least) for the amps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaring_Afro View Post
    you'll need a center speaker for a true 5.1 sound effect. also, you'll probably need an aftermarket amp to connect it to your sound system too.

    and then im not sure where you plan on mounting the screen because it doesnt look like you will be able to mount a single din or screen and make it look right....
    5.1 surround is pointless in a car, at least in many peoples' eyes.
    The OP didn't spec out any speakers at all.. No sub.. No left/right/front/rear or center.

    EDIT: You also forgot a slot load dvd player. if you want something that can play dvds and not just cds it'll cost you. i think it'll beat least $80 for that, plus another 100 (at least) for the amps.
    The OP did spec a DVD headunit that would cover CD/DVD playback.
    It's not a good solution at all, which I pointed out. But he DID cover that part of the build.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    5.1 surround is pointless in a car, at least in many peoples' eyes.
    The OP didn't spec out any speakers at all.. No sub.. No left/right/front/rear or center.
    I agree I dont think theres a point, but he said he wanted it. Also, I highly doubt the camaros come with a "5.1" system. It might have something like an 8 speaker setup, but i doubt it actually has a center speaker in the dash (could be wrong).

    Look into the factory amp if you havent too. It might only have a high input (non rca) that a computer cant put out. Just because its called "bouston acoustic" doesnt mean it wil be like their aftermarket amps or even made by them. The "bose" systems arent really bose either. Just a heads up.
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    Troll Maybe?

    No replies since his/her's post and have you even seen the Camaro's dash layout before starting a food fight over 5.1 audio?



    Is there even a dash kit available???

    I haven't seen a new Camaro inside yet, especially one with factory Navigation which I'm positive is an option.

    Nobody has any idea what were working with here, so why comment????

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    ^ no of course there isnt a dash kit available the car was only sold for a few months. that doesnt mean anything though. as i mentioned it would be hard but its possible to get a screen in there. he might even plan on a whole new custom dash for all you know. the camaro costs as much as a vette so people with them tend to have a good amount of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    That touchscreen will not control the PC.
    Furthermore, you'd need composite video signal to go to that headunit and the motherboard you specified doesn't have a composite video out. Even if you get a device to convert the VGA signal to composite, the image quality will be at a low resolution and look sub-par at best.
    Darque is correct, neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr use RCA, the quality will be so bad. I know that you had a budget, but if you can have a screen molded into the dash.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flaring_Afro View Post
    you'll need a center speaker for a true 5.1 sound effect. also, you'll probably need an aftermarket amp to connect it to your sound system too.

    and then im not sure where you plan on mounting the screen because it doesnt look like you will be able to mount a single din or screen and make it look right....

    EDIT: You also forgot a slot load dvd player. if you want something that can play dvds and not just cds it'll cost you. i think it'll beat least $80 for that, plus another 100 (at least) for the amps.
    Agree on the slot load DVD. Also when you have to add programs, the DVD slot will come in handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    5.1 surround is pointless in a car, at least in many peoples' eyes.
    The OP didn't spec out any speakers at all.. No sub.. No left/right/front/rear or center.


    The OP did spec a DVD headunit that would cover CD/DVD playback.
    It's not a good solution at all, which I pointed out. But he DID cover that part of the build.
    I 100% disagree. I had 5.1 with center being phantom (what most Car PC use), and when I finally installed a real center, i could hear a difference. When I decided to upgrade to 7.1 surround sound the difference was even greater. All that was with cr@ppy amps. I cant wait to see how it all sounds on PDX amps and good speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by djfourmoney View Post
    No replies since his/her's post and have you even seen the Camaro's dash layout before starting a food fight over 5.1 audio?



    Is there even a dash kit available???

    I haven't seen a new Camaro inside yet, especially one with factory Navigation which I'm positive is an option.

    Nobody has any idea what were working with here, so why comment????
    LOL OMG.... Couls they have made a more awkward dash. Its nice that its retro, but d@mn...... I do have an idea.... Maybe you can go with dashboard devices visor screens, that way no dash mods are needed, here is the link.

    When you go to the page scroll down to the ENV-50c. All you would have to do is put the main part of the unit maybe in the glove box, then the screen as the driver visor.
    http://www.dashboarddevices.com/products.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaring_Afro View Post
    ^ no of course there isnt a dash kit available the car was only sold for a few months. that doesnt mean anything though. as i mentioned it would be hard but its possible to get a screen in there. he might even plan on a whole new custom dash for all you know. the camaro costs as much as a vette so people with them tend to have a good amount of money.
    The camaro is less than half the cost of a vette and just about half with the options

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    ^ almost every dealer was selling the V6 for over $36k, and the V8 for a lot more. There have been many threads circling around forums with people asking if they should get a C6 or a V8 camaro.
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