Scion tC Behind-the-lid setup... My 1st built in setup. Opinions?
Ok so this is technically my 3rd ever setup, but first all-inclusive. My first setup was in an explorer with a laptop in the backseat hooked up to a popout liliput pop out display. The motor eventually broke on that from the fact that explorers bounce... ::Snap!::
2nd project was the Scion tC(2005 w/ Bazooka sub, used car) but i had a laptop in the trunk wired to my stock sound with a Xenarc mounted off my glove box(I fell in love with the stock 6-disc changer when i changed the color of it and changed the startup name...) Well i'm finally moving on!
At the moment I've got on the bench(yes i realized some of it was overkill):
Spare center dash piece off ebay - ~$60
Zotac GF9300-G-E Mini-ITX - ~$130
(bought through work, which gave me the same price as newegg after rebate and with free shipping ^.^)
Pentium Dual Core E6500 2.93Ghz - ~$90
2x2GB DDR2 800Mhz SuperTalent RAM - ~$80
Samsung 320GB Notebook SATA Drive - ~$70
Xenarc 705TSV - ~$300?
(Was originally mounted off the glovebox with the included dash mount)
Random spare PSU for testing(Benched at 60W(idle)/70W(memtest) with a generic 1U server power supply, switched to 50W/60W when using one of those 80Plus "Green" power supplies, WAS going to get a M4-ATX, now I think i'm'a just find a 160W DC PSU now)
I picked this hardware so I'd have the ability to customize it if something didn't work the way I wanted. Like Win7 x64 Pro was a godsent on this system(playing Aion on my 32inch bigscreen with the motherboards built-in HDMI), but I had difficulties getting RideRunner to co-operate. And as I write this in retrospect I figured out why... Because the issue followed to XP, so I may wipe and restart this for another Win7 attempt. At the moment my Softwareside is:
Win XP x32
RideRunner - Just updated to the Jan2010 Release
Have chosen iGuidance so far for GPS, but haven't bought it yet. Kinda waiting till last minute.
~8GB of mp3s
~1-2GB of (mostly)720p Music Videos
I plan to include video of the install and design process after i get the last measurements from the dash and decide on the PSU and figure out what AMP to get. I'm a bit rusty on the audio side of this, and improving on the stock radio isn't really my goal, but if it happens i won't complain. That's probably one of the two places i need the most guidance. Advice for fiberglass/bondo on getting the stripped down xenarc display in place?
And what kind of amp should I get? On the amp side, I regularly end up with computers, school papers/books/bags in my trunk, which was making me think something small i could attempt to fit in the space in the dash with the computer, but I figure that might be a bit warm and a bad idea too, next thought was sticking it under one of the bucket seats? Kinda trying to avoid rerunning the speaker wires or extending them to the trunk-space. This way if something goes wrong with the whole setup, or I need to resell the car for any reason I can just swap back to the spare center dash piece and the stock 6-disk radio without having to rewire the car back beyond removing some power wires.
After I get my measurements I'll figure out what Heatsinks to get to upgrade on the system. The hottest part so far is the graphics/chipset chips heatsink, and even that's not bad. Was planning to grab a heaksink tower for the CPU and try to track one down for the chipset. Then toss on a couple low-speed/noise Noctua(Quietest i've ever used) fans on each side to ensure some sort of airflow. If i figure out what i need to this week/end, I'll likely start the install next weekend.
All advice is welcome.
==Edit 1/10/2010 12:14PM==
Switched the system back to Win7 Pro x64 this morning, modified the themes that had issues last time(I like 1024x768... but no one else does...) which was the same fix i had to do in winxp. Which resolved an issue i'd been having in XP when playing videos(vlc) where RR would crash switching. Was able to increase the odds by fast-forwarding through them(in xp). Also got my measurements so i'm working on the layout and things to get it in there safely.
==Edit 3/28/2010 8:27PM==
Anyhow, got the screen and computer in, having an odd shutdown issue I need to resolve, sound is going to be started on this week with an Alpine MRP-F300. So I literally can watch things, but not hear them at the moment lol My system needs a reinstall, I jumped the gun on opportunities to get the computer and display in and still had alot of my bench testing stuff on there mixed with some misc toying around, so it can be a little slow at times.
Also plan to wire up a switch to change power sources and a power outlet for a notebook-style AC-DC power brick so I can run the computer overnight in the garage for syncing and updates and such without killing my car battery.