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    Very new need input

    I have a 2007 Dodge ram mega cab truck. It has stock Nav system and I was looking for any car computer to install. I cound't find anything so I got a Kenwood 9960 unit. Then I found this website. Wow I don't no how I misted it. Well the kenwood is going back. So this is what I was thinking. I was going to put a amp system in with the kenwood but now I would like to hook it up to the PC. The sub box has (3) 12" x 750watts each the amps are sound stream (2) 1600 watts for subs and (4) 600 watts for mids and highs. I would like to run fast pc. I was looking at the Intel DH57JG Mini ITX iH57 LGA1156 Socket Motherboard
    Thinking on running a I5 core with 4gigs ram 500gig hard drive windows 7. I need it to hookup to my steering controls, bluetooth for cell phone, wifi, Hd radio and Navigation. I was thinking of using a M4-ATX 250W Intelligent DC-DC PSU . Im looking for a good 10.4 inch open frame screen. I found this Open Frame LCD Touch Screen Monitor Revosys XRS 10.4 Inch. So any help or ideas would be great. Thanks Robert

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    Welcome. I have rewritten your post so you are more likely to get responses and moved it to the Proposed Setup section.

    "1. I have an amp system with a sub box that has (3) 12" x 750watts each the amps are sound stream (2) 1600 watts for subs and (4) 600 watts for mids and highs.
    2. I would like to run very fast pc such as the Intel DH57JG Mini ITX iH57 LGA1156 Socket Motherboard.
    3. For a processor, I was thinking about an I5 core with 4gigs ram 500gig hard drive windows 7.
    4. I would like the following: to hook up to my steering controls
    5. bluetooth for cell phone
    6. wifi
    7. Hd radio
    8. Navigation
    9. For power, I am looking at the M4-ATX 250W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    10 Screen - I'm looking for a good 10.4 inch open frame screen. I found this Open Frame LCD Touch Screen Monitor Revosys XRS 10.4 Inch. [insert link here]

    What do you all think of this system? Particularly how I would connect the steering wheel controls and the quality of the monitor?"
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    i always get a laugh that i almost flunked out of english class, but use punctuation, and correct wording(their, there, they're) more then most.


    i really think a i5, and 4gb of ram are excessive.. the only forum member running something similar is hijack, and he is doing something like 6 zones with CF-- way above what any other forum member has done

    there just isn't much that needs that much power-- most setups run navi, music, and video.. most of the time, a atom will do all of this, albeit a little slowly. to make up for the slowness, a pentium, i3, or core2duo should do fine.


    but remember, it is not just the processor, and board to account for slowness-- the speed of the hdd, and OS also play a major part.


    onto bugbyte's numbering scheme:

    1: for future reference, it is always better to use the rms ratings of the amps, because max power ratings are much more easily skewed, and can make it harder to plan power needs for the amps.

    2: i am not a big fan of intel boards--even at my job, i always end up with problems, esp. when i need to rma a board (i have received multiple replacement boards that only have a different problems) so far, i extensively use asus boards at work and at home with little problems, and use a zotac in-car, which has very few reported problems as well..

    3: slightly addressed above, the other thing to keep in mind is that some older car-pc programs might not work correctly on x64.. and when using x86, it will not use all the memory-- x86 can't address it all..

    4: either fusion brain, or carpc joycon

    5: don't use it, but i believe there is bluesoilel..

    6: super easy, just need a wifi dongle, if you need better range, look into a model with a external antenna

    7+8: don't use 'em.

    9: have you checked a power calculator to make sure it has sufficient power?

    10: missing link, but either model should work, as long as you are will ing to hack up your dash.

    also, look up the faq's:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php

    they will have a lot of info on car-pc's.

    and don't be afraid to search for similar projects, or for similar ideas-- there is usually more info to glean from those threads.

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