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    Also if you are using a Double Din as your Screen housing, 16:9 ratio screen would be a viable option. 4:3 ratio is just too tall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smufguy View Post
    I think I need to put my 2cents in.

    We all come from different background with varying skills in computer building and methods of building. Some look for top of the line High tech stuff, while some (like me) look for something economical and work within a budget.

    First place to start is here >>> http://www.mp3car.com/content/150-car-pc-101.html

    I did 8 months of researching. Did not register to post and ask questions off the bat, but to read people's experiences, follow a hand few of builds from start and see what they did and 'how' they did it. Then incorporate my needs for an in car needs and functions at my finger tips. The reason for the install is to have a safe and less intuitive entertainment system that keeps my mind from wandering too much, hands on the steering and eyes on the road. I am not installing the system to play solitaire while driving.

    This is my building http://www.mp3car.com/worklogs/14658...ter-build.html . First is to choose the parts that you need (choose, not buy yet), then choose the power-supply power requirement from one of the renounced power supply calculators and choose your DC-DC supply. Once the investment is made on hardware, there is no turning back (yeah you could return it and get another one, but its just a hassle) then pick your software and you are fine.

    Do a bit more research and listen to the fellow members. These guys are great and know their stuff. Good luck with your build.
    thanks smufguy. bout to take a look at your post you suggested.

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    Intrygue,
    I'm starting my own build as well. I have an awful lot of fabrication ahead of me considering it is my first build, so I'm very happy to have a company car for daily commutes, but I digress. With a carpc you need 3 things: research, time & money. While the latter can range wildly, the two former are an absolute necessity if you want a good computer in your car. The more research you do, the less time you spend on the project, but the more time you spend on research. It's probably a safe assumption that 2 hours of research can save you 4 hours of labor or trial & error, though.

    In regards to the capacitor debate going on here: the bottom line is that if your alternator and battery cannot handle it, you need to downgrade the amps/speakers or upgrade the alternator/battery. Caps don't solve any real problems. Enforcer's water analogy was very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houndazs View Post
    The middle link is the exact screen i have. if you want any info from a fellow IT guy just click the link to my website in my signature and give me a call. ill be glad to help you out and give you any info i can.
    I will definitely be calling you guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryven View Post
    Intrygue,
    I'm starting my own build as well. I have an awful lot of fabrication ahead of me considering it is my first build, so I'm very happy to have a company car for daily commutes, but I digress. With a carpc you need 3 things: research, time & money. While the latter can range wildly, the two former are an absolute necessity if you want a good computer in your car. The more research you do, the less time you spend on the project, but the more time you spend on research. It's probably a safe assumption that 2 hours of research can save you 4 hours of labor or trial & error, though.

    In regards to the capacitor debate going on here: the bottom line is that if your alternator and battery cannot handle it, you need to downgrade the amps/speakers or upgrade the alternator/battery. Caps don't solve any real problems. Enforcer's water analogy was very good.
    yea your right. now i jus gotta figure out how i'm gonna do my audio setup to make up for that. thanks

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    in most cases, a basic system will do fine on the stock power systems. as long as you stay under 500w rms/1,000w max ratings on the amps(i am running 450w rms/900w max), i don't think you should have any problems.

    once you start to go above the 500 w rms level, the amps, and their power draw start to get increasingly greater. and as a daily driver, i really don't think you need much more then that..(i can still be heard a couple blocks away if i want to..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by intrygue83 View Post
    Ok i'm new to the forms but Ima techie, IT gal. I have yet to see a real carpc on here. All i see is ppl putting computers in there cars but using car software.
    to me that defeats the purpose.
    Here is a Real Car PC

    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...n-display.html

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