Is a CarPC better than....(and a lot of newbie questions)
Before anyone says SEARCH!, I have. I have spent the last 2 days on this forum looking for information. There is a lot, all scattered about. Not many tutorials, and not many people recommending one product over another.
I have an Eclipse AVN7000. Pretty much the top of the line commercially available head unit in the US. But I am thinking about trading in for a double din. The problem is, I am not a big fan of any of the double din all in one units, except the AVIC-Z series. However, those have flaws too.
ive looked into the whole Car PC thing and it kinda intimidates me, but it also worries me. I dont want to be disappointed. So, I want to know some honest opinions about the systems.
Id like to know if everything is so integrated that you will never know it is just a computer. I want it to feel like it is a car HU, but with much more features.
I saw that some people have the unit set up so it goes to hibernate instead of shut down when the car turns off. Id like to know if this is easy to do, without pressing buttons or navigating through the front end everytime I turn off the car.
As for a front end, Id like something that is very clean and customizable, would you say Centrafuse is the best choice for me? I look at Streetdeck and it seems too much like a computer, than an HU. Road Runner doesnt seem to be as nice as Id like, but correct me if Im wrong.
I am new to building the actual computer, so let me know what parts youd recommend. I doubt Ill play games, or be running many apps at once. I feel I can get the parts I want for less than $400 for just the computer. Only looking for about 40gigs, maybe 512 ram, 1ghz cpu. would anyone recommend I get better?
As for GPS, this is where I am picky. The Eclipse has the best in dash 2D nav and best functioning nav of any on the market. However, I like a 3D view, whcih it does not have. I just the nav a lot and want it to look good and be easy to use. I see iGuidance seems to be good, but not perfect. Destinator seems nice and much like TomTom, which I like, but I cannot find the computer version online. I also see stuff from Google Earth and Microsoft Live that feature satellite maps. Can this work as a real navigation feature, of just mapping?
For sound, I have an Eclipse, so I am used to great sound. I have a fully amplified system and want the PC to sound as good or better. Is this possible? What external sound card is the best for me? Also, does a good sound card that I can get have RCA outputs (or at least one, to go to an EQ/Line Driver) to easily connect to the amps?
Id like something like an 8" widescreen, any recommendations?
The slim disc drives...if I want to mold the slot into my dash, do I need and external one?
how much can I expect to spend. Id love to get everything for around $1000. Is this doable? Computer about $400, screen about $200, can I get all the softwares and external hardware for $400 more? I can spend more, but Id like to spend less, ya know.