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    My Shopping List! (for the review of those smarter than I)

    Thanks to all for your help thus far!
    Now that I've got my power supply options figured out, I have a proposed list of parts for my CarComputer:
    CPU: AMD Turion MT-37 or MT-40
    Motherboard: ASRock K8NF6G-VSTA
    PSU: M2-ATX
    RAM: 1G DDR I have sitting in my desk drawer. (2x512 DDR400)
    Screen: Lilliput 8in Widescreen
    DVD: Panasonic Slot-Load DVD-RW/RAM/DL/BLAH/BLAH/BLAH
    HD: 10G laptop HD I have laying around. Upgrade later.
    2nd HD: 500G Seagate SATA in a hot-swap tray. (already in my desktop this way, I just have to buy another tray)
    Case: Still not sure, but probably this one

    Any thoughts or comments would be great.
    Ashley - http://www.nfspmotorsports.com
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    Are you planning to do extensive fabrication work to get your screen in? 8" is great if you can fit it, but 7" is much closer to double din. I would say 8" is the biggest you can go with the ability to keep it stock looking.
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    If you can go 8" go with it. It may not seem like much, but there's a big difference between the 7" and the 8". If you can fit it, figure out how to do it.
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    I have a Trans-Am (GM='Din-and-a-half') so to do anything flush in the dash would have to be a 7" 4:3 ratio (8” 4:3 might fit, but it would be tight) and I would still have to move the AC controls. Instead I'm mounting an 8" widescreen sort-of in front of the dash, almost like the screen on a 'fold-out' in dash DVD player. Kinda hard to explain, but I'll make it look good. My last car was a show car and this one will be too, so I'll make sure it looks good. I'll probably put some servos on the mount so that the screen tilts and/or slides out of the way to reveal the DVD drive, and maybe a card reader.
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    hey im a mechanic not realy a computer guy and im new to this whole carputer thing. my question is if i used your list for example and got all the computer peices could i take them to a small computer repair shop (that are all over) and will they put the compter together and test it ? i can fab up the screen enclosure and run the wires but i dont know how to put a computer together and make sure it works.....

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    I'd hit up the store here @ store.mp3car.com

    Take a look at the 'custom car computers'. these are complete car pcs specifically for people like yorself. all you have to do is pick the options avaliable in the dropdown. you can even have the store build and test it for you before it's sent out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent1pro View Post
    hey im a mechanic not realy a computer guy and im new to this whole carputer thing. my question is if i used your list for example and got all the computer peices could i take them to a small computer repair shop (that are all over) and will they put the compter together and test it ? i can fab up the screen enclosure and run the wires but i dont know how to put a computer together and make sure it works.....
    For a price, they probably could...but they most likely won't know what you want...so may be unable (or unwilling) to do it.

    But if you just ask them if they have made PCs for cars...and they don't give you a blank stare...you may be in luck.

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    So, here's what I got:
    CPU: AMD Turion ML-37
    Motherboard: MSI K8NGM-V
    PSU: M2-ATX
    RAM: 1G DDR (2x512 DDR400)
    Screen: Lilliput 8in Widescreen
    DVD: Panasonic Slot-Load DVD-RW/RAM/DL/BLAH/BLAH/BLAH
    HD: 320G WD SATA.
    2nd HD: 500G Seagate SATA in a hot-swap tray. (already in my desktop)
    Case: Custom made by me!

    PC runs good, having some screen issues.
    Pictures Sooon.
    Ashley - http://www.nfspmotorsports.com
    Check out my car club.

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