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    Question Is this possible?

    hi everyone I was just curious is it possible to use the xbox case as a pc what I mean is rip apart everything and install PC parts instead and only have the Xbox case I hope I explianed myself. well any help on this would be greatly appriciated

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    Sure why not. THe mounitng holes may not line up, but a bit of epoxy and some standoff screws will fix that...
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    Awesome I will start thinking of what to use thanks for the help one more I could still purchase the stuff like this here in MP3car store right do you think any specific motherboard might work or should I check the dimensions first?

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    Of course you should check the dimensions. The original and the 360 cases are completely different as to the interior useable size. Open the case, see what will fit and buy that way. I think you could get away with a full ATX board because the cases look big enough... But uATX would probably be easier if you are jamming everything inside of it.
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    Last question Is there anything specific I should get cuase whats most important to me is I want to have a Xenarc 1020TSV in my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transporter86 View Post
    Last question Is there anything specific I should get cuase whats most important to me is I want to have a Xenarc 1020TSV in my system.
    Yeah, you should get a Xenarc 1020TSV if you want one in your system. Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

    Apart from putting your components inside an xbox case, it is no different than most other car installs. Read the getting started threads, look at other peoples experiences and installs, do some research here, and then ask questions. If you can think of the question, it has probably been asked and answered here before.

    Having a Xenarc is not an issue (provided you have the $$) and has no relevance on the case you install your system in.

    P.S. Punctuation and capitalization will make your posts more readable and get you more help...
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    Thanks walstib for the help. Im just wondering if there was a specific video card I need in order to have that monitor? I want my dash to look like this:


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    You will get a lot of different opinions on this. I think it lrgely depends on what you want to do with it. For just a front end an onboard card will do it. If you want to watch DVDs, full screen visualizations, etc, you may want a good AGP or PCIe card.

    I found this xbox case project:
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    Which AGP or PCIe card would you recommend? and that is exactly the features I want it to do except for Radio I really dont want that it would be nice but I heard its alot of work to do and thanks for the website that helped me alot and gave me some ideas what to do.

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    Well I use onboard video, and I think as long as your processor can handle it use it! People waaaaaaaay underestimate the power of onboard graphics. All it does is just send off the video processing commands to the regular ol' CPU.

    I think any sort of AGP/PCI card in the car is pretty rediculous for the average person. Of course if you are a video editor and want that movie rendering as you drive to work for a last minute presentation, or if you have a RV and want good gaming on the road for the passengers or something, that is a different story.

    Since the actual "CarPC" functions require something from the turn of the millenium to function smoothly, anything over that is "fluff". So if a M10k (C3 1Ghz ~ P3 750Mhz) with onboard video (S3 ) can render full screen video (0.8-1.5Gb xVid) and give mild flash animations on a RoadRunner skin, then for sure a mobile P4 with an onboard intel or nvidia chip will give you even more. And it is all in 1!

    To give an example, my new laptop has a Core2Duo... It also has an intel onboard chipset "Intel Graphic Accelerator 950" or some crap like that. Well I can play Microsoft Flight Simulator X on it no problems with default settings (I think it is all medium). I can also play the Sims 2 with all high settings no problems.

    You wont be doing anything like this in the car.

    So basically anything in the "fluff" region I talked about is now going to your video processing... ish. I think you will be just more than fine with something like an Intel 845.

    I am pretty sick and tired of people ragging on onboard video for such a basic non-demanding application such as a CarPC. If you plug it in to your system, that means it has a means to attach and detach. I dont want involuntary detaching while driving. You can glue it in, but if you have a chip that will perform the same, that is soldered on, use it.

    Who cares if your CPU useage goes from 5%-10% to 20%-25%? You still have 75% left over to do whatever.

    So if you are still with me, just get a P4M board with a 845 or around it, and you will be completely satisfied...
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    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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