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    New Car PC suggestion

    Hi All,

    I am new of Car PC , so any one suggest me a new car PC? ^^
    I just want a cheap one for testing , after I know how good is that , i will jump to next level

    And I have a 3.5" hdd case (http://www.cross-mark.com/usb1394-ex...5uc-p-328.html) for my home and office PC , so is it a good way to use that hdd case for Car PC?

    Thanks
    Peter

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    the cheapest way to start out is to gut and old desktop PC, use the mobo and anything else that's useful, and put that in your car some how. With a full size PC, you'll have to either mount most of the electronics in the trunk or under a seat, and then run extension wires to your head unit, where you will most likely replace your stock radio with a touch screen.

    Depending on the setup of your dash, you might want to look at mini-ITX mobo's. They're 17cm square, and with a double din radio slot you can normally do a dash install. I have a mustang 05+ and there is tons of room in the dash to put a pc, hence I went with the mini-itx. they can be had for cheap ( i think I payed 150 for mine) when you compare them to performance atx boards and I think they're well worth it.

    Hope that gets you started.
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    Mostly its a personal decision based on size, power and cost. You need to figure out what you a willing to spend and where you want to place the pc and screen. This forum as lots of ideas so search around. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by epod86 View Post
    the cheapest way to start out is to gut and old desktop PC, use the mobo and anything else that's useful, and put that in your car some how. With a full size PC, you'll have to either mount most of the electronics in the trunk or under a seat, and then run extension wires to your head unit, where you will most likely replace your stock radio with a touch screen.

    Depending on the setup of your dash, you might want to look at mini-ITX mobo's. They're 17cm square, and with a double din radio slot you can normally do a dash install. I have a mustang 05+ and there is tons of room in the dash to put a pc, hence I went with the mini-itx. they can be had for cheap ( i think I payed 150 for mine) when you compare them to performance atx boards and I think they're well worth it.

    Hope that gets you started.
    Thanks, but how to solve the power usage problem?

    Sry im really noob ^^;

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    Quote Originally Posted by petermc View Post
    Thanks, but how to solve the power usage problem?

    Sry im really noob ^^;
    You read the FAQs: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Not quite sure what you mean by "power usage problem." If you're concerned about the capabilities of your car to provide enough power to the system, look at upgrading your alternator and/or battery. As for how to power the PC, start having a look at the DC-to-DC power supplies in the mp3car store. The FAQ's will go over this in a lot more detail as well.
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