Most of us use desktop hardware (albeit low-power hardware), as it's easier to configure and replace parts if needed than laptop hardware...
Upfront honesty? OK. You asked for it...CPU: AMD Sempron 3100+
RAM: Corsair XMS DDR400
PSU: 500W (can't remember brand right now, but lasted strong with comp for a few years)
HDD: WD 160gb
All I would need from here would be the motherboard and case to put it all in. I understand that inverters are considered bad here but how much noise is introduced? Also I could get ahold of some schematics to make a noise filter circuit to take care of that inline.
I appreciate upfront honesty in all things and welcome experienced advice since I have no clue what I'm getting into right now I love challenges though with electronics
1 - Read as much as you can. Read all the FAQs here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
Read everything that is of interest or that you think might apply to you here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/the-faq-emporium/
You can't have too much knowledge. Yes, it will spurn more questions, but that's OK. It means you're learning.
2 - Don't purchase anything until you have a plan of attack. Some will say that you should make a wiring diagram and have parts lists on paper, but that depends on your organizational skills, really. The main point is that you need to have an idea what you're getting into. That includes measuring areas where you're installing, checking out under the hood for a grommet to run wires through and where you plan to mount a fuse holder.
3 - If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask. But please don't ask a question unless you have looked for the answer. 90% of your questions have been answered on these forums many, many times. Yeah, you'll search a lot. Yeah, you'll wind up weeding out a lot of crap in the process. Perseverence will prevail here.
4 - If you can't troubleshoot a PC and aren't willing to rip apart your dash and get into the electrical system of your ride, find another hobby NOW, before you've sunk a lot of money into a project, only to find out that your spouse is going to have a hissy-fit because you have the car torn apart with a half-assed installation while you wait for that cable your ordered from eBay to arrive...
Befgore looking at a motherboard, I'd look at your CPU.Oh, looking at these motherboards: http://computers.pricegrabber.com/mo...5B%5D=16813697
I don't know about cases at this point or screens so a little more elaboration on these two points would be appreciated. Plan on putting this under the seat in my Civic.
I know what the max draw of your CPU is, which is an important figure. That figure will give you a rough idea of what DC-DC PSU would work best for your proposed setup.
Now, you're probably asking, "But I was just going to get an inverter!"
Good thinking, compadre. You're applying the old grey matter, which is good.
However, as you do some reading, you're going to understand that a DC-DC PSU is far superior to an inverter for a number of reasons (including space, heat, RFI and inefficiency). An inverter will work, mind you. It's just an inferior solution in many ways.
My point is that the CPU is more of a determining factor than the motherboard you choose. Once you have the rest sorted out, the motherboard is pretty much a place to plug in your CPU, drives & PSU.
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