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    Brand new member! My CarPc project and a little bit about me.

    Hey everyone my name is Deano I'm 21 (22 on the 19th of this month) I'm from England. I currently own a 2000 BMW Z3. I am a vehicle technician (fancy mechanic if you want to put it that way) working for Ford.

    For a long time I wanted to build my own desktop PC for home use. It took me a little while to finally get my rear in to gear but once I had bought all the components it took me a few days to get it all up and running. After completeing my desktop I then had the urge to do it again. As I said earlier it did take me a little while to build the cpu in the first place and I finished the computer about 18 months ago, the urge is still strong and putting a pc in a car really appeals to me.

    So I have been doing a little bit of research here and there and it didn't take me very long at all to stumble upon this little gem of a website. Now I am really getting ready to start this little project. I'm not sure whether the project will end up in the Z3 or a Mazda RX-8 or possibly a Nissan 350z.

    The use for the Car PC. In my opinion having a pc in your car is pretty cool, regardless of what it runs but that would be a waste of potential. The main uses for the PC would be listening to music, watching DVD's, sat nav, using my mobile phone through bluetooth and maybe access to the internet.

    I plan on buying most of my stuff from the mp3.com store. Do you guys think that is a good idea or should I shop around for other stuff? What sort of set up would you recommend I go for.

    I have a very small bit of experience in comps but when it comes to programmes I'm useless so I have alot of reading to do around here before I get up and running, I do plan on buying all of the hardware first though so that at least I could have it running.

    I would be grateful of any hints or tips you guys could give me along the way. I look forward to getting to know some of you and maybe getting this project off of the ground.

    Cheers, Deano.

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    If you live in the U.K., it will be cheaper to source your stuff in the U.K. Customs duties are apparently quite stiff. For a site with lots of locals, try digital-car.uk
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Welcome!

    What kind of budget you looking at? That is really the determining factor on setup.

    Also, are you going in-dash or just a touchscreen in the dash with the computer in a case elsewhere?
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    Thanks for the link Bug I will check that place out too.

    Well I'd like to say I'm going to splash it all on my credit card so it doesn't really matter but if I'm honest I wouldn't like to spend much more than like 800.

    Well ideally I would like to have an in-dash set up but my BMW is a single DIN, it would be mush easier of it was a double DIN like in most Fords, so I think my best bet would be to have the comp in the (very small) boot and have the touchscreen placed somewhere in the dash.

    When I built my home comp I used www.dabs.com alot, they are great for what I wanted then. They don't seen to have much in the form of mini-atx or small form motherboards. So I will have to look around that why I thought the store here would have been great but I know what you mean about the sting of customs.

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