Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28

Thread: Thinking about building a carpc (planning stage)

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    11

    Thinking about building a carpc (planning stage)

    Hey guys and gals, first post here. I have been looking at building a carpc for nav and media use. I currently have a desktop pc, (p4 northwood ~2ghz or so, 512mb ram, onboard graphics, on board sound or a creative audigy gold.) For power i have a 500-600watt ups and a 400 watt cobra inverter. The only part im really lacking is the touchscreen. I have been looking for a 7" touch screen that i can mount below my ac controls in my blazer.

    My plan is to run power from the battery to the inverter then to the ups and finally to the pc. The biggest problem im facing is what to use for the hd. I build pcs and do pc repair but im not 100% if a laptop drive will stand up the the abuse of driving. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    Admin. Linux loser.
    Auto Apps:loading...
    Bugbyte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Corning, NY
    Posts
    7,359
    Blog Entries
    2
    3.5" stand up better to road abuse than 2.5" drives.

    Don't use an inverter. It introduces noise. Use a DC-DC intelligent power supply and get auto-start capability.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    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.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

  3. #3
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    11
    What i was planning on doing was to use the cobra inverter and then hook the apc ups up to that in order to provide clean power to the pc as the pc would be running off filtered current from the ups. This would also solve the issue for turning the car on and off while the pc is on as the pc will be running straight from the ups when the car is powered off. If this will not provide clean power then i guess ill have to get a dc/dc later on when i get the cash. Thanks for the help.

  4. #4
    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Elsewhere
    Posts
    13,950
    As a general rule, UPS & inverter don't play nice together.
    Never mind the bulk of those two pieces.

    You can get an M2 for around 65 bucks that will power a wide range of systems.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

  5. #5
    North of the land of Hey Huns
    Auto Apps:loading...

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Westminster, MD
    Posts
    2,127
    Not to mention the inefficiency of going DC to AC to DC to AC to DC.
    :boggle:
    "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
    RevFE
    My Shop

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Missouri, US
    Posts
    11
    I just saw about 35 m4-atx dc-dc go for $29 shipped on ebay.

  7. #7
    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Elsewhere
    Posts
    13,950
    Quote Originally Posted by kingbrandont View Post
    I just saw about 35 m4-atx dc-dc go for $29 shipped on ebay.
    I wouldn't trust them.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

  8. #8
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    11
    Since you all seem to frown on the use of inverters as well as all the other results i have found it looks like ill be ordering a m4 dc/dc psu. Im going with that one because i believe the pc i will be using will require around 200w to run (around 90% load at that wattage.) That will solve the power issue. The only thing ill be left with is lcd mounting and which lcd to use. I have been looking for a 5" or 7" lcd and like the lilliput EBY701-np. In order to use it in my 2000 s10 blazer ill need to find a dash bezel out of a Oldsmobile bravada since my blazer is only 1.5 din and the bravada will be 2din which will make mounting the screen alot easier.

  9. #9
    MySQL Error soundman98's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    on the border of northern IL/IN
    Posts
    5,820
    hmm, i thought the bravada used the same dash as the blazer...(hence a 1.5 din radio opening in each)..

  10. #10
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    11
    im a member of blazer forum and i have found info on there stating that all ill need to do is get the bezel that covers the radio and a/c controls to make it 2 din. This has to be out of either a bravada (any year with the same body as a 98+ blazer or a 2003+ blazer. The downside with the 03 + blazer is the dash bezel mounts differently so i would have to do some modifications to fit it. I will be stopping by a junk yard today to see if i can find a dash that will work.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. New MM Plugin - HUD Display (Planning stage)
    By NiN^_^NiN in forum Map Monkey
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 03-21-2005, 08:28 PM
  2. Rebuild (Planning Stage)
    By djXternal in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-04-2005, 01:03 PM
  3. Building a CarPC...
    By Kusanagi_Kei in forum Newbie
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 08-25-2004, 03:19 AM
  4. planning stage is almost complete!
    By pdub in forum Newbie
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 07-16-2004, 12:02 AM
  5. Help with building my first CarPC
    By nickmv in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-31-2004, 12:07 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •