Newbie questions...system proposal, etc...(first post)
I have this project turbo minivan I'm working on, and I've been looking at this big goofy center consule it has, thinking, Man! I'm sure I could get a computer in there.
I've been looking around, and it seems that saving space is a huge part of people's component choices. But it seems like I have a buttload of space. Is there any reason to use one of the little tiny integrated everything ITX VIA boards, or would I be just as happy using an ATX board with something like an xp1500+ chip, running windows XP off a 40 GB 3.5 inch IDE drive, and running 256-512 of PC2100? I mean, is there any reason once space has been removed. I could see where power would be an issue, but what about running a nice Sparkle 250 W PS and an invertor to make it run on DC?
I know there is going to be issues with boot up and shut down and all that, although I would assume you all have figured out ways around that as well.)
Also, PartsExpress.com has a 13.3 inch screen on sale for $390 or so down from $2100...I think, again, I have lots of space, so bigger is better, however that $390 seems like a lot of extra cash to me...Anyone know of a good 10 inch for under $300?
Also, what power inverter would you all recommend?
Also, last but not least...is there any reason at all for me to worry about using a head unit? I listen to exclusively MP3s and i plan on hooking dvd to it somehow. I was kind of planning to look into a nice dvd/cdrw slot loaded drive for this...since mainly i'll be running off the HD anyway.