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    Carputer for 3000gt need expert advice

    Ok I want to build a carputer for my 3000gt to use for mp3s/dvd/gps

    I need to keep the price as low as I can as I am jobless right now anyone have any idea where I should start or can anyone give me a decent list of parts/prices?

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    Mini-ITX $100-$200
    Screen $250-$400
    HD $50-100
    DVD $50
    PS $60-$150
    GPS $100-$250
    Memory $50
    Additional Stuff $100

    $500 - $1000 I Guess.. any real figures.. I haven't spent anything yet.
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    This is the list that I have put together for stuff I'll be getting soon.

    From Ebay:
    VIA Mini-Itx Car PC DC DC PSU $94.95
    PANASONIC 8122-B Slim Slot CD-R, CD-RW , DVD $89.00
    From idotpc.com:
    VIA/FIC EPIA M 10000, 1.0GHz (Nehemiah) $164.00
    512MB PC2100 DDR266 $99.00VIA Mini-Itx Car PC DC DC PSU
    SLIM CD-ROM IDE ADAPTER $7.00
    From Tigerdirect.com:
    Seagate 80GB / 7200 / 8MB / 9.0 / Ultra ATA-100 EIDE Hard Drive $219.00
    From digitalww.com:
    7" VGA LCD MONITOR $380.00

    All of this comes out to $1,052.95 plus shipping and case, miscellaneous cables, etc.

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    Woah, me gonna have to wait thats wayyyyyy to much for my liking... what about just a simple 7" lcd + enough stuff to play mp3s/dvds.... forget the gps ect... plus I have ram and such

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    well you shouldn't consider building a car pc until you know how much you can spend and know exactly what you need to get you want cheap hows this?
    any motherboard you can find $15 - 30
    RAM you said you have
    Any processor (above 450Mhz should do)
    decent sound card $20 at any store
    Case and power supply $25 - 50 (250 watt min)
    ATI or Nvidia Video card with tv out $25 - 75
    300 Watt Inverter (I've seen as low as $25)
    PSone LCD (generic $50+)
    OK heres the deal, hit up all of the local computer stores most would have old hardware lying around and they're always looking to make a quick buck I'm sure you could get away cheaply if you ask for any old hardware, next pick yourself up a generic PSone LCD screen and wire it up you can add little things like input devices and upgrade as you go but thats about as crude a car PC you could get. you could get away for as little as $150

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    hows the psone work w/o a vga cable?

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    you get a graphics card that outputs to composite.

    Car computers are as expensive as you make them.
    10.4" industrial touchscreen: 125 after shipping
    Touchscreen overlay: 35 after shipping
    Touchscreen controller: 35 after shipping
    15" VGA cable: $20 after shipping
    delorme earthmate with software: 125 at the delorme store in maine
    misc. cables: $50
    computer I got in a trade: $0
    a bunch of junk i had lying arround: $0

    and I had myself a car computer. Now of course, since that I've almost spent another $800. get a check, and give it to somebody else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animosity
    Ok I want to build a carputer for my 3000gt to use for mp3s/dvd/gps

    I need to keep the price as low as I can as I am jobless right now anyone have any idea where I should start or can anyone give me a decent list of parts/prices?
    Question I have all the parts needed, the only issue I have is where to put the screen. I have thought of putting it where the stereo is, and pushing the stereo down so I can still use the aux input.

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    that hard drive is way overpriced man, i can get an 80 gig for ~90-100

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    I've heard some good things about some of the smaller computer stores around our area selling outdated stuff cheap, we should go try to talk down some prices sometime and maybe get a group discount lol

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