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    I need help from all you Pro's

    Can you experienced people help me set up a carputer. I don't know ***** about computers but i really want a carputer. I am willing to spend $500 is that to much or to little? Can it be compatable with my subwoofer and my amp? How do you get dvd/gps/music on a carputer? I need to know what i need to buy to make my carputer. and also how to install it into my Nissan titan. Is there shops that do install and make carputers in cali?
    -thanks guys

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    Use the "Search" button you n00b
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    It will depend on how much you to do and what kind of setup you are looking for, but $500 is probably rather low. One 7" LCD screen will take half of that. Professional installation will not be cheap either. I have a lot of the parts already, but I've got close to that figure in mine already. (Screen $250, sound card $60, amp $50, currently non-functioning DIY power supply $40 in parts, USB hub $10, slot load slim Cd drive $20.) I already had a mini computer w/AMD 500MHz, TV card, wireless keyboard, etc. As for the other questions, you should and read up, there is a huge amount of info here.

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    I do search but i dont understand what you guys are talking about.
    So will $650 do? And dont want to install the LCD myself because i am not really good with installing that kinda of stuff to my car, you think a shop can do it?

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    If you know nothing about computers $500 in labor won't even help you.
    Basically every part is broken up into forum sections here, take the time and search. And what do you mean your not good with that kinda stuff? If you can't run wires and install your own screen then I hope you have a Car Audio friend, otherwise it'll cost you up the *** in install fees.

    You'll need more like $1300 +- to get a decent setup, atleast this is what I quote to all my friends that want a carputer. You can cut out here or there but $1300! Plus in your case the cost of install and who knows what a shop would charge.
    Mine needs to be updated.

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    Ya there is a whole section for Newbies. One of the stickies explaines all of the basics and what you will need. I have a fairly nice carputer setup and it cost around $900-$1000. Every little part adds up to be a lot of money. Just read through the posts in this forum for awhile and you will catch on.
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    also it should be said that if you're not comfortable building your own computer from scratch components, then you need to look into a prebuilt system. that will not be available with your $500 or $600 budget. even in parts alone, I don't think any of us has managed $500-$600. screen will run you $200 at the very least, power supply will run you at least $100. motherboard, memory, harddrive, will set you back prob another 200-300. and you're over budget right there. that doesn't even include the rest of the stuff that's required like gps,wireless keyboard/mouse, a cdrom drive, etc etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystar
    also it should be said that if you're not comfortable building your own computer from scratch components, then you need to look into a prebuilt system. that will not be available with your $500 or $600 budget. even in parts alone, I don't think any of us has managed $500-$600. screen will run you $200 at the very least, power supply will run you at least $100. motherboard, memory, harddrive, will set you back prob another 200-300. and you're over budget right there. that doesn't even include the rest of the stuff that's required like gps,wireless keyboard/mouse, a cdrom drive, etc etc etc.
    and cables and crap to install all the cableing.... Excpect to pay $200 for the power supply and $300 for the screen. Just like krystar said: if you don't know how to build your own computer then paying for a prebuilt one will cost you even more.
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    advice: go get an alpine or clarion headunit and burn mp3's on cdr's instead! hehe

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    Although its not the most popular way of doing it, you may be able to keep it under 500, or at least around that number this way:

    1.Find an old computer that has either an AT (not ATX) power supply, or capabilities to power up after power loss
    2.buy an inverter that is strong enough to power the desktop pc
    3.buy an fm modulator
    4.buy a screen

    I found a 7" lilliput ts for 265 after shipping, an fm mod will set you back about 40. If you can buy an inverter and a old scrapped pc for 200, and throw in a little extra for the wiring...you'll have it, but most likely it wont do much without some modification on the pc side...

    Good Luck


    here's what I did:
    700 watt inverter in trunk (mine set me back around 100, but if you are only going to run a pc, you could probably get away with a 300, which can set you back as little as 30-40), with a switch to turn it on and off on my dash

    IBM 333mhz, 64MB ram, 40GB HDD (someone was throwing it away with a bad hdd, I added the 40GB hdd)

    fm mod.

    7"lilliput

    This is enough to create a mobile 40gb mp3 player, but I intend sometime next month to put wireless internet, gps, and dvd on the car...plus figure out how to fit that screen into my dash where my headunit once resided (had to put my head unit in my glovebox to make room)

    It may be possible to do the job for that pricerange (as I originally tried to do), but if you are willing to put a little time into learning about what you are trying to do, you will be able to save money on install by doing some of it yourself, and be able to apply more money into the computer itself.

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