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    yup money wll fly out of your walet while your on the project, youll be buying lil bits you never of thought you would buy just to get soething looking/ working right. Good fun though
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    ok so here is my input ( i am a student and am always after doing things on the cheap where possible, this has caused me to learn skills that i didnt previously have)

    the truth be told you could build an entire computer system up for under 30 without problems ( including a crt monitor) if you stick to old parts and less fassionable brands if you stick to 'off the shelf parts' and dont go micro like a lot of people on here suggest

    what you have to look at is what is your MAIN priority is it keeping the price down, keeping small or indeed having many gadgets?

    i have an mp3 playing system that works ( boots within 1min) and plays mp3s happily it runs of all standard pc parts that cost me a total of 15 in fact it boots xp! admitadly it doesnt have a screen but i have a tft screen that i have lying arround ( so if i ever get the urge it is there)

    ok, ok so i have to have mains to run it ( not ideal) but it cost me a LOT less than ppl here look at!!!

    tho it is bigger than a number that you see ( has a simple but effective home made case)

    if u r looking at quality/size go with fancy psu's and stuff but b4 you do look into cheap or free parts ( a good place to start is a local university, they throw out all sorts of stuff usually!!!)

    hope i have been of some use

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    podcake, are you using a laptop or you put pc parts in a case, if so, what kind of case you're using and what p/s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbuh10
    Halllllllo everyone, first post. I've been looking at carputers for about a week now and I decided after a few days that I too want a carputer like many of you drivers out there. I have no experience in making my own PC or audio installations.
    Well, the first thing I would do is try to learn as much as possible about a desktop system. If you do not know how to do any thing to the internals of a computer, you need to learn. A good way to learn is to go to a local small time computer shop and ask them if you can work for free, tell them you know nothing but you want to learn, they might teach you - they might not.
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    does it help to let you guys know that i have 3 desktop PC's,(2 of them 1.7 GHZ 512 RAM) that I don't use, will that save me money? They're mid-tower sized cases though and they wont fit under my accord seats.

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    by the way, i don't think I can go too serious about this because my car is a lease (for 1 and a half more years)

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    okay for some reason im confused again, basically the only hardware i need to complete the carputer into my car is:

    One of my Home PC's (but everything moved into a slimmer case)
    LCD Display (7" Good? Touchscreen Good?)
    GPS Receiver
    OPUS Power Source (i don't understand what this does, what is this?)

    Is this all I need to start off ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbuh10
    okay for some reason im confused again, basically the only hardware i need to complete the carputer into my car is:

    One of my Home PC's (but everything moved into a slimmer case)
    LCD Display (7" Good? Touchscreen Good?)
    GPS Receiver
    OPUS Power Source (i don't understand what this does, what is this?)

    Is this all I need to start off ?
    Yes, thats basically it. (you do need some routing software for the GPS)
    You could swap the OPUS for a much cheaper invertor, and use the power suppy from your old cabinet.
    The Opus is a power supply with an advanced (and great) power up/shutdown controller, that powers up the system when you start your car, and shuts it down nicely when you turn off the ignition.

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    Not much will fit under the seat of an Accord.... Will it? i thought that was a small space.
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    yeah.. i just checked, theres like an inch and a half of space between floor and under the chair. i dont think ill be putting the puter under my seat, but where else can i put it? i dont wanna put it in my trunk because i have my subs in there, along with amp and capacitator.


    where can I find one of these opus power supplies that starts/shuts my cpu up/down? are they pricey?

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