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    Help me pick a solution please

    So I am ready to invest in a car PC setup, and when I thought I had it all figured out (read: after joining this forum and doing many searches), I realized that maybe I am not going for the best solution and don't understand everything yet, so here are some questions:

    1) I am planning on going with a mini-itx system, but would it be a better idea to go with a Capuccino PC or regular mini ATX system?
    2) If I go with mini-itx, which is the best board (reliable and efficient) board out there?
    3) Which case would be the most recommended, and what power supply will fit in that case? (from what I understand the Opus is ATX only).
    4)What about that ITPS module, is it reliable and a must have? (my car is comes with a sensor which will shut down any accessories when it detects the battery is getting low, but I never tested this of course).
    5) Should I locate the PC (assuming it's a small case) under the passenger seat, so it can enjoy the AC/Heating as there is also a vent in that location or should I put it in the trunk?
    6) Should I apply extra insulation on the outside to keep the system warmer in the winter, without blocking the PC exhaust of course (and cooler when the car is parked during the hot summers), and to protect from vibrations (maybe dynomat will work?)
    7) I have 2 cigeratte lighter jacks/plugs, one is on all the time, even when the car is turned off, the other one works only when the car is running, I was thinking of hooking the PC up to the always on plug, and the LCD to the other plug, or should both be always on?
    8) Is CoPilot still the most recommended/compatible GPS solution?
    9) Which ODBII solution is relatively cheap and looks great on a 7" monitor?


    Thanks guys, I realize some of these questions have been asked before, but I never found the answers I was looking for. I am trying to keep the budget around $1k, the less the better of course.

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    go visit the "show off your project" and see what works well and looks good, set your budget and go for it, there are guys setting records with the least amount spent and guys setting records for the most amount spent as well,

    you takes your choice and.......

    either way its fun, let common sense guide you rather than wallet heroics, remember pc power = heat and power consumption,
    Nano ITX / 512 MB / 60 GB / Panasonic slot load / M1-ATX / Bu303 / Sound blaster 24 / PPi amps / rockford sub

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    I'm just starting mine, and I'm going with Epia M2 or 10000 on an Opus 90W (Which is an ITX PSU)
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    what case are you looking at? and what LCD are you going with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by electron
    what case are you looking at? and what LCD are you going with?
    I think i'll go with the case from opus, but the lcd i dont know yet.

    http://www.opussolutions.com/modules...article&sid=25

    I want digital not this analog crap. I just dont know how much it'll cost me yet. from what i looked around you can get a LVDS NEC 7" XGA screen for about 400$ so thats aout the price of a xenarc. I still have to shop around.
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    One more thing. I dont know if you people noticed but the Epia M2 and 10000 have LVDS output

    Tested it, works nice. (although had problems on the M2)
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    I assume with the Opus suply, there is no need for that ITPS module as it already includes a shutdown timer (and voltage regulator I assume)? I didn't see any pricing tho. I also saw this case on their site: http://www.opussolutions.com/modules...=article&sid=4 which comes with the motherboard, looks pretty nice!

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    [QUOTE=KaiTech]I think i'll go with the case from opus, but the lcd i dont know yet.

    http://www.opussolutions.com/modules...article&sid=25
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    Let us know when you get the price for the Opus case.

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    Logic_supply has them for $440, I can't paste the url as it seems to censor it for some reason. I think that's a little too much.

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