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    I was convinced to do this so ... what do I do?

    Well, I've scoured all the forums and read and read on what to do and this and that, but I still have no clue where to start. Ok so I need a computer huh. I saw that they can be pretty small so that it won't take up any more of my already limited interior of my Z. I pretty much understand the power source and monitor stuff and hooking it up eventually to my car system. The only thing I'm concerned with is actually building the computer; all the internals, the guts if you will. That I have no idea where to start.

    What I want is well the capability of playing movies and having all my mp3 files and also anything else that I would like to access from my computer. The radio system in my car only consists of 2 front speakers, an aftermarket headunit (which I wouldn't mind getting rid of) and a 10" sub in the back, all powered by a 4 channel Phoenix Gold amp. Maybe sometime in the future I will want Navigation in the car, but not for the moment.

    I guess my question is what do I need to build a computer? hahaha. Also, is there a way to be able to listen to the radio without having another head unit in the car?

    Thanks in Advance

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    I think its funny how so many people swear that they read everything here and still have no clue.

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    It's cause I have no clue what I'm reading. hahahahhaa.

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    From my own research you can purchase an FM USB (or a combo TV/FM) tuner for not a lot of money. Do a froogle search for "usb fm tuner"

    Or you could get a USB XM adapter.

    I started my part search by going to http://www.mini-itx.com and chosing a MB. I would think anything over 600mhz would do, but personally I'd say get at least a 1ghz chip, since its only like $20-30 more. I'm a complete newbie at this, who doesn't even have a carputer yet, so take my advice for what it's worth. I'm just going on what research I've done.

    So what you'll need is:

    An all in one mini-itx cpu/mobo with lots of ports and built in hardware, or if you have space you can get a full blown PC and hide it in your trunk
    RAM (I'd say 512)
    Touchscreen monitor
    Laptop harddrive (20gb+ minimum I would think, 40+ if you have a sizable MP3 collection or want all navi maps local, I'm thinking of going 60+)
    Power Supply (opus PSU's seem to be popular around here, not sure why yet)
    If you have a wifi network I would think a wireless usb card will make your life a lot easier (TS or VPN in for changes, transfer music, etc), get one with a antenna port if you plan on long range connections
    Software to drive it all (WinXP, Winamp, etc.)

    Thats what I will be starting with except with a GPS mouse and some navi software.

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    do the searches here on USB FM, as you'll see, the solution isn't that great. Bad reception, etc. This is why I kept the headunit. I would get the XM usb adapter instead like the above message said.

    Truely, do a searches and look at other peoples complete projects (Show off your Projects sections)

    I run a BookPC under my passenger seat wired to the battery w/ an kill button.
    I use the aux in from my pioneer HU. I'm running Mp3/DVD/DIVX/GPS/OBDII and soon sprint internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kscuts50
    I think its funny how so many people swear that they read everything here and still have no clue.

    I think itís funny that this comment always seems to find its way onto this type of thread. Not everyone is tech savvy. Not everyone will understand the basics -- for the same reason you don't know all there is to know about everything. I'm left to assume that you know something about computers, so is it that far of a strech to ask you to remember the time when you first cracked a computer case to see what the big deal was? So this person should buy a beginners desktop construction manual -- tell them that, rather than making them feel much like you actually act -- a ss. I ,like you, am a "newbie" to this site -- leave the crass remarks to those who have been here long enough to earn the right to make them.

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    Man, when I first joined I read so much, yet I still had no clue about power. I remember it made absolutely no sense to me, LDO regulators and the like. So ease up man! You'll find out that most of the people who have been here a while are really understanding unless people are asking blatantly obvious questions in a rude manner.
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    I don't mind Newbie questions (as long as their in the Newbie forum).

    Try to do searches for specific questions you have and if you can't find it, create a thread specific to that question in the appropriate forum. You'll get the best response that way.

    Welcome to the board. I love your car. There used to be someone with a sweet 300zx setup.

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    I am not specifically picking on MiStaGiO I just happened to pick his thread because there are so many like it already. This site has tons of info on it if you just read some of the however many posts that are here. You can come here not knowing anything about computers and build one completely from scratch without asking any questions since most everything is already thoroughly covered, even if you are not "tech savvy". Basically you just have to be literate and speak English (I know some of our friends out there canít so I donít mean to pick on you). In the same manner you can build a complete audio system for your car just from the info that this site contains. Hell even things like how to build your own giant waterslide are on here. "Newbieís", ( I don't care for that word) ask the same questions over and over again and then people reply with either "search" or "blah blah blah this is what you should get blah blah blah" which is just repeating what has already been covered so many other times.

    "I ,like you, am a "newbie" to this site -- leave the crass remarks to those who have been here long enough to earn the right to make them. "

    Really the word newbie under my name doesn't mean I can't make remarks like I have. All newbie under my name means is that I haven't posted a lot. However I have read enough threads to know what goes on here all the time.

    I am not purposely trying to hurt anyoneís feelings or be insensitive so I apologize in advance for whatever pain and suffering I brought to your lives. I know I probably used horrible grammar and spelling so you donít need to rip on me for that, I think everything I wrote is fairly comprehensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero260b4u
    I ,like you, am a "newbie" to this site -- leave the crass remarks to those who have been here long enough to earn the right to make them.
    Thank you for giving me permission.

    Quote Originally Posted by kscuts50
    I am not purposely trying to hurt anyoneís feelings or be insensitive so I apologize in advance for whatever pain and suffering I brought to your lives. I know I probably used horrible grammar and spelling so you donít need to rip on me for that, I think everything I wrote is fairly comprehensible.
    You use horrible grammar and spelling! Everything you wrote is very incomprehensible.
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