Please review my setup/thoughts
Newbie here. Very familiar with PC's, "medium" knowledge of car audio setups, zero knowledge of custom work (fabricating dashes and such.)
I'd like to build a "carputer" that can handle Navigation and MP3 primarily, DVD/Video is an OK plus if I can drive a monitor for the back seat (for a child) but really not a big deal.
I've been debating on whether or not to do away with the head unit, and I haven't decided. I have a '99 e46 BMW 328i sedan, and have the CD Player unit. From what I can tell no one makes a DIN sized touch screen motorized monitor, correct? If they did I think I would do away with the H/U. Since they don't here is what I'm thinking:
Get a blitzsafe aux pack for my head unit that ties into the cd changer input. Connect this to the output of my carputer for audio.
Build a decent spec PC (1ghz or more, opus PSU, 7" touchscreen display, wifi, bluetooth, possibly XM) and try to hide a mini-atx PC in the glove box, gps mouse and xm antenna on the dash, and try to mount the monitor on the side of the a/c control area in the center facing the driver. Questions:
Software, what is recommended for front end software to control all these items?
GPS: What is good GPS software and how much should I expect to pay?
MP3 Software: What are most using, winamp with a skin?
Shutdown/Startup: From my understanding this is handled by the Opus, is this a correct assumption?
How well does the front end software really look, I mean does it all look good and is it easy to navigate with a touch screen?
Last but not least, any blue tooth software to control a blue tooth phone?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give, I'll continue to lurk these forums and look for answers.