Ditch the CD player. Put a slimline drive in it's place.Originally Posted by GibsonLP
Several people have extended their IDE cables quite far with no ill effects. Search on "IDE cable length" or "IDE extension" or some variation to find posts on the topic.2. Is there an indash LCD + DVD combo? - I know that IDE would have problems travelling all the way from under the seat to the dash, maybe there is a USB DVD+indash VGA? - Couldn't find either on google.
It should be, as long as the vents aren't covered up.3. What about cooling requirements? is the "under the seat" location suitable cooling-wise?
Don't have one. Don't know.4. How much noise does the OPUS unit for example produce?
I don't know much about the OPUS systems.I don't have enough experiance with welding stuff, so I guess I'd buy everything and just assamble the stuff myself, what would you say about the OPUS system?
Right. You just don't need that much power for what you want to do.The only problem I see with it right now is that it is a bit under-spec'ed, however - for the list of things I would like to do with this machine it should suffice (I am a power-holic )
That's do-able.Oh yeah... budget - well, actually there is no actual limit right now, I would love to stay around the $1000-$1300 though.
One thing you might consider is setting the system up as dual boot Windows/Linux. There are tons of programs that will do everything on your list for Windows with very little difficulty. Linux will be a different story and while you're working on getting all of the apps to run, you can have the Windows install and all of the working program.
By the way, an odd idea might be to get a mac mini if you're experienced with Unix. The case you linked to is practically the cost of a mini before adding the processore and memory. Some people will recoil in horror at this suggestion. I'm just throwing it out for your info.