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    Suggestions for carputer foundation

    Hello all, I am new here and to the hobby. I have been doing research on this topic and this site is great for that, there have been many ways to accomplish the same goals. I want to have a carputer that is touchscreen, integrates to my cell phone (Audiovox XV6600*bluetooth enabled), existing bluetooth GPS receiver, DVD, MP3, WIFI, FM Tuner and I'm sure I will want to leave room for expansion and upgrade. Are there any suggestions as to which computer and power supply, etc. to start with, whether it be a home built or box bought, I'm open to all suggestions, pros and cons. Thanks for the input.

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    There are two ways to build something like you are looking for.

    The first: A small motherboard, such as a Mini-ITX, or even smaller Nano-ITX with a power supply such as an OPUS.

    PRO's:
    small, easily built-into little spaces (dashboard, glove compartment, etc.)
    low heat, for those little spaces
    low power requirements, smaller power supply needed

    CON's:
    not very upgradeable, due to limited PCI slots (may not be a problem)
    limited power (but powerful enough to run most carputer applications)

    The second: A large, full blown desktop PC system with either a larger power supply, or an inverter

    PRO's
    can be upgraded (more PCIs)
    as powerful as you want to make it
    can play Halo 2, Doom 3, etc. (extremely useful on the highway)

    CON's
    large
    noisy (fans)
    require much larger power supplys


    There are store bought options for each. But, you really ought to
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    I'd like to add a mATX based system to the list. Its a good compromise between the two (although it probably falls under desktop PC in kiltJim's comparison)
    My first carPC!
    MP3/CD player
    Celeron 633MHz - 10GB Seagate - 64MB PC100 - Win XP

    Soon to actually find its way into the car!

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    You know, I debated on whether to put that in there. I decided that it would fall into desktop system and that someone would point that out to me, and say that I didn't know what I was talking about. Guess you can't please everyone.
    2000 Subaru OBS

    Dell P3 @ 900 Mhz
    7" Lilliput TS w/DigitalWW in-dash mount
    80GB External HD

    I am Zero Bitrate....

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