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Thread: How much did you guys spend on your box?

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    Mar 2005

    How much did you guys spend on your box?

    Meaning just your carputer? No monitors, etc.

    How much on your box?

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    FLA gospeed.racer's Avatar
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    Dec 2003
    Portland, OR
    Thats hard to has been thru several "Phases"....
    I would guestimate about $600 for my current setup without attatchments. But some of mine are inside the case, like the usb 802.11 and serial remote. Also, my case has a Laptop cd-rw/dvd drive and 250gb 3.5" hard drive. Others may not have these "in the box" so it is hard to compare costs.
    2005 Ford Focus ST

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    Constant Bitrate bluehcc's Avatar
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    Jun 2004
    Queens, NY
    $150 for the computer only
    2006 Camry
    Compaq Laptop
    Holux GPS Iguidance 3.0
    7" Xenarc Touch Screen
    Carnetix 1900 Power Supplied, Wireless b/g

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    Low Bitrate ketchup318's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Monterey Park, CA
    well it's hard to give a hard number on that. i originally thought it would be a cheap hobby. i had the hard drive (laptop) so i needed the motherboard (M10000) and PS (opus 90) so i figured it'd be 150 for the MB and 120 for the opus. so about 270 (+ 290 for the monitor shipped)....

    then i realized that i needed an amp cause i don't have a head unit that will accept inputs. started with a cheap 60 dollar pioneer amp. then needed power, ground wires. then figured the sound wasn't good enough. added a line driver and crossover and EQ, oh also patch cables. still didn't sound good enough. got a SB audigy NX 2 (USB). it was ok, then i heard that digital output may sound better. then i got a PG 5.1MT amp. then optical cable. that's where the sound portion stops... for now.

    then you add in things like GPS receiver, usb hubs, radio and tv cards (or card), external DVD drives... i'm looking at well over 1500 dollars. and now i'm thinking of changing my lilliput to xenarc. oh well... it's just money... i'll make more.

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    FLAC IntellaWorks's Avatar
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    been doing this for a while so a lot.

    the current box is about 900.00
    Progress [I will seriously never be done!]
    Via EPIA MII
    512MB RAM
    OEM GPS (embedded)
    nLite WinXP pro on
    1GB Extreme III CF card
    Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
    Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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    Feb 2005
    $300 brand new from dell.
    Case - free.
    video card - $80
    802.11g card - $40
    tv/radio tuner - $25

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    Jan 2005
    Federal Way, WA
    Everything in the Case. MB, Memory, HDD, CDR-DVD, Serial control boards, PSU - ITPS, and the case. I do have a custom aluminium case built just to fit in my dash.
    About $600 - $900

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    Oct 2004


    I ve bought a PIII laptop (256mb, 20 gb, docking station and a working battery) for $ 550 (I know it is expensive but its tooo late) and modded a plastic toolbox to secure eveything ($10).

    It's all...
    Upgraded to a Civic lately and just started construction...

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    Constant Bitrate HostileJava's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    Northampton, PA
    About $30 bux so far. The computer I got from work, it was one that was never picked up. And then I jsut scrounged for spare parts at work. It was one of those sff gateways. It's a 800PIII 512MB PC133 40GB HDD. I'm sure I'll have to spend more on it to finish it. But I did get the majority for pretty much nothing.

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    Mar 2004
    Little Elm, Texas
    less than $500....I believe....all new too
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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