I begin my Carputer Journey
So before you go and spend half an hour responding to me let it be known I am not yet certain I plan to embark on this endeavour yet. I have the money, I have the interest, but I have greater interests... the thing is the other interests are against my parents wishes so the next few days will show which "plan" I go with lol.
Here is what I was looking at hardware wise (everything but the first two items are from NewEgg.com);
Lilliput 7": $280
Opus 150W DC-DC PSU: $170
Asus A7V400 mini ATX: $50
AMD Sempron +2200 Processor: $65
2x256mb Kingston Value Ram 2700: $50
Samsung SpinPoint 40gb 7200RPM HDD: $50
NEC Slim DVD/RW/DL/etc: $100
For a grand total of ~$755
One thing I am not sure about is the HDD. Part of me thinks since they so cheap I might as well get a large one and keep everything on it. Part of me plans on getting the 40gb just for windows and software, and then run MP3's, videos, etc off an external. Part of me thinks it would be really sweet (especially since I have so many smaller HDDs laying around) to setup a "flash HDD" setup just pop in a HDD with movies I want or such in. Not sure though if power wise it would be better to go with a single larger, or if it would actually work better with two, not sure...
I know the DVD Burner may be overkill but I want a DL burner and rather than spend an assload to get a DVD player for my car and a DVD burner for my comp I might as well get one for the car (besides it has good reviews and I could save like $40-50 getting a non burner so who cares).
I think it sounds like a good setup hardware wise, simplisticly easy to expand on (IE 3 PCI to add sound card, or 8x AGP slot etc. etc.) yet strong in the harder to upgrade areas such as processor and memory. Again some of the things may be overkill but if I simplified everything (Duron intead of Athlon, 256mb instead of 512, etc, etc) I might save like $100 and that $100 isn't going to make or break the project so I just assume get a kicking carputer system.
My other fear is the mobo, I am an advocate for not skimping on the motherboard, at first I had one that was like $39 lol, but I decided I might as well spend the extra $10 and get a namebrand one like Asus that at least I know has the name behind it lol.
And lastly I dont know if power wise this would all fit under 150W, again I'm an advocate of stuffing the latest and greatest into systems, so I don't know how to shop "conservatively" lol.
Lastly I know I am missing some minor hardware such as GPS etc. etc., but those are things I can add, I am looking more at the things I need to get this up and working.
And this time really lastly, I am going to run by Car Toys tomorrow, they have a "perfect fit" DVD system for my Monte Carlo so I may take a look and see if I can buy just the mounting kit.
Thanks for any feedback!