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    using desktop parts

    This is my first post, and I am not really a computer guru at all anyway, just work with them. I am current building a new hot rod project and am wanting to put a car pc in it (or as I read in here DUH fits) I am looking to use a holley universal efi kit which needs a serial port to connect to the ecm on the holley efi unit.

    The question is:
    I have several older pc's in my shop since I do cnc machining etc and update to newer pcs and the car I am working on is getting a custom built dash etc, I am wondering if I can take apart one of my very good pc's I updated from and mount the mother board etc in under the dash to my own made case, use a power supply like a dc to dc convertor or a big inverter etc and keep my 512 mb ram, stock key board, mouse etc p4 cpu etc and mate it to a touch screen moniter? Basically is it possible to use a desktop pc and make a case under the dash instead of buying a new car pc kit or new parts?

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    done all the time.... this board is full of installs like this..... start reading

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    Yup, if the computer works plugged into the wall, it will work in the car (with the right power supply of course)
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    That was my comment when I started to read these boards and it works quite well. You will find an opus 150 can power quite a powerfull system as long as you watch your accessories. And from what I have read that even an amd that is 800mhz is still faster than the m10000. Only downside is heat due to greater power draw. I have an amd 1700+ in my car and a ati 9000pro vid card and it performs great in the car. Always nice ot put on some racing game in a car it just fits.

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    Thanks for answering so quickly and directly. I keep looking at these pc's that worked great but updated to better for work and thought gee that would be cool to do that with them.

    On moniters. any advice on what to get to make it touch screen. I am wanting to go 15 inch or larger if possible for ease of seeing the screen and also for playing games etc too.

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    boy, you just want one stop shopping, don't cha

    you'd be hard pressed to find much info about that here, as over 90% of the installs are done with 7"-8" range...... a few 10.4"s not much bigger than that is common in a car really.....

    you can either find a touchscreen complete lcd or get any 15" monitor & add a touch overlay...., which gives the exact same results.....

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    Turbocad6, I checked your projects out and wow very amazing!!!!!

    This project I am working on is something I wanted to do for a number of yrs( I wont say how many as I will show my age) And now that I know I dont have to spend a couple of grand on new pc partsthat is a couple of grand more for the rest of the car. Thanks for all your help so far and I will prob be back many times asking other novice type questions.

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    hmmmm, I'm guessing your 40

    thanks for the compliments....good luck on your new project....

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    My post elsewhere may have given that away lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by binary.h4x
    Yup, if the computer works plugged into the wall, it will work in the car (with the right power supply of course)


    Well, in fact most carpc setup use desktop parts (excepts Mac). fews used DVD-ROM and HD from laptop.

    And the limit to how fast/powerfull carpc you can have is the power supply.
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