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    quick question

    ok im new to this carputer thing abd i got a few quick questions i need to ask before any planning goes ahead.

    1. where is the best place to mount the PC itself?

    2. i see everyone using mini ITX computers in thier cars, is there anything wrong with running a full form ATX? i have an athlon 1800+ sitting around gathering dust which i would love to stick in my car since it can play games rather nicely but i guess its a matter of power and such and this im not sure on. can i use like a 300w PSU and use an inverter and plug it in just like it was in my house?

    3. how well do carputers handle bumps? i know from experiance that hard drives dont like to be knocked around all that much so what sort of problems can i expect and what precautions can i take to smooth the ride for the HD?

    4. heat! now im not a big fan of intel CPU, infact i hate them and realy dont want to use one but problem is AMD CPU tend to generate alot more heat than an intel. so can anyone give me tips for cooling and such if i was to use an AMD.

    well thats about all i can think of atm. thanks in advance

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    1. where is the best place to mount the PC itself?
    trunk is best place for silence and cooling


    2. i see everyone using mini ITX computers in thier cars, is there anything wrong with running a full form ATX? i have an athlon 1800+ sitting around gathering dust which i would love to stick in my car since it can play games rather nicely but i guess its a matter of power and such and this im not sure on. can i use like a 300w PSU and use an inverter and plug it in just like it was in my house?
    yes you can use atx in your car but it would drain your battery or even too much power for nothing. mini itx's are great small they fit everywhere and you can't do a lot in your car anyway.


    3. how well do carputers handle bumps? i know from experiance that hard drives dont like to be knocked around all that much so what sort of problems can i expect and what precautions can i take to smooth the ride for the HD?
    i suggest you 2.5" laptop hdd which is made to work under heavy conditions like temperature, vibration, etc...

    4. heat! now im not a big fan of intel CPU, infact i hate them and realy dont want to use one but problem is AMD CPU tend to generate alot more heat than an intel. so can anyone give me tips for cooling and such if i was to use an AMD.
    via c3 cpu uses 20w and you can even cool it with a cooper block without energy which allows you install more devices. if you put your pc in trunk it would be cool enough.

    welcome to mp3car forum newbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragrim
    1. where is the best place to mount the PC itself?
    Where you have the space.

    2. i see everyone using mini ITX computers in thier cars, is there anything wrong with running a full form ATX?[/QUOTE]
    If you have the space, it's perfectly fine.

    i have an athlon 1800+ sitting around gathering dust which i would love to stick in my car since it can play games rather nicely but i guess its a matter of power and such and this im not sure on. can i use like a 300w PSU and use an inverter and plug it in just like it was in my house?
    You can do that, but it's not the most recommended solution.

    3. how well do carputers handle bumps? i know from experiance that hard drives dont like to be knocked around all that much so what sort of problems can i expect and what precautions can i take to smooth the ride for the HD?
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/the-faq-emporium/64136-hard-drive-issues-in-a-vehicle-computer-post683250.html

    4. heat! now im not a big fan of intel CPU, infact i hate them and realy dont want to use one but problem is AMD CPU tend to generate alot more heat than an intel. so can anyone give me tips for cooling and such if i was to use an AMD.
    Your assessment of AMD CPUs and heat generation is worthy of a debate, but that's not for these forums. Most people use fans to insure airflow across the CPU. Some have considered watercooling (although none have actually implemented it in a car to my knowledge).
    One option is replace your CPU with the mobile version, assuming you can find one. The mobile AthlonXP's draw less power and generate less heat. That's what I chose to run.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    If you want something easy you can use an inverter but they arent efficent. Your pc's psu is already converting AC to DC. So with an inverter you are converting DC to AC and back to DC.

    If you want to use a full atx mobo look at one of these keypower PSUs
    http://www.keypower.com/proddisp.asp...category=12VDC

    Cooling could definitely be a problem. I had a P4 2.6ghz in my tacoma until it got all ****ed up when someone tried to jack it and cooling on a 110 degree summer day was a problem.

    My setup wasnt for the average carpc user either. I went at it with look at how much my truck can do sort of thing.

    If i had to do it again i would get an AMD mobile processor like mentioned above and a mid-atx mobo.

    As far as the hard drives are concerned thats a debate that has been raging on this forum probably since its begining.

    Hope that helps

    Welcome to the hobbie

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    well thanks for the replies guys definatly gave me some things to think about. i guess for a start i might look into an inverter and chucking my spare machine in the boot and hook it up to an LCD on the dash for now and see how it all goes and then i can work from there. i was worried about cooling but i just realised i got a nice thermaltake volcano 11+ sitting in my draw from when i was overclocking a while ago im pretty sure i can keep the 1800+ under control with that beast.

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    i know im new to this also, but you keep forgetting about power consumtion.. the more you add the more power your using, you should figure out how many watts you need. and how many watts your system can handle before it cant keep up and you drain your battery.

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