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    alright so i think ive got a list made up for parts and hardware (let me know if im missing something, except for the screen which ive left out cause i have no idea what to get yet)

    Motherboard - Mobo (recommended by myzhi, thanks!)

    Processor - Processor

    Memory - Corsair XMS 2g or Corsair XMS 1g I'm pretty set on the memory for a couple of reasons, 1. I love corsair xms memory ; 2. They have heatspreaders, which i think would be nice ; 3. There are rebates (gotta love rebates!). I just cant decide if i want to go all the way and get 2g, or just get 1g. Like i said, im going to be doing some movie burning, possibly some video format conversion/ripping on the road, and i might try some gaming every now and then, so 2g would be nice. Any inputs? i know you guys are gonna say 2g is more than plenty, but hey, what the heck? Why not have a carputer that is nicer than my actual computer? lol

    Hard drive-- 300g SATA/300

    PS-- I think ive gone over the limit for a dc-dc psu, so could somebody explain to me, in my situation, what exactly i need? I know i will need an atx psu, and an inverter. Anything else? Is it still possible for my carputer to be able to auto turn on and off?

    Case-- Any recommendations on a small case?
    DVD burner-- i will probably just use the one that was recommended earlier in this thread.

    I still need to pick out the lcd screen, and the gps unit (usb).

    Am i forgetting anything? Any comments or suggestions? Let me know!

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    case

    alright, i just got an idea for a case. I think that my motherboard might just be a standard micro-atx or atx board, so would taking any micro-atx case work? Or instead of going with an enclosed case, howabout just cutting out the mounting part of the case and bolting it to my floor, leaving the computer hardware more open, or is that not safe? It'll end up under the passenger side seat, so it wont be visible at all...

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    The M2-ATX DC-DC PS is plenty for the hardware you are using. I run all the stuff in my sign with it. You don't need to worry about auto on / off with just that.

    Use the power calculator if you want to be sure: http://carpc.kyferez.com/Tools/PSUWattageCalculator.php.

    1GB of ram is a lot for carputer. Most of the time, I hardly ever go over 512MB. If you are doing stuff that requires 2GB, go ahead buy it.

    As for the Gigabyte MB, it's a regular m-atx formfactor so it will fit any m-atx case. So use one of them or make your own. Having carputer outside of an enclosure under your seat seems kinda dangerous.

    For LCD, if you looking at 7", suggest Xenarc 700TSV. As for GPS, the USGlobalSat serial GPS BR-355. No drivers needed and no problems with hibernation.
    CAR:06 350Z | LCD:Xenarc 700TSV | PS:M2-ATX | CPU:2.0GHz Turion 64 | MB:GA-K8N51GMF | RAM:1GB PC3500 DDR | HDD:WD 250GB SATA | USB1:Zoom 140M WiFi | USB2:iOne Scorpius Keyboard | USB3:Logitech Wingman | SERIAL:GPS BR-355

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    ok, i think i like the xenarc 700tsv, so i'll probably go with that. Anybody think i should get the headrest shroud to help me mount/fabricate it into my dashboard somehow, or will i have to make my own shroud?

    For the case, im currently looking at this. Not quite sure though, because it'll be a tight fit under my seat, and i dont think i want to put the carputer all the way in the trunk cause i'll have to do more/longer cabling. Dimensions for this case are as follows: <5.5" (H) x 16.3" (W) x 17.5" (D)> I'm not sure if it'll even fit, theres enough room under the seat, but some of the bracket looking metal parts under the seat are in the way. It also looks like the M2-ATX psu will fit inside the case after i take the psu out that comes with the case.

    I could still use some suggestions on how i can mount a screen into my dashboard, im at a total loss. I should be getting some pictures of the inards soon, so you guys can see how much room i have, that might help out a bit.

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    just found out that the case wont work, its too long (haha, i actually happened to have the exact same case sitting in my garage so i tested it out.) The height was perfect, so if anyone knows of a case with similar dimensions, just like 3 inches less in length (height cant be any taller than 5.5") let me know

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    lah, I'm not sure about this but as far as I know the Turion CPU's are socker 754 CPU's. These CPU's won't fit on a Socket 939 mainboard. I just wanted to point that out so you won't buy the parts and start yelling at yourself because you weren't paying attention as to what kind of socket the CPU was made for.

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    Oops just saw that you were looking at the Gigabyte socket 754 mainboard. My bad.

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    hehe, its ok i wouldnt touch a 939 board or processor anymore, not when there are am2 (socket 940) processors/mobos now (less power consumption and can fully utilize ddr2 memory)

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    alright ive been doing some more planning, and after my 1 week conference i'll be ready to order my parts/screen/ and go pick-out my subs/amp.

    I do have some more questions. Im currently looking at this case here, the amd turion 64 mt-30 (25w), the gigabyte motherboard that myzhi has (with onboard video/audio), ive decided to go down to a 160g sata/300 hard drive, a dvd burner, and this memory here. I'm also going to get the xenarc 7" tsv screen, along with a m2-atx psu. I've tried a few different wattage calculators, and it seems like im just on the line, in your guy's oppinions, will that power supply meet the current hardware that i have picked out? I think i can power the xenarc tscreen through a cigarette lighter (if i cant, then im gonna look into getting a different screen), but for the computer case there are 4 60mm fans, with blue lighting. I think those are rated around 3 watts each. So lets say my processor eats up 30w (25 according to amd, plus high-performance fan), the hard drive around 25w, 2 sticks of 512 memory around maybe 30-40w, dvd burner at 25w, and for the motherboard i have no idea... maybe around 40w(onboard video/audio)? That puts me just over 160watts when the m2-atx will provide 160w. Myzhi has assured me that the psu will be adequate, do any of you guys agree? I would just like to triple check things cause i dont end up wanting to have to return the psu or sell it if it wont work for me. I've read on these forums about like a 200w or 220w opus, but have googled it and cant actually find the product. Is this in the making? I'd like an extra 40w if its possible... or are there any other psu's out there (dc-dc) that would be better than the m2-atx?

    Thanks for any suggestions/comments!

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