I'm just getting started and could use some guidance on my pt cruiser :)
I decided a while back to build a computer in my car after i heard of one in someones car a few years ago. So now that i can finally drive (going to be a a senior in high school), ive decided to get started. Ive got about $2000 to spend, with more on the way if i need more. Ive got an '02 pt cruiser, golden exterior, brownish interior. I dont have specific measurements yet, but i have friend coming to take a look at my car to help me with measuring and figuring out if i have enough room for a screen in my dashboard.
So after spending all this morning and all night after work reading more specifically on carputers, i think its time to start putting together a parts and prices list. Ive got a few questions so far.
1. Should i go with a pre-built computer like from mini-box.com or opussolutions.com, or go with a custom built one? If i were to build it myself, i was thinking about an amd athlon 64 3200+ 940 socket (am2) because of its approximate 35w usage, a microatx mobo with decent onboard video and onboard 5.1/7.1 audio support, dvd burner (for on-the-road movie creation), 80 or 160g 3.5" hd (7200 rpm, most likely just ata). I think with my rig i wouldnt be able to use a dc-dc psu, so i'd have to go with a regular atx psu. Then i guess i would need an inverter... Ive already read in the psu section, and im still really confused about inverters, like what would be the best one for me and where could i buy/order one?
2. What kind of touchscreen should i get? Again, ive already read the forums and im not sure which one i should get, and what size. I'll have measurements for you guys tomorrow, maybe that'll help me out then. If theres anybody that has already done this with a pt or seen one, then maybe you could help me out w/o the measurements.
3. Where should i mount the carputer itself? Under the passenger side front seat there is a removable drawer... I could take out the drawer and mount the pc under the seat, would that be sufficient? i'll get some measurements tomorrow to verify if you guys arent sure.
I cant think of anything else but im sure i will tomorrow.
(PS- with my carputer, i'd like to be able to listen to music, watch movies, burn dvds, and gps... wireless connectivity, fm radio, tv and internet would be +'s but not a necessity... i'd also like to have it setup for auto power up/auto hibernation/standby if that's possible.. and one last thing, i'd like to be able to have the computer setup for voice commands)
Any help would be greatly appreciated, im in no hurry, and will get back to you guys with some more info and measurements sometime tomorrow night! Thanks!