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    what is the cheapest options?

    ok guys just been reading this forum, so i dont ask any questions that may be answered with "do a search"

    just reading this quote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6

    What do I buy?

    Another question that is often asked by those newcomers to the MP3Car.com community is “What all do I need to make a CarPC work in my application?”

    While we cannot possibly tell you exactly everything you will want for your implementation, we can give you a decent list of the basics that you need to get your rolling.

    • Motherboard – keep size and power consumption in mind when purchasing
    • Processor – as with the motherboard, size and power are a concern, some of the smaller VIA boards have imbedded processors
    • Memory – keep in mind that the more memory you have the longer your boot up times, however, the less memory you have the slower you computer can run
    • Hard Drive – people have had success with both laptop drives as well as full size drives in this community. Laptop drives consume less power but are generally slower and have less capacity while full size drives consume a bit more power but are generally faster and have more capacity. You will have to decide which one is right for your application. Both have proven to handle the harsh environment of in car use quite well, withstanding the bumps and jars that will present themseves from in car use.
    • Power Supply – Follow the FAQ located here to help determine the proper power supply size.
    • Display – remember, a computer uses a VGA output.
    • Optical Drives – for regular CD use and for loading software and the like.

    There are many things you can add on to your CarPC. Some of those options are as follows:

    • GPS
    • Satelite Radio
    • AM/FM Radio
    • Wi-Fi

    Hopefully this will give you a basic start and give you enough information to lead you in the right direction.

    Others: if you see something that needs to be added/changed/omitted please PM me and let me know.

    ok would it be cheaper to purchase one of those bare bone car PC's that are in the store?
    or would it be cheaper to start from scratch?
    i wanting to most cheapest option atm, and will add GPS DVD drive later on down the track..

    what i need atm is something that will play everything a normal computer will, and need radio.
    my car already has amps, subs speakers setup.

    any info appreciated thanks

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    How do you mold one of those into a dash?
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    nvm about it, if people like to make fun of newbies looking for help
    realised this site is US based, im in australia

    ill keep searching

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    READ THE FAQ's:

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    I was at your position about a month ago when I was ready to purchase my computer. I chose to just purchase one from the mp3car store to my likings. I chose to have a prebuilt one because I didn't want to spend the time putting it together, although I have put computers together in the past. I just was busy with school and work, so I figured I would just order a prebuilt one.

    What I would do is look at the prebuilt computers and customize them to your likings. Then add that to your cart to figure out the price it would cost you. After you have done that I would then try to piece together all the parts that were in that computer system and see how much that would cost. Once you have both prices compare the difference and see if the difference influences your decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomee7
    ok guys just been reading this forum, so i dont ask any questions that may be answered with "do a search"

    just reading this quote:




    ok would it be cheaper to purchase one of those bare bone car PC's that are in the store?
    or would it be cheaper to start from scratch?
    i wanting to most cheapest option atm, and will add GPS DVD drive later on down the track..

    what i need atm is something that will play everything a normal computer will, and need radio.
    my car already has amps, subs speakers setup.

    any info appreciated thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomee7
    nvm about it, if people like to make fun of newbies looking for help
    realised this site is US based, im in australia

    ill keep searching
    You need to provide more detail, mate.
    Cheap. Fast. Good. Choose one. (Or two, if you are lucky.)

    If you want cheap, you need to tell us how much functionality you are willing to sacrifice and how much time you are prepared to put into it. From what litte you have told us this far, the cheapest option would be to take a spare desktop computer and hook up an inverter to it.

    PS We have more than few Australia-based members on this board..

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    O and I know you've already been told this, but spend time reading up on everything in the FAQ. I spent 1-2 weeks gathering all the knowledge I could about everything, even though I wasn't using it at that point in time, but knew it would be useful. Just be patient and don't get to quick to ordering stuff if you are not sure about it. You can send me pms if you would like if you need any help because I know I bugged people more than numerous times asking them for help and I know how helpful it is for a few questions to be answered. Good luck!

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    thanks for those who have offered help

    im looking for a system that will basically play movies, vid clips, mp3s and GPS

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    For those functions you'll need everything that was stated in the quote in your first post plus something for the GPS. I don't have GPS, so def. read the FAQ for GPS and I'm sure you'll find out what you need. Also look around for threads talking about gps and how to get it to work etc..

    Attention Newbies! Everything (almost) you want to know about GPS (Part 1)

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    thanks...

    ill have a read of the forums to find out what processor and board would be ideal

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