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    Car PC $500

    Hey guys, im new to the forum.

    I was wondering I could do for $5-600 dollars?

    I mainy want GPS, MP3s , radar, alarm system And to tune my vtec , if thats possible with my Pc.

    Also, I see most people here are doing stationary monitor, is there anything wrong with the flip out ones? Id prefer flip outbecause there much easier to install and leave me room to mount a dvd player.. Thanks in advance for your time and support

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98whiteluder
    Hey guys, im new to the forum.

    I was wondering I could do for $5-600 dollars?

    I mainy want GPS, MP3s , radar, alarm system And to tune my vtec , if thats possible with my Pc.

    Also, I see most people here are doing stationary monitor, is there anything wrong with the flip out ones? Id prefer flip outbecause there much easier to install and leave me room to mount a dvd player.. Thanks in advance for your time and support
    Hard to do that with that amount of money. A LCD (non Touch screen) cost about $150-200. GPS is another $80 for hardware. To tune your vtec (assuming you have a honda with OBDII) you can get a program called uberDATA (its free but hasn't been updated in a while). You then need to build a wire harness to connect your ECU to our serial or parallel computer port (or buy one, but I don't know where you can).
    Computer parts will add about $400 to your total cost. For an alarm system, I would get a independent one from the computer.

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    radar detector?? I think the sheer logic of a radar detector is off, but anything that depends on a computer just means even more latency between the time the cop pulls the trigger and you are alerted... you are asking too much for your budget, you will not happy with the outcome, be ready to spend double that price to get something you are happy with... if you watch the for sale forum and pick up used items you might, but you will be cutting corners and in the end those corners will cost you...
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    Sorry guys i forgot to mention the $500 would be after the CPU... I wanted to start with an old desktop my grandma said i can have. Its a 2.0 ghz gateway with a p4.

    All id need is the monitor and the add ons.... I was actually leaning towards the flip out tv because i could then mount the dvd drive right under it.

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    A P.C. isn't going to do radar very well if at all, so forget that. And an alarm tied in would be pretty useless too, just buy an aftermarket one seperate from your PC.

    About tuning your vtec. You should look into getting a K-Pro system for doing that. It replaces your OEM CPU with a programmable one that has sooo much tuning capabilities you don't even want to know what this thing can do. Its best to get a professional to tune it on a dyno though.

    But to get tuning abilities tied into your PC it is going to run you more than your budget allows. I know for my car (Acura RSX-S, K-Series motor) just for the K-Pro alone it will cost me a bit over $1000. And so far I've spent around $1200 or so on my CarPC setup.

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    I can understand wanting to control a turbo car on the fly, but what benefit is there in adjusting a honda vtec from stock to "tuned" and back?? what horsepower benefit??

    the computer will still require more than $500 to get up and running... a cheap screen from Hong Kong is $200, the power supply will need to be on the larger side to accomodate the wasteful P4 $120... mount the computer in the trunk? a VGA cable and a USB extension is a minimum of $40... and sound? factory deck, you'll need RF convertor or use an amp minimum $40.. GPS can be had for $50...

    so there's $450, this gives you the bare minimum to get your existing CPU in the car... now add $100 for the flipout screen, you mentioned mounting the DVD drive up front - not sure what setup you intend but any way you go you'll need a USB to IDE convertor or a USB connected drive... minimum $100, probably more like $150...

    my advice is to search the used forums and try to catch a deal on a system that someone is letting go, my first CPU was $300 - the power supply didn't handle startup/shutdown and couldn't survive cranking... my screen was $375 and I added GPS $60 and a USB wifi adapter (already owned) to sync files... this system was slow and stuttered on playback, but it ran cool and worked in the Louisiana heat... VGA cable and USB cable off ebay, a 10ga amp wiring kit $50... $25 for a wireless FM modulator (totally sucked, but got the job done) and I used a Pioneer single din deck for music/radio/DVD playback in the event the system went down... $500... and at first I had TONS of growing pains, tons to learn...

    so reduce your wish list and increase your budget, maybe start with a nice screen, get it installed, pickup a cheapo 12v DVD player for the trunk and get the sound into you factory deck (if this is your route) - you'll spend $500 to do this right... enjoy the movies... save up, donate plasma - get more cash... then build a system that is capable of doing what you want... cutting corners will only leave you disappointed in the end...

    just realized I didn't mention the FM tuner or XM tuner - so you will need $50 (min) and $12/month for XM if either is desired...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgithens
    I can understand wanting to control a turbo car on the fly, but what benefit is there in adjusting a honda vtec from stock to "tuned" and back?? what horsepower benefit??
    You're not just adjusting "a honda vtec." You would be tuning cam angles, ignition timing, air-to-fuel ratios, vtec engagement points (the rpm at which the motor switches to the higher cam lobe, or vtec crossover), rev limits. I mean ****, you can even use K-Pro to turn the alarm LED light that is on our guage cluster into a shift light that lights up at a desired RPM!

    And being able to adjust these settings on the fly, while your driving is great too. You can also set up valet mode which will only allow the car to rev to a certain RPM, say if you drop it off to get parked and you dont want the valet to go racing through the parking lot when your not around.

    And when ever you put a new part on your car, header, exhaust, ETC. there is a need to tune your car to use those mods to their fullest potential.

    So K-Pro has alot of features that are just too numerous to list them all. It is a must have for anyone that owns a honda that is doing any sort of modification.

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    Ok here it goes my set up for about $700

    Computer=Free
    Flip out single din lilliput AM/FM/TV tuner $390
    Power supply $120
    Ussb dvd player $30
    GPS/Bluetooth $100
    Misc stuff $100

    I might go with a non flip out monitor, but im not sure if im gonna keep the car long.

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    Don't forget K-Pro! On a 98 prelude it would do wonders to your performance. Make you love your H22 all over again =) and it wouldn't cost nearly as much as it would me

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