Next you go here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/the-faq-emporium/
Read a lot. Learn as much as you can. Plan your setup thoroughly.
alright today at work we were throwing away some pretty decent computers so i picked up a small motherboard. its a intel 4000792
heres some specs:
Form Factor What is this?
Chipset What is this?
Compatible Processors Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium 4
Front Side Bus Speed 533 MHz
Integrated Input/Output Ports USB 1.1 x 6 • Serial Port x 1 • PS/2 Mouse x 1 • PS/2 Keyboard x 1 • Parallel Port (ECP/EPP/SPP) x 1 • Floppy Port x 1
Expansion Slots What is this?
AGP x4 x 1 • PCI x 3
Storage Controller Type(s) DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) x 2
South Bridge Chip Intel ICH4
Socket Type What is this?
Max supported CPUs qty 1
Memory Type What is this?
Number of Memory Slots 2 x 184 Pin DIMMs
Supported RAM speeds 266 MHz • 200 MHz
Max Supported RAM What is this?
Audio / Video
Video Interface What is this?
On Board Graphic Processor Intel Extreme Graphic
Integrated Graphic Card Integrated Graphic Card
Audio Output What is this?
Integrated Audio AC97 Audio Codec • AD1981B Codec
Audio Input Microphone Jack • 1 x Line In
Video Out Ports 15 Pin D-Sub VGA port x 1
Other Features Chassis intrusion detection
Fans 3 x 3-pin fan headers
Chassis Type What is this?
Package Qty 1
Depth 8.2 in.
Width 9.6 in.
Power Configurations ACPI/APM Power Management • Wake On Ring Header • Wake On LAN Header • Suspend to RAM • Wakeup from Keyboard/Mouse • Power-on Mode Control • Suspend to Disk (Hibernate) • Real Time Clock Wake-up Alarm
what im wanting to know is was this a good find... and where do i go from here... im wanting maybe some arcade emulation but deffinately want gps, and dvd play... thanks guys...
btw this is for a 99 chevy cavalier
so i guess the mother board is ok to use...
power it/make it fit
ANYTHING will work
motherboard/ram/hard drives.., they all will work
mind you, most people try to go low power, since visual performance isnt really why people build carputers in the first place
read the FAQ's
You can't just plug in the motherboard into a power socket and be on your way...
any computer parts will work inside the car, just like any computer parts will work in your home.
powering it/mounting it are all issues that are very different in the car from in the home.
im reading the faq's right now... im just not sure if this cpu will kill my electrical system or not...
Make sure you read the "Power supplies - explained" thread, then.
It is unlikely that CPU will kill your electrical system, but make sure you have a good idea of what you're doing before you wire it up. Read about selecting the proper wire gauge size and ensure that you fuse it properly as well.
well fellas heres my newest dilemma, i can either use the board listed above, or i can use a gateway solo 2500 that i ran across today... it admit the 2500 doesnt seem to be big enough for what i want, but would also be easier to install and wouldnt have to go through the power supply dillema...
so which would you prefer, i can get pc parts for relatively cheap if not free, (im an is tech) so far i havent spent any cash... and ive picked up a 40 gig hard drive... so.. what do ya think.
thought maybe i should list what im wanting this pc to do.
EMULATORS AND ROMS
i think that about covers it. ill still be running my pioneer premier headunit for music and sirius.