Most of us prefer the all-inclusive DC-Dc power supply, as they include a startup/shutdown controller which can/will turn the PC on/off with the ignition key.
And standby mode draws power. It could possibly drain your battery. Hibernation mode is a nice compromise.
After a couple months in this hobby, you'll be even poorer.Please keep in mind that i am poor, and prolly wouldnt be doing this if the computer wasnt given to me.
Realistically, I would look into a DC-DC PSU. It's worth saving the money for it. There are quite a few benefits to using one.so with that in mind, what do you guys reccomend i do, i dont want to buy all kinds of adapters, or special power supplies, if i dont have to. If i do have to, and they are cheap, that please, send me a link, or tell me what to look for.
Also, I'd start reading threads about power in the FAQ Emporium.
[/quote]Also, my comp. has integrated video, and does not have composite (RCA) outputs, im running an alpine iva-c800 HU, and that is the only way i can hook it up, is there some sort of adapter to hook rca's up to vga, or svga? I know this last question is in the wrong forum, but like i said, im a NOOB, and dont know what to look for, or where to put it, so im trying to get most of the info i need now, all at once.[/quote]
You either want a video card that can output to RCA composite or s-video, or you want a scan converter.
Be prepared for some disappointment, though. PC video wasn't made to be displayed on a comparatively low resolution TV. Your display is likely to appear blurry and text will be difficult to read.
The ideal solution is a similar display with VGA input, but there again, you're looking at an substantial expediture. Small LCD panels with VGA input arent' typically cheap.
Welcome to the madness and be prepared for the heavy loads on your checkbook.