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    how big should my inverter be?

    i got a pentium III 650, 120 gb hard drive, 512 ram, dell motherboard, one dvd drive, one cd drive, and a disk drive. what size inverter would you guys recommend? i would also like to power my ctx 15" lcd monitor. i was thinking somewhere in the 300 rms range, but I don't want to be too low or too high. thanks!

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    More than that !!!!! go Heavy duty 600w

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    i have a Cel 1.1G, 256megs, 30gigHD, DVD drive and my monitor running on a 200W PSU off of a 150W inverter. never have had any problems.

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    at least 3cm x 3cm
    2007 Honda Fit Sport 1.5L SOHC-VTEC

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    Inverters are so cheap these days that in sears the selling the 600w for $15 bucks more than the 300w so why take chances when you can do it better the firts time!

    Good look.....

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    Wrong!

    Get an inverter that will power your computer and it's peripherals. Getting a bigger Inverter doesn't provide any guarantees or any value what-so-ever. If nothing else, an Inverter that's too big will draw 'too much' power and kill your battery. If the power draw doesn't create problems, the cooling fans that keep the inverter cool after you've left the car will.

    "more Watts" on an Inverter does not mean better power. Much like Amplifiers, 1600 Watts can be ****ty if poorly constructed.

    Get a decent inverter from a reputable manufacturer. 300-400 Watts should be plenty for most installations.

    Check your PSU's output rating, and plan for about half that in a [safe] car computer installation.

    If you have an _extreme_ install, you need to plan beyond using an inverter. Inverters just won't cut it on big jobs becuase they are only about 50% [safely] efficient.
    Check out my carputers:
    DVD, GPS, MP3, 6.4" LCD Touchscreen, 5" Headrest LCDs, PSone, DSSC, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bergeron76
    Wrong!

    Get an inverter that will power your computer and it's peripherals. More Watts on an Inverter does not mean better power. Much like Amplifiers, 1600 Watts can be ****ty if poorly constructed.

    Get a decent inverter from a reputable manufacturer. 300-400 Watts should be plenty for most installations.

    Check your PSU's output rating, and plan for about half that in a [safe] car computer installation.
    Agreed. Brand > Wattage rating...

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    BTW my inverter is 150W/300Peak. Don't know if that makes a difference to you or not. And my monitor is a 12".

    I had a 400W from G I Joes. it was either the Xantrex or Vector (pretty sure it was Vector). Anyway, it was crap. It had soft start, which didn't always start my computer. It also had a low battery shut off (most of them do) that would turn off before my computer got into hibernation. I took it back and went back to my 150W. No problem what so ever.

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    ohh 10x5x2 then.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyM
    I had a 400W from G I Joes
    heh, i don't think many of these non-northwesterners know what gi joes is man

    is coleman still the best btw?

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