View Poll Results: How much did your Car PC installation cost?

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  • $500 or less

    121 20.00%
  • $500-$750

    85 14.05%
  • $750-$1000

    113 18.68%
  • $1000-$1250

    103 17.02%
  • $1250-$1500

    68 11.24%
  • $1500 or more

    115 19.01%
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Thread: FAQ Poll: How much did your car PC cost?

  1. #21
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    I thought I would go the super cheap route . Used laptop and Ebay lcd and I am still over $1000.00 and counting!

    Power adapter........$ 40.00
    BR-355 & IG..........$200.00

    Bluetooth dongle
    Bluetooth keyboard
    Usb presentation mouse
    Wires and cables
    Fabrication supplies
    Replacement dash panel
    New TS after I dropped my LCD

    Need USB hub

  2. #22
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    pc alone in mine was 2000 new
    RIP 1993 civic sedan
    RIP 1993 civic Del Sol

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    Super Moderator. If my typing sucks it's probably because I'm driving.... turbocad6's Avatar
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    I have the whole alpine touchscreen mm head/nav setup..... still went over $1,500 on the pc end of it..... it's not a matter of either/or sometimes

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    Jun 2004
    I go back and forth between: should I have spent money on an indash aftermarket unit or built a custom pc. Currently, with all the little minor problems including having a my dash apart for days at a time and no music I'd choose in-dash nav.

    But when my car pc's togeather, I'd choose in custom pc. It has SO many unique features and the ability to make it do anything you want.
    Progress [I will seriously never be done!]
    Via EPIA MII
    512MB RAM
    OEM GPS (embedded)
    nLite WinXP pro on
    1GB Extreme III CF card
    Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
    Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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    Motor City
    I ditto what a lot of folks say about "too much" and "would've been much more if not for all those who have gone before. So technically, it was a bargain. My screen cost about 1/2 of the entire rig.

    I put about $1200 in, but some of it was development and R&D. I'll spend more, but that's half the fun.

    If you're looking for advice, I'd say start with the monitor, and then decide what will fit where. Then build accordingly. Sounds stupid, but put a breif budget together with all the things you might want. If you don't, you'll all of a sudden remember you have to get Nav software for like $100 and that might suck.
    You know you want to...Worklog
    Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
    Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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    I was probably on the low end because the actual carputer is an old system that I had laying around. That was the cost for PS, SDC, Inverter, screen, HD, wiring, keyboard, slot load DVD, etc.

    ...I love the French language...especially to curse with...Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d'enculés de ta mère. You see, it's like wiping your *** with silk, I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    Nice. Power supply was free too?
    ....except for that but I still did prety well I think
    "A rose by any other name is still a flower"

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    Dec 2004
    I've just this weekend finished getting it working in the car - no where near finished although all the big expense is over now. All in all i've spent at least £1000 GBP and I believe that I'll have about another £250 to get my video blackbox system ready so in the terms of this thread this makes it in the $1500 and over. But that said I know I could have done it cheaper as I went for everything M/B, HDDs, DVD Drive, RAM, Case, USB hubs, power etc new and specifc for the car especially as I went for an indash motorised touchscreen and the Jabors VW Audio interface those two combined cost in excess of £400.

    I'd hate to think about the extra hidden costs of the things I've bought and not used like a 50x50cm 3mm thick steel plate that I was going to cut up and mount the PC on but I decided to go instead for a specific readymade case.

    I wish I hadn't thought about it now I'm getting depressed - must go and play with my new toy

    Status: [000000----] 60% - Basic installed and working - Phase 1 nearly there!

    Spec: Epia MII 12000, K301 7" InDash VGA, Jabors VW Interface, Slim Slotload CDRW/DVD, 512MB RAM, 2x40GB 2.5" HDD, 512MB CF Card.
    Planed: WiFi, USB GPS, BlackBox Video

  9. #29
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    Interesting results! With 78 responses, 46 people spent $1,000 or more while 32 spent under $1,000. Amongst the +$1,000 response, the distribution was pretty flat as the price went up.

    If you haven't voted yet, go ahead and vote in the next week. I'll probably close the poll out either then or if we go over 100 responses.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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  10. #30
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    I don't know the exact number but once you put all the hardware/software together, the number will be more than 1.2K+.
    That number including all primer, paints, bodyfiller, bandage, bandaid, wires/cable, fuses ... well, basically all the small stuff that aren't free.
    2004 Matrix XR A7N8X-VM/400 AMD XP-M 2500+, DS-ATX
    89 Supra Turbo P3 600E@750/Abit BE6 II, Alpine M-BUS Car2PC.
    Y2K Accord Dell GX150
    RoadRunner is the best FE PERIOD
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