2010 Mazda 3i Touring CarPC build
My wife doesn't know it yet but I am GOING to put a carPC in our new car (she doesn't read this forum so I think it's safe):tape: I use to have a 93 Mazda MX3 that had a carPC in it but I sold the car and kept the pc so now it's time to tweak some things for my 3.
Things I had from my MX3:
-M2ATX DC-DC PS
-32GB SuperTalent SSD
-Dual Core Pentium E5200
-2GB Patriot DDR2 800
-BOSS 400W 4 channel AMP - pretty old but works well
I sold my dual screen setup to someone else with a MX3 so I had to had get some parts for the 3.
-Lilliput 7" LED lit, w/backup switch
-DoubleDIN radio bezel for 2010 Mazda3
-Fusion Brain for my steering wheel controls
-Instrument case from Newark.com that I turned into a PC Case
-Upgraded to Centrafuse 3
-Radio adapter plug
My first thought with this build was where to put the PC. With my MX3, I was able to put the pc behind the screen, right below the blower system because there was plenty of room and I didn't mind taking a hack-saw to some of the interior parts. I ended up deciding to put it under the passenger seat and my AMP under the drivers seat. Both fit well and with almost no modification to the car.
My next feat was taking apart the stock radio and vents. Some Mazda3 forums made it seem pretty easy but it took me awhile to figure out where to put pressure and where to pull.
Stock radio vs Double DIN Bezel
Bezel in the car
So I bought a lilliput monitor, took the front bezel off and fiberglassed it into radio bezel. I still need to sand it so that will take a while.
I will add more tonight about the computer.