2012 Evo X Carputer Build
I build computers often. I love my car. Put the two together, and you get carpoooooter!
First off, here is the love of my life :D 2012 Wicked White Evo X. Full bolt-ons, 35% all around tint (except windshield), blacked out headlights, smoked taillights.
Right now, I'm running an AppRadio 2 powered by a Galaxy S3 running ARLiberator (full HDMI mirroring with touchscreen input). It works decently.. some bugs here or there (HDMI output stops working after turning off and on the car/headunit, need to restart the phone). Meh sound quality. Got it for a good deal so whatever.
ANYWHOOO.. a few days ago, I decided to make the carputer plunge. Some specs:
CPU: Core i3 3225
MOBO: Asrock Z77E-ITX
RAM: 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 (1 stick)
Power Supply: mini-box M3-ATX (125W)
Case: mini-box M350
Storage: 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD
Wireless: Intel 6235 802.11agn w/ Bluetooth 4.0
Display: Lilliput 669GL w/HDMI
GPS: Locosys LS20031 66 Channel 5Hz receiver
Radio: Visteon HD Radio w/Mitch's USB cable
Sound: Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1 (only if onboard audio sounds bad)
DVD: MSI Slim External DVD+RW
Accessories: IOGear Mediacard reader/USB Hub combo
I have everything ordered except the DVD drive, mediacard/USB hub, and external sound card. My goal is to install everything between this Thursday and Friday as I will be making a 250 mile drive to NY for the holidays on Saturday :)
Regarding my GPS choice: I looked into the wildly popular Globalsat BU-353-S4, but the 1Hz update rate kills it for me. Therefore, I decided to go the OEM route and pick up a bare Locosys LS20031 module. This module is capable of 66 channels, AGPS, up to 10Hz refresh rate (apparently 5Hz works best though), SBAS (WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS), built in battery to preserve satellite acquisition data, and an LED indicator for GPS Fix status.
This is a bare module that has contact pins on the bottom for serial communication. I'm planning to have a housing printed with a 3D printer and solder a USB-TTL cable to the contact pins to connect it to the computer.
More pictures and info to come!