I'm looking to build a carputer for audio (mostly), video and GPS.
What parts should I use?
- I'd need a 7inch touchscreen (so it fits the dash)
- Do I need a sound card to get better sound from my speakers? (I plan to add a subwoofer+amplifier to my audio also)
- Is it safe for an HDD in a car or an SSD would be more safe?
- Dangerous to have a carputer in winter? (-40C not good for the PC?)
The computer components sound fine. You don't really need to worry about a mobo w/ wifi built in, as you can always pick up a usb wifi adapter.
I've considered this before, and there are two... well not even problems, but decisions to make.
1. Power. You either need to find a 12v input power supply or, you need to run an inverter and a normal 110v PSU. Inverters are pretty cheap these days, but still, you have to buy one and find a place to install it.
2. Sound output. Your car speakers won't just directly hook up to your PC. You will need an amp. Then you can just run a 3.5mm to RCA cable from the PC to the amp.
Also, It won't be cheap by the time you get your computer, amplifier, inverter?, screen(s), gps reciever etc.etc. (crappy screens can be had for cheap, but decent ones are still pretty expensive)
Check out mp3car.com They a store and a forum about exactly this.
I ended up just getting a top of the line Kenwood GPS/DVD unit with backupcam XM etc... I can hook up an ipod or memory stick to it with movies and music and control everthing on screen. Cost was about 2k CDN by the time I got the unit and all the adapters and such. I admit, a self built carputer would be cooler if done right, but it will probably take some time and money to track down all the parts and find a control software that you like.
I do plan on getting an amp for the sub I will add so this is not an issue.
I think in the end the only small issue will be the powering, what to choose...but I have plenty of time to think about this :)
Thanks for your input!
Or something else could be done as I will need a laptop for school anyway? And may not want to end up paying 2k simply for audio in my car hahaha...thinking about it that's quite a bit of money there just for my car ^^ I'd have to check for some sort of usb connector that I could add to my dash...mmm
with the same HDD, based off window 7, cuts the price a little bit! Not like a carPC is needing that much power I guess. :) The PC itself would come down to ~320$ + the screen for 300$ and another 300$ for the audio, not too bad!
@ Perineum: Haha man it's quite hard to resist when it comes to make a new PC whatever the use ^^