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Looking to do my first car puter, the recipient is a late 90's chevy astro van. I want to use this rig for computer gaming, gps nav, media playback.

Things I'd like to find out about

HD resolution flip down screen in the 20-25 range "will mod if needed"
PCIE capable MOBO
12v PSU with decent wattage.


I was considering llano based build for this but lately I am thinking watercooled with a more substantial CPU, AMD has some nice MOBO deal right now at microcenter where I could do a hd5770 or similar with a x4 cpu and clock it up a bunch.

I have plenty of space so MOBO form factor isn't a big deal. I can fabricate anything I need.

also I am looking for reliable HDD's I would consider SSD for boot and maybe use large SD card for easy media storage etc.

So any pointer appreciated !

I wouldn't mind having multiple screens either, Dash,center of vehicle would be preffered.

I do want VGA minimum resolution hdmi dvi preffered as hook up is easier.
post #2 of 18
No... do NOT watercool a carputer! Think about it....

Why get a Lllano if you plan to get a video card?


What kind of gaming? Please don't say something like BF3....
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/24/11 at 1:03pm
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You're on the right track with wanting HDMI/DVI displays, as the interior of a car is a pretty electrically noisy environment. Analog cable runs for any significant distance would incur way too much interference. The Faytech 7 would make a good dash monitor, it's the least expensive I found for a smallish touchscreen with digital input.

Also, I love your sig.
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No... do NOT watercool a carputer! Think about it....

Why get a Lllano if you plan to get a video card?


What kind of gaming? Please don't say something like BF3....
I water cool 3000hp engines, I am pretty sure I can handle a tiny little CPU and maybe a video card ,north bridge etc.Water cooling actually reduce packaging complexity IMHO ,as airflow could be difficult to attain and overheating may be problematic.

I am mixed about llano vs a ph2 with a video card. I keep thinking discreet.


Moore consideration with water cooling, I won't have to worry about impact damage to the motherboard with a reasonably sized air cooler yanking on the socket. I could build a good support system though to minimize those concerns. However I also have plenty of under hood room to fit a large radiator and reliable dc pumps can be found near anywhere.

I would like to find a good powerful PSU and some durable hard rives. As for gaming, I have no idea what I might end up doing. could be some emulation, likely some fiarly modern games like Transformers war for cybertron etc. Nothing insanely taxing like crysis bf3 however and even if I did I'd turn detail down to reasonable amount to get the desired performance I need

I guess that leaves monitors, PSU,HDD selection.
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3000 hp you say?
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If you're going to do a car machine. I would NOT use HDD's way to much vibration while driving could cause some corruption, SSD's would be a much better choice. As for a PSU, depends on the rest of the system and what you want to put in it. However I'd also be weary about water cooling as well as you don't want your rig to condensate. Specially since it's goingto be winter soon as well you would have to worry about winterizing it as well.

Just some things to consider while doing this project, otherwise good luck, and make sure to include a build log as this will definitely be interesting to watch
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3000 hp you say?
We occasionally work on engines that approach that type of output. Most powerful thing to date we've worked on is making around 2400+ and some change.Its hard to measure but the car has produced time slips to back the numbers and she is still teething.. Larger point is, I can manage some liquid cooling no problem.
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If you're going to do a car machine. I would NOT use HDD's way to much vibration while driving could cause some corruption, SSD's would be a much better choice. As for a PSU, depends on the rest of the system and what you want to put in it. However I'd also be weary about water cooling as well as you don't want your rig to condensate. Specially since it's goingto be winter soon as well you would have to worry about winterizing it as well.

Just some things to consider while doing this project, otherwise good luck, and make sure to include a build log as this will definitely be interesting to watch
Yeah, I was wondering what a good storage solution might be.SSD for sure for the OS but the rest of the storage has me a bit baffled. SSD's in sizes TB sizes are really exspensive.

I am looking for any 12v PSU that are capable of being used in the car.I could use a inverter but thats awfully wasteful.

Condensation isn't a concern. thats easily mitigated by using a temperature control to prevent running below certain temperature.Beyond that the car has a dehumidify function in the Defrost system and I could circulate some warm air from the HVAC onto the Pc to keep it dry.

conversely I could also build a weather proof enclosure and seal the unit up air tight and dehumidify the enclosure with some silica packets to get all the moisture out or fill it with argon. Once its sealed and dry it'll stay sealed and dry.

I think adequate ventilation would be enough though.

It looks like in my searching I may need to build my own monitor mount. I did find some 8inch touch screen LCD panels. anybody seen any good write ups with some specs on building flip up monitor mounts ?

But I was thinking a optical trackball mouse might be less irritating to use.
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As far as a DC psu, I'd be of no help for that. I honestly was going to suggest an inverter but like you said it does waste a bit of energy converting it.

As for a mouse maybe a air mouse that runs via bluetooth. Really depends if you wanna go touch screen or regular screen with mouse+kb.
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As far as a DC psu, I'd be of no help for that. I honestly was going to suggest an inverter but like you said it does waste a bit of energy converting it.

As for a mouse maybe a air mouse that runs via bluetooth. Really depends if you wanna go touch screen or regular screen with mouse+kb.
I found a Arcade style platter mount ps2 mouse. I think that might be the ticket. I can also use a air mouse to.

Now I need to find a PSU, I think I have the screens figured out.
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