Originally Posted by Traches
Also as far as controls go, you could do something like my headlight switch mod--
The paint looks like crap because I got lazy while gluing, but you get the picture. It ended up being about $100 worth of parts from an electronics site, but looking back I could have saved some money by doing a couple things differently.
I think I am going to do something similar to that control panel. Probably will put a couple usb ports, power btn, and possible trackball (though I may side against this due to vibration concerns).
For sound... I'm going to try and spend as little as possible to clean up the sound in the truck. It's really not that bad right now--2 door speakers and 2 tweeters--but could use some base. I may just take the cherry bombs off and that could do the trick.
Originally Posted by Fooliobass
This is something I have been pondering for years.
Q. Why do you need 3TB storage for a carputer, especially if music will be on the SSD?
since your going to be running video, definitely look at compressing the file since your screen will probably not be running 1080p no reason to store it at that rate.
Q. What are you going to do about cooling?
I live in AZ and a car in a lot can get to 150-180f ambient pretty quickly that can be pretty harsh on a cpu and HD.
The upgraded alternator and extra battery will probably be a must on the system.
I am excited to see where you go with this, especially since you have a friend who does fab work, that can make the system look real sexy.
another Q. Which chevy 1500 do you have? extended cab, quad cab, 4x2, 4x4...?
3tb for video media. Over 2,000 titles ~ 2.2TB.
Cooling is a good point. Honestly I'm not sure beyond, don't start the computer until ambient in the truck reaches ~ 70F. I may send a small vent off an air duct to the pc... but 2 concerns with that. 1. I will need a way to close the vent when I turn heat on. 2. Condensation.
Any suggestions on cooling would be great!
And I'll update the OP with the truck info.
It's an 07 chevy 1500 etx cab 4x4 (I live in Alaska right now
)Edited by mrwesth - 4/21/11 at 11:20pm