PC for Car - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Overclocking and Modding
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-16-2004, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
Not A Super Techie
 
straightv6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 496
Default PC for Car

I'm interested in building a pc for my car. space is very important. where do i start?
__________________

straightv6 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
willsko87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,240
Default

nice....well firstly what are u gonna use it for and secondly work out were ur gonna place it.
__________________

__________________
http://www.aflonline.com.au



willsko87 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 595
Send a message via AIM to Roshi229 Send a message via Yahoo to Roshi229
Default

first, i would look into something like this
http://www.mini-itx.com/projects.asp
small afordable mobo
and or a 1u case will fit nicely under the seat in most cars
http://www1.shopping.com/xPP-PC_Case..._than_200_watt
cool link -> http://www.dashpc.com/
http://www.netbored.com/minipc.htm
http://www.xenarc.com/product/cp1000.html

but willsko87 said it right... WHY and WHERE are your key points... if it's in the trunk, go all out!!! if it's hidden go small and durable... if it's for multimedia, you don't need much, you're just building a fancy i-pod...
hope this helps
__________________
http://www.kbdigisol.com

<form action=\"http://www.srsyo.org/tfsearch.php\" method=\"get\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"search\"> <input type=\"submit\" name=\"submit\" value=\"Search first, ask later!\"></form>
powered by emily .
Roshi229 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,046
Send a message via AIM to 4W4K3
Default

Dash options:

1. briefcase computer, mount it. - cheap and durable
2. laptop, mount it. - looks nice and saves space, but expensive

backseat/trunk options:

1. regular computer with REALLY sturdy case, mount it. - cheap but very fragile
2. briefcase computer, mount it. - cheap, durable, no one sees it most likely so it can be big and really powerful liek a regular desktop.

For a car you REALLY want something durable than can get stepped on, dropped, anything. I suggest a very thick briefcase, possibly steel or something really tough. if its in the dash then probably not possible as there big.
__________________
<marquee scrollamount=\"1\" scrolldelay=\"8\" direction=\"up\" width=\"400\" height=\"65\" style=\"font-family: Verdana; font-size: 8pt\">
Compaq Presario V5000 laptop
¯\\(º_o)/¯</marquee>
4W4K3 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 09:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 595
Send a message via AIM to Roshi229 Send a message via Yahoo to Roshi229
Default

check the links... there are dash board options...
laptop hardware is built for transporting it all over the place, it's meant to take SOME abuse, but no computer should be stepped on or dropped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
__________________
http://www.kbdigisol.com

<form action=\"http://www.srsyo.org/tfsearch.php\" method=\"get\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"search\"> <input type=\"submit\" name=\"submit\" value=\"Search first, ask later!\"></form>
powered by emily .
Roshi229 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 09:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,046
Send a message via AIM to 4W4K3
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Roshi229
but no computer should be stepped on or dropped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thats what briefcase comuters are for. half the laptops out there are plastic cases with cheap builds...unless you spend like $3K on them. total ripoff...

if i was putting a computer in my car i;d want it to take a beating...as in car crash beating. no point putting a nice computer in ur car if you cant even afford to close the door on it or step on it without breaking it.
__________________
<marquee scrollamount=\"1\" scrolldelay=\"8\" direction=\"up\" width=\"400\" height=\"65\" style=\"font-family: Verdana; font-size: 8pt\">
Compaq Presario V5000 laptop
¯\\(º_o)/¯</marquee>
4W4K3 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 09:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 595
Send a message via AIM to Roshi229 Send a message via Yahoo to Roshi229
Default

the case i agree should be able to take a beating... the hard drive however will never stand your abuse for long.
__________________
http://www.kbdigisol.com

<form action=\"http://www.srsyo.org/tfsearch.php\" method=\"get\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"search\"> <input type=\"submit\" name=\"submit\" value=\"Search first, ask later!\"></form>
powered by emily .
Roshi229 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 10:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
Nubius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 11,600
Default

Quote:
the hard drive however will never stand your abuse for long.
Not necessarily. If he's not actually ever hitting the HD then it wouldn't be a problem because the only thing that'd mess it up is shock, which most HD's now-a-days have a pretty big shock protection meaning it can handle a few G's and still work lol
Nubius is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 11:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,046
Send a message via AIM to 4W4K3
Default

You can buy rubber "vests" for your harddrive, and then use big thick rubber washers when you mount it. then have some kind of insulation around it to stop any kind of huge abuse. It will also dampen sound.

only big problem with briefcase computers is heat...especially overclocked. i've seen people drill holes and mount fans and stuff...but that might not even cut it. i'd have my computer hooked up to the car's AC system...and if it is overheating like in the summer just duct one of your AC vents on the dash to a hole in your briefcase. will keep it nice and kool.
__________________
<marquee scrollamount=\"1\" scrolldelay=\"8\" direction=\"up\" width=\"400\" height=\"65\" style=\"font-family: Verdana; font-size: 8pt\">
Compaq Presario V5000 laptop
¯\\(º_o)/¯</marquee>
4W4K3 is offline  
Old 12-17-2004, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 589
Send a message via AIM to GeckoEcho421 Send a message via Yahoo to GeckoEcho421
Default

Damn, I want a car computer mounted in my stearing wheel, that way I can play hl2 while driving 65. :-D
__________________

__________________
If you ever have any questions feel free to email me at dhughes3@gmail.com, I will send you back an email as soon as possible.
<table width=\"100%\" border=\"3\" align=\"default\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"2\" bordercolor=\"#485F8D\"><tr><td bordercolor=\"#485F8D\"><div align=\"left\"></div><div align=\"left\"><font size=\"2\"><strong><font color=\"brown\" size=\"2\"><marquee behavior=\"alternate\" width=100%><b><font color=#43525F size=\"2\">Goo g l e ||G o o gl e ||G o o gl e</font></b></marquee></font></strong></font></div></td></tr><tr><td bordercolor=\"#485F8D\"><font size=\"1\"><b><font color=#43525F>Mobo: </font></b><font size=\"1\">MSI \"K8N Neo2 Platinum\" <b><font color=#43525F>Chipset: </font></b>nForce3 ULTRA <b><font color=#43525F>CPU: </font></b>AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (Socket 939) <b><font color=#43525F>Physical memory:</font></b> Corsair XMS 1GB(512MBx2) 2-2-2-5 <b><font color=#43525F>Videocard:</font></b> eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT<b><font color=#43525F> Soundcard:</font></b> Creative Audigy 2 </font></font><font color=#43525F size=\"1\"><b>Currently running: </font></b><font size=\"1\">XP Pro SP2 </td></tr><tr><td bordercolor=\"#485F8D\"><div align=\"center\">How much PSU power is enough? </div></td></tr><tr><td bordercolor=\"#485F8D\"><div align=\"center\"><a href=\"http://whatpulse.org/stats/users/142979/\"><img src=\"http://whatpulse.afraid.org/sig/GeckoEcho421.png\" border=\"0\"></a></div></td></tr></table>
GeckoEcho421 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.