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4. In-Car Computers > 41. Choose an in-Car PC Hardware Platform

Choose an in-Car PC Hardware Platform

Speed, size, noise, power efficiency, and price are some of the trade-offs to consider when building a car PC.

There are many ways to build an in-car PC. The “right” way depends on what you want to use the PC for, and whether you are building from scratch or using parts you have on hand.

If you are an IT guy with too many spare computers to count, you probably want to see if you can put your existing parts together to make a PC for your car. Or perhaps you just upgraded your laptop and you figure that the older one, which can play DVDs and still has 10 minutes of battery life, could be adapted to power your in-car entertainment system. Maybe you’re a gamer with a top-of-the-line Alienware (http://www.alienware.com) machine, and you expect to get in some extra time on your massive multiplayer online role-playing game over your new broadband wireless cell phone connection while someone else drives. Or maybe you’re a hacker who wants the computer to run all the time, so you can remotely control your car windows and an in-car camera through your computer’s wireless Internet connection.


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