Project: Carputer – Part 4

Well at long last, the desk is done and slowly, bits and pieces of it are filtering into my room to be assembled. Right now I’m installing Vista and drivers on the computer. Already I can tell that this is going to be one wicked setup. The downside is that I was a bit short sighted and only realized once I brought the front in…

I don’t have room for it.

>.< Continue reading Project: Carputer – Part 4

Project: Carputer – Part 3

Spent the past few days putting way too much time and effort into the desk. I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty right now and just pass on a picture and some details.

As you can see, I have the monitor in and set to go. After countless hours, I finally found a feasible way to mount the drives in the console. I cleaned it up a bit and filed down some rough edges. All I have left to do is the body work, ventilation, and hooking up the computer.

Speaking of computer, I have it all built and set to go. Here are the specs.

  • Antec Three Hundred case
  • AMD 6000+ 3.0 ghz dual core processor
  • 650W 3-rail power supply
  • ATI HD4870 video card
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 4GB RAM (2x2GB)
  • 2 DVD RW drives
  • Super multi drive (card reader, eSATA, fan controls, USB ports)
  • Fan controller
  • 17″ Dell widescreen monitor

That’s all for now. Keep on going with the photoshopping contest!

Project: Carputer – Part 2

So OhYo and I just got back in from working for a couple hours on the new carputer.. Its coming along. I sure took a lot of flak from both he and my dad about how I did things… But that’s how they are, what can I say?

Below are a few pics of how it looks and a quick (30 min) Google Sketchup render of what I’m thinking.

Google Sketchup rendering of idea
Google Sketchup rendering of idea
Side shot of dash mounted on frame of 2x4s
Side shot of dash mounted on frame of 2x4s
Another shot of dash mounted on frame of 2x4s
Another shot of dash mounted on frame of 2x4s

Project: Carputer – Part 1

For the past couple months, I’ve been developing a project in my mind. It all started with a conversation I was having with a coworker about computer desks. I decided that I’d like one similar to this: the V1 Chair. Since they were silly enough to post practically blueprints on their website, I thought it’d be great to build. I did some research and the price for the metal would have been around $200 for steel, $300 for aluminum. I wanted the steel so that I’d have an excuse to play with the welder, but other opportunities arose. Continue reading Project: Carputer – Part 1