Carputer build Intel vs AMD

building a pc for my car used for controling my stereo, light gaming between classes, typing the last minute essay and a few other things.

Intel
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CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($136.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.74 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $403.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 11:41 EST-0500)

AMD
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CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($102.19 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $367.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 11:40 EST-0500)

Monitor- http://store.mp3car.com/Lilliput_FA1011_NP_C_T_10_1_16_9_Desktop_Wall_M_p/mon-130.htm

or if I have enough dash space

http://store.mp3car.com/Lilliput_12_1_16_9_SKD_Open_Frame_Touch_Screen_VG_p/mon-119.htm
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  1. I would probably just go amd for now to save space and not need a GPU. Also, do you plan to get a PSU and then wire that to an inverter and then wire that to a switched 12v in the car?
  2. But for $400 you might as well get a laptop/ tablet and save time and effort installing a desktop into your car.
  3. tiny voices said:
    I would probably just go amd for now to save space and not need a GPU. Also, do you plan to get a PSU and then wire that to an inverter and then wire that to a switched 12v in the car?

    this PSU- http://store.mp3car.com/M4_ATX_HV_250W_Intelligent_DC_DC_PSU_Power_Supply_p/pwr-042.htm

    same estimated power requirements so I left it out.
  4. That's pretty cool. Never seen that before. Just to be clear, a laptop is not an option? It seems like the obvious choice. I would still go for the AMD build. This is making we want to stick a computer in my VW but I'm sure I would need a second battery.
  5. I have a laptop so I don't need one and Tiny I don't know your electrical system but this build is under 300 watts total, unless you have a over about a 1 kw rms amp for you speakers and subs most vehicles can handle it with a good starting battery. That said, I have a second battery, but I'm also running almost 3kw rms.
  6. I run 2 air compressors for my airbag suspension setup and my car struggles to turn over if you run the compressors for any time at all with the car off. lol

  7. That would certainly strain the electrical system lol. That's one of the reasons why I went with a static drop on my truck. The VW doesn't look bad for a new VW.
  8. Thanks very much! The whole "stanced" look is kind of a love it or hate it thing.
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