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Wayne Mery
2003-12-31, 10:38
I'm considering building an audio archive PC but would like to know
before hand if my configuration viable. FAQ question "What are the
minimum hardware requirements for the server computer?" only addresses
part of my issues.

Need to service multiple (2-3) slimp3 playback and library browsing
performance, etc. Want system to be low power, hopefully low cost (<$600).

I was thinking MicroAtx MOBO and case, with RAID 0 and two large drives
160-200gb. Considering 5400rpm drives to achieve low cost and heat.

What do you think?
What else should I consider?
And were can I go to get more good ideas, but without spending lots of
time analyzing the information?

Thanks
Wayne

Wayne Mery
2003-12-31, 10:58
Wayne Mery wrote:

> I'm considering building an audio archive PC but would like to know
> before hand if my configuration viable. FAQ question "What are the
> minimum hardware requirements for the server computer?" only addresses
> part of my issues.
>
> Need to service multiple (2-3) slimp3 playback and library browsing
> performance, etc. Want system to be low power, hopefully low cost (<$600).
>
> I was thinking MicroAtx MOBO and case, with RAID 0 and two large drives
> 160-200gb. Considering 5400rpm drives to achieve low cost and heat.
>
> What do you think?
> What else should I consider?
> And were can I go to get more good ideas, but without spending lots of
> time analyzing the information?

p.s. it is my intention to not RIP CD's on this archive server system.
RIPping would be done on a conventional beefier PC with 7200rpm drives,
a couple CD-ROM drives, etc.

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Thanks
Wayne

Caleb Epstein
2003-12-31, 11:05
On Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 05:54:53PM -0000, Phil Bayley Hughes wrote:

> Do you really have need for that much storage! I've copied about 90%
> of my music (which would be about 250 odd CD's), 3300 tracks, which
> has taken about 20gb. I'm just interested, what kind of size
> collections do people have?

106G /shn The losslessly encoded files
86G /home/mp3 The MP3s
191G total Everything

Limited mostly by disk space.

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jacobdp
2003-12-31, 12:20
On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 12:38:28 -0500, you wrote:
>I was thinking MicroAtx MOBO and case, with RAID 0 and two large drives
>160-200gb. Considering 5400rpm drives to achieve low cost and heat.

I would suggest using Mini-ITX.

My current setup (I keep migrating...) is VIA EPIA V8000A board, which
is sub-$100, and 128mb of RAM. It works great, typically around 8%
CPU usage with my 1 SliMP3. Very quiet too.

I haven't measured the power draw, but it's supposed to be around 20
watts.

- Jacob
--
"Terminak #3 has bad keyboard. Pkease fix."

Jack Coates
2003-12-31, 12:35
On Wed, 2003-12-31 at 11:20, Jacob Potter wrote:
> On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 12:38:28 -0500, you wrote:
> >I was thinking MicroAtx MOBO and case, with RAID 0 and two large drives
> >160-200gb. Considering 5400rpm drives to achieve low cost and heat.
>
> I would suggest using Mini-ITX.
>
> My current setup (I keep migrating...) is VIA EPIA V8000A board, which
> is sub-$100, and 128mb of RAM. It works great, typically around 8%
> CPU usage with my 1 SliMP3. Very quiet too.
>
> I haven't measured the power draw, but it's supposed to be around 20
> watts.
>
> - Jacob

I like mine a lot -- http://www.monkeynoodle.org/comp/chihiro. I'm
seriously considering replacing my server with one :-)
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Michael Bowyer
2003-12-31, 13:18
Wayne,
I've just done this to relieve my mac -
I ended up with a Shuttle X box (http://www.shuttle.com), mainly
because they're small and quiet. I fitted a 2400 Athlon, 512meg RAM,
and a 120gig 7200RPM HD. The Shuttle main-board has USB/video/network.
The total cost was under 400 euro's. I installed Win2K server, but only
because I had it.
I still do my ripping on the Mac, and then copy the files over to a
share. I have about 5000 tracks in 25gigs, and the server runs just
fine. Don't forget you'll need lots of RAM if you have lots of music
(SlimServer likes RAM). I'd spend my money on more RAM before buying a
big RAID array, but then I have the originals and a backup.

Mike.



On 31 Dec 2003, at 18:38, Wayne Mery wrote:

> I'm considering building an audio archive PC but would like to know
> before hand if my configuration viable. FAQ question "What are the
> minimum hardware requirements for the server computer?" only addresses
> part of my issues.
>
> Need to service multiple (2-3) slimp3 playback and library browsing
> performance, etc. Want system to be low power, hopefully low cost
> (<$600).
>
> I was thinking MicroAtx MOBO and case, with RAID 0 and two large
> drives 160-200gb. Considering 5400rpm drives to achieve low cost and
> heat.
>
> What do you think?
> What else should I consider?
> And were can I go to get more good ideas, but without spending lots of
> time analyzing the information?
>
> Thanks
> Wayne
>

Peter Bowyer
2003-12-31, 13:28
Jack Coates <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org> wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-12-31 at 11:20, Jacob Potter wrote:
>> On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 12:38:28 -0500, you wrote:
>>> I was thinking MicroAtx MOBO and case, with RAID 0 and two large
>>> drives 160-200gb. Considering 5400rpm drives to achieve low cost
>>> and heat.
>>
>> I would suggest using Mini-ITX.
>>
>> My current setup (I keep migrating...) is VIA EPIA V8000A board,
>> which is sub-$100, and 128mb of RAM. It works great, typically
>> around 8% CPU usage with my 1 SliMP3. Very quiet too.
>>
>> I haven't measured the power draw, but it's supposed to be around 20
>> watts.
>>
>> - Jacob
>
> I like mine a lot -- http://www.monkeynoodle.org/comp/chihiro. I'm
> seriously considering replacing my server with one :-)

The EPIA mobos & chipsets are good, but watch out for processor power - if
you're likely to do any on-the-fly transcoding (LAME), you might find they
come up short.

Peter

Stuart Booth
2003-12-31, 16:17
On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 17:54:53 -0000, "Phil Bayley Hughes"
<PhilBH (AT) btinternet (DOT) com> wrote:

>Do you really have need for that much storage! I've copied about 90% of my
>music (which would be about 250 odd CD's), 3300 tracks

A rather small collection then ... ;-)

S
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