Re: Quiet vs. Fast
I have no rules. I'm fully aware that certain "nice" features are at odds with one another, but I'm just asking y'all's opinion of nice. You strike the balance where you think it fits best. Goals: fast, quiet, storage, video
@mb2: That sounds like what I'm looking for, but you lost me a little on all the acronyms and tech-lingo. Could you spell that specific computer out for me in a little more "buyable" format? Thing is, I might actually do it, and I want to be able to order all the parts.
yes, true.. bit of over-use of acronyms i think.. i was trying to make it brief.. but feel free to use google and u'll probably figure it out..
i wasn't so specific on certain things because i don't spend a lot of time looking up specific components for stuff that i would never dream of spending so much money on... u never said if it was 'money no object' or 'money no object, within reason'...
Zalman TNN 500AF
. basically its a giantic heatsink masquerading as a case. is that small/pretty enough? if u want a high perf 0 noise solution then its the only way to go.
according to the compatible VGA cards list
, the X800 XT/GeForce 6800 are the max it supports officially.
it says it supports upto 100W CPUs fanlessly, so pretty much anything sensible there (c2D- the X6800 is the 'extreme' version, ie lots more expensive, a little faster (fastest)). i'd undervolt it to save a little heat.
i don't know whether u can put a slightly more powerful vid card in if ur CPU is under-specced. but, as far as i can tell, SLI is out of the question. it also may be a little out of date, so u'll have to do a little more research here perhaps.
I can't remember whether they take 4x1GB or 4x2GB max. anyway, fill as many of them as u can fit, in 2s. i'd use corsair value ram. (the speed is really not an issue)
The limitations on how many are: SATA ports, PCI slots.
so u'd be advised to get a mobo with loads of native SATA connectors.
it only takes power from the PCI slot, so u can use flexible riser cards
(daisy chain several?) to plug them into.
0 them (assuming it gives u a performance increase, research urself.. or maybe someone will say), or whatever that raid is that gets several drives to appear as one.
an alternative would be a few samsung 32GB solid state drives, but i'm not sure of their retail availability, and they aren't as fast as iRAMs by a significant way.
Now this thing is going to be fairly baking hot in the middle (just the quantity of ram will be very hot), so i definately wouldn't want to put any hard drives in it.
. This would require u to have a wire between the PC and NAS device in another room. link also has list of NAS devices <$1k, u want one with gigE = gigabit ethernet, ie LAN. (note: get a motherboard with one, or two.) and SATA. You could build a PC with loads of SATA ports to act as a NAS device, but u'd really need (significant) linux knowledge, and i'm guessing u don't by the way u come accross. i have no idea which is 'best'. research. If you go for an NAS then u probably want 4 of Seagates 750GB drives. not the quietest (it doesn't matter; the NAS will be in another room), but they are the biggest, and seagate are very reliable traditionally. i would definately raid1 them (which would mean it'd 'only' have 1.5TB capacity); as if i was spending this amount of money, i definately wouldn't want to lose all my data if i had a hard drive failure. i suppose u could use raid 5 with 5 drives to give u a bigger capacity.
motherboard: dunno, but lottts of native sata ports, and gigE. passive chipset. extensive voltage options.
system ram: i don't think windows (XP) likes more than 4GB of ram or something. So 4x whatever 'the fastest ram' is, see overclocking sites.
soundcard: ? might not need one if motherboard has SPDIF..
PSU: hm, not sure if i'd use the default PSU, or just one or two PW200Ms
along with a 200W powerbrick each. i think it states the efficiency as 72 or 78%.. which means that atleast 22% of the heat that is produced by all the components is then re-added to the case heat- not a problem with the PW200M as all the heat is on one of the power bricks outside the case.