I'm new to the forums. Recently found Pluto when searching around for technologies such as this. I am very excited to get started!
That said, I have a couple questions for you guys. I will need to purchase a new system to act as my core. I anticipate a very heavy media load on the system over time.
Current: My house is wired with 10/100 in every room, I also have wireless, 5 "zones" with in-wall speakers, and X10 in numerous places.
That said, for the core... Can anyone recommend a configuration for me? I read in the Equipment Recommendations that the Pluto Pro model has dual Intel Xeon processors, but what speed, FSB, etc., would be sufficient? The system is also described with RAID 5... is 7200rpm reasonable, or would 10K or 15K make a difference? 2GB RAM sounds ok. Per the network, is 10/100 adequate for multiple high-quality streams of video or is gigabit recommended? I know audio streams are relatively small based on the codec (~64k - 80k for voice), but video can be quite the hog.
As you can probably tell by my questions, I sometimes have a tendency to go a little overboard and I'd rather spend cash on new devices for the system rather than its infrastructure.
I appreciate your input! Thanks everyone!