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Sparkie

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Ready to Go(With your help)
« on: November 28, 2007, 08:33:33 pm »
I've switched over to Ubuntu and am getting more and more comfortable not using windows. I am now plunging into LinuxMCE. I have a current system I built around WindowsMCE. I'm waiting for LMCE 7.10 before I attempt an install.

The system I am using right now is made of this:

Intel 6600 dual Core CPU
Gigabyte P35 DQ6
2 GB RAM
Silverstone Grandia Case
Gigabyte 8600GT
BTC 9029URF Wireless Keyboard
Logitech MX revolution mouse
Onboard Realtek RTL 8168B/8111B Gigabit
Onboard Realtek HD Sound

I am thinking of using the above system for the Media Director PC.

I have looked through most posts on the web and the wiki. Here is the hardware I have picked for my Core Server.

Core:

Mobo:Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
HD for O/S install:320 Gig Seagate (overkill I know, but it's lying around)
HD's for media:Seagate 500 gig (.10 series) X 4
CPU:Quad core 6600 LGA 775
Case:Antec P182
RAM:Corsair 8500C5 2GBDDR2-1066
DVD Drive
Power Supply:Corsair 620
RAID 5 Card:AMCC/3Ware 9650SE-4LPML

I need advice for the following items:
2nd Gigabit NIC card to serve the house
Graphics card
TV tuner Card (recording Digital TV)

What do you guys think so far?

And of course if I can get all this hardware working together, I will update the wiki ;)





« Last Edit: November 28, 2007, 08:38:39 pm by Sparkie »

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007, 05:04:40 am »
the quad core is probably overkill. If that board can overclock you are better of getting a e2180 and overclocking it to the 3ghz range and saving the $200. Overclocking the intel chips is child's play

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 10:56:11 am »
I've switched over to Ubuntu and am getting more and more comfortable not using windows. I am now plunging into LinuxMCE. I have a current system I built around WindowsMCE. I'm waiting for LMCE 7.10 before I attempt an install.

I need advice for the following items:
2nd Gigabit NIC card to serve the house
Graphics card
TV tuner Card (recording Digital TV)

What do you guys think so far?

And of course if I can get all this hardware working together, I will update the wiki ;)



As far as digital tuners go I would suggest the SiliconDust HDHomerun.  It's readily compatible and works well.

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007, 09:19:05 pm »
Didn't you already post the same thing  word for word very recently?
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3343.msg17011#msg17011

Why double post?
Felt like Deja Vu.


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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 03:56:22 am »
1. Sorry about the double post. I wasn't sure where to post my question. (new here)

I will from now on post in this thread.

Thanks everyone for your help so far. My intend is to build this thing and post on here the snags and progress of success.

I would like to stick to an intel based system. I hope everything is compatible. My main concern is selecting the equipments for the Core. I would like an Intel Based LGA 775 rig Something that isn't going to choke no matter what I decide to do with it. The Raid 5 os for security. I want to rip my music and DVD collection and have epace of mind. I would like to eventually have 3 media directors coming off it. And also be web hosting etc etc. I want the thing to be able to keep up to larger and larger demands and also be rock solid stability. I will pay a little more for that.

Thanks everyone.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007, 06:42:31 am »
Let us know how you make out.

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007, 07:14:24 am »
I am going to go with the following hardware:

Mobo:Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0
HD for O/S install:500 Gig Hitachi (using an old one)
HD for media: WD 1 TB
CPU:Quad core 6600 LGA 775
Case: Silverstone CW01
RAM:Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2-800
DVD Drive
Power Supply:Antec TruePower 430
Graphics card: Asus EN8600 Silent 512 MB
No TV Tuner Card selected yet (recommendations welcome)

I just ordered all of this and its on its way!

I am planning on starting off with LinuxMCE 710 when it is released. Will let you guys know how it goes.

I am planning on getting a DVI to HDMI adaptor for my LCD TV and using the SPDIF out to the receiver. (I read somewhere that all graphics card with HDMI also currently pass SPDIF sound (as opposed to PCM) over HDMI, so this setup should be equivalent to the HDMI card setup. Anyone tried this out? Would appreciate some help on this.
Cheers!

Sparkie

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2007, 09:43:36 pm »
Hey Super. Nice to see you join this thread!

Looks like were going to have similar systems. I'm happy to see someone with a similar system.

What LCD T.V are you going with? I've been looking at many of them. Hard to decide!

Have you got a Core System planned out?

HDMI does pass both sound and video over one cable. But your idea with SPDIF should be equivalent.

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2007, 11:09:22 pm »
Super. Have you looked at this board?

Gigabyte GA-73UM-S2H

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26926&vpn=GA-73UM-S2H&manufacture=Gigabyte

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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2007, 07:11:55 pm »
Okay, I've changed my plans up after doing some research...

This is what I'm thinking for setting up storage...

Media Director> 320Gig Drive = Dual booting LinuxMCE and Windows Vista.

Core>
        250GB for Pluto Install and Apps
        500GB - Audio
        500Gb - Audio Backup*
        750Gb - Video
           1TB - Video Backup*

I figure this is the best setup to give me peace of mind if a disk fails.  And as my storage requirements grow I can shuffle things up. For example. If the 750Gb Video drive fills up,  I transfer everything  to the 1TB. Then buy a new 1.5 or 2TB Drive for Video Backup. I would then use the 750Gb for my Audio Backup. And of course throw the unused 500 Gb drive into another Media director or whatever.

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2007, 05:10:43 am »
By Dual booting do you mean - PXE boot for LMCE and HD boot Vista?

250GB seems like a BIG partition for just the OS and LMCE.

Why not just RAID 5 (4) 500GB drives? It would give you 2 TB spread over 4 Disks and give you piece of mind that you info is safe.

I am still trying to determine if its worth it to keep all the info in the core. I am just not sure how good Linux software raid is. I am not sure if buying a 3ware raid card to do hardware raid is worth it. Might just be better to spend the dough and get a decent NAS. I just don't feel like reloading all of my files if my install punts or if I have to reinstall at some later date.

*forgot to add this the first time.  http://wiki.linuxmce.com/index.php/Create_RAID_in_LMCE

Regards,
Blair
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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2007, 01:17:41 pm »
Why not just RAID 5 (4) 500GB drives? It would give you 2 TB spread over 4 Disks and give you piece of mind that you info is safe.

I am just not sure how good Linux software raid is. I am not sure if buying a 3ware raid card to do hardware raid is worth it.

That is also what I told mr. Crosspost here in another thread.

Linux software raid is fine in my experience, hardware raid controllers are way more limited and simply not worth it.
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Re: Ready to Go(With your help)
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2007, 03:38:31 pm »
raid 5 with 4 500 GB disks will only give him 1.5 TB not 2 TB. just so you know.
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2007, 09:56:14 pm »
raid 5 with 4 500 GB disks will only give him 1.5 TB not 2 TB. just so you know.

I forgot about raid 5 being striped not mirror. Thank you for the correction. I like Raid 1 better since its a little faster, but don't know if its worth the extra dough

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2007, 10:27:35 pm »
sparkie, looking at what you have and what you want to do. i think raid 1 is probably what you want. it would be easier than trying to back up the disks. it would give you a backup of your data and if a drive fails you just buy another and stick it in there and have a backup again. youd accomplish what you said you wanted and would have some fault tolerance to it.
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