[LAU] OT: New i7 rig, Gfx card recomendations and more.

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Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 10:46 am

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Hi all.

A little of your expertise and experience would be appreciated here. I am a=
iming to build a new computer to go in my old rack-mounted case=2C which ha=
s basically been out of service since I got my laptop some years ago. The m=
ain parts I have chosen based on what are used in some of the Ubuntu based =
video servers here at work. But they run in an X-less environment (using Fi=
refox Chromless interface=2C controlled remotely via http from any (general=
ly Windows) computer on the network) and use Blackmagic cards for HD video =
ingest and playout.

Most likely I will be hoping to get a stable Fedora/CCRMA install working o=
n this computer (something I'm sorry to say I have attempted a few times on=
the laptop and failed.) I do suspect I will be persuaded to install Win7 o=
n it at some point though. Why=2C you ask? Because it is due to be used wit=
h a mobile sound system for a combination of digital DJing=2C some VJing an=
d probably some audio recording too. Although I will try and persuade peopl=
e to use Mixxx (or use their own laptop) too many people are more used to=
=2C and have their controllers configured for=2C Tracktor or Serato. Of cou=
rse it depends on it being commercially viable for me buying a licence for =
one of these and for basic=2C vinyl controlled digital DJing I believe Mixx=
x is now sufficient (although yet to test their claims.) On the VJing side =
the argument seems just as strong=2C with there being nothing to even remot=
ely challenge Resolume out there! Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong. =
(And also a good place to discuss Linux (Live) Video. I joined the sister l=
ist to this one on the subject but don't think I'm yet to see a single emai=
l on it.) But as I said I want to try and go the Linux (and predominantly F=
OSS) route at first.

I start with the few questions on the chosen pieces first:
Motherboard I am looking at is the Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3. As this is going =
to be very mobile I want to use the RAID option of the card. I was thinking=
3x WD Caviar Black 1TB drives=2C connected to SATA 3Gb/s ports using RAID5=
(cheaper than 2x 2TB drives and same redundancy.) I believe this is on the=
Z68 chipset. Does this kind of RAID play well with Linux? I would want mul=
tiple partitions across this main space so OS(s) and data both have redunda=
ncy.
Specs for the video servers used here are i7 2600k but I see the 2700k is o=
nly a few quid more so assume the upgrade would make sense?
I currently have a RME RPM (useful due the the dual Phono input meaning no =
prestage is needed for vinyl control of DJ software.) I only have the HDSP =
card for the laptop though. Would you recommend the PCIe or standard PCI HS=
DP card for use on Linux? At some point I would quite like to also get a Mu=
ltiface for recording multiple streams at once but that is probably some ti=
me away and if I can get it all working with the RPM I'm sure it will with =
the Multiface.
Graphics card recommendations??? As stated some VJing work so will need som=
ething reasonable but I don't think it needs to be up with what is needed f=
or the latest games. Budget is flexible-ish... I've already extended it onc=
e =3B-)

Although maybe I should scale it back a little and go for a cheaper motherb=
oard and i5 processor of some kind? At this specification it would seem sil=
ly not to use it as my main rig!

Sorry for going on and on so much. Many thanks to all that have managed to =
read and digest everything I have written. I have a backlog of posts from t=
his list I will read through now=2C before getting to any replies I hope to=
receive from you =3B-)

TL/DR:
Z68 - works with RAID5 on SATA2 ports OK?
RME HDSP card - PCI or PCIe?
Gfx card recommendations??
Or persuade me to go for a cheaper rig as I probably don't really need all =
that...

Regards=2C Dale.
=

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Hi all.A little of your expertise and experience would be appreciat=
ed here. I am aiming to build a new computer to go in my old rack-mounted c=
ase=2C which has basically been out of service since I got my laptop some y=
ears ago. The main parts I have chosen based on what are used in some of th=
e Ubuntu based video servers here at work. But they run in an X-less enviro=
nment (using Firefox Chromless interface=2C controlled remotely via http fr=
om any (generally Windows) computer on the network) and use Blackmagic card=
s for HD video ingest and playout.Most likely I will be hoping to g=
et a stable Fedora/CCRMA install working on this computer (something I'm so=
rry to say I have attempted a few times on the laptop and failed.) I do sus=
pect I will be persuaded to install Win7 on it at some point though. Why=2C=
you ask? Because it is due to be used with a mobile sound system for a com=
bination of digital DJing=2C some VJing and probably some audio recording t=
oo. Although I will try and persuade people to use Mixxx (or use their own =
laptop) too many people are more used to=2C and have their controllers conf=
igured for=2C Tracktor or Serato. Of course it depends on it being commerci=
ally viable for me buying a licence for one of these and for basic=2C vinyl=
controlled digital DJing I believe Mixxx is now sufficient (although yet t=
o test their claims.) On the VJing side the argument seems just as strong=
=2C with there being nothing to even remotely challenge Resolume out there!=
Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong. (And also a good place to discuss=
Linux (Live) Video. I joined the sister list to this one on the subject bu=
t don't think I'm yet to see a single email on it.) But as I said I want to=
try and go the Linux (and predominantly FOSS) route at first.I sta=
rt with the few questions on the chosen pieces first:Motherboard I am l=
ooking at is the Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3. As this is going to be very mobile =
I want to use the RAID option of the card. I was thinking 3x WD Caviar Blac=
k 1TB drives=2C connected to SATA 3Gb/s ports using RAID5 (cheaper than 2x =
2TB drives and same redundancy.) I believe this is on the Z68 chipset. Does=
this kind of RAID play well with Linux? I would want multiple partitions a=
cross this main space so OS(s) and data both have redundancy.Specs for =
the video servers used here are i7 2600k but I see the 2700k is only a few =
quid more so assume the upgrade would make sense?I currently have a RME=
RPM (useful due the the dual Phono input meaning no prestage is needed for=
vinyl control of DJ software.) I only have the HDSP card for the laptop th=
ough. Would you recommend the PCIe or standard PCI HSDP card for use on Lin=
ux? At some point I would quite like to also get a Multiface for recording =
multiple streams at once but that is probably some time away and if I can g=
et it all working with the RPM I'm sure it will with the Multiface.Grap=
hics card recommendations??? As stated some VJing work so will need somethi=
ng reasonable but I don't think it needs to be up with what is needed for t=
he latest games. Budget is flexible-ish... I've already extended it once =
=3B-)Although maybe I should scale it back a little and go for =
a cheaper motherboard and i5 processor of some kind? At this specification =
it would seem silly not to use it as my main rig!Sorry for goin=
g on and on so much. Many thanks to all that have managed to read and diges=
t everything I have written. I have a backlog of posts from this list I wil=
l read through now=2C before getting to any replies I hope to receive from =
you =3B-)TL/DR:Z68 - works with RAID5 on SATA2 ports OK?RME=
HDSP card - PCI or PCIe?Gfx card recommendations??Or persuade me t=
o go for a cheaper rig as I probably don't really need all that...R=
egards=2C Dale.
=

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[LAU] OT: New i7 rig, Gfx card recomendations and more., Kaza Kore, (Wed Oct 24, 10:46 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: New i7 rig, Gfx card recomendations and more., Patrick Shirkey, (Sat Oct 27, 8:50 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: New i7 rig, Gfx card recomendations and more., Patrick Shirkey, (Sat Oct 27, 10:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: New i7 rig, Gfx card recomendations and more., Patrick Shirkey, (Sun Oct 28, 9:22 pm)