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rack mount DAW

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ellmorej, Feb 1, 2002.

  1. ellmorej

    ellmorej Guest

    > _____
    >I am in the process of geting bids on different
    >>systems. this is about 400 more than i wanted to spend. any suggestions would be appreciated
    > _____
    >Motherboards Tyan S2466N Tiger MPX Dual AMD Athlon Motherboard with
    >Primary CPU AMD Athlon MP Multi-Processing 1900+ Processor
    >Secondary CPU AMD Athlon MP Multi-Processing 1900+ Processor
    >Socket 1 DIMM 256Mb PC2100 Registered DDR with ECC
    >Socket 2 DIMM 256Mb PC2100 Registered DDR with ECC
    >Rackmount Chassis Antec IPC3426B-26 4U Rackmount
    >Power Supply Antec 300 watt PP303XP Power Supply
    >Floppy Drives Teac FD-235HF 1.44MB Black Bezel
    >CD-ROM Drives Teac 40x Black Bezel IDE CD-ROM
    >Disk Drive 1 IBM 120GXP 40gb 7200rpm IDE
    >Disk Drive 2 IBM 120GXP 40gb 7200rpm IDE
    >Video Cards ELSA Synergy 2000 nVidia Quadro2 EX 32mb AGP
    >Mice Logitech S48 Wheel Mouse PS/2 OEM
    >Keyboards Logitech Internet Keyboard OEM
    >Total System cost
    >excl. any addl. costs (shipping, tax, etc.) $2,314
  2. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Check out the Maxtor IDE 7200 RPM "L" drives with Fluid Dynamic Bearing Motors. I don't have one yet, but they get reviewed as being very quiet.

    You may need a beefier power supply with higher total available current on the 3.3V and 5V rails( for those two power hungry AMD chips).

    I think good brands are, PC Power and Cooling, Antec, Enermax, and POWMAX/Leadman(avoid the ones sold by Directron).

    400-500watts of high quality power and a UPS to condition the line.
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Make sure you get the correct power supply brand that Tyan reccomends...they reccomend you get EXACTLY what they tell you to get other wise you will be in troubleshooting hell....look over at the nuendo forums for tyan hell...
    That's why I stick with Asus...more flexible
    otherwise system looks fine..have fun
  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    $2300??? Nay...
    1) You may want to consider the Asus A7V266-M motherboard instead of the Tyan. Get a Swiftech MCX-462 heatsink with a Delta 80x80x38 fan.
    2) Instead of two 256Mb mem sticks, get one 512 to allow for future expansion. You can get a Mushkin 512Mb stick for $120.
    3) Get an Antec SX1040 case/PS.
    4) Get a Creative Labs 52x CD ROM ... they ROCK.
    5) Tommy P. hit the nail on the head. IBM drives are very problematic. Also, instead of the two 40s, get a 20 for your system drive and an 80 for your audio. MAXTOR model numbers are 6L020L1 and 6L080L4.
    6) Before you settle on a video card, decide what software you are going to run, then find out what video cards work best with it. DAW software can be very picky about video cards.
    7) Check out the Microsoft Office Keyboard and the Microsoft Trackball Optical. The extra programability on both units makes your life MUCH easier.
    My quick math estimate now puts this system at about $1600-1700 . Hope this helps...
  5. LittleJames

    LittleJames Guest

    I thought I'd chime in about the Mobo. I think you would do better with the Asus board over the Tyan. The Tiger doesn't support 64bit PCI cards. And I've always had a solid system when using Asus boards.
  6. ellmorej

    ellmorej Guest

    Thank you one and all; I still want to build this in a rack mount case will that be a problem, with a 400+ power supply? :roll:
  7. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    I don't see any reason that rackmounting would be any problem. It's just a matter of what you need...
    My $1600-1700 "guestimate" was pretty much right-on what you'd spend for your complete tower, kbd, & trackball. I added it all up (with pricewatch prices plus shipping), and left lee-way for cabling, paste, shim, etc.
    I believe the SX1040B was about $140 with shipping. That does include the killer Antec 400 watt PS. So, if you want the rack mount, deduct the $140 from my guestimate, add the price of the rack gear and the PS you want, and you'll have your new approximate total.
    When I was figuring this stuff out, I couldn't figure how you came up with a $2300 total. Best advice to give you is to make sure you use pricewatch.com. You'll USUALLY get your best prices through there.
  8. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Pricewatch very very good!! Only place I shop!!

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