I have a hankering to build something that as yet defies convention.........
Im looking to build a P4 server of sorts, as I have plenty of crap floating around. For what its worth Im a tried and true AMD kind of fellow.
What Im thinking:
Side 1 of the machine:
I need a machine that is capable of multiple burners at the same time. I like Imageburn for what Im doing, and while the CPU used is not outrageous, burning multiple things at one time is a hog on memory. For the sake or argument 3 burners running at the same time will max out 2 gig of RAM. while doing this it is only using less than 50% of the processor, included the background of watch dog programs and XP. CPU is a 2.0 Athlon XP. Tons of IDE drives floating around so Im thinking a single 40 gig will hold the OS and the misc other crap that is needed. Run the 40 gig on the #1 IDE side of the Mobo. Have quite a bit of PC3200 floating around. Thinking about an IDE card to run 4 CD burners, with a 5th DVD RW on the #2 IDE side of the MoBo.
++So that takes care of one of my wants++
Side 2 of the machine:
I need some sort of control for multiple "large" HDDS. Currently 4 are utilized as long term storage. They are only powered when data is stored or needed, so 1 hour or so a week. I know that IDE is not going to like "loosing" HDDs, so for the time being they are via USB2.0 The data on the HDDs is important, but not in a "timely" manner, so bringing them on line can be 5mins or 50mins at this point, it really does not matter. Currently they are in housing with a simple on off switch so they can be powered up as needed. Routed into my desktop via a USB hub. Not real pretty but functional, and the fact that the "off" idle time is 1000 times as long as the on time Im happy with the arrangement.
+Would like to access this setup throughout the building so what OS (Im guessing server 200? but have NO experience with it.)
+Motherboard? Got to have PCI (not express) slots, DDR1, P4
+Im seriously considering the current setup in 1 case, 2 PS and an internal USB set up. Works and functions the same, just hidden from site.
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