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New server, "media and games"

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by niko084, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. niko084

    niko084

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    E5200
    Asus P5Q SE/R
    3x 640gb WD SE16 *Raid 5*
    1x 80gb WD Blue *OS Drive*
    DVD/RW
    4x2gb Geil Black Dragon DDR2-800

    That's my idea, want to be able to run Coop mode 4-6 player Vegas games so obviously it needs to control the AI and such. It will be standalone. Other lighter games but that's the main one I was worried about. The games will be network not internet!

    As for the media, it will serve media files to network media players.
     
  2. Tau

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    Overkill in the ram department for sure. the rest should be just fine though, only thing you might want to look into is raiding the OS/install drive, as well as teh storage drives, as over a gigabit network you will only see ~50-60MB/s transfer with those HDDs.

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    just saw you were raid 5ing those storage drives, what controller will you be using? as if its onboard or a poor controller you wont see any real write speed increases moving to a 3 drive raid 5.
     
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    I was just looking over this as it is not... The amount of power I put into this across the boards is extremely overkill..... I was worried about streaming 2 1080p movies to the players while listening to music or something, this is not going to be an issue at all..

    I want to keep the ram for a nice buffer, as for now it will be the ICH10R onboard, but I'll probably just run the OS on the raid, or possibly even install it to a CF.

    The last system I did raid 5 on that board with 3x 160gb 7200.10's it ran something like 120mb/s write speed steady. The Intel onboard raid is pretty nice TBH.. But over time I will probably put a hot raid card in it and move into a larger setup, 5x 640s Raid 5 probably.

    Lastly I'm also going to run a DVR camera system on it, but I'll drop another 2 250gb or so drives in raid 0 for that dedicated because it will be 4-6 camera's at 30fps, at that point I also may up it to a quad core to help with the constant encoding of the video streams.

    Also considering running dual gigabit out of it depending on how heavy my load ends up on it.
     

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