What DAW's do you have? What chassis are you using? Is Chieftech a silent chassis?
I don't need one ready bulit, I want to choose components myself...
Please share your specs! And if someone can explain why they are much more expensive than ordinary chassis....? I'm currently looking at a 19" one from chieftech.
Well my current DAW is a little antiquated, but here goes:
1024 MB RAM
Asus a7n8x mobo
2 x Delta 1010
1 x 40 GB and 2 x 80GB HD's
MOTU MIDI interface (PARALLEL)
Athlon XP 2200
1024 MB RAM
Asus a7v333 mobo
1 x Echo Gina
1 x 18 GB HD System
3 x 36 GB SCSI drives on RAID (don't ask got it cheap)
Use MIDIoverLAN between the PC's.
Both have Antec Sonata's, and yes they are noticeably quieter than most cases I got to test.
But I am currently deciding on a new DAW (the other 2 PC's will be 1 for giga and 1 for VI's)...it's a choice between a P IV and a G5.
Either way I am actually looking to transfer most of my DAW's into 4RU cases, even though they will be noisier it'll suit my requirements a bit more.
As to your questions about why they are more expensive? They certainly are not as mass produced as a normal chassis, the tend to come with more cooling, and generally tend to be of stronger construction as they have a need to be more sturdy to stay in a rack, even with sliders, than a normal desktop/tower based PC. To an extent I always suspect that they also cost more because their target market, server's, can always be expected to pay more money than your average home user.