Hi Folks. Always glad to get opinions on the forums. I am about to buy a high-end rack mount PC for use with Sonar 4 Producer Edition and Gigastudio 3 Orchestra. It will be used intially for live gigging but eventually for studio use. I can't really even think of much else to make it any better.
I already own a brand new Dell 1905FP flat panel monitor that will go into the rack using this keyboard, mouse, LCD articulated shelf system:
The rack for all this will be custom built by Calzone. It has to have a 26" mountable depth for the monitor shelf, with front and back rails.
The sample drives will be a 3x160Gb RAID 0 configuration run by the mother board. The additional 250Gb SATA drive will be driven by a separate Serial ATA PCI card so that a separate RAID configuration can be built later for audio if needed (also so that a 4th SATA drive can be added later to the sample RAID configuration).
Custom Computer Configuration
Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz 650 EMT64
2GB DDR2-533 4x512MB
ATI Radeon X300 256MB Dual VGA + DVI
Plextor 16x Dual Layer DVD /-RW
120GB EIDE (Primary Drive)
480GB RAID 0 - 3 x 160GB (Sample Drive)
250GB SATA on PCI card (Audio Drive)
Windows XP Home
Codegen 4U Rackmount Server
The Silent Treatment 450
Removable Drive Bay w/ 1 Tray (qty. 1)
Extra Removable Tray (qty. 1)
Let me know what you all think. Thanks ....... Rob
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