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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2009, 02:42:24 am »

That's a good idea!  looks like it happened tonight after all!
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2009, 10:33:17 am »

Ok, since I found the thread and I just did this...

My video server (specs off the top of my head, it's a Lian Li aluminum case and 800watt ps too):

Tyan Tempest motherboard (I think model 5967?), dual Xeon mb, supporting 128 gb of memory, dual SAS ports and 6 SATA ports, one IDE port.
dual dual core Xeon's, 2.66 Ghz
8 GB FB-DIMM memory (2x4)
Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi PCI sound card (7.1 Dolby audio)
4x1.5 TB Seagate HDs (RAID 5) - movie backups
4x1 TB Seagate HDs (JBOD) - movie storage
4x250 gb Seagate hd's (JBOD) - fast video transfer and ripping
2x250 gb Seagate hd's (Raid 1) - redundant OS drive
dual DVD/CD burrner drives (funny, but not all discs are copyable on both drives, maybe I am overheating them Smiley )
Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
Win DVDFab 5 - software to take your purchased DVDs and rip them to the hard drive, i use DVD 9 so there is no compression and it is just like putting the DVD in to play
WinDVD 5.x - good software for running DVD's, can be used to launch files too.
ATI 2940 dual DVI/HDMI output video card
Pinnacle Studios PCTV Card (for archiving my VHS collection too)

This whole rig would cost someone now probably under $3,000.  The motherboard/processor combo was a bit overkill.  As it was coming together, the price on the Seagate hard drives kept dropping, so that explains all the different size drives.  I would love to replace them all with 1.5 TB drives, but with 14 drives, and 10 that aren't the bigger ones, I think I can wait.  I calculate, with the 3 TB array (4x1 TB, RAID 5), I can store over 600 movies there, if I can ever get a tape backup solution, I can open up the 4.5 TB array for movie storage as well as the 928 GB...  I built a very simple Access database where I am tracking the movies, with movie art, rating, run time, year released, a brief synopsis of the movie (most "borrowed" from Amazon) and a link to automatically start the movie (using the DVDFab, you get a title screen file, just put in a hyperlink and voila! The movie starts on demand).  I am planning some additional changes to the db, like last time it was viewed in the theater.

The DVDFab software can rip a regular movie to disc in about 17 minutes with this rig, that is assuming a full DVD.  You would be surprised how many movies don't fill the disc.

The Pinnacle Studios I use to transfer my old VHS movies, they aren't as pretty since they are captured analog, but at least they are being stored.  I might at some point convert them, but I don't have that many.

I like the dual video output  since over the winter, I setup our projector in the basement where the "monster" sits, and I can work on my homework on one screen while the kids watch a movie on the other.
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