Hi everyone, first time poster, looking for some direction here. I'm building an all-in-one karaoke system, with an 10x8 unit dj rack case.
I need some help with the computer. Thinking 3-4 gigs of ram, dual core or better, dual sound cards (for song preview) and dual video cards, or at least one video card with the capability of being split to four monitors. One monitor (main) for my rack (dvi), one in front of the singer(dvi), and one connected to the pub's TV (dvi or s-video). I plan on adding a projector down the line as well, so 4 monitors capability is a must.
I'll need 2 hard-drives, one drive (small) for the OS (Vista probably) and one drive(1-TB) just for music + karaoke. Also need a cd burner for making custom cd's.
Also need a couple of USB ports, maybe a firewire port for file transfers. All of this needs to fit in a 2 Unit rackmount server case, which seems to support ATX and mini ATXsetups, although I'm not entirely sure of what that means. Also supports standard power supply. Space is limited, but if I have to use a 4 U case I can.
I'm not looking to spend a fortune, saving where I can, but I'm willing to spend if it means the difference between a good show and an average show.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the couple of days.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mixing music, karaoke, video. Eventually burning cd's of live performances for my customers, and live streaming video of the show to my website.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: LCD monitors, OS, DJ software.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, tigerdirect
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like a dual core pentium system or better. But you guys would know better than me what brands to choose.
OVERCLOCKING: Have no idea what this means.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This system will strictly be used for Karaoke/DJ. Basic file transfers and re-naming. Eventually I'd like to attach a web cam for streaming video, and be able to capture audio from a show and burn it onto CD's. Nothing fancy beyond that.
gkay09....Thanks so much for your help, I appreciate it. I fear I may have to go with 3 gigs of RAM, since most of my dj programs don't like vista 64 bit, so I'll have to use 32. And to my knowledge 32bit vista won't use all 4 gigs, so I might as well save where I can.
As for the sound card, all I know is I'll need to hook up to my mixer via USB to get full digital audio. And the only way to preview a file while one is playing is to have two separate sound cards. Not sure how this will work yet, but I'll have to figure it out.
Rambo: I'd love to see your list for that rig. Also, what chassis did you use to house the computer?
I think I'm just about ready, I have one last question for you guys...
After browsing the video cards, I read up on crossfire and such. I'm not doing any gaming on this, but I'd like two video cards to support multiple monitors with varying connections as this will be a mobile rig. I really like the idea of one card having 2 DVIs and an S-Video, and the other card having a DVI, VGA, and native HDMI output. This way I don't have to worry about adapters, and I can hook up to a variety of monitors/TVs.
Question is, can I do this or do I have to use 2 of the same exact card. Or can I at least stay within a manufacturer's series?