I am looking at building a system for recording around TV channels 24 x 7 and then processing them to search for video sequences. Predominant workload would include CPU intensive encoding/decoding + processing and IO intensive video reading/writing.
(Gaming + File Server workload in one machine?)
Here is the config that I am planning to build
Proc : Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO Socket AM3/AMD 790X/4DDR3-1800(OC)/ATI
RAM : Corsair XMS3 8 GB 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
Hard Disk : WD Caviar Black WD20000LSRTL - Hard drive - 2 TB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 32 MB
Since this is my first shot at assembling a machine, any inputs/ suggestions will be of great help.
I made this choice looking around in different forums / reviews..
I am also looking at adding another 2 Hard Disks, 2 osprey TV Tuner cards and a max of 8 GB RAM in the future ..
Total cost comes out to be 665$ ( 165 + 112 + 228 + 160)
Being strapped for cash, I am looking at good value for money
I also need help on the choice of power supply. Do I need to buy a special processor cooling kit since the machine is bound to be running at full capacity all the time. Can someone please suggest a good cooling kit ?
Thanks dndhatcher.. yes, i was considering Phenom x6 2.8Ghz looks like a better option that Phenom x4 3.4GHz (Black). 40 more $ should get me 2 additional cores (good for my multi threaded application)