multimedia server.

By mfm1200
Jun 27, 2004
  1. hi forum,
    am thinking of building a multimedia pc.
    my goal is to:

    1- be able to stream internet radio over my living room
    amplifier, so the pc will need either spdif or digital optical output onboard or soundcard.

    2-stream video.

    3-capture tv via an ati tv card or hauppage card.

    4-rip cd's into mp3 to store on hdd.

    5-wireless connection via 802.11g (thru 30ft concrete walls).

    I initially thought the system would be based on an asus a7n8x motherboard with spdif with athlon 2500+barton 256mb ram, but I read for streaming video possibly need a more powerful cpu (ie p4).
    Is this really necessary. I want the system to be minimal cost.

    I have an old dell dimension 4600?? which i think may be OK to use, as it is virtually silent, has a P2 cpu @450mhz, 40gb hdd and i can boost it to 256ram.
    would this have enough juice to do the job, after i put a wireless card in.
    I was also thinking of using Linux as the OS with Freevo which is linux based TV capture program.
    thanks for all replies.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I'd stick with Win XP for a multimedia server - you'll get more codecs, etc for it.

    Also think about RAID 0 for the video capture. I have a multimedia server at home and it has this, which I think you need for capturing big files, etc. The extra HDD speed really helps.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Streaming video requires a lot of CPU power only if you need to re-encode it on the fly. If network capacity isn't a problem, you could stream DVDs easily, for example. Depends on the application used for streaming, naturally.
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