[PlanetCCRMA] quiet pc hardware - via epia m10000?

Benjamin Hardy dcb@netflash.net
Thu Sep 22 22:03:02 2005

You could take a look at www.musicxpc.com , thier computers are built for 
audio use though if you think the price is high (I do) then it may be 
advisable to build your own. Their smaller units are basically shuttle xpc 
barebones systems loaded up. If you really want to go for a tiny unit like 
these then look for someone that sells shuttles for a good price and then 
find your sata hard drives, ram, video card (I recommend an ati 9200se or 
nvidia equivalent without a fan - quiet), heatsink or silent running cpu fan, 
etc.. Make sure to look at musicxpc.com and shuttle.com and look at 
linuxquestion.org's hcl list. I skimmed over it and it looks like they should 
work fine, other than people wondering how to update bios without dos or 

On September 19, 2005 03:55 am, Steve Harris wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 18, 2005 at 11:32:49 -0700, ilikebeans wrote:
> >    Hello all,
> >
> >    I currently have an Athlon 650 that is just too loud, so I'm looking
> > to replace it.  I've mostly been looking at the Via Epia M10000 to
> > combine with my audiophile 2496, 7200 rpm hard drive, and some RAM.  I've
> > found numerous reviews for using it as a "media" computer, but I'm still
> > a little bit unsure about using it as a simple home studio daw.  Has
> > anyone had any experience using the PlanetCCRMA aps with this cpu/mb? 
> > Are there any caveats to using one?  Can I expect decent performance, or
> > should I look for another quiet pc solution?
> I have some older EPIA machines at work (M1000s I think), and I tried some
> audio software, just to see what thier like. There not very fast, I think
> the 1k struglled to run jamin, but for ardour use without too many plugins
> for eg. it should be OK. I dont know how much faster the 10k is.
> OTOH there very small, and though ours had CPU fans, they were very quiet,
> and dont need a wacking great powersupply.
> - Steve
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