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    @Tracy Rainwater: The big thing about building a NAS - keeping your drives cool. If you're not using all SSD, you're going to need a bigger case and some nice cooling on those drives. give them space as well. I currently don't use hard drive to boot, I boot from a 32GB thumb drive. Works perfectly, and I'm using Nas4Free as my OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prerich View Post
    Which miniDSP unit are you going to use and which application? I would have loved to have gone the Dirac route, but too rich for me....for now. I went conservative and went with a 2x4 and 2x4 advanced plug-in. Worked great in my situation!
    I went with the 2x4 as well...basic one. I want to eventually try Dirac, but am waiting until they have a one box solution for Atmos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prerich View Post
    I don't know about that...I used an old Core 2 duo and it worked just fine. I've since upgraded that to a quad core q9300 and I have the parts to upgrade that still to a i7 990x (extreme 6 core, 12 thread machine).
    I actually have what I think is a Core 2 Duo box. It was the last desktop that I bought for running Photoshop and Lightroom, before I went to a MacBook Pro. I actually still use it on occasion since it has all my scanner software (flatbed and film scanner), plugins, and such installed on it. It's a completely calibrated system start to finish and I hate to cannibalize it........just in case.

    The older one is a Pentium D if memory serves. It's a big case, but I'm assuming the motherboard, memory (RDRAM), and processor is too slow. I remember being shocked at how expensive RDRAM was when I bought that computer. However, I was told it was the fastest available at the time, and I was all about speed. When you're batch processing a few hundred image files, time really is money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    I went with the 2x4 as well...basic one. I want to eventually try Dirac, but am waiting until they have a one box solution for Atmos.
    Yeah, the Atmos solution (I believe using two DRC-88's with Dirac) is quite expensive and a big learning curb.
    Infinity Composition Prelude P-FR L/R, Infinity Overture 1 center, Front hgts, and side surrounds, Infinity FPS-1000 Rear surround and rear hgt, Acoustic Elegance P1152 subs (x2) SVS 16-46 (x2), (x2) B&K Reference 200.7 power amp, Denon AVR X4300H, Yamaha MX-830, Behringer NU4-6000, 8 core HTPC W/Blu-ray W/Jriver nVidia 1060gtx 6gb,Hybrid tube DAC W/Burson Vivid, Silicondust HDHR3 Prime, TCL 4K 55 inch LCD, Vivitek HK2288 4K Projector

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    I actually have what I think is a Core 2 Duo box. It was the last desktop that I bought for running Photoshop and Lightroom, before I went to a MacBook Pro. I actually still use it on occasion since it has all my scanner software (flatbed and film scanner), plugins, and such installed on it. It's a completely calibrated system start to finish and I hate to cannibalize it........just in case.

    The older one is a Pentium D if memory serves. It's a big case, but I'm assuming the motherboard, memory (RDRAM), and processor is too slow. I remember being shocked at how expensive RDRAM was when I bought that computer. However, I was told it was the fastest available at the time, and I was all about speed. When you're batch processing a few hundred image files, time really is money.
    I wouldn't use anything below a Core 2 duo. How large of a NAS do you want to build?. I've helped a friend build his own NAS (its only about 7TB). Mine is 20 and I still have 10TB's of unused drives laying around if I want to start a new data pool.

    If I use my i7 for my server (or transfer my AMD 6 core to my server and make the i7 my HTPC), you could have my old core 2 board...it has space for 5 sata drives (you dont need a CD rom drive in a NAS and I run my OS on a thumb drive to free up any sata drives for pools). You'd have to buy a separate cooler (keeping my 212 EVO).
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    Infinity Composition Prelude P-FR L/R, Infinity Overture 1 center, Front hgts, and side surrounds, Infinity FPS-1000 Rear surround and rear hgt, Acoustic Elegance P1152 subs (x2) SVS 16-46 (x2), (x2) B&K Reference 200.7 power amp, Denon AVR X4300H, Yamaha MX-830, Behringer NU4-6000, 8 core HTPC W/Blu-ray W/Jriver nVidia 1060gtx 6gb,Hybrid tube DAC W/Burson Vivid, Silicondust HDHR3 Prime, TCL 4K 55 inch LCD, Vivitek HK2288 4K Projector

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    @David Vaughn - Remember, if you're equalizing 4 subs - I think the advanced plug-in is required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prerich View Post
    @David Vaughn - Remember, if you're equalizing 4 subs - I think the advanced plug-in is required.

    Yes...I realize that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    Yes...I realize that.
    Figured you would
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    Never got a chance to get to work on the MiniDSP this weekend, but I did make my power cords. Here are some pics:

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    I ended up doing 3.5 cords in total. I reused some older connectors to make a custom length power cable for my pre/pro as well as both my amps and also shortened the cable for my PF60 Surge Protector. Instead of using the excess cable from the PF6- (14 gauge), I ended up buying some 10/3 from Lowes for about $2 per foot (only needed 3.5 feet). It's pretty thick, but the rubber housing was still decently flexible. Sound wise, I notice no difference in sound quality, but at least I don't have tangles of cables bundled up behind my equipment now.
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    Custom length wiring is a worthy project too. The back of my AV cabinet is ridiculous.

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