Recently acquired a sweet deal on a Quicksilver motherboard. I can't tell you specifics yet, mainly because I don't have specifics, but it appears to be just the board itself. I already am thinking of calling in Macsales.com for the processor and ebay for the rest, but I am wondering about power supplies and casings. I plan to put this into my entertainment center, so a standard G4, G5 or even (gasp) G3 casing won't work here. (No, not even the desktop version, which has too few optical drive options for me to like - and of which I have.) As you may have already guessed, I plan on putting in extra optical drives (I'm a big fan of movie series such as The Matrix, LOTR and Star Wars) and using SATA for the Hard Drives. (If possible, I'd like to do 5, though if I can get 3, I'd be happy.)
I already have the setup in mind for what I want to do:
Max. Processor available. Max Ram available. Revolution 7.1 surround sound Miglia Alchemy TV Tuner PCI ATI Radeon 9800 SATA card, 4 port USB 2.0 card, 5 port (one internal) 2x250 Hard drives. 2x80 Harddrives 3 (min) optical drives.
The big question marks right now is the case (which I am already thinking I will have to do myself) and the power supply (I'm thinking the standard will be too small.) Any recommendations? I'm looking for something that can grow with the system, yet continue to work fine.
Finally, and on a seperate note, is there any other outputs besides DVI, or any way I can utilize the DVI without using an HDTV or a monitor? Not that it's a big issue, but I'd like to keep it down to one box.
Apple does a DVI to S-Video adaptor if you want to use a CRT TV. I assume you want multiple optical drives so you don't have to get up and change discs? Personally, I would just make disk images, or rip the films to mp4 and splice them together in QT Pro or iMovie. Especially if you're going to fit 5 hard drives. Check out OWC for CPUs too. They have always been good for upgrades and they recently acquired PowerLogix.
War, I'm debating whether I will stick with my current TV or Upgrade to HDTV (with either DVI or HDMI connections - the cards I am looking at were high end Radeons at one time - 9200 and 9800. May get an intermittentcard to use and repost on Ebay once I know the machine works.
As for the processor, I'm getting the biggest upgrade currently possible at time of purchase - right now, a dual 1.8Ghz Powerlogic setup. Heard some good things about it, though I haven't fully investigated XLR8YURMAC yet. (This I might also get an intermittent to test it out - I'm sure one of my coworkers has a beat-up Quicksilver...)
I want to do the optical drives both for burning (at least 2 will be burners, though I may do a DVD/CD-RW as one of the two), and they are meant indeed for laziness. I want to build something that's familiar, yet not familiar at the same time - I'm considering the half-height drives found in Laptops as possibilities.
MacSales.com is OWC, or Other World Computing. We both were on the same page. (Considering how close they are, I may persuade a friend to go on a road trip with me.)
Rick, thanks for the correction. I'd use the S-Video end of things If I decide to keep my current TV - I only use The RCA plugs when I have to, such as for my VCR. (Too bad a few movies will miss the DVD conversion! I so look forward to the day when I can see Susan Dey in "Looker" outside of a videotape. Ah, cheesy early-80's sci-fi's...)
Thanks for the info, though. The big thing I need, though, is the power supply info - we're talking close to 10 drives, a motherboard, 4 cards, a video card, and other pieces that would share all of this. I think the standard Quicksilver PS just won't cut it.
One last thought: Is there any way to hook up a small display for displaying information such as track/chapter/disc information, like you'd see on an ordinary DVD player? One of the things I want to do is to make it "not seem like a computer." I work on them over 12 hours a day - other than for stuff I do on the side, I really don't want to come home and try to debug my entertainment Center!) Thanks again.
Finally have the new motherboard, nd there's a big wrinkle in my plan: The pull is from either a 2002 QS board, or a MDD board - and, thus, I need to find a processor as well. (Last time I checked, there's only 1 MDD CPU on EbAy, and bupkis on OWC.)
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