Suggest some hardware for a new system from scratch? Vol. 2
Continued from last post.
So, after a lot of rambling, some questions:
1) Can people recommend parts for a basic Linux box. I'm assuming this could be done relatively cheaply, say within $600 total, preferably under $500. If it can't be done for that price, let me know. What I want is something that will be
a) really fast
b) quiet. I want really quiet fans/case.
c) expandable. Might start with one HD, but add more later.
d) As compatible as possible with whatever software/drivers are out there.
e) I'm thinking at least 1GB RAM, maybe 2GB. At least 200GB HD, or more than one harddrive from the get go.
f) Preferably hardware I can just go to a huge computer store and buy today.
I have an Edirol UA5. I realize USB is not ideal, but I think it should be class compliant, so it should work. Later I'd look into one (or more) of those REM or Delta cards.
Presumably a new machine can keep up with high latency 2 channels of USB.
I would really appreciate any guidance ASAP. If I were to switch to open source / Linux I certainly have a lot I could contribute (C/C++,TCL, limited Java, Windows kernel/user,Master Degree in Computer Music, etc.) If I decide I'll use Ardour, I'll certainly contribute in one form or another.
Sorry about the really long post.