Design Goals

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2003-04-10 Print this article Print

& Parts List"> The overarching design goal with this server was to make it cheap, give it a 10-foot UI, and have it be easy for anyone in the family to use without constant hand-holding by the sysadmin (you). Heres the bill of materials list:
Component Company/Product Price Check Prices Skinny
Case Yeong Yang A201-X03 $77   Good, cheap Micro ATX Case
Motherboard ASUS A7N266-VM $75 check prices Solid nForce 1 motherboard
CPU AMD AthlonXP 1.47GHz $65 check prices Enough horsepower for the job
Memory 256MB Kingston PC2100 DDR SDRAM $44  check prices  
TV Tuner Card Hauppauge WinTV PCI $60   Linux-friendly TV tuner card
Sound Card Motherboard-integrated $0    
Network Card Motherboard-integrated $0    
Hard-Drive WD800BB $95  check prices 80GB
DVD-ROM Toshiba SD-M1712 $44  check prices  
Keyboard Silitek SK-7551 $20   Integrated keyboard/mouse
Mouse Integrated into Keyboard $0    
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon 7000 VE $34  check prices TV out, only if you need it
OS Red Hat 8.0 or SUSE 8.1 $0    
Media App Freevo $0    
  SUB-TOTAL $514    
Display ViewSonic Q51 $120 check prices  
  TOTAL: $634    
Our selection of components may be altered, depending on how intensely youre going to be working this server. Below we describe our configuration, and provide alternate configurations options to give you more power:

Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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