Go Back   Home > Forums > >
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Blogs Gallery Wiki Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

PC Based Computer music servers, crossovers, and equalization

How powerfull does a PC have to be
How powerfull does a PC have to be
Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 8th March 2012, 09:05 PM   #1
johnmarkp is offline johnmarkp  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Default How powerfull does a PC have to be

I am putting together my first music server, running JRiver 17. I will be running 192 / 32 out of it. I need some advice on how fast a processor and how much memory I need. Any advice on keeping it quiet is helpful as well. I did not find any good thread when I searched. Thanks
  Reply With Quote
Old 8th March 2012, 09:09 PM   #2
parb is offline parb  United States
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Asia and United States
i doubt you need very much. the forums for video says you can run this software with video encoders on a core i3. memory wise 2GB of ram is cheap and doesnt create much heat.

this place is great for getting input on component selection for silent computers:
silentpcreview.com | Everything about Silent / Quiet Computers
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th March 2012, 01:38 PM   #3
Charles Darwin is offline Charles Darwin  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Birmingham, UK
Once upon a time I had a blue&white Mac featuring a 350MHz processor with 637Mb of memory.
I had no problems running 16 channels of 24/96 audio simultaneously.
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th March 2012, 01:46 PM   #4
Osvaldo de Banfield is offline Osvaldo de Banfield  Argentina
diyAudio Member
Osvaldo de Banfield's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Barrio Garay,Almirante Brown, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I have an old AM486 running DOS 7.10, and MPXPLAY159. This is sufficient. And donīt has blue screens !!!
Osvaldo F. Zappacosta. Electronic Engineer UTN FRA from 2001.
Argentine Ham Radio LW1DSE since 1987.
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th March 2012, 01:54 PM   #5
KatieandDad is offline KatieandDad  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
KatieandDad's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: UK
As powerful and modern as you can afford.

If you look at the prices of the latest i9 then the lesser i7, i5, i3 and on down towards Q6600 and lower, you will notice that there is a definite price "knee".

Although the lower processor will certainly do the job you may struggle to get motherboard and peripherals to work with it. Manufacturers like to con us into continuing to buy "new".

So like I said. Rolls Royce may be far too expensive but why buy a Talbot Horizon when you can get a mid ranger for reasonable money.

The boy next door (Flea-Bay) is a good place to pick up yesterdays computers from guys that just have to have the latest and best computer.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2012, 12:19 AM   #6
5th element is offline 5th element  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
5th element's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: England
I agree 100% with what KatieandDad has said above me, at least when it comes to buying a PC with performance in mind at a semi reasonable price. The fastest stuff, or close to and top tier of PC parts always cost significantly more then their lower spec'd (read the last quaters) top performers. As K&D mentions there is always a knee in the prices where they jump up significantly for that last 5-10% in performance.

Of course this isn't what you were asking mind you, but streaming audio doesn't typically use that much processing power, any of the cheap modern processors will be more then enough. Streaming high quality compressed video on the other hand can use quite a bit, but any decent modern processor, once again, should be more then up to the task.

Memory is more of an operating system issue. You can of course use full file buffering for playback, where the entire track is loaded into RAM before the file is played, but most audio files tend to be quite small.
What the hell are you screamin' for? Every five minutes there's a bomb or somethin'! I'm leavin! bzzzz! Now with website! www.5een.co.uk under construction.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2012, 09:10 AM   #7
marce is offline marce  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Blackburn, Lancs
I will also agree with the last two posts.
At the moment I use a Compaq E-400 with 1.5Tb disk, when used with a single squeezebox, no problem, but when everyone else wants to link up with Xboxes, DVD players etc, it soon goes down hill. I am going to get a proper server set up when i can afford, to control my media. I did read a recomendation that said one core and 2GB of memory per user...I cant confirm as I am new to PC based media.
  Reply With Quote
Old 14th March 2012, 06:29 PM   #8
PB2 is offline PB2  United States
diyAudio Member
PB2's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: North East
Are you planning to do video from it also?
  Reply With Quote
Old 14th March 2012, 09:03 PM   #9
TheGimp is offline TheGimp  United States
diyAudio Member
TheGimp's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Johnson City, TN
My son is running a 4 year old Atom ITX and it does video and audio fine. That said, watch out for the ITX running i-series processors.

I was waiting for the D2700-ITX to come out but gave up on it after doing a bunch of research and went with a small case standard mini-ATX system. The D2700 ITX with an i3 or i5, would have required a fan any way, and the power supply would have had a fan, so no fanless system.

You can go fanless if you go with an Atom processor.
  Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2012, 09:05 PM   #10
KOON3876 is offline KOON3876
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
I'm running ..
Intel Core i3-2120T 35W $135
Sythe Ninja 3 cooler $40, fanless
ITX motherboard $85
8GB memory $40
PicoPSU-150-XT $70, fanless
SSD 120GB was $200
cheap case $50, side opened
around $600 + Win7.
  Reply With Quote


How powerfull does a PC have to beHide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
That Looks Powerfull !!!! east electronics Solid State 4 25th February 2008 08:10 PM
Spuddo more powerfull Jaime Tubes / Valves 11 19th August 2007 07:56 PM
powerfull schematic east electronics Solid State 23 24th July 2007 11:49 AM
Powerfull 5.1. Dxvideo Chip Amps 12 9th December 2003 07:52 PM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 01:09 PM.

Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Resources saved on this page: MySQL 15.79%
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2017 diyAudio