[mythtv-users] Building new MythTV system, hardware help

James Minihane j.minihane at minihane.tzo.com
Thu Feb 23 01:17:41 UTC 2006

Done. 3Ware 9500S-8 or similar it is!

-----Original Message-----
From: Blammo <blammo.doh at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 17:14:36 -0800
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Building new MythTV system, hardware help

> On 2/22/06, James Minihane <j.minihane at minihane.tzo.com> wrote:
> > I've just been cleared by the General (wife) to build a new MythTV
> system.
> > I've got most things nailed down except for the storage array on the
> backend.
> > I'll be capturing via firewire or PVR-500s.
> > MoBo: Supermicro PDSMA
> > CPU: Pentium D 840
> > RAM: 1GB
> > Case: RM4008
> > Storage (OS, etc): 80GB (x2) SATA RAID-0
> > Video/Audio storage: Here's where I need help.
> > I'll have 6 SATA drives in RAID-5. I'd like to use this...
> > http://www.cooldrives.com/8-channel-8-port-sata-pci-card.html
> > and then use LVM/Raid on the CPU. But will Linux recognize this?
> > I'd like not to have to use a 3Ware or MegaRaid.
> I have to agree with the others who have replied. I fought with
> SWRaid/NFS/xfs-jfs-reiser for more than 2 years. I had countless
> little, untraceable stability problems.
> Bought a 3ware card (9500S-12) and never looked back. So VERY VERY
> worth it. Wish I would have spent the money in the beginning.
> Short Reason:
> The amount of IO across the various busses / cpu that a good Raid5
> setup will require taxes consumer grade hardware MUCH faster, and is
> much more likely to be affected, and to affect, even the littlest
> thing in the machine.
> On a HW Raid5 card, all that IO takes place across the card, leaving a
> lot more PCI bandwidth to endpoints like Capture cards, ethernet
> cards, etc.
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