[Techtalk] Building boxen, testing setup, SCSI RAID
tech at murrain.net
Mon Nov 12 20:13:03 EST 2001
I had already decided, a bit ago, to build a box. I get this urge about
once a year, and although I usually learn a lot in the process, I also
swear off doing it each time after I'm done :-) I'm actually thinking about
building two this time.
But, this will be about the 4th time I've done this, so maybe by now I've
learned a bunch of stuff, and this will go somewhat more smoothly.
I'm thinking about a few things:
1) putting together a testing setup - where I can easily drop components in
and out, and not have to muss with a tower case, etc. Has anyone done this,
and what kind of case did you use? I think that a desktop case would be the
best candidate for this, but other ideas are welcome. I did just set up a
KVM switch in my office, so that I now have 4 computers I can control at
the same time.
2) AMD vs Intel. I'm pretty sold on using AMD right now for these. Any
reasons anyone has for me to think I should go with Intel? I've heard
horrible things about the new chipsets that allow Intel processors to use
non RAMBUS ram. I am truthfully, a bit fuzzy on the present RAM situation.
3) SCSI RAID - I think it's worth knowing how to do SCSI RAID, and although
it's pretty expensive to get a SCSI and RAID controllers, I think it might
in the end be worth the investment. But, what's better - Hardware RAID or
Software RAID? If I do software RAID, I don't have to get a separate
hardware controller, which is cheaper. But software RAID takes CPU cycles
and memory. Suggestions? I've been reading some RAID how tos and docs - is
it still true that you need to configure the kernel to be able to see the
RAID drives, or at this point do most distros have these kernel modules out
of the box?
(Note: this is *not* for a production machine)
Michelle Murrain, Ph.D.
tech at murrain.net
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