picclock Posted July 21, 2012 Posted July 21, 2012 Hi - my first post here so I hope someone with wide knowledge can help with a new desktop. This computer will be used for sucking data from numerous usb2 hubs and sharing transferring it over a small network. The key thing here is that it will need minimum of 10 usb ports which will connect to hubs through which the data will flow. USB3 would be ideal but because of the data source only usb2 is possible. I would like to transfer data from as many ports as possible but will settle for 4 active full bandwidth ports, 480kbps (if I can have more it would be better). I plan to use usb cards in pci slots to get the maximum data transfer unless any better ideas are forthcoming, so two pci slots with 7 ports plus the native motherboard usb ports should just about do it. The hard disk will have to be SSD as the unit will be subject to poor environmental conditions, in terms of vibration and temperature. An Intel processor (i7 ?) is probably best with the normal 8gb of ram or so. OS Win64. Video not that important , just HD with HDMI for simplicity. Optical storage only as a convenience for installing the OS and any other software. Most important thing is good reliability with good connectivity - 1GB copper ethernet a must. No overclocking (if I can say that on this forum :-) ) . PSu ought to work from 100 to 240V without any links or switch changes. Possibility of UPS depending on the supply situation. So any help in terms of choice of motherboard and chipset would be much appreciated. Best Regards picclock Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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