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Old March 19, 2009, 06:48 PM
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my friend's dad wants me to build a low budget computer for him so it would my first time to build a security camera (and that would be great experience for me because i alway want to build one for my home in soon future)

what i have [parts from 2004];
ati video card... probably xt2xxxx
samsung 120 gb
500 watts powersupply (i dont remember)

i would like to know amd is good enough (cheaper than intel) and can handle 8 security cameras... i dont have to build it as the powerful computer like my computer >_>;

security camera parts;
pelco spectra III se SD35CB PG E1 << pei card
pelco kjbd300a << controller
pansonic wv-cw374

i also am told that he wants new program to install...


so can you please give me some advices about building a security camera computer?

thanks in advance...
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Old March 19, 2009, 09:03 PM
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What's a PEI card?

And without knowing if the controller card itself handles the encoding I can't really recommend a build. But knowing that most do the encoding and just need a PC to do it, base your build around PCI or PCI-E.

Something like this:

-E5200
-http://ncix.com/products/?sku=30765&vpn=P5KPL%2DCM&manufacture=ASUS
-2GB Cheapie RAM
-A cheap case. Antec 300 comes to mind.
-Whatever OS your card can handle. If it'll support Linux, go for it.
-Sparkle 400W PSU. I know you mentioned you have a PSU, but unless it's quality I definatly wouldn't use it to run a build that supports security cameras.

Your GPU is probably best suited elsewhere as this is strictly a 2D application.
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Old March 19, 2009, 09:36 PM
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What's a PEI card?

And without knowing if the controller card itself handles the encoding I can't really recommend a build. But knowing that most do the encoding and just need a PC to do it, base your build around PCI or PCI-E.

Something like this:

-E5200
-http://ncix.com/products/?sku=30765&vpn=P5KPL%2DCM&manufacture=ASUS
-2GB Cheapie RAM
-A cheap case. Antec 300 comes to mind.
-Whatever OS your card can handle. If it'll support Linux, go for it.
-Sparkle 400W PSU. I know you mentioned you have a PSU, but unless it's quality I definatly wouldn't use it to run a build that supports security cameras.

Your GPU is probably best suited elsewhere as this is strictly a 2D application.
oops you are right... its PCI (not PCI-E)

why do you choose p5k pl and e5200?


i never heard of sparkle... so is it really good? i will install winxp pro sp3 on it...

what about video card interga (on mobo) or atom like this NCIX.com - Buy Intel BOXD945GCLF2 MINI-ITX DDR2 945GC Dual Core Atom 1PCI Motherboard Retail - BOXD945GCLF2 In Canada.
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Old March 19, 2009, 09:49 PM
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You're definitely going to want to get a bigger harddrive. I had built one for a guy, running 1 camera on a 250 gb, and he could only get around 2.5 days of steady footage. He purchased 2 1tb drives, and I installed them allowing him to get alot more surveillance, for when he goes on vacations, etc...

Just a tip imo.
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serious...? probably it was the program or poor quality of camera?


edit: please post your friend computer specification... just curious...
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Old March 19, 2009, 09:59 PM
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I don't remember the mobo off hand...
Intel E2200
the 2 wd 1 tb drives SATA
2 gb value ram
crappy onboard video
also with a cheap 450 watt psu
logitech wilife digital security cam master sys

Alot of the parts were just old things lying around...
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no card? because of logitech? (act like webcam eh?)
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I'd definitely go with a bunch of 1TB drives, preferably in RAID1 or RAID5 so there's some redundancy however that means more drives. I'd also want them in hotswap bays too for quick removal should one fail.

Though I don't know how "high-end" this person wants to go and how serious they are about it.

Running 8 cameras though is going to take up quite a bit of disk space IMO. Assuming he keeps more than a few days back. Processor wise, not sure how those cards work and what kind of encoding they do. If you're encoding 8 video streams on-the-fly, that's going to be rather demanding and you'll probably want a high-clocked dual-core or a quad-core of sorts. Might want a good amount of RAM too like 4GB.

Though I've never ran such a system, I'm just going by general knowledge.
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Logitech actually has a camera that's just software + camera, nothing extra. It's supposed to be a decent cost-effective solution, but according to reviews you'll need a pretty big hard drive for constant recording, although the camera does have a function that only records when there's movement.
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i see.. more good information please.... ;p

tomorrow i will make a list to order...
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