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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    Thanks guys i will be looking into those desk tomorrow, just what i have been looking for.

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    John: Any specs/links on those machines?

    Ben
    They are made to my spec by CCL Computers - www.cclonline.com. Now I am sure some will say I sound like a broken record, but for space saving, and quiet, powerful machines you cannot go wrong with a Biostar SFF PC. Give the education team a ring and they will spec it up to your needs, so if you want a Creative X-Fi sound card in it they will add one in etc.... 01274 471203

    Off the top of my head, they cost me something like £389 and they are:
    Biostar 220M
    3GHz P4 630 CPU (so 64 bit ready)
    512 PC3200 DDR
    40GB IDE HDD
    CD-Rom
    Keyboard & Mouse
    XP Pro OEM
    3YR OS Warranty

    Good machines, cannot fault them at all, or the support of CCL, and for those who prefer AMD over Intel, the AMD based one is a 220K rather than M and then you just swap for a Sempron or Athlon 64 and then you got an AMD based system. CCL will build to your spec from parts, so if you have an idea what you want they will sort it for ya. Great team.

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    Thanks for that John I have just dealt with CCL on a monitor purchase and have to say it was good service. I personally am sticking with intel chips as that's what we have so far.

    Ben

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    @john - whats the audio recording like on those?

    Our music room is a bit of a mess at the moment - I have a load [7] of HP DX5150 SFF desktops to set up there, with external USB Edirol UA-25 soundcard's to go with them.

    My plan is to run extension cables on them and keep them in a locked cupboard - mainly to prevent "tampering" but also would help keep the noise down too.

    Its worked in another room - i get very little go wrong there, although the cabling could be neater - but thats what you get for doing it "on the cheap" hehe I did a pretty good job I think

    Nath

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    @tarquel, never tried to use them for audio, mine are currently in use in CAD/CAM setup. I have my own personal one with a Celery in it at home and that run Windows MCE very well and its a great product, and wouldnt swap the onboard sound for anythign really. Its got optical in and out as well as 5 channel support, so its not as if its something naff really.

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    I have 12 SFF Biostar machines (not sure of the model but they look like Shuttles). IMHO the build quality is poor and I have one that died the other day. Yet to diagnose the problem (time!).

    If you are in no rush to purchase these, it may be worth waiting for some of the new Viiv-compliant machines. These promise to be small and quiet. Core Duo processors would also be great for music editting/compostition.

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    @Ric, those ones, also cannot remember the model, but they are known for being pants, hence they are no longer made. They seems to be winning many award for the new generation ones as well as the ones I use, I think it was probably the case that they jumped on the SFF band wagon a bit too early, rushed the goods out and then regretted it later on. They all make mistakes, and hopefully, as they seem to have, learnt from them.

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    Re: Desk set up for music ICT room?

    The IT guy at our local music specialist school swears by these guys

    http://www.pafsystem.com/pages/workbench.htm

    Must say they looked great after 2 years use when I visited.

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