Please don’t laugh after reading this thread
Because of to use a burner is not necessary a quadcore CPU nor 4 GB RAM memory, I wonder if it is possible to build a dedicated burning system using a mini-ITX mainboard like this one.
Why? There are many reasons actually.
First of all, this mainboard has a completely passive cooling system, so it is certainly noiseless.
Another reason? This mainboard has two IDE slots installed, so 4 devices can be installed by default, but with a PCI controller it is possible to add 4 more burners to the system (of course using a Sil0680 card with a not-raid bios installed).
Another reason? Ok, according to the website, this board has a very low power consumption, and this is not certainly a bad thing.
What do you think? Is it a totally dumb idea? Maybe the Via mainboards are not the very best available, but they are not too costly. These mainboards already have the CPU, video card and audio card embedded. To burn a disc is not necessary to have a VGA card supporting DirectX 10 libraries, nor a 7.1 audio system.
Do you know if there are better solutions available? Bear in mind that the main features that I’d like to have in the system are:
[li]Low power consumption
[/li][li]Completely passive cooling (to reduce noise as much as possible)
[/li][li]Fast enough IDE controllers to run at UDMA 133
[/li][li]At least a PCI slot to add a controller to the system (for 4 more drives)
[/li][li]Embedded VGA card (even a basic VGA card is good, because the system will be dedicated to burnings only)
[/li][li]Not less important, a LOW price
I’d like to underline again that something I really would like to have in the system is a completely passive cooling, to reduce as much as possible the noise.