new computer for DAW

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so, i've been using the same computer for making music for at least seven years now. it's a totally stripped-down eMachines thing with winXP...only 512 MB ram, but it's perfectly fast and stable (i've never gone online with it). however, i want to finally upgrade my software, and that's going to require more juice.

so basically i want to get a newer version of the same thing. it seems like it should be possible to do inexpensively (is it crazy to think $500 or less?) since i don't need much (here are the specs for cubase 5), but anything i look at where you put together your own components or get something marketed toward DAW-users is $$$. any tips?

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Thursday, 21 October 2010 15:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

hmm, this doesn't look bad: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113140

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Thursday, 21 October 2010 15:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

As a fully paid up REAPER user, those specs to me are o_O

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 21 October 2010 15:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

As for actual recommendations, it's down to how much your wallet can stand. But hard drives are cheap so don't skimp on capacity - you might think "1.5TB? WTF I'll never use all that!" but you will use it. RAM is also cheap - max out the memory, it can really make a difference when you have a lot of audio tracks (less important for VSTs).

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 21 October 2010 15:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

btw i made my last record on the 75GB hard drive, then deleted a bunch of stuff but i'm running out of space now. i do have a 200GB external hooked up, but i like to save that for backup/redundancy.

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Thursday, 21 October 2010 17:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I agree on HD and RAM being things good to focus on, though thankfully both of those are pretty easily upgradable if you want to later

Nhex, Thursday, 21 October 2010 19:06 (eight years ago) Permalink


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