APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: After the Holidays (i.e. January 2010)
BUDGET RANGE: $550-675 U.S. dollars after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I’m a musician so this will mostly used as a DAW with ProTools 7.4 (upgrading to PT 8 later) and Finale 2010 notation software. I’ll also be doing a bit of video editing with Pinnacle Studio 14 (nothing huge just short ~5-10 min. video clips), and finally a bit of graphics work with Blender3d, GIMP, and Inkscape. For those familiar with PT I typically don’t tend to use Virtual Instruments or many plug-inS.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound card (have PCI card), External HDD, CD/DVD drive, PSU - Antec Earthwatts EA500 (500W), OS - WinXP Pro (32-bit) SP3 (will upgrade to Win7 later (64-bit? if possible))
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid Tower-Case, I would like to use an Intel dual-core CPU and an ASUS or Gigabyte ATX mobo, In terms of Ram I’m looking at 3 or 4 GB of name brand RAM (though I’ve read conflicting views as to whether or not 4 GB’s can actually be used with WinXP 32-bit), QUIET graphics card with DX 10 and OpenGL 2.1 support, one internal HDD for OS and software
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Since this is mainly a DAW I need it to be as QUIET as possible. Lastly, and I have no idea if this is even possible, but I’d love to upgrade the OS and CPU for 64-bit support later, but like I said don’t know if that’s a possibility.
Parts I’ve been looking at: (Please give your opinions of what’s listed and make suggestions)
Thanks for the info and rig setup! The main reason I'm weary to go with the i5 or even a quad-core CPU right now is because ProTool's support is still so darn sketchy for them (the i5 and i7's aren't even listed as being tested by PT!). PT is notorious for being slow in supporting new hardware/software (PT 8 windows system requirements and supported processors). That being said, it's the software I'm most familiar with and really never has problems as long as you use supported software/hardware.
When I mentioned upgrading I was thinking of starting with a dual core CPU and 32-bit OS and eventually moving up to a quad-core CPU and Win7 64-bit once PT finally decides to support 64-bit tech and the inevitable service packs/patches have been released. Perhaps I'm oversimplifying, but moving from a 32-bit system to a 64-bit one would simply involve using a MoBo + CPU combo that supports 64-bit tech and installing a 64-bit version of windows?
The RAM, HDD, and Case are all awesome (and cheaper!) than what I'd originally looked at. Thanks again.
Gkay09 has given you excellent advice. However, even though you are not overclocking you still might want to keep the CPU cooler because it is much quieter than the stock Intel cooler. This is very beneficial if your computer is in the same room as your microphones during a recording session.
If you already have Windows XP that is fine, but if your purchasing Windows XP for this build that would be a mistake. You should get Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) because it has an XP mode that will allow you to run your legacy Pro Tools and other software.
@johndavidguitar, yes you are right that the PRO tools are not very compatible...
But I dont think that the CPU would be an issue -
Reason - If am not wrong, the reason why they say some CPUs are not compatible(Check they are mostly the low-end or old ones is because the CPUs come with various instructions sets support(For eg: here PRO tools use certian SSE instructions)...In low end CPUs and old CPUs, they wont support full instruction sets as compared to the newer higher-end CPUs...
The latest CPUs along with supporting the previosu instruction sets, also support newer ones...So if the apps work on the Core2Duo, they would also work on these CPUs as these CPUs contain all the instruction sets available on the Core2Duo...
So I would suppest that you shoot a mail to the Pro Tools support and ask them if they have updated their CPU support list...
And for now dont go with 64-bit OS as Pro tools doesnt support it yet...and it is not necesary that if you use a 64-bit CPU, you would have to use a 64-bit OS - means you can install 32-bit OS on them...
And dpaul8 has a good suggestion regarding the OS - WIN 7 with XP mode...
Checked it out and looks like the i5 works with very few/no issues! The i7's have created problems due to hyperthreading but it was simply an issue of disabling this feature. So looks like I'm gonna go with the parts gkay suggested and a beefed up CPU cooler. The only thing else I need is a firewire port (forgot to mention that in the orig. post).
The following were listed as compatible with PT &.4 and up via the Dididesign/ProTools website: