Long time reader, first time poster. I'm following the "How To Ask For New Build Advice" outline provided. I've been out of the build fold for awhile. And though not a newb a bit rusty on the lingo, basics, etc... Be gentle.
Various compatibility issues force me to remain moored to Windows XP and my Dell is on its last legs. Could do a clean install on the Dell, but looking for a stand-alone machine.
So, looking to piece together a good bang for the buck Win XP system to serve as a stand-alone DAW. I use Cakewalk Sonar 4 (ancient, I know), Sony Vegas and Guitar Port (Original Rev. Again, ancient), primarily, and am not a gamer.
Basically looking for the following to best serve as a solid, fast XP build with plenty of leg room to be extremely stable:
Case w/ requisite cooling
OS (?) - I have Dell Windows XP/SP2 install disk, but from what I've read will need a new XP OS specific to this build
Vid Card (?) - again, not a gamer but for Sony Vegas purposes I might need one.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: less than $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: DAW - Sonar 4 and Sony Vegas
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Hmmm I had no idea posts were not responded to fast enough. Sorry for the delay.
OK ouch. You are trying to buy parts compatible with XP in 2011. MS does not sell this OS now. It's not so much the running as the installation. Say you find a used XP Pro somewhere... when you install it, it has to configure itself to your new hardware, and may struggle with that.
Now Win 7 Professional comes with a virtual XP mode. That might work for you?
Let me list the parts I think you need, although I warn you it's probably over $500.
OK here it is I kept the cost down and you get a system that can be upgraded for a while and will be a good start: