I’m looking for some opinions on a PC I have been offered.
After slowing adding upgrades onto my old PC, I’ve now decided to get a brand new, high spec rig for both work and gaming. I work with audio, so require a PC with good processing power to run large quantities of effects and to play video smoothly with audio. I also require large amounts of ram so that I can work with a large number of tracks. I have already looked at macs, but having worked with them for 3 years, I have decided that for my own computer, I’d like a PC – especially because I am a gamer.
I don’t have the exact specs of my old PC and can’t check because it sadly broke down and isn’t repairable. However, they included:
This rig ran fairly well, but had some trouble running video smoothly as my audio projects increased in size. When recording, I had to keep my audio buffer size at around 90 – 200 samples.
Originally, I was going to spend £1000+ on this new build, however, after visiting a computer repair shop, I’ve been given another option. I’ve been offered an HP XW9400 workstation. Again, apologies that these are slightly rough – The rig has slightly different specs to what is listed online, but is roughly:
2 X Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors 2200 @ 2.8GHz (Also Hyper Threaded) + water cooling
This rig apparently cost about £5000 when it was first released. This one is being sold for £450 and is in very good condition. I was told it would handle anything I could throw at it audio wise. It also meant I had a larger budget to buy a good Graphics card and a larger HD (probably 1TB).
My concern is that the reviews for this rig are 6 years old. What do you guys think? Is this a good rig and could it match more recently technology? If I were to add a high end Graphics card would there be any danger of bottle necks? Obviously this is a rig I want to last me – would this do the job?
I've been talking to various people who have said that this isn't a workstation - It's a server, which is designed for a completely different purpose to what I am looking for. It could well do what I want it to, but the main board might not be what I'm looking for at all. If this is the case, is this maybe something to avoid?