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Opinions on these computer specs

Discussion in 'Recording' started by manokrecording, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. I'm setting up a simple computer recording system for a friend and wanted to see what the good folks here thought of the specs on the computer he's looking at.

    We write together alot using Cubase SX and Fruity Loops and the software works great with my computer which is a bit older, has an AMD 1800, 726MB RAM, 120GB harddrive at 7200rpm and I use a Presonus FirePod for the interface.

    Here is the computer he's looking at, I was hoping to get more insight on what types of RAM might be better for computer recording, and which processors out there today are more preferred. I've been using my computer for about 4 years with no complaints so I'm a bit out of the loop with the advances lately.


    Inspiron 531s
    AMD Sempron™ 3600+ 2.0Ghz
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
    160GB5 Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs

    I guess I should find out if Cubase SX will work with Vista too!
  2. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Just say NO to Vista - especially Home Basic!!! If you really want to go with vista, go no lower than Home Premium and get 2GB of RAM.
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Dell wil not work well for a pro audio laptop

  4. Ok, good stuff

    Not going with a laptop at all, already made that mistake once.

    Thanks for the insight on the Vista issue, I wonder if they would be so nice as to just put XP on a new computer, I'm sorta used to it, know it works nicely with Cubase SX and the Presonus drivers and really, just didn't see a need to change it!

    I appreciate it.
  5. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    More ram, LESS Vista. No Vista at all would be good.
  6. Kent L T

    Kent L T Active Member

    Microsoft has just recently made xp downgrades available to major computer manufacturers. You will probably have to ask though.
  7. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Intel mac, PC's are a pain in the ass if you have issues during crunchtime. Since Macs can run the best version of windows now (xp pro) I dont see why people still buy pc's...
  8. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    and if a mac has an issue during crunch time ...
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    uhh cause MAC is a PC!
    if you put windows on it its no different.

    sheesh typical mac nut

  10. VonRocK

    VonRocK Active Member

    The point of buying a mac is to use OS X. Why would you buy a mac and run windows?
  11. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    Go away of these cheap Sempron processor with less level 2 cache than a real X2 Athlon processor. Not enough power to do the job!!! Go for a real X2 or a intel Core Duo
  12. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Even if you get a new pc with vista on it, you can always set it up for dual boot operation. smokeemoticonml8.gif
  13. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Hey now, I've used pc's al my life. I just recently switched to intel macs. Im not trying to tick off any of the anti-maccers out there, Im just saying it makes more sense to be able to do everything as opposed to doing just pc stuff.

    I like being able to run Sonar today and Logic tonight, just my two cents.
    Sorry If I started a fury of hatefull debating.

    But yeah, Intel processors are the way to go if you run demanding apps. I run all those nasty audio apps, 3d apps, and compositing apps as well so Im loving this core 2 duo, even with only 1 gig RAM!!! (for now)
  14. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Dude Im not a mac nut, Im a music nut...

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