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Whats the best processor for my system??? help me please!!

Discussion in 'Computers / Software' started by mrfader, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. mrfader

    mrfader Active Member

    I'm running windows 7 and using Pro Tools for audio/visual post production etc. I'm finding that my Processor can't really handle the work load when I use things like Omnisphere in conjunction with video. So I'm updating my ram from 2GB to 4GB and trying to find the best possible processor that's compatible with my system. I've looked around for advice and information on this but found no clear answers. can any one help me?

    Here's my specs:

    operating system: Windows 7 professional 32-bit (service pack 1)

    Processor: Intel Pentium Dual CPU e2180 @ 2.00GHz

    installed memory: 4.00GB

    Graphics Card:Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family

    motherboard: Giga-Byte GA-G31MF-S2
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    What do you mean by "best processor?" A DSP interface or the actual computer processor?
     
  3. mrfader

    mrfader Active Member

    an Actual Computer Processor like an intel i7 or something
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You're talking about rolling your own computer. I7 is the way to go. You'll want a new mobo with at least an x58 chipset. 8 gb ram should be the goal. You will then need to get a 64 bit version of win7. The oem versions are available at reasonable prices.

    You will not be able to upgrade your current mobo as the cpu socket isn't compatible and the memory controller is not sufficient.
     
  5. mrfader

    mrfader Active Member

    64 bit might be a problem as a lot of the plugins and additional software I use aren't 64 bit compatible. Ideally I would upgrade to 64 bit but I'm a very small business at the moment and cant really justify spending that amount of money. Would getting the best processor my current system could handle be worth it?
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The operating system itself won't be bothered by 32 bit plugins. You just need to be sure that your plugins are compatible with the version of your DAW program. Eg: 32 bit plugs for a 32 bit DAW or 64 bit plugs for a 64 bit DAW (very few out there but Reaper is one of them). Some 64 bit DAW versions will handle 32 bit plugs just fine but I haven't done an exhaustive research on which will. Any 32 bit app will install in Win7 64 bit if it supports Win7 at all.

    Your big issue is the video editing and rendering as well as VST instruments. These two processes really suck up ram. True video editing junkies would rather see you have 16gb ram but 8 seems to do it just fine for most things I think.
     
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I just looked at your profile and your seem to be PT based. PT is only 32 bit at this time so no worries, it installs on Win7 64 bit without any real issues.
     
  8. mrfader

    mrfader Active Member

    ok, I'll look into going the 64bit route. sounds like I'll have to do it at some point anyway. Thanks so much for your input. much appreciated.
     
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Whatever you do, make sure your Ram speed is high. PT loves the fast Ram.
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I always like to be steady and moderately fast when I'm PT'ing. I want to make it to the extraction point on time!
     

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