"Cheap" Computer for Pro Tools LE 8

Discussion in 'Computing' started by kb7, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. kb7

    kb7 Active Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    FAST! Gaming PC, GeForce GTS450, 4GB DDR3, 1000GB HD, blu-ray pics

    Gaming PC computer - Dual Core Processor, 19" LCD Monitor

    Custom Computer

    You can roughly see my budget from these alone. Which of these will simply record/mix music. My computer now is really lagging and just can't record at all now. It only has 2GB of ram. These three have 4. Just wondering which one of these is the better deal and which one will run Pro Tools 8 with no issues or anything. Thanks!

    Btw, I do want it to have graphics cards like this so I can play some games. And it seems like Craigslist is cheaper than cyberpowrpc, new egg, or even tiger direct. But either way let me know
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Gaming computers are geared to streamline graphics. A daw is geared to streamline audio. For high end audio many services required by gamers are deactivated. That said, a good quality gaming machine can do fine if set up properly. In this day I would stay away from dual core as it will limit you in the long run-especially in regards to ram. Craigslist is cheaper because machines are used, possibly stolen, without warranty, and without tech support. Caveat emptor. Caveat lector too fwiw.
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Go to the Avid site for a listing of certified hardware, PT can be finicky on strange hardware.
  4. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    a used quad core mac could be fine and cost around a grand. it won't be quite 'state of the art', but macs are supported by PT, and you won't have to verify down to a component level that your computer is 'supported' by PT. that's a turnkey system that should work well. i'm broke all the time, and use a pc laptop w/ hardly any plugins, in my home studio, and my xp/dual/core/pt 7.x system is just about obsolete.

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