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JoshuaD 03-13-2010 03:43 PM

Help me decide if and how to upgrade my computer
 
I recently purchased a Profire 2626 and Pro Tools 8. I've been having trouble running anything more than a few tracks without any plug-ins. I didn't have this problem with 7.x and my mbox, but I'm OK with upgrading my computer.

  • I don't want to feel limited in my tracking and plug-ins until I get up there. 8-10 tracks with EQ and compression on each along with some reverb auxiliary tracks, some midi, etc, should be the use case we're aiming for. Usually it will be significantly less than that, but sometimes it will be more.
  • I'd like to spend ~$300 for a processor and motherboard combo that can use the memory I currently own. If that's not possible with my use-case, just let me know what is.


Here's my current Sandra Report:

SiSoftware Sandra

Computer
Model : System manufacturer System Product Name
Workgroup : WORKGROUP
Host Name : Josh-PC
User : Josh

Processor
Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Speed : 3GHz
Cores per Processor : 1 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 2 Unit(s)
Integrated Data Cache : 16kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing
L2 On-board Cache : 2MB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector, 2 threads sharing

Computer
Mainboard : Asus P5WD2-Premium
BIOS : AMI 0805 05/15/2009
Bus(es) : ISA X-Bus PCI PCIe IMB USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
Total Memory : 2GB DIMM DDR2

Chipset
Model : ASUS 82955X Memory Controller Hub
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 201MHz (804MHz)
Total Memory : 2GB DIMM DDR2
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 402MHz (804MHz)

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2G8001G 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-5-5-15 4-22-5-4)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2G8001G 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-5-5-15 4-22-5-4)

Video System
Video Adapter : RADEON X800GT (8 PS2.0, 6 VS2.0 472MHz, 256MB 492MHz, PCIe 1.00 x16)
Video Adapter : RADEON X800GT (8 PS2.0, 6 VS2.0 472MHz, 256MB 492MHz, PCIe 1.00 x16)

Graphics Processor

Storage Devices
WDC WD1200JB-00DUA3 (120GB, ATA100, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache) : 112GB (C:)
IBM-DTLA-307045 46.1GB (ATA100, 2MB Cache) : 43GB (E:)
WDC WD5000ABYS-01TNA0 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 466GB
WDC WD5000AACS-00ZUB0 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 5400rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 466GB (F:)
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22LS40 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : 7GB (G:)

Logical Storage Devices
OS (C:) : 112GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD1200JB-00DUA3 (120GB, ATA100, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache)
Recording (E:) : 43GB (NTFS) @ IBM-DTLA-307045 46.1GB (ATA100, 2MB Cache)
Data 2 (F:) : 466GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD5000AACS-00ZUB0 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 5400rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache)
Data (500) (D:) : 466GB (NTFS)
M-Powered (G:) : 7GB (CDFS) @ HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22LS40 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : ASUS 82801GB/GR (ICH7) LPC Interface Controller
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : Winbond W83627EHF/EF/EHG/EG
Serial Port(s) : 1
Parallel Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : ASUS 82801G (ICH7) Ultra ATA Storage Controller
Disk Controller : ASUS 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7) Serial ATA Storage Controller
USB Controller 1 : ASUS 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
USB Controller 2 : ASUS 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
USB Controller 3 : ASUS 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
USB Controller 4 : ASUS 82801G (ICH7) USB Universal Host Controller
FireWire/1394 Controller 1 : ASUS TSB43AB22 1394a-2000 OHCI PHY/Link-Layer Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel 801xx/63xx SMBus

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer (600x600, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)

Network Services
Network Adapter : Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Ethernet, 100Mbps)
Network Adapter : Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL Network Connection

Power Management
Mains (AC) Line Status : On-Line

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 6.00.6002 (Service Pack 2)
Platform Compliance : x86

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 3.0


Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Greg M 03-14-2010 05:49 PM

Re: Help me decide if and how to upgrade my computer
 
Joshua,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your computer is pretty underpowered in many respects for trying to run PTMP 8. In my opinion, I wouldn't spend any more money on your current computer. Use your M-Box and 7.4 until you can save enough money to build a new computer.

Read the i7 thread (it is very long) in the PTLE section to see what will work. You need more CPU, more and faster memory, hard drives with 32 MB cache and run at 7200 rpm, etc.

Good Luck,
Greg

JoshuaD 03-14-2010 06:01 PM

Re: Help me decide if and how to upgrade my computer
 
Greg: Thanks for the information. For now I'm looking at upgrading the processor and motherboard:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo

I could do the memory at the same time if necessary, but do you think for now I could get by just by upgrading these two? I can count on doing memory and the hard-drive at a future date.


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