Greetings PC Master Race,
I've been a Mac user for the last ten years or so but I am considering the move to PC and would like your suggestions on a build for hopefully less than a G. I'll be playing some games but I am primarily interested in a build for audio production.
Are certain processors better than others for this?
Do I need a special sound card or motherboard for this purpose?
I've always been a console player with games so I may be satisfied with something less than top notch graphics.
I'm pretty sure I will need two hard drives so I can store audio files on one. Would solid state be best for the audio files?
How much RAM should I get if I'm looking to be recording 24-32 tracks? I think 4 GB RAM or above is recommended.
I will be primarily running Pro Tools. Here are some system requirements listed on their website:
Avid-approved Audio Hard Disk Drives for Pro Tools 10 Systems
The following disk drives have been tested and approved by Avid for use with Pro Tools HD 10.0 and Pro Tools 10.0 as Audio Record and Playback drives. Drive speed of 7200rpm or higher required.
SAS (with HP Z-series computers ONLY)
SSD (Solid State Drives)*
Looks like only NVIDIA graphics cards are supported:
For Windows Desktop Computers
Supported Nvidia Graphics Cards
NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro 2000 1GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro 600 1GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 1.5GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 1.5GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 768MB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 512MB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 256MB PCIe video board
Supported Nvidia Quadro Graphics Drivers
Quadro driver version 259.81 for Windows 7 64-bit (Windows Aero mode supported)
Quadro driver version 259.81 for Windows 7 32-bit (Windows Aero mode supported)
I don't think I'll be getting into any advanced settings like overclocking as I really don't much about any of that.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.