- Jan 8, 2010
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If I remember the specs correctly (it's olddd, at least 10-12 years old)
AMD dual core 2.4 ghz
4 gig ram
Integrated video and sound card
You will all laugh at it, but the thing has no problems running Daws with lots of tracks and vst's. The machine runs like it's brand new, doesn't lag or anything and is relatively quick. The machine has almost never had an internet connection so the windows "updates" are extremely limited, other than a security update I did recently to use my FM3 as an interface so I have have less strain on the cpu when recording.
I can run ezdrummer and maybe 6 tracks before I start having any real issues. I use it for just recording idea's and any actual poroduction.DAWs aren't really power or resource hungry...until you start using sample libraries & fancy synth programs. For example if you're programming bass, drums, strings, etc. an HDD will take a lot longer to load everything. Every time you open up your session you will have to wait 5 minutes until the samples have been loaded. And some of the libraries are huge, taking 50-200GB. Then there's the modern synths, some seem to take some power if you have many instances. You can bypass this by bouncing or printing every virtual instrument to audio, but that's missing a bit of the fun of virtual instruments right? Being able to tweak everything on the spot..
Made some upgrades recently. This is the current configuration:My PC:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600X
GPU: MSI Radeon 5700XT Mech OC
Motherboard: MSI X570-A Pro
RAM: 32GB 3200MHz DDR4
SSD1: 500GB Samsung 970 Evo (NVME)
SSD2: 500GB Samsung 860 Evo (SATA)
HD: 2TB Seagate Baracuda
Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Black
PSU: Corsair RM650
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
Ordered the parts late 2019, built in the first week of 2020. In hindsight, my timing was pretty much perfect as this was right before prices went insane.
Thanks. Yeah, I'm pretty happy with it thus far. I can crank up every setting in Red Dead Redemption 2 up to Ultra and never dip below 70FPS at 1440P, so I'm happy (although Witcher 3 is more hitchy now than it was before, which is mildly annoying). Gonna pick up MS Flight Simulator next time it goes on sale as I've been jonesing to try that ever since it released, the 5700XT just couldn't hack it at the detail I wanted to play at.Heck yeah, the 6800xt is a very impressive GPU. That's a solid lookin' system, there.