Last week I was struggling with a new 45-track project in Ableton. There was something about the vocals that didn’t sound right in my Dynadio BM 15 monitors. On top of this my old PC was struggling to keep up even though I had “frozen” as many track as I possibly could. The heavy load meant that audio was dropping out constantly and that the DAW would crash frequently. Altogether very annoying.
My old PC is a Core2 Quad (2.83 GHz) with 4 GB RAM. I should mention that it also has a SSD (Solid State Drive) cache drive from Synapse which I installed some time ago. A cache drive is highly recommended if you use lots of samples. It really speeds things up tremendously and gives a smoother performance. My old PC has served me well, but I decided it was time for an upgrade and ultimately I ended up building a new PC from scratch. Before I purchased the parts I did quite a bit of research, and I hope some of that can help others looking to upgrade their audio workstation.
Upgrade or buy new?
I started by investigating what options I had if I decided to upgrade. This is all determined by the type of motherboard you have and I my case it was a Intel® Desktop Board DG31PR. I quickly realized that my options were very limited. (more…)