Purchasing a new Laptop - performance dillemas
First, I want to say I've been digging in the forum for the past months and it's really a fountain of information. Thank you so much guys for sharing your experiences.
I'm buying a laptop who's main use will be for performance and maybe recording sketches on-the-go. Performance consists mostly of ableton live, vst synths, and a few sample libraries (but not too many). Sometimes I would use frozen tracks in a live setting and use the audio already processed.
Here's what I do know. Processor will be i7-3630qm. RAM will be 8GB. My audio interface is a Fireface UC.
So here are my questions. Considering all of the abve:
1. SSD vs. mSATA cache drive
Have anyone had any experience with these options? Does an mSATA cache drive improves the overall performance (think ableton live)? Also, if an OS SSD is the way to go - should you install Live on it? Including the library? What anout the VSTs?
2. 5400rpm vs. 7200 rpm
Is 7200 critical for the purposes stated above?
I'm thinking of 8GB for now but I?m not sure if I should invest in a laptop with an optionto upgrade to 16 or more in the future. Any thoughts on that? Is 8GB more than enough?
Thanks a lot for the help!