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Need recommendations to upgrade
Old 4 weeks ago
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Need recommendations to upgrade

Hello All !

I've been out of it for a while and neglected my recording etc. etc.

Here's my PC:

Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40Ghz, 3.25GB RAM

HD: Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB, 7200rpm, 32mb cache
HD: Western Digital WD800JB-00FMAO 80GB, 7200rpm, 8mb cache

Radeon X1300 Pro 256

It's running Win XP --OK you can catch your breath and stop laughing now

The interface is an Edirol UA-1000

Sonar X1, which if there are any hasn't been updated in a few years.
My practice studio is away from the house in a metal building finished inside with a pretty quite split AC/Heat Pump system but no Internet, yet.

1. Will my Core 2 Quad Q6600 cut it for newer interfaces?
2. Enough RAM?
3. Upgrade the Radeon X1300 Pro 256?
4. Sonar X1 - Upgrade to something else?

Thanks !!
Old 4 weeks ago
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Computer Wiz's ....?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by Gorquin View Post
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I've been out of it for a while and neglected my recording etc. etc.
...
1. Will my Core 2 Quad Q6600 cut it for newer interfaces?
2. Enough RAM?
3. Upgrade the Radeon X1300 Pro 256?
4. Sonar X1 - Upgrade to something else?
Your system brings back fond memories of a Q6600-based system that I built in 2007 or so. I still have the DP35DP motherboard/8GB RAM and a couple of its original hard drives.

Okay, so now what? Here's my recommendation:

- For now, keep the existing motherboard/CPU to see how much mixing capacity you'll actually need before upgrading
- Get a Win10 license from URCDKEY.com
- Buy four 2GB sticks of DDR2 DIMMs for the motherboard
- Install Win10 on a 256GB or 512GB SSD
- Open a BandLab account and download the free Cakewalk by BandLab (it's like SONAR X1 with a bazillion updates)
- According to this GS member, the UA-1000 can continue its service to you in Win10 [ Roland edirol UA-1000 Driver for Windows 10? ] There are come 'gotcha's in there so read the rest of the posts below the link.
- If Win10 doesn't complain about your Radeon 1300 Pro 256 video card, then soldier on with that until a problem compels you to use something newer/faster/better.
- Add a 1TB or 2GB HDD as an audio recording destination

That should move you ahead about a decade, and inexpensively allow you to more studiously (ha, ha) consider your alternatives like a Ryzen-based machine, or something used from the HP Workstation product line, or something using Intel's newer HEDT processors.

As you migrate to a truly new machine, the SSD and HDD will be re-usable, but the Win10 license dies with the Q6600, as does the RAM. However, you could keep this one around if you don't re-use the case as a utility/surfing machine. In general, I don't use my recording machine for web surfing, and my world is happier because of that.

HTH

Last edited by MediaGary; 4 weeks ago at 07:49 PM.. Reason: added 'gotcha' advice
Old 4 weeks ago
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Thank you MediaGary !!!
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