I’m just getting started and so there are a lot of variables to consider. I’m currently using a ~2005 Dell Dimension 8400, so I’m consigned to the fact that I will need to build a new computer for anything audio related.
This comes to around $750 with some other hardware, and I’d like to try and keep it sub-$1k unless there is something glaringly insufficient. Is there anything I'm missing, or anything I'd do well to upgrade and be thankful for in 3 years? There might be a better motherboard out there.
I’ve read a few threads where people really push the i7’s, but they come at a hefty premium (alas, there is no microcenter near me unfortunately). Motherboards can likewise get stupidly expensive. The two HDs are for storage, though I haven’t really worked out the best strategy: one for OS, raid1 for storage/mixing? What do you use?
Lastly, I was thinking about making the jump to Windows 7 64-bit. The end-goal is to hook up a TC Electronics Konnet48. There seem to be a lot of driver issues with that, but I’m just going to focus on building a decent daw and go from there.