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mike vee 14th November 2009 05:37 PM

need to buy a PC - can someone help with the new technologies?
 
I have a PC with an AMD 6400, 4GB ram, 512 graphics, etc...and it works good... but as all computers do after several years of hard use, it's starting to age and have minor issues hardware wise and I just want to jump the gun before I have any real problems.

My main program is Pro Tools. This configuration runs PT very well but I am looking to upgrade by spring.

Should I be going with Windows 7 professional 64 bit and and the best Intel i7 quad core processor, 8GB ram? I am assuming that by then Pro Tools will be 64 bit. Is there even an option for 64 bit anymore or is everything just 64 by default now?

I am a gear head but not SUPER up on all the PC lingo out there...

Thanks

Raider 14th November 2009 07:00 PM

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Should I be going with Windows 7 professional 64 bit and and the best Intel i7 quad core processor, 8GB ram?
Yes!

But if you leap too soon 64 bit version could bite you.
And then of course 4GB RAM is the max (actually about 3.5) in 32 bit Win O/S.

Assuming ProTools and all your favorite plugs will behave nicely in the 64 bit environment is NOT a safe assumption. Status 64 bit support for everything external hardware and software you own before you leap.
Go to their web sites, ask them. Timing is everything.

R3altruth 14th November 2009 07:32 PM

This is a good place to start looking if you're a Pro tools user wondering about Win7 64-bit
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Win7 and an Intel I7 is a great place to go... although you don't need the "best" I7.... either a socket 1366 Gigabyte mobo with an I7 920 or a Socket 1156 Gigabyte MOBO with an I7 860 will be great and not all that expensive computer builds... and you'll definitely have a "Top-of-the-line" computer than can handle pretty much anything

mike vee 16th November 2009 01:18 AM

thanks!