Is it too earily to ask the system experts in this forum their opinions as to what might make a good PC for the new GS3? GS3 will be shipping in April so there is time to carefully consider what makes a good machine. Also in three months there may be some new hardware hittiong the market.
Here are some issues to consider:
1. Processor type and speed
2. Memory (is 2GB still the limit?)
3. Hard drives
4. Audio outputs
5. MIDI input (how do you get MIDI into GS3 from a mac?)
6. Silent running -- what to buy to make the machine QUIET?
Also I guess suggestions on what not to put in the machine and what \"brands\" to stay away from.
We need to find out if GS3 is optimized for Intel and/or AMD. And if hyperthreading is supported.
For speed, get the fastest CPU you can to run GigaPulse. If on a budget, find the \"sweet spot\", just before prices accelerate. (For AMD it\'s around the 2600+ today.)
> 2. Memory (is 2GB still the limit?)
Hopefully we will be able to use 2G for Giga alone. If that\'s the case 2.5G would be perfect - 2G for Giga; 0.5G for the OS.
> 3. Hard drives
Orchestral has \"unlimited\" polyphony. I wonder if one 10,000 RPM drive is better than splitting samples on multiple 7,200 RPM drives? We shall see.
> 4. Audio outputs
Something from a mfg who supports GSIF 2.0. Echo apparently will. I\'m sure that the other heavy hitters will follow. But who will release a solid GSIF 2.0 driver first? Again, we shall see.
> 5. MIDI input (how do you get MIDI into GS3 from a mac?)
A MIDI cable and a USB MIDI adapter should do the trick. Maybe GSIF 2.0 is required here so that the kernel-level MIDI is supported. I don\'t know that yet.
> 6. Silent running -- what to buy to make the machine QUIET?
Here are my tricks:
* Fortron power supply
* Zalman copper heatsink
* Asus motherboard (no fan)
* ATI Radeon 9000 non-pro (no fan)
* Seagate ATA-IV or ATA-V HD (fluid drive bearings)
* No case fan - the PS fan is enough.
> Also I guess suggestions on what not to put in the machine and what \"brands\" to stay away from.
I like Asus MBs since they have no fan, consistently test to be stable and they have great features, such as Gigabit LAN and SATA.
And get name brand RAM with a heat spreader. Bad RAM can really ruin a good machine.
Good information. Clearly there are some questions needing answers before building a fresh machine for GS3. No doubt Tascam has been developing and testing GS3 on a variety of machines. I am curious about whether 10k drives offer an advantage.
I think if I needed to built a machine today, and I wanted it to be GS 3.0 ready I\'d do the following:
* Blazing Intel CPU (the safe bet - though typically I\'m an AMD sweet-spot guy)
* Two 1GB sticks of name-brand, heat-spreader RAM. Speed optimized for the CPU and MB capabilities. The third slot can always take another stick, if GS3 is shown to use it.
* Seagate SATA-V for samples, given that noise is a consideration. Add more later. The 10K (and 15K SCSI) drives are just too loud.
* Any recent Echo, M-Audio or RME (possibly other) audio card. Use GSIF 1.0 today. GSIF 2.0 will come. Cross-fingers that it\'s soon and stable. Or... No card and FxTeleport, though I don\'t know if this is at all feasible yet.
* MIDI - if it\'s not on the card, FxTeleport or MOL today to another PC. A small MidiSport to the keyboard, if needed.
* Quiet stuff, as from the above post.
But, if you can wait, speeds will go up, prices down, and things will become more clear. But I would think that most everything above will make a great GS3 machine.
It\'s not here yet, but I expect that mid-way through this year we\'ll start to see BTX format PCs. 2005 will almost certainly be a BTX (vs. ATX) year. Finally, a quiet, small, possibly rack-mount PC with mass-market quantities and pricing.
True 64-bit opererating systems and a Giga update to support it (GS 3.5?) will be the next hurdle. Who knows when that will come about. Not much of a factor this year - except for the fact that the Athlon64 has such nice perfromance with the 32-bit world today.
Following technology is like betting on horses - horses that double in size and speed every 18 months that is!