I haven't posted to the forum in a long time, although I've checked in from time to time. The GPO forum has really grown into a wonderful community. I need a little advice. I've searched the forum and found some good information on laptops for use with GPO. However, I'm looking to find out specs for the essential components for a laptop to replace a desktop running only GPO with Cakewalk Home Studio, Overture, and maybe GPO studio. I'd like to make this a composing machine that would primarily be used at home in different rooms of the house, so it would be connected to AC power most of the time. Battery life would not be a primary consideration (I could always purchase extra batteries). I'd like to be able to load a full orchestral template (ex. quadruple woodwinds, expanded brass, etc.) and monitor in real time without freezing tracks. It seems a given that I'd need a laptop equipped with 1.5 to 2 gb of ram. I assume the ram speed makes no difference. It also seems a given that I'd need at least a 2.8 mhz processor. However, I have not seen any information about types of processors that work well with GPO. People seem to use mainly P4s, but what about Celeron, Pentium M, and other PC processors that seem to be much cheaper than P4s? What speed of processor would I need if I go with something cheaper like a Celeron, or am I asking for trouble by buying one? As for hard drives, since I won't be disk streaming, I would think that I don't need to worry about the speed, only the storage capacity (30 GB?). Is it important to upgrade the sound card in a laptop if I'm not really concerned with great fidelity (just monitoring through headphones) and only want to burn my compositions to a CD? Finally, can it be done on a budget of about $1200?
Any input would help.