Ok, I'm in a pickle here,
I wanted a new video card, cause I still like to game time to time, but I also wanted the latest technology which is PCI-Express. So therefore I would need to upgrade my board, processor, ram, everything. I currently have two Athlon XP systems that I built almost 2 years ago. I use QLSO Gold a lot, and Gigastudio 2.5 from time to time. I run Sonar 3 Producer as my sequencer. Right now, my 2nd pc has been collecting dust because I haven't hooked it up properly. I've done all my composing on one computer the last 6 months using Gold, and I have 1.5GB of ram. It's crashed a few times because I overloaded my ram, but I only have 3 DIMM slots, using three 512MB sticks at PC2700 speed.
My question is, would one super computer with 2GB of ram, an AMD 64 3200+, with my current IDE 8mb/ cache drives be BETTER for what I'm doing than having two average comps? The motherboard I would get would have 4 DIMM slots, and I'd have two 1GB sticks of PC3200, so I could eventually expand to 4GB.
I already asked one person this, and he thought it would be better to hold on to both computers because of the PCI-Bus issues and overloading of the processor. I could still get dropouts even with 4GB of ram. He thinks running something like MidiOverLan would be a better alternative. But will it still be better than the computer I proposed to build? There's also the new nforce 4 chipsets which are supposedly faster, and M-Audio is coming out with their 64-bit drivers.
I would be selling my 2nd PC and the guts to my main comp to get the money to do this. Here's the important stats of both I have:
MSI N-force 2 K7N2-L Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton Core
Antec True Power 430watt Power Supply
1.5GB DDR PC2700 Samsung RAM
Dual Western Digital 120GB Special Editions (240GB total)
Gigabyte Radeon 9200 w/VIVO
M-Audio Delta 1010LT
MSI N-force 2 K7N2-L Delta Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 1800+ Thoroughbred
Antec Blue 350watt Power Supply
Dual Western Digital 80GB Special Editions (160GB total)
1GB DDR2700 Crucial RAM
M-Audio Audiophile 24/96
Nvidia Geforce 2 MX64
I need some serious opinions and knowledge on this, because this would be a BIG change for me. Also, I will be obtaining a MOTU 828mk II and a Powerbook within 2 months, so if that might sway your advice, then tell me. THANKS!