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    Question Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    Hi, all!

    I'm currently running pretty much bottom system requirements for GS3. I haven't purchaced it yet, but I hope to soon, unless I need a new computer.
    Right now I'm running on a laptop (not very expandable) with the following:
    Intel Pentium 4 processor 1.8 ghz.
    I gb RAM
    20 gb internal hard drive
    120 gb external USB hard drive
    Windows 2000 Professional
    I only have a regular CD reader, no DVD or writing

    I'm really trying to stay away from XP, because I've had a bad experience with it (unless anyone can convince me otherwise). I was thiking, if I could build my system from individual components, then I can reinstall Win. 2000 pro and have a more powerfull and expandable PC.

    What do y'all think?

    Should I hold on to my current system and get a USB DVD drive, or should I get a whole new system?

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    Your computer should get you started. GS3 doesn't officially support W2k, but many have found success with it. Don't be afraid of XP though. It's the best OS that MS has done to date. And it boots MUCH faster than W2k.

    The only problem with your PC for GS3 is the processor. It's too slow for running GigaPulse, and you will want to run it to check out your options for sampling.

    When creating a sample lib, you won't need a killer PC for killer polyphony and processing. Development is less demanding on the PC than making large scale demos.

    If you can swing it, upgrade. If you can't, it won't be the end of the world. In that case, upgrade later.

    -JF

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    Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    There really isn't any reason to NOT use Win XP SP-1 (I have read that some people have had difficulties with FireWire devices with SP-2).

    You can always start with your current system (even runing Win2000) then build a new one if you find the current one lacking.

    If you DO build a new GS3 system, stick with "name brand" components. You can search in this forum for all of the name brands.

    Also, if you want a "painless" experience you can buy one of the "music computers" that are already tweaked for Music. They cost more, but you get service and no hassles:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/creation_station/index.php

    http://www.carillonusa.com/clnweb/index.jsp?country=US

    http://www.visiondaw.com/productcart/pc/customIndex.asp

    http://www.rockinghamsound.com/index.asp

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    Smile Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    FWIW...

    I went from Win98/GS 2.5 to XP/G3 and haven't looked back. It's been very stable so far.

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    Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    Take a look at the "Systems that Work" thread for examples of successful GS3 systems.

    -JF

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    Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    I've got a 1.6 GHz processor and it is absolutely incapable of making use of Gigapulse. I am purchasing a new computer from Truespec this month. It doesn' hurt to buy Giga 3.0 and give it a try but I wouldn't count on being able to use its higher level features. I'd take the plunge on XP also. I had some trouble with it in the beginning but It's pretty solid now.

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    Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    TEMPS is right. Don't expect any GigaPulse action with your current PC.

    -JF

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    Re: Should I get a new computer to run GS3 on?

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    When creating a sample lib, you won't need a killer PC for killer polyphony and processing. Development is less demanding on the PC than making large scale demos.
    Well, I also wanted to make killer demos. Someone here (maybe you?) said that there's nothing like writing music with your own library.
    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Hines
    Also, if you want a "painless" experience you can buy one of the "music computers" that are already tweaked for Music. They cost more, but you get service and no hassles:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/creation_station/index.php

    http://www.carillonusa.com/clnweb/index.jsp?country=US

    http://www.visiondaw.com/productcart/pc/customIndex.asp

    http://www.rockinghamsound.com/index.asp
    Great sites, Martin! I might just buy a computer there! I was kinda wondering about the 64 bit windows. That third one seems to be just right for me! Now all I have to do is save, save, save!!
    At $50 a week, maybe in six months I can live my dream.

    And my computer was built for XP, but (get this!) I downgraded it! Hopefully my phobia with XP will end soon!
    If I put it back on XP (shudder) it still wouldn't be able to run gigapulse?

    Thanks,
    Chris

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