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?
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.
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.
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?