I have a few issues that I am hoping you all might be able to clarify for me.
Currently my aging DAW is a P4 2.26, with a MOTU HD192.
I'm looking at building a new DAW, but I have a few concearns over a couple of issues. Currently the choice is down to either going for a dual opteron system on a K8WE, or high spec AMD / X2 on a Gigabyte K8NS-ultra-939.
(Possibly using me existing DAW as a dedicated Gigastudio box).
Firstly there is a large difference in price between these two motherboards, and of course the price of the cpus that would be used, and memory (as the Tyan require Registered memory).
Secondly, MOTU do not provide a 64bit driver for the PCI-424, so I would be limited to using WinXP 32 bit which would mean ( I think ) that I am still limited to 2Gb of memory. This does imply to me that the additional cost of going dual processer is really not worth the outlay, until ( or if ) MOTU can provide 64bit drivers.
Can WinXP 32bit only access 2Gb of memory?
I'm basically wondering that given this setup (and the MOTU is really too expensive for me to change), if I would be better served with the single AMD (maybe dual core if the board can cope with it)?
4Gb would be ideal, but I'm a little in the dark here.
Thanks for any help