I have recently expanded my sample libraries, and am in need of expanding my computer setup. I have a couple of primary options that I am considering, but am sure there may be others.
1) Upgrade a Dell Athlon 2x3600 that I have, turning it into a slave (it is on XP Home). This has the advange of being a low-cost solution. The potential soundcard remains open. Note that I could upgrade the soundcard in my main DAW and use the Audiophile 192 that is currently in that system here. I would be open to other sound card suggestions in the $150-$450 or so price range. The weakness to this solution is the potential risks of using a stock Dell (I had a very bad experience several years ago seeking to combine a Dell with a Gigastudio).
2) Do nothing for now, and let things sort themselves out a bit in terms of the somewhat confusing 64 bit world. Under this option I would seek to convert my main DAW into a 64 bit machine with 8 gigs of Ram, and an upgraded processor (Q6600?). This option would also require the sound card be replaced as the current one has no 64 bit drivers. The drawback here would be trying to do everything on one machine.
3) Wait, and seek to eventually buy a second DAW from a DAW builder. The cost might end up being somewhat similar to #2, if a lower end 32 bit system were to be purchased.
Your thoughts, suggestions, and comments about these, and possibly other ideas, would be appreciated. Funds are limited so cost truly is a factor.