I am standing now before a crossroads again. I use Sonar 7 Studio Edition, and Kontakt 3 as my sampler. I use various sample libraries including GPO. A few of my samplers that came with the instruments are 64 bit compatible. However, Kontakt 3 is not yet 64 bit compatible.
I am just getting so frustrated with the RAM issue as I have only 2 Gigs. I have 4 ESata sampledrives with all my libraries loaded on, and everything works great. But when I do big mockups, I run out of RAM fairly quickly. AND freezing my tracks is great, but takes time away from me that can go into mixing and mastering.
Currently I work on an Intel Pentium Dual Core 2 with 2 Gig Ram, 256 N Video Videocard, Emu1212, 4 esata Lacie 500gb external sample drives.
I want to get more ram, but my motherboard only supports 2 Gig. I have a budget of $1200 to spend. Most of my parts from my previous PC I will use in the new one, except of course for the motherboard etc. etc.
Should I buy a Quad Core with 4 Gig than can expand to 8 Gig rams ? Or should I get a 64 Bit AMD/Intel Dual Core ?
My question is this. Will Kontakt 3 wich only support 32 bit, still work on a 64 bit, but not use any more than 2 Gig ram ? Or will it completely not be able to work on a 64 bit machine ? Basically, will any program that is 32bit work on a 64bit machine ?
I see many post of users that has a 64 Bit machine with Visa 32bit installed on it ?
So.. my question, apart from those above, is... I need a resolution fast.
I am so confused when it comes to the processors and what will work where.
Would it be unwise for me to go ahead and buy a Quad Core, or should I stick with Dual Core ? Or should I just wait till everything is more supportive of 64 bit and then make my purchase. (The last not helping much because I need a resolution right away )
Thanks Guys !! Excited to see what advise you guys can give !