Hi John, Your post doesn't seem to be drawing response yet. I'd recommend looking over the sites of a few of the custom builders of audio computers for specifics about the dream machine. Some of them are protective of their build specifics, but you should be able to get some ideas. There are also some forums that are audio computer related that might help.
As a starting point for some fact gathering, you might want to check out Sweetwater. They have some pretty good articles and videos about their take on the DAW, and also have some knowledgeable reps who you could chat with about your specific needs.
Good luck in your quest! John
I haven't had ANY luck with a Vista machine yet. I've tried 3 of them and none seem to handle audio that well at all. My XP machine is solid as a rock and all three Vista machines click and pop like crazy.
I just don't think that the drivers are "there" yet and with Windows 7 coming up at year's end I don't think they ever WILL be.
I would recommend an XP machine. And even better, building it yourself!
And by the way, my copy of the Steinway Pro is officially up for grabs... AGAIN! PM me if you are interested!
I began feeling a bit shunned! Thanks for the responses. I am currently using a wd raptor, and still getting pops and clicks on the Gar. Steinway (pro ed.). But I attribute that to my outdated asus board and ancient Pentium 3 cpu.
Since the raptor recently died, i figure I'll purchase an entirely new system. Now off to Sweetwater for some info I think!
I'm guessing that there's no point in throwing money at a quad processor ....
Don't get me wrong, Sweetwater is a fine business, but I think their 'custom' PCs are overpriced. I've bought two from ADK in Kentucky and they are great. Call Scott and tell him what software you want to run and he'll put one together. I've found him to be very helpful with choices (drives, cpu, memory...). He also will help adjust if you are not totally happy. I'm sure others do a similar job. Sweetwater's machines are fine, quality boxes but seem more production. Just my 2c.