I built my generic, daily-driver system about 5 years ago, upgrading the CPU and RAM to an Intel Pentium IV 2.8 GHz (478 pin) and 2 GB when I started orchestrating. I drive GPO SE with Sibelius 4, OS is XP. Since then the hardware technology has gotten speedier, but I haven't kept track.
My system generally performs okay but it shudders and stutters while playing back a score where I have 16 systems in tutti including heavy use of rolling timpani. It would be nice to hear Gary's instruments sound like the programmers intended.
What do the technically astute in this community suggest as CPU/RAM upgrades? I assume one or the other is the culprit.
Soundcard is the venerable Soundblaster Live! 24, low low end but surprisingly I didn't notice much difference when I upgraded to another card (I forget which) a couple years ago, after researching it to death. It was a pain to use and expensive so I unloaded it. At garritan.com, James Ortner's Beethoven 5th and Dan Kury's Dvorak orchstrations with GPO4 sound stupendous on my AKG K240DF phones, so is the card much of a factor?
Motherboard limit is 2GB, DDR266 or DDR200 modules Later generation CPU may require motherboard & RAM replacement. Any recommendations on mobos?