XP Home SP3
Core 2 Duo 6300
Asus P5B mobo
4gb Ram (2.9 recognised)
2496 PCI audio
I've just upgraded from Cubase SX3 to Cubase 5 (fully patched) and it seems even more of a system hog. I'm running a lot of audio tracks with FX inserted and sent. I also use Omnisphere, Trilion and EZDrummer as VSTi's. So, I do expect it to struggle. And it does. I get pops and crackles when all is maxed out and no VSTi's are frozen. Though setting the latency to 512 instead of 256 does improve it to a usable quality.
My question really is how much better will the system run if I upgrade the CPU to say the Intel i7 930, and upgrade my motherboard.
I know the best option would be to go the whole way and upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit and take advantage of more RAM. But the cost, and problems associated with 64bit compatibility is putting me off. Not to mention the serious issues reported with M-Audio drivers for the Delta series audio cards and 64bit.
So, yeah, how much of my problems are CPU related as opposed to RAM? Would I see a noticeable improvement if I upgrade? Most of the pop's and crackles come when Omnisphere is working hard, so I assume it's the CPU struggling here?
Any advice would be most welcome!