Last year I was up against the wall w/ 4 Gbs Ram so I started looking for a new machine. Many here asked me to tell them how well it worked back then so here is an update.
I couldn't afford a custom built computer and for what I wanted I couldn't even afford a new one so I went to the Dell site and bought a refurbished Inspiron.
2.66 i7 chip
12 Gbs Ram
7200 rpm 750 Gb hard drive
2 DVD drives (1 writable)
The machine has no PCI slots but has 4 PCIe slots available.
I picked it up for about $1100 and have been unbelievably happy with it.
I bought a M-Audio Fast Track pro separately to use as a sound card and another internal 7200 RPM hard drive to hold libraries on.
To give you an idea of what I can do with this machine, her is a typical set-up of synths I use in Sonar
Each Kontakt 4 has 16 instruments loaded and each Play instance has between 1 and 16 instruments. Omnisphere uses 2-6 instruments per instance and Battery has 24 percussion instruments loaded. Kontakt 4 uses instruments from VSL, GPO, Native instruments and Evolve. FM8, Massive and Absynth are synths with patches altered by me. Play is the engine for EastWest and I use EWQLSO. RA, SD2, Ministry of Rock and Symphonic Choirs from them.
Almost all of the instruments use Lexicon reverb add to its Audio track and many other plug-ins are used as well including Channel Tools, Z3ta, EQ, along with some limit4ers and compression tools.
So you can see that this machine does a ton of work without having to pay $5000.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein
The prices are high at your side of the pond. I had mine custom made for only about € 1200,-.
Antec Lifestyle Sonata III casing with 500W power
Asus P6T SE Mobo
Intel Core i7 920 / 2.66 Ghz 4.8GT/sec, 8Mb cache, S1366 Box (Hyperthreading)
Kingston valueram DDR3 12 Gb
2 WD Caviar 500 Gb SATA II, 32Mb
2 Samsung SHS233 SATA DVD R/W
Asus EAH4350 1Gb Silent/D1/1GD2
Windows 7 prof