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Re-purposing/upgrading components on a DAW computer for NLE

MD Optofonik's picture
Last seen: 5 years 8 months ago
Joined: 04/21/2009 - 10:34pm

I have a home built computer for digital audio recording that I want to utilize as an NLE. I'll be swapping each tweaked installation of XP Pro 32bit using removable drives instead of multi-booting. The specs are as follows:

  • MoBo - MSI K9A2 PLATINUM 790FX AM2+
  • CPU - AMD|PHENOM 9750 2.4G AM2 65N
  • Memory - M2Gx2|GSK F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
  • OS Drives - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (3 drives, each installed in a Kingwin KF-91-BK removable rack with independent XP Pro installs tweaked specifically for audio, video editing, or photo editing)
  • Storage Drives - Seagate HD 500G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3500630AS (three drives: one for audio recordings, one for photos, another for audio samples, and finally, a 750G Seagate drive for video which will prabably end up in a removable rack. Any drive not utilized during a given task is used for "scratch drive"/temp files and/or virtual memory)
  • Graphics card - VGA ATI 100-505182 FireGL V3350
  • Monitors - ACER|LCD 19" 5MS DVI X193W+BD (a pair for dual monitoring the timeline)
  • DVDwr - ASUS|DRW-2014L1T LS SAT
  • DVD rom - SONY NEC|DDU1615/B2s BK
  • ROSEWILL RC-500 CRADBUS

I feel like the only upgrade needed would be a second FireGL V3350 and a third LCD monitor (Narrowed down to the Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 or the LG W2053TQ-PF Black 20" 2ms GTG 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 50000:1, either sells for the same price at Newegg) for viewing full-screen playback of the timeline.

I'll be using Sony Vegas Pro 8 and Adobe CS3 apps for editing. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Mick


Coreece's picture
Last seen: 7 years 4 months ago
Joined: 08/08/2007 - 7:56pm

Well, I believe that's a quadcore processor and you can max out the board to 8GB RAM....the third monitor will be nice too.

.....that could keep ya busy for awhile.

Looks like you're good to go!

Good Luck!

:)


MD Optofonik's picture
Last seen: 5 years 8 months ago
Joined: 04/21/2009 - 10:34pm

The initial build was meant to be easily scaled so thats good to hear. The 8 gigs of ram would only be of use uf I went to Vista64, I beleive. I'll never do that for the audio OS drive but I wonder what a can of worms it would be for the NLE OS drive. For someone like me who started sequencing music on a C64 in the mid-80s the idea of 8G of RAM is empting. Very tempting.