So my old trusty computer has been delegated strictly to the wife’s business.
I’m considering a mac mini, because it would allow me to develop Iphone/IPAD apps, be another test bed for my own cross-platform apps. But it’s primary use would be as a DAW.
But it’s a MAC…
So I’m scoping parts for a PC build as well, I wanted to be fairly silent and not a Jet engine. Which I think should be doable. I got a new Desktop at work with Quadcore Xeon’s and 12GB of memory and it screams ( I run Ubuntu 64-bit on the thing) and I can compile the complete Android distribution with kernel and our multimedia acceleration from scratch for our reference phones in 15 minutes. I have it right behind my monitor and the thing is pretty silent.
I’m I’m going for a PC, I’ll like to keep it a good 5 years at least, so I’m thinking a core i7 should satisfy for a long long time.
The primary purpose is again as a DAW, running Reaper and Superior Drummer 2 with synth plugins (do you know any really good orchestral Synths?) so I want boatloads of memory (at least 12GB) and using Windows 7 64-bit.
I don’t plan on any gaming, maybe photo editing, so just a decent video card (defintely one that could be passively cooled with a big heatsink instead of a jet taking off fan).
Looking at SSD for possibly the OS and the Superior Drummer samples (so the samples load fast).
Also I’m scrapping my old TASCAM audio interface and looking for a new one that uses USB2 as I now despise firewire (for the wrong reasons probably but still…)
So Grathan’s build gives me ideas for parts, but the case is still in question, I want a silent one if possible.