Hey, Geeky Peeps who are into such things. I just bought a new PC. it will be the most powerful PC I have ever bought and serious bang for $.
Budgeting is hugely important to me. Here is an idea of how to have a great machine for a good price, if like me, you are not very good with building
I have resorted to buying old corporate PCs. I have put my Dell that I bought that way through the paces and has been the most reliable machine I have
ever owned, even though ex-corporate equipment. I am typing to you from this spec machine: Dell Optiplex 780 Core 2 Duo, 2.93Ghz, 16 GB Ram, TB hard
drive. The machine is a strong as it was the day I bought it almost two years ago. However, my music programs demand more serious power and I am
terrible for multitasking. Even when I am making music I am writing here or there, running installations, etc. It is CPU and Ram that are the
important components for music making. I seem to have managed with HDDs fine speed wise. USB 2 is fine for my sound. There is only one USB 3 Audio
Interface that I know of personally made by UAD in California. I require more inputs and outputs though and don't use mixing desks any longer; I use
the virtual ones. My RME Fireface UC manages great and I see little need to do anything about that until moth and rust determine its fate. I use USB
sound rather than firewire because I have better results (the outboard units run less hot and no errors). I used firwire before, but I like the
separate units for a multitude of other reasons, too.
The New Beast that is coming in the post is a 2nd user ex corporate HP Z800 Work Station:
It has a small SSD that I can experiment with, but that is too small to run my huge music programs. Some of those are like 50GB programs. May be I can
upgrade in the future on the SSDs.
It is literally one of those. I will never run out of anything on this machine for my needs. Look at the price! They are plain machines, but what you
get for the price is so much power compared to the bank busting games machines prices. I don't require the graphics either, but if you do then with a
Power Supply like these guys have you could install your dream graphics card with the available PCIe slots.
Really, machines have surpassed my immediate requirements now and I can buy a ridiculously powerful studio PC that I will never use up, CPU wise and
will be able to multi task on even if I had 2X Quad the number of my own digits (fingers).
I am always up for learning about PC systems, what people have, so if you know how to achieve alternative Power PC budget solutions please do inform.
I hope I may have given someone an idea of how to achieve a lot on a budget for gaming and graphics as well as music. Yes, it's always a gamble I
guess, but these machines are about as indestructible as you can get. That is why corporations use them. It seems as if they are just left running to
perform analytical processes and functions, monitoring, which is not heavy or varied use so wear may be light. Poor boy like me has to be a gambler to
raise his stakes and gain his POWER, lol!
I am just a customer and in no way affiliated to these guys. It is just to inform you of what I chose and why. Various companies are at this racket in
UK, U.S and Germany. It is green, too, as they are recycled machines.
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