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Old 02-15-2017, 04:06 PM
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Dear EastWest users,

Another hardware question here! I have the opportunity to upgrade my PC with a budget around 1200/$ but I would like to be sure the investment will bring significant improvements.

Here is what I have today:
- [CPU] i7-860 (bought in 2010)
- [RAM] 16GB DDR3 (can't go further)
- [HDD] 1TB Seagate 7200RPM -> for almost everything: Windows 10, Cubase Artist 9 (just did the upgrade from Cubase Studio 5!) and my good old EWQL libraries: Symphonic Orchestra, Choirs, VOP, Goliath...
- [SSD] Crucial 480GB -> for Hollywood Strings Diamond
- [SSD] Crucial 240GB -> for Hollywood Brass Diamond

I know, there is no logic here: the operating system and the DAW should be on SSD...

So I envisage now to refresh my configuration as following:
- [CPU] i7-6700 Skylake (+ a new motherboard)
- [RAM] 64GB DDR4
- [SSD] Samsung 850 Evo 500GB -> for W10, Cubase and "good old EWQL libraries"
- [SSD] Crucial 480GB -> for Hollywood Strings Diamond
- [SSD] Crucial 240GB -> for Hollywood Brass Diamond
- [HDD] 1TB Seagate 7200RPM -> for project files and the rest of the world

Would you do something different? Can I expect major improvements with these modifications? And according to you guys, would it be comfortable enough to work with a big "Hollywood" template without freezing anything?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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Old 02-16-2017, 01:59 AM
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I know, there is no logic here: the operating system and the DAW should be on SSD...
That is perfect logic - the thing that will benefit the most from SSDs are your sample libraries. A SSD for OS/Software etc will just make your computer run faster as opposed to running a larger template.

As for a large template without freezing - I can't be absolutely sure as I haven't got that system and Hollywood Strings Diamond is a beast. My guess is taht you will be able to run a hell of a lot. I can say the single best thing I did was build a slave computer and buy VE Pro. It offloads the major lifting to a separate, dedicated computer.

What is your audio interface?
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To add to what Richard said (which is great advice), there's no guarantee you have a "worry-free" system, as there are so many factors with every setup. In theory, you will have a strong machine, as your specs are really good. Also, I would place those "good old EWQL libraries" on a drive other than Windows as well.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:34 PM
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Many thanks for your answers, guys. Much appreciated!

@trumpoz > I didn't know VE Pro. Just checked it out on their website. Sounds promising. Another thing to think about, thanks!
My audio interface is a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Any opinion about it?

@jspencer > thank you for your message. It would be wise to separate the libraries and the OS, indeed. I will think about it as well.

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