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    Minimum Recommended PC Requirements for Music Production?

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    Is an HP PC with an Intel Dual Core Pentium processor at 2.22 ghz, 3 gb of ram, and 500 gb hard drive at 5000rpm adequate enough to run any DAW + VSTs? I know it's fast enough to install and use almost any program, but is it enough to smoothly operate without crashing, freezing, etc...?
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    yes


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    Although not ideal it will do you fine. I would recommend more storage space if possible.
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    not ideal??? tha hell are you talking about??? It's more than ideal.
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    I don't know about you but my projects folder by itself takes up 800GB. Sure I could clean it out but keeping all that uncompressed audio takes its toll. What about when you add the multiple sample libraries you want to install, all your drum samples and even the inevitable stash of porn, tv shows and movies. I'd say most of us also share the same PC with games. I'm not saying it can't be done but for the price of another hard drive and the ease of installation you would be mad not to add it.
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    my projects get burned to DVD as soon as I'm done with them, thus they take up ZERO space on my drive. I only create PT sessions when someone is interested in a beat, so they only exist on my drive for about an hour, just long enough for me to open FL, make detailed track notes, export wav files, open PTMP, import files, recreate the mix, tweak/audition, then burn three copies (master, backup, artist copy).

    FL zip sessions take up minimal space, so they stay on the drive as work-in-progress files.

    I have a pair of 320GB drives in my machine, the primary drive is about half capacity, the second drive is almost full, but that's mainly because I just reinstalled XP and dumped my "My Documents" folder on it and haven't deleted it.

    True, though, I'm adding another drive to my machine this weekend, and it's a larger drive (~500GB), but that's mainly so I can use the second 320GB for a Linux drive.
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    Does make sense but haven't you ever had to go back and work something you had a little while back? I've had to pull up stems for beats I have made 2 years ago. Sure I am bloating the hard drive but it only cost me $300(AUD) for 2x 1TB hard drives. That was over the last couple of years. I think they go for around $100(AUD) now. Also the new 7200rpm drives have an output almost as good as the Velociraptor. Run 2 of them in a Raid 0 configuration and you improve speed.

    That being said if I picked up my audio discipline I would probably only need 500GB

    Edit: You got some tight beats there mate!
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    In response to the TC's post, that PC is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanlofts View Post
    Does make sense but haven't you ever had to go back and work something you had a little while back? I've had to pull up stems for beats I have made 2 years ago. Sure I am bloating the hard drive but it only cost me $300(AUD) for 2x 1TB hard drives. That was over the last couple of years. I think they go for around $100(AUD) now. Also the new 7200rpm drives have an output almost as good as the Velociraptor. Run 2 of them in a Raid 0 configuration and you improve speed.

    That being said if I picked up my audio discipline I would probably only need 500GB

    Edit: You got some tight beats there mate!

    What I do is simply copy the session back to the hd, do what needs to be done, then burn the result and delete it from the drive.

    Thanks for the compliment too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic7 View Post
    my projects get burned to DVD as soon as I'm done with them, thus they take up ZERO space on my drive. I only create PT sessions when someone is interested in a beat, so they only exist on my drive for about an hour, just long enough for me to open FL, make detailed track notes, export wav files, open PTMP, import files, recreate the mix, tweak/audition, then burn three copies (master, backup, artist copy).

    FL zip sessions take up minimal space, so they stay on the drive as work-in-progress files.

    I have a pair of 320GB drives in my machine, the primary drive is about half capacity, the second drive is almost full, but that's mainly because I just reinstalled XP and dumped my "My Documents" folder on it and haven't deleted it.

    True, though, I'm adding another drive to my machine this weekend, and it's a larger drive (~500GB), but that's mainly so I can use the second 320GB for a Linux drive.
    What a waste of time.

    Lol I remeber you, you are a very peculiar breed of nerd/dork.

    Lol burn to DVDs?

    In 2010?

    Wow.

    Just buy a few terabytes of storage and keep it all in one box.



    To the OP: no that is not enough. If you start to add effects it will start to click and pop. You will not be comfortable but it will be dooable.

    You should highly consider a 64bit setup that let's you use at least 8 gigs of ram and consider a 1366 socket mobo based intel processor like the i7 930 for like 200$ bucks.

    64 bit is the most important aspect to bring you from a medium machine that can only handle like 10 heavy tracks to handling way more than that.

    And don't listen to anything logic7 says lol

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