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CPU % Sky-Rockets when working with A DAW Program ?


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I need to know how can solve this issue or what do I need to buy to run digital Audio Workstation (music software) more with ease.



here are my specs :
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 1.5 gig
RAM Type: DDR DRAM
Hard Drive: 250
Operating System: Windows XP pro
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Well, any editing program be it audio or video should have AT LEAST 2gigs of DDR2 ram if not more.

What is your budget?
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Well, any editing program be it audio or video should have AT LEAST 2gigs of DDR2 ram if not more.

What is your budget? I really don't have budget, but that is maximum ram im allowed. Do you think I need to upgrade the Processor ?
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could you give the model number of your MOBO?

if you dont know how, use this program. http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

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if your willing to major upgrade.

if 1.5g is the max RAM.

then i would say you should get a new mobo and proc.

try for something like this http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1599

is this a name brand comp IE dell, HP, etc or is it self built?

if you dont know how, use this program. http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

Edited by Rocknrollcows, 15 February 2008 - 05:50 PM.

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motherboard

Manufacturer : ASUSTeK Computers INC.
Model P4S533VX REV 1.xx

The computer
Sony Vaio PCV-RX850 -
Technical Details (STOCK)

Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 512 MB
RAM Type: DDR DRAM
Hard Drive: 80 GB
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition
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is this more or less your computer?

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http://reviews.zdnet...10002476,00.htm


if so, heres a proc you can use.. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116027

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Sony Comps weren't designed to be upgraded. The PSU is weak and the case design also isn't the most "user friendly"

I personally would just build a whole new system. The 3.0ghz wouldn't give you much improvement. and you can only use DDR which is slowly being eradicated.
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is this more or less your computer?

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http://reviews.zdnet...10002476,00.htm


if so, heres a proc you can use.. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116027

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Sony Comps weren't designed to be upgraded. The PSU is weak and the case design also isn't the most "user friendly"

I personally would just build a whole new system. The 3.0ghz wouldn't give you much improvement. and you can only use DDR which is slowly being eradicated.


It is lil less than that specific model !
I think it is time for a new computer, I bought this one at best buy with a overpriced warranty that I never use and the LCD was I think like 500 or more at that time.........

what do you recommend as far as specific compnents ......... Im gonna go ahead built one myself ......... just realized my computer is a piece of crap !
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Well, you said that you were using the computer for audio editing right?

So quietness should be a priority.

I would suggest these parts.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128059 P35 chip is great. You don't need anything better. - $89.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115029 good proc, you can overclock to 3.0ghz probably with no problems. -$189.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820211066 Cheap and good. Cl5 is fine as long as you don't overclock -$45.99
HDD: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148262 Seems big enough. - $69.99
GPU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150229 cant play games at high but still can play some games if you feel like. - $104.99
Case: I don't know what style you like, so I'm gonna let you choose http://www.newegg.co...e=ATX Mid Tower
What ever PSU comes with the Case should be fine for your purposes.. but you really want one, http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153023 - $39.99
Sound Card: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829271001 Optional but your music will sound better - $79.99

Total: $620.93 not counting MIRs and S+H

please wait for other techs to confirm list.
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First, if anyone hasn't told you this already, any conversion program is going to max your CPU and maybe your memory. It's just that a faster machine will complete the conversion in a shorter time. If you're doing a lot of conversions either dig out an old machine you have and set it up to do the work so you can use your primary machine for other things, or do the conversions at a time when you aren't using the machine for other things. Like maybe scheduling the machine to come on at midnite and do the conversions in a batch process.
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Ram is little to do with DAW applications. The main thing is CPU. If you want less cpu usage you need to get a dedicated Audio card for the application to use...
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