I've got a bunch of hardware that I've salvaged out of old computers, and I think I can assemble it into something workable. I've assembled a couple of basic PCs before, but I really don't know what I'm doing. Nor have I used any music software before, although I'm a quick learner. The main problem is that I don't know much about the specific needs associated with computers and music, so I thought I'd ask for advice. I'd really appreciate any input.
Here's what I have so far:
Dell motherboard with 1ghz P-III processor
NEC DV-5700A DVD-ROM
Pioneer DVD-114 DVD-ROM
Creative Labs SoundBlaster CT4-780 32mb sound card
NVidia GeForce 64mb video card
3Com 3C9058-TX ethernet card (for being able to network it with my "real" computer, download stuff, etc.)
2 sticks of 4mb SIMM
1 stick of 32mb SDRAM
monitor, floppy, keyboard, mouse, tower
good isolation headphones
Here's what I know I need:
hard drive (what's the minimum size? what kind?)
lots more RAM (how much is the minumum, and what kind?)
a better sound card? --what kinds of inputs and outputs will I need?
a CD-burner (is there one kind that's best for making CD masters?)
some sort of analog-->digital audio signal converter
and/or some sort of XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs
pair of monitors (powered?)
a music recording, processing and mastering app (Reason? Cakewalk?)
Can anyone tell me what (if any) components listed above should be upgraded, what else I'll need, etc.? I'll be sourcing the parts I lack as cheaply as possible (used, on eBay).
Thanks in advance --