Been away from the forums for too long, having fun with WL7!
Good advice here on buying the biggest, badest, CPU and RAM you can afford for a good MOBO! Also, make sure you've got a PSU that's rated at least 25% higher than the total power consumption you plan to load it up with (HDU's, MOBO, Video Card, etc.). Just add up each items wattage requirement, and then get a PSU that'll handle it all plus some reserve to sustain things through power burps, glitches, brown-outs, etc. A good UPS is a wise addition also. I'm partial to APCC's units; and you can select a UPS that'll either provide enough power for an orderly shutdown with 15-20 minutes, or keep everything running for a several hours before the batteries give up!
My rather ancient ASUS PC-DL with dual 3.0GHz Xeons and the MOBO's max 4GB of RAM has held up admirably since I "brewed" it in the early 2,000's!!!
However, alas, it's very much beginning to show it's age as a 32 bit machine running XP Pro. So, I too am shopping for a new workhorse that will do not only audio, but can handle High Definition video editing also
, as I've recently been engaged to not only audio record live classical music concerts, but now video them as well! And I suppose while I'm at it I should look into Windows 8, although I'll likely default it to the Win7 mode, as I still have a fully functional 25-inch CRT monitor and not a "touch screen"! [And sadly, see a lot of these old, likely functional warriors at the town trash station for recycling!] Although, I might be tempted to a couple of widescreens, as they make my "day job" much more productive, and maybe throw in an SSD for boot and applications.
I'd like to get to Blu-Ray disc mastering; got a Pioneer burner for the desktop, but haven't integrated things to get there until I upgrade.
So, anyone got any suggestions for both audio and video PC's and video editing S/W?
Thanks for any insights you folks can provide!