I have to say windows 10 is great.
A few things to be aware of.
When ever windows have one of their bigger updates, they also do big changes to the registry. This can mess up 3 party installed software/drivers.
This happens caus the 3 party software use “hacks” on the registry to install and function properly.
So if you find yourself with programs or drivers not working after a windows 10 update. You need to uninstall the software/driver, clean out the restovers in registry and reinstall it. This is alot quicker then 50 posts on various forums and end up with a full reinstall. And then swear to never update windows ever again. Learning a bit about windows registry, drivers and software can save you alot of time and effort. You can also hack the registry to stop the windows update permanently. But it is way better to learn abit about windows.
There are some ways to end up with blackscreen. Some have to do with poorly drivers.
But there is one that is easy to avoid. Dont install 3 party desktop customizer tools. They do major changes to registry, and will suffer when windows do a upgrade. If you need that pimped screen, you will have to remeber to uninstall the software before updating windows.
And to the last classic issues
Hardware, routing and windows software control.
If you are going to build your own powerhouse of a daw computer. There are a few classic misstakes to avoid.
First thing, motherboard architecture layout:
Now this is realy important. Most motherboards offers alot of connections. But they never offer enough lanes to use all connections at same time.
Some connections have hw switches, so if this is connected, that dont work, or if that is connected this wont work. Other connections chear buss/lanes, wich can make alot of irq conflicts and headakes. Most intel layouts have lanes/connections direct to cpu and 4 lanes wich connects to the chipset wich offer the rest of the connection points. Different cpus offer different amount of supported direct lanes.
So map out all the devices you need and check routings. You dont want your audio (pcie, usb, firewire, tb), graphic (pcie), hd (sata, m.2, usb), midi (usb), dsp (pcie, usb, firewire, tb), wifi/lan, cd/dvd/br (sata, usb) to be in any conflicts. The chipset will handle the traffic to the cpu on the 4 lanes, so as long as those 4 lanes arent maxed out, it will work. That is a tall order. Alot of builders over look this importent step. Wich brings me to the next thing.
Chipset and cpu:
The latest and greates is always fun. But and thats a big but. Are they tested and supported by all the components you are planning to put in the new build? If you do a google you will find 1000’s of posts from angry builders that went for the new and untested. you might end up with a cpu that dosent support the ram. you might have a older pcie card with a old chip on it wich the new chipset dosent support at all and never will. you might end up wating for several months to get new drivers that work with the new chipset… for a daw build it is better to be safe and find the motherboard that has a tested chipset, wich support your audio interface, dsp and midi interface. Find the cpus wich support your graphic card, ram and other devices that has lanes directly going to it.
Windows is green:
Windows will powersave the living daylights out of your daw. So you will have to take off all powersavings wich can give you dropouts.
That would be usb, hd, screen saver, powerdown standby… in the bios you can just take off anything thats has to do with cpu powersavings, throttling and boost. You just want it to run steady.
So got that new build and finaly up and running and then there is this annoying background noise, wich you dident have on the old build.
Thats the sweet sound of cheap coils. What ever you are planning to save cash on, dont let it be the psu. You dont need much power to run a modern computer, but you do need good caps. So putting in some extra cash for a better built psu, will save yourself troubleshooting and a lot of google.
There are many crazy threads out there wich will pull you in the wrong places to look for the fault.
Now if you manage to get these things right. You will have a daw wich you can use on online sessions, keep up to date and it will serve you well. until you upgrade some device you never planned for wich is not supported.
I always recommend having a ghost drive of the system disk, and try keeping it up to date with a weekly backup. It is handy if you need a quick fix in the mids of a session.