The time has come to upgrade my computer and I want to spare no expense on this new DAW. I’m interested in your opinions about the ideas I have atm, so please share your thoughts!
First of all I’d like to say that with ‘Monster DAW’ I mean the very best you can get, but without going to such extremes that the system will be prone to compatibility issues and being somehow unstable.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
CPU - Intel i7 (4, 6 or 8 cores and hyperthreading for 8, 12 or 16 at >3Ghz) Sandy Bridge, or wait for Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge-E?
RAM - 16 or 32 GB (quad channel 4x4 or 4x8)
System Disk - Option 1: 2x 300Gb SSD RAID mirroring, Option 2: 2x 300Gb Velociraptor RAID mirroring, Option 3: 1x 300Gb SSD or Velociraptor, no mirroring
Data Disks: 2x 2Tb Western Digital Black 7200rpm SATA3 (one for projects, one for samples and libraries)
Motherboard: ASUS, anything that will do the trick for the above and is also able to handle the following PCI cards.
Graphics Card: any reasonable card (passive cooling?) that has at least 3x DisplayPort to resolution 2560x1400
Powercore Express PCIe (I think it’s 16x or 8x, fits in big slot)
UAD-Quad PCIe (I think it’s 1x, fits in small or big slot)
Another UAD-Quad PCIe like above
RME HDSP 96-32 PCI Soundcard
3x Samsung S27A850D Displays (2560x1400 resolution)
That’s about it for the essential stuff.
An issue that I see is that most graphics cards use 1 slot, but actually use room for 2 because of the cooling, so all the cards will need to fit on the motherboard in addition to this.
Also I’m a little confused about the whole RAID mirroring and if this might cause issues in a DAW. I mainly want to use it so that when the system disk dies I will be able to keep working on my music while replacing it. I will backup data manually.