New PC arriving tomorrow. Advice needed.

Hi Guys,

I’ve got a new Studio PC arriving tomorrow and just wanted a bit of advice on how to best set it up for Cubase 8 Pro.

The old system was this

Intel i7 920
Flaming Blade GTi MB
8GB Ram
2 x Standard Hard Drives (one for Programs and one for documents and projects)
Cubase 8 Pro (I’ve been using Cubase since the SX days, had every update 5/6/6.5/7/7.5 etc)

The whole thing was always a bit shaky and never ran that well (not just cubase), so I’ve upgraded to a new Desktop PC.

New Specs:

Intel i7 4790 - (4 x 3.6 GHZ) - Haswell
16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz (2x8GB) - (DDR3)
120mm be quiet! Silent Wings 2 - Ultra Low Noise - 15.7 dB(A)
250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD SATA-III, Read 540MB/s, Write 520MB/s - Silent
500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD SATA-III, Read 540MB/s, Write 520MB/s - Silent
Corsair 330R - Ultra Quiet (Sound Proofing Included)
Corsair RM 550W (Modular) PSU - Low Noise/Silent
Gigabyte Z97P-D3 (Intel Z97) - 2xUSB3/4xUSB2
1 x 1.8 Metre UK Mains Power Cable
Sound Proofing Service

So hopefully with the new RAM, processor and the 2 x SSD drives, things will be a bit better.

My QUESTION, is… Would you guys use the 250gb SSD as a O/s (windows 7) and Programs (Cubase, The grand, HAlion, BFD2 etc) drive and then use the other 500gb SSD for current projects?
Or would you install Cubase and all the music software/samples on a separate drive to Windows?

Maybe it doesn’t matter on a SSD so much, but just wanted some options on how you would go ahead.



(I have an external 2TB HD I’m going to use for archiving older projects)

256GB is plenty large enough for an OS drive. Even 128GB is generally plenty.

The samples are best kept separate from the OS AND the projects drive. That includes making sure that programs don’t store their samples on the OS drive. Note that Cubase installs 11GB of samples on the OS drive by default, unless you change the target folder during installation. The 500GB is the best for samples, given their size these days.

Depending upon how big your projects will be, you might get away with a small projects SSD, like 128GB, and archive old projects to a couple of external HDDs (always have at least two copies of everything!). Alternatively, use a 128GB SSD for the OS and use the 256GB for projects.