I was quietly waiting for next year and the Haswell generation to change my DAW, but my present system is worrying me since few weeks. Sometimes it suddenly shuts down without warning and, from the beginning, I suspected a heating problem despite the fact that all the cooling stuff seems to work as expected. I saw that the CPU temp is abnormally high at idle and tried to change the thermal paste. It allowed me to lower it to few degrees but the system has shut down again, since. Another issue is that sometimes the system takes a lot of time to boot, without recognizing my DVD drive (and once, even my second HDD). The whole BIOS doesn’t seem to be stable anymore as it starts with different messages during the boot process, each time in an erratic way.
I may be wrong, but all this makes me feel like my DAW is starting its end of life…
So, I am considering an Ivy bridge based new system in the weeks to come, staying with my E-Mu interface and Windows 7 Pro 64 bits, from which the following questions. For a DAW usage :
Is there something that could prevent me from going for a H77 chipset instead of a Z77 one ?
Should I use the integrated graphics implementation of the processsor or a dedicated graphic card ? And to which extent the use of the integrated graphic stuff leads to an increased CPU temp (I’m getting paranoid about this…) ?
Should I trust the Intel CPU cooler bundled with the i7-3770 or go for another one (and which one, if possible) ?
Should I consider also an SSD and, if so, for which usage (OS installation, samples libraries, Cubase projects…) ?
Changing my system is also the occasion to go for a full 64 bits setup with probably a more sophisticated drums VSTi (Superior drummer or BFD2, as they are now both available in 64 bits version). The problem is that I still have 32 bits plug-ins that I want to use (mainly my GSi stuff and Ariesverb). From which, a more Cubase specific question :
- According to Guido, the developer of GSi Mr Ray and VB3, these are both bridgeable with Cubase VST Bridge. So, how am I supposed to use it (no informations about its practical use, either in the operation manual or in the knowledge base) and, especially, where shall I install 32 bits plug-ins (paths) on a Cubase 64 bits setup ?
Thanks for any answer…