Help with futureproof PC build for Adobe CS5.

Micro-star international / Ms-6309
February 25, 2011 at 12:31:53
Specs: Windows 2000, 1.002 GHz / 319 MB
I want to build a PC suited for -

A. Studio Sound Recording

and

B. Adobe CS5 Master Collection,
1. with which a lot of graphics is going to be done,
2. while running lots of applications with zero slowdown.

I do not want unneeded bling, yet I want a future-proof system as far as it is possible for future Adobe upgrades.

Please advise me concerning my following choice of Mobo, CPU and RAM:

Motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
(Onboard Video: ATI Radeon HD 4250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Question: Will this Video Chipset handle Adobe CS5 Master Collection, running lots of applications with zero slowdown, and be future-proof for Adobe updates (* see graphics requirements for Adobe CS5 Master Collection below) ?

or else

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
(No Onboard Video)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Processor:

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBR BOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Question: Is this too much ?

Ram:

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 998768
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Graphics requirements for Adobe CS5 Master Collection :
http://www.adobe.com/products/creat...

- 1280x900 display (1280x1024 recommended) with qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card, 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM
- Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance in Adobe Premiere Pro; visit the Adobe Premiere Pro system requirements page for the latest list of supported cards
http://www.adobe.com/products/premi...
- Some GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Photoshop® Extended require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
- Some features in Adobe Bridge rely on a DirectX 9–capable graphics card with at least 64MB of VRAM


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#1
February 25, 2011 at 12:56:12
Nothing is future proof so forget that notion.

Not a very good choice. CS uses gpu but I'd pick a much better one with more gpu ram. A simple video or photo can use 2G easily. Also as much ram as you can. Maybe a ssd too.

Video and high end photos take a lot of resources.


Music on the other hand can be supported with a hardware sound system. They tend to take very little resources of the computer unless you need real time.

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#2
February 25, 2011 at 13:44:48
Jefro.

Hi.

In response to # 1 above.

Thanks for your reply.

I am an amateur.

"Nothing is future proof so forget that notion."

I understand. I was hoping to at least not have to upgrade my PC in the next five years.

"Not a very good choice. CS uses gpu but I'd pick a much better one with more gpu ram. A simple video or photo can use 2G easily. Also as much ram as you can."

Thanks.
Question: Are you talking about VRAM here (in the above quote) ?

"Maybe a ssd too."

New to my brain - I will look into that, thanks.

"Video and high end photos take a lot of resources."

I'm starting to get the picture.

"Music on the other hand can be supported with a hardware sound system."

Question: What do you mean by "hardware sound system" ?

"They tend to take very little resources of the computer unless you need real time."

OK, thanks.


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#3
February 25, 2011 at 17:18:49
Look at the normal audio devices used by home studio or sold to record audio in a home studio. They are dedicated hardware. They have the guts inside to encode audio or process audio. That way the computer ends up being a simple data storage device instead of processing.

A better gpu is that. Pay more. You almost picked the bottom end.

Ram as in system ram. Buy more.

SSD's can cost a lot of money. They really do help in storing or moving data if you pick the right one and use it correctly. They are very fast hard drives and really needed for moving data like music or audio or video or working on both.

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#4
February 26, 2011 at 00:15:14
If want to lay many tracks and use effects in your recording studio you need a big hard drive, enough ram, and a clean operating system. A dedicated system is recommended. Maybe a dual boot system.

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#5
February 27, 2011 at 07:45:59
Jefro.

In response to # 3 above.

Thanks for the information.

I will definitely look into SSD's.

“Ram as in system ram. Buy more.”

Will 8 GB be enough system RAM for my purposes as described in my first post above?


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#6
February 27, 2011 at 07:48:24
Wizard-fred.

In response to # 4 above.

Thanks for the information.

“If want to lay many tracks and use effects in your recording studio you need a big hard drive, enough ram, and a clean operating system. A dedicated system is recommended. Maybe a dual boot system.”

What did you mean by a “dedicated system”?
Why a dual boot system?


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#7
February 27, 2011 at 18:41:38
A,dedicated system is a system that has no other application other than the recording software. No internet connection, no antivirus, no screensavers. minimum icons on the desktop. No backgound software. The idea is to reduce the number of the interruot and the time needed to service them Each interrupt is a potential click or aberation of the audio stream.

Dual or multi boot allows you to set up each configuration to do the best job. Not quite as good as a dedicated as there might be some extraneous services being run.


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#8
February 28, 2011 at 07:37:10
Wizard-fred.

Hi.

In response to # 7 above.

Thanks! The information you gave me is very helpful.

So, for amateurs like me who do not yet have a dedicated system, is a dual boot system, set up with a configuration to do the best job, better than a single boot system?
Does it help to disconnect the internet cable during recording?

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#9
February 28, 2011 at 14:21:40
It depends on the system and the applications. I would disconnect the internet and shut down the antivirus. It is preferable to record on a empty, defragged disk.

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#10
February 28, 2011 at 14:49:00
Wizard-fred.
In response to # 9 above.

Thanks.

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