New Bare Bones Computer Systems
To compiment our new range of Apple Mac computers we have designed five PC based systems to suit all budgets.
What features are important when choosing a computer system?
1. Processing Power
Todays virtual instruments are putting a great deal of strain on computer processors and to ensure you can run a number of instruments simultaneously you will need a fast processor. We recommend Pentium 4 processors running at 2.8GHz or faster to ensure smooth operation.
2. Computer Memory (RAM)
The amount of RAM a computer has dictates how many simultaneous tasks it can perform before the performance of the computer becomes noticably slower. Audio and MIDI sequencers put a lot of demand on system RAM and we recommend at least 512Mb RAM but strongly suggest that you opt for 1Gb RAM. The more memory you have the better the performance of your computer.
3. Buss Speed
A computers front buss speed is the speed that information can pass through the computer. It would be no good having a very fast processor with loads of RAM if your computers buss speed is only 100MHz becuase the computer would not be able to get the information to the processor or RAM quick enough to take advantage of them. The front buss speed can be a bottle neck for the information in your computer which is why we recommend at least 533MHz front side buss to ensure good system performance.
4. Hard Drive Space
Whether you are record multiple channels of audio or if you use many of todays huge sample based instruments, hard drive space should be a primary concern. We recommend that you purchase a system with two hard drives, one to act as the system disk containing the operating system and any coresponding user data and one specifically for audio data. By having a dedicated drive for audio you ensure that the read and write speed to the hard drive will not effect the quality of the audio being recorded or played back.
5. Video Output
Audio and MIDI sequencers are offering more features than ever. To take advantage of these features we recommend getting a dual monitor output video card. This will allow you to run two monitors from the one computer and share the output to each monitor. Imagine the improvement to your workflow if you could have one screen dedicated to your arrangement and another screen dedicated to your software mixer.
6. System Acoustics
Background noise can heavily impact your ability to mix effectively. There is little point spending money on studio reference monitor speakers if the audio output is muffled by the computers noisy fans and hard drives. Our higher end systems come with low noise power supply units but why not take the extra step and fit a CPU and HD Silencer Pack to further reduce the acoustic noise produced by your system.
|2.6GHz Celeron System||P4 2.8GHz Basic Tower||P4 2.8GHz Advanced Tower||P4 2.8MHz Standard Rack||P4 3.4GHz Advanced Rack|
|Case||4 bay||4 bay||Transmeatlic Tower||19\" 4 Unit rack case||19\" 4 Unit rack case|
|PSU||300w power supply||300w power supply||350w low noise psu||350w quiet psu||350w quiet psu|
|CPU||Intel Celeron 2.6GHz||Intel P4 2.8Mhz||Intel P4 2.8 Mhz||Intel P4 2.8 Mhz||Intel P4 3.4 Mhz|
|Memory||256MB DDR||512MB DDR 333Mhz||1 GB DDR 333Mhz||1 GB DDR 333Mhz||1.5 GB DDR 400Mhz|
|CDRW||52 x 24 x 52 CDRW||DVDROM + CDRW||DVDROM + CDRW||DVDROM + CDRW||DVD - + RW|
|DVD - + RW||Option||Option||Option||Option||Option|
|Video Output||64Mb Single monitor||64Mb Single monitor||64Mb Single monitor||32Mb Dual monitor||128Mb Dual monitor|
|Hard Drive 1||40Gb 7200rpm||80Gb 7200rpm||120Gb 7200rpm||120Gb 7200rpm||80Gb 7200rpm|
|Hard Drive 2||Option||Option||Option||Option||250Gb Serial ATA|
|Warranty||3 Years Return to base||3 Years Return to base||3 Years Return to base||3 Years Return to base||3 Years Return to base|
|Operating System||XP Home||XP Pro||XP Home||XP Home||XP Pro|
|FireWire||Option||Option||3 into 1 PCI card||3 into 1 PCI card||3 into 1 PCI card|
|Floppy||3.5\" Floppy||3.5\" Floppy||3.5\" Floppy||3.5\" Floppy||3.5\" Floppy|
|Mouse||3 Button ball||Net Scroll||5 Button optical||5 Button optical||Wireless 5 Button optical|
|Keyboard||Standard PS2||Standard PS2||PS2 Colour coordinated||PS2 Colour coordinated||Wireless PS2 black|
|Optimized for audio||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Low noise rack fans||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes||Yes|
|USB Connections||6 x USB 2.0||6 x USB 2.0||6 x USB 2.0||6 x USB 2.0||6 x USB 2.0|
|Hard Drive Partitioned||20 / 20||20 / 60||40 / 80||40 / 80||N / A|