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But if you really wanna take all easy measures to reducing CPU load in the short term you could try that.
It just depends on your budget really, but i personally wouldn't bother trying to upgrade that system as it'd be more cost effective to get a brand new system.
You can probably go to Quad core max with the mb.
You ideally want to buy an i9 compatible mb.
Which will naturally extend your upgrade possibilities in future.
Always be proactive with your purchases.
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I think we all just assumed you were able to upgrade.
If it isn't an option then there are many options.
Get Windows xp lite.
Remove all non-essential applications from startup.
Within your daw you would essentially bounce all active synths to wav to free up resources.
Bounce entire sections of tunes and rebuild them as blocks.
You could at least stick some more RAM in though and you could probably do a bit more with it for a while. I'm planning on building a new PC when I have some cash at the end of the summer.
Seriously though, in order to increase performance the following things help a LOT:
- Be careful about reverb! Reverb is a mechanic that has a lot of layers and requires a lot fo processing power, even when there is no signal going through it, so be careful with for example huge sized reverbs that have a wet of ~5%. Those take up a LOT of CPU power.
- Unison of course. Don't ever go above unison 4 if it doesn't give the sound some special characteristics that you need, bounce it if so. This applies for any synth
- Don't leave your synth group in your DAW too cluttered, again: any synths you have on your project that has Reverb in itself or in a mixer state that it's connected to, WILL take up a lot of CPU.
These things don't apply for me anymore since i have a brand-new high-end laptop with an Ivy-Bridge i7, 8GB ram, and a SSD with all my VSTs on it
Are there any suggestions as to what new laptop/pcs to be looking at in particular, and even in terms of the difference between laptops and pcs and how performance and price correlate?
That but 6gb is plenty(you can always upgrade), also an ssd helps a LOT but a fast (7200rpm minimal) normal hard drive works tooElectric_Head wrote:Desktop, go i5 or i7 but get an mb that can go beyond.
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