RAM vs Mhz for Multi-Monitoring
I'm building a PC to be used for running Cubase 4 along with a bunch of other recording and music software. The plan is to use two 22inch wide screen monitors for a nice large desktop.
I'm mostly wondering; is preferred to have a higher RAM or higher Mhz when it comes to multi-monitoring? It's asked nearly every day I know, but I haven't heard mention of multi-monitoring in the discussions.
The 8800gt is catching my eye. The two versions that stand out are a 512mb 700mhz or a 1024mb 600mhz. The goal is to keep as much of the work load off the computer's RAM and processor as possible to leave them free for the audio work load.
Essentially, the speed is not too important for you. You want more Megabytes! I would suggest at least a 8600GTS with 512MB. The 8800GT will be good, for sure.
A friend of mine ran a pair of Dell 22" widescreen monitors off a 5 year old computer and it was just fine for 2D windows stuff. I have a pair of 1280x1024 monitors on a 1.8G cube computer with onboard shared RAM and it runs windows just fine. 2D is no longer an issue for modern computers; just about anything you buy now will do 2D just fine. Also, 2D applications do not benefit greatly from fancy graphics cards. That GTS will mostly go to waste if you are not gaming or running one of the few programs that actually use it. This is even more pronounced if you do not clutter this computer up with every crappy shareware app under the day star.
You should see weather the program you want to run (Cubase 4) needs more CPU or more RAM for the best user experience and make you decision based on that.
If you are not planning to do any gaming with your computer I suggest you look into the various fanless options to keep the noise down. If you are trying to listen carefully to the music you are creating I doubt you will want to have put up with a constant drone of fans.
For 2D stuff, any card newer than about 2001 shouldn't have any issues.
1920x1200@32bpp would need approximately 9.2MB of RAM to hold the image.
fast CPU and ram is more important then a GPU. Plus the 1024mb GT is a waste and should get the GTS instead.
Though the GTS is overkill I may pick one up anyway so I can use the computer for games till I get myself an actual studio set up.
The RAM and CPU are getting taken care of. Going into overkill range so the blasted thing will have a bit more staying power than the computer I picked up last year. Still will make a good backup at least.
The thing to remember when setting up for recording is to keep the noise to a minimum. Find a quiet card like the Palit 8800 GT. I also have the M-audio delta 44 sound card for recording.....it's fairly inexpensive and comes with a 4 channel break out box. The noise floor is indiscernable.
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