Originally Posted by PokerDegenerate
If you switch to the I7 you would have to change your memory to DDR3 as well but if you can afford it the I7 will be a very nice set up. Im not really familiar with the whole music recording aspect of CPU usuage but im going to say that editing it is probably kinda like video and photo editing but I may be wrong.(Im really not too sure of the type of programs used) but if it is using a similar type of program you would see a great difference with the I7 over the Q6600 in load times and productivity times if that helps at all.
If you have a micro center near you I would go for the I7 also because they have it for 229 (last I checked) so its really not that big of a price jump from the Q6600 and you will get much better performance out of it. But as you know you will have to get a more expensive MoBo and RAM..
Also you could get away with a smaller PSU as well to cut the cost a little bit.
***Edit now that I look more at your HDD you could also get a much bigger one for the same price and if you are storing alot of the music you record on it I'm sure that HDD isn't gonna take long to fill up...***
Western Digital 640GB
Western Digital 500GB
Seagate Barracuda 640GB
Just to give a few examples.... Click on the Names for the Newegg pages..
I'm not entirely sure how recording software uses the cpu and all that, but I read somewhere (I think it might have been on these forums) that most recording software cant use more than 2 or 3 gigs of ram....and that if your computer is built well for mid- high end gaming you should be fine for recording...but someone correct me if that's wrong.
I am very tempted to go w/ the core i7, because that would improve the longevity of the system since I'd have to get DDR3 RAM as well, but unfortunately the closest Micro Center to me is Boston, which is about 3 hours away.
Anyone else know of cheaper, reliable vendors other than newegg?
Yes that HD prolly will fill fast, and Western Digital 640GB
is very worth it for only a little more money.
Thanks for the reply. =]