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pbdlugoss1
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I am getting a new computer soon. The system I am thinking of buying is an Asus system (this one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+Desktop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor/9699016.p?id=1218152460479&skuId=9699016).

I noticed that a few of the users here have Asus listed in their setup specs.

I was wondering how the users of Asus systems here feel about using this brand of computer for music production with S1 as well and music production in general.

Just asking for some opinions. I just don't want to waste my money of on a faulty system.

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Should work out fine for light to medium duty DAW work.

Being Windows based there is usually a fair amount of tweaking required. Not an easy task if you've never done it. I don't know your skill level so don't consider that as anything negative

One thing to definitely make sure of...at least one PCI or PCI-E expansion slot so you can get a proper TI firewire card in it.

Asus is a well respected computer parts maker. You should be just fine for a good while with that machine.
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Just a mall quibble with the prior post. Windows USED TO require extensive tweaking to run a DAW well. Current technology has reduced the need for tweaking, to where I run my studio (currently Nuendo based) on a stock Win XP Pro SP3 install...no tweaks required. I have no issues beyond the usual heap of Nuendo bugs.

Now I see that it's a pentium 2.7 machine. If thats not just a typo, I'd pass. You should be able to get a much more powerful CPU at that price point.

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I would be very weary of buying a pc without knowing what chip was inside. And looking at that one it could be a P4 for all you know. Bestbuy is horrible at listing specs, if I were you I would try to get some more info on the chip inside before buying.

Make it idiot proof, and someone will make a better idiot!
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lpsheehan wrote:

Now I see that it's a pentium 2.7 machine. If thats not just a typo, I'd pass. You should be able to get a much more powerful CPU at that price point.


Noticed that too, but that could just be Bestbuy being incompetent, a quick google show that some models are core 2's, it's a Essentio CM series he should be able to find out the correct specs.

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pbdlugoss1
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I believe best buy leaves something out when mentioning the processor on the page i listed above. Because when I look up the Intel Pentium E5400 on it's own, on best buy's site and other sites, all the results come back saying the E5400 is Dual Core.

I have also seen a post in the old forum where someone mentioned that dual cores are good for DAW's

I've also looked to see if there were any other E5400 types, but they all come back with the same specs as the one on the computer i mentioned above.
Desktop:
Asus Essentio CG5270
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
8GB RAM
Graphics Card: Intel X4500

Studio One 1.6.4
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shop around mate, BestBuy are thieves. id suggest checking out NEWEGG.com for everything and anything computer related. if your computer-savvy, try going custom, youll get a much better machine at a much better price
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at that price point try some amd phenom computer. and get one that does not use shared memory graphics (like this one does).
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eike wrote:at that price point try some amd phenom computer. and get one that does not use shared memory graphics (like this one does).


I agree!!! Shared Memory graphics is the biggest cause of CPU spikes. I would advice NOT getting this machine. You can go to Tiger Direct and get an Intel quad core wtih 4 gig ram and a 1 tb hard drive for under $300. I would do some more looking around.

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To answer your question directly, Asus are a very good brand.

But my 2nd computer in my signature is an E7500, and was built to a budget as a loungeroom computer. It is
6 months old. You should be able to get better specs than the E5400 listed in this model.

Would it run this APP. Yes. Would it be a good unit and last a few years. Maybe, just.
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lpsheehan wrote:Just a mall quibble with the prior post. Windows USED TO require extensive tweaking to run a DAW well. Current technology has reduced the need for tweaking, to where I run my studio (currently Nuendo based) on a stock Win XP Pro SP3 install...no tweaks required. I have no issues beyond the usual heap of Nuendo bugs.


Not disagreeing with you completely either. I still find I spend a bunch of time in here trying to help guys get their systems working with Windows. I do completely agree that there is far less tweaking now than there used to be. And especially less on Win 7 than Vista.

My post was just intended to let the OP know that there may be some work required and that the machine will work for some recording.

I agree with some of the other posters on the BestBuy though. You could do better from ebay. Best buy didn't even bother to post the actual specs of the machine. I had to go to ASUS for the real specs.
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My advice and suggestions should never be considered advice or suggestions. These are mostly insane ramblings of a poor aircraft mechanic who can, strangely enough, still hear.

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