hey guys i just built a new pc with an i7... im a tad dissapointed in the performance, heres the specs anyway:
intel i7 920
g.skill ddr3 1333 x 4gb
gigabyte ex58-ds4 motherboard
sapphire x1800xt video card
3x 500gb seagate 7200rpm drives (audio)
1x 500gb seagate 7200rpm drive (program files)
on the program files drive i have installed my audio apps and vsts, plus adobe photoshop,nero,soulseek.... and some other insignificant programs. i keep my pc reverted and clean and dont install anything i dont need.
i have the latest version of norton antivirus and even though they say it isnt a system resource hog, i still think it is.
it runs applications well and is reliable, but still i want rendering and processing audio to go faster... i thought this machine was gonna be the one that blows me away. but it is not the case.
iam upgrading the ram to 2100 speed 4g, some corsair hopefully, and some larger 1tb drives to see if that speeds it up much more.
i want to be able to be burning a cd, using cubase, have photoshop open, and installing a new app all at the same time, and have the ability to switch between windows and apps whilst all this is happening without delay and slight pausing.... maybe iam dreaming...or maybe i need to spend $5000+
iam using reason4 and cubase5. i have
Why would you need to have all those programs running at the same time? I really think you should prioritise your needs. You don't wan't to be doing all those things while burning cd's and specially audio cd's because of the possible burn errors.
And what about cubase and photoshop? Are you going to be editing photos while recording/mixing a song or playing a soft synth?
But seriously, it all depends what you are comparing the system against. For instance I had an AMD 64x2 4200 based system before and can honestly say that my new i7 is roughly 6 times more powerful than my previous one.
If you already had a powerful computer(core2 extreme for example) the performance gain isn't that great.
And performance wise, have you tested your machine with low latencies? That's where the power really shows.