I want to see if they will replace it. Besides, I'll probably upgrade in teh next 6 months... I'm still running Core2Duo.
What means with scratch drive ?Great article....some suggestions to add:
The scratch drive is great advice. I'm in dire need of an upgrade myself and a scratch drive(s) is one of the things at the top of my list. Don't ever get a 5400 RPM spinning hardware drive. Just don't do it. There's no need for it except to set yourself back a few bucks and about 10 years in computing power. 7200 RPM drives are very affordable. I would recommend an SSD for the read drive, though. They're starting to get cheaper per MB so they are actually affordable when building now - 120 gigs of SSD from Intel is only about $100 on Newegg. I plan on gutting my Lian Li, selling the parts and rebuilding as soon as I can afford to and the SSD will be a definite and much needed addition. My recommendations for spinning drives are Western Digital Caviar Black and Seagate Barracuda.
A couple of other things...
Running 4GB or more of RAM on Windows XP is useless and wasteful. With XP, you are only able to utilize around 3 GB of it. Getting more RAM won't change that. If you want more computing power and flexibility and the ability to actually use more than 3GB of RAM, get Windows 7. Trust me, it's better anyway and I have yet to have any significant compatibility issues with either software or hardware. Another note about RAM - Kingston is indeed good. So is G.Skill. I've used G.Skill RAM on my last 4 builds and have never had a bad stick, no compatibility issues, BIOS always reads exactly what I expect.
CPUs - Not always best to buy the fastest you can afford. Intel makes use of some excellent technology including hyperthreading and both AMD and Intel are using turbo boost - both of which have your CPU working smarter instead of harder. Though, these days, if you're gonna build you might as well pick up the value priced AMD 8 core with turbo.
One component that wasn't mentioned and is often overlooked, but vitally important that it be a quality part is the PSU (power supply). makes a damn good power supply. Don't skimp here - when a faulty or poorly manufactured power supply dies it has the potential to take your entire machine with it.
Edit: Oh! On quality motherboards.....Get ASUS. Period. End of discussion.
If anyone is new to building and thinking about building, I'd be happy to put together a parts list for you (tell you what to buy) based on your budget.
Focusrite has an excellent section on their site for things you can do to actually optimise the performance of your Windows 7 computer to do audio. The link is HERE. The tricks there really do make a big difference to audio performance. If you're on a different version of Windows, Googling for "Optimising Windows XX for Audio" will find similar pages for your version.