[Ardour-Users] building a new machine for Ardour

david headon davidheadonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Dec 8 14:39:29 PST 2008

I'm currently running an AMD Athlon64 based machine who's mobo has a top limit of 2G ram.
I have been using an RME HDSP 9652 audio interface, very successfully.
i for one will be watching this thread intently - i need to build a new box this coming year as time and budget permit.
i'm curious what drives would be recommended, not just for audio file storage, but for swap etc.
should i be using three drives (one for system, one for swap, and one for storage)?

bring on the ideas people-
this is fun stuff!


From: Justin M. Streiner <streiner at cluebyfour.org>
To: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
Sent: Monday, 8 December, 2008 21:39:58
Subject: [Ardour-Users] building a new machine for Ardour

I'm planning to build a new machine to do my audio work early next year. To start off, it will mainly be to mix and master audio that is tracked on other devices, but eventually I plan do do more tracking directly in Ardour.  The plan is to be able to record at least 24 tracks simultaneously, with the option of expanding in the future, if needed.

That said, does anyone have any recommendations as far as motherboards, etc?  In other words have any of you been using hardware that has performed well and been reliable?  I've been using Asus mobos for the past 4-5 years and been very happy with them.  I'm also not against making the switch to AMD CPUs if needed.

Beyond that I'm planning to have two hardware SATA-300 RAID sets in the box - a mirrored set for the system drive and a striped/mirrored set for for the audio data.  I do plan to get a mobo that can handle > 4 GB of RAM, but I don't think I'll put more than 4 into the box until it makes more sense to make the jump to 64-bit...

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