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Hey all,


So, I'm at the point where I'm ready to build a slave computer that's going to be connected to my Mac Pro for store sample templates. I'm sure everyone here will know why, but for those who don't please see below after I described what I know I need (You can still help me if you are experienced in building computers). I'm not really looking for anyone to fully spec a machine (you can if you want), but I'd love to hear recommendations or warnings on what to get and what not to.


I know for a fact I need intel, so no AMD motherboards. I'm not entirely sure what constitutes a good motherboard, but I know I need at least 16 GB of RAM. Depending on the motherboard I'm sure, but if there's specific memory I do need, such as the same memory type that's in the Mac Pro, let me know. Since the slave computer isn't going to do anything other than what I describe below, I don't need any insane graphics cards or any other bells and whistles one would get in a main machine. I'm sure you're getting it, but let me know if you need more specifics.


I'm using Vienna Ensemble Pro as a means of creating large templates for orchestral arrangements, percussion, etc. That way, I don't have to load them up per each session of Logic or Cubase, etc. I can simply go back and forth with everything always loaded. Makes any DAW more stable as well since the samples aren't loaded directly into the session. When working with over 100 tracks, it's helpful. Having samples on a PC with Windows 7 is beneficial because I can run everything in Vienna Ensemble Pro in 64-bit mode. Because of iLok, lots of plug-ins will only run in 32-bit on a Mac.


I appreciate the advice no matter how large or small. :)





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