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Dream Studio 11.10: Upgrade or Hands Off?

Mar 15, 2012, 16:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

[ Thanks to Carla Schroder for this link. ]

"Dream Studio 11.10 is a 2GB ISO that expands to 5.6GB after installation. You can run it from a live CD or USB stick, but given the higher performance requirements of audio and video production you really want to run it from a hard disk. While we're on the subject of hard drives, don't get excited over 6Gb/s SATA hard disk drives. They're not much faster than old-fashioned 3Gb/s or 1.5Gb/s SATA HDDs, and you need a compatible motherboard or PCI-e controller. Put your extra money into a good CPU instead. Audio and video production, and editing photo and image files are CPU-intensive. Bales of RAM never hurts, and a discrete video card, even a lower-end one, gives better performance than cheapo onboard video that uses shared system memory.

"My studio PC is powered by a three-core AMD CPU, 4GB RAM, an Nvidia GPU, and a couple of 2TB SATA 3Gb/s hard drives. It's plenty good enough, though someday I'm sure I'm going to muscle it up more. Why? Why not?"

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