Originally Posted by mechtech
Get the Xonar D2X for your soundcard.
Nice card, but you lack balanced I/O, typical no-no if you're using a decent pair of monitors or going straight to a power amp
Originally Posted by slytown
Go for X-fire Music. It sounds great and comes with ASIO drivers. The Auzentech is the best stock sound card right now. I found my old P4 was slow on processing power but the AMD should work great.
I use Reaktor 5 as a VST in Cubase and I can turn all my khz and sample rates up. You want good drivers and processing so you don't get any lag.
If you plan on using guitar and vocals consider the M-box or M-audio Fast Track Pro for an audio interface.
You are correct about the older AMD's being snappier than the P4's. And to address the cache issue posed earlier, the AMD memory architecture made cache less of a big deal than the Intels, it was true yesterday, its still true today.
The x-fi is a nice piece of hardware, but you still have the issue of the clock being on a PCB in the computer, this will affect the word clock, Going for an off-motherboard solution is definitely the way to go IMO.
In regards to the M-Box, if you wanna go pro tools, awesome choice, great software bundles (and pro tools to boot), but you do get locked in to Pro Tools. M-Audio Products now talk to Pro Tools as M-Audio and Digidesign are both owned by Avid now, so maybe look into an M-Audio that talks to pro tools
Originally Posted by Slappa
Yeah we'll be doing a little bit of both (Will be DJing/Guitars and vocals). What software do you recommend. As you can see I don't know much about the audio side of PCs. Thanks for all the help so far!
I personally would NOT go for Pro Tools if you are Centered towards DJ'ing. Cubase is an excellent choice and is seeing more use as computers get faster and faster, and paying $20K for a Pro Tools HD system to take care of some I/O and effects is becoming less and less required..
The current version is Cubase 4. Cubase LE (the light edition) comes with most of the Presonus interfaces, I'd give that a try, you can always upgrade to a higher version if you enjoy it.. There's also.
Cubase gives you a number of built-in real-time effects, with a ***load of free ones available for download, and many many many professional packages for sale.
You also get the Virtual Instrument platform as well (Steinberg wrote Cubase, and initially made the Virtual Instrument work. Pro Tools and others followed suit here).
With this VSTi interface you can run synths, drumkits, basses, pianos, samplers, and even entire software applications (fruityloops). (or you can make your own synth with the free synthedit for windows)