I have a problem that I need to solve.
I have a PC with an Asus P4B motherboard, 1.7 Ghz CPU, 400 fsb, 1 gig SD Ram. My problem?
I'm a music composer and work via two 'vintage' Yamaha PCI sound cards (DS2416s). I would like to upgrade my system because the latest audio plugins are very cpu intensive. I'm increasingly finding the need to do tedious work arounds (such as bouncing groups down to stereo pairs, offline processing etc).
However, I've recently read in two audio mags (Audio Technology and Sound on Sound) that all of the latest motherboards have PCI slots keyed to 3.3 volts (as well as PCI Express which I know I can't use). My soundcards are keyed to 5 volts and the article claimed that the cards won't run in a new board.
I've gleaned from various forums that I could upgrade the CPU on my board to a 2.6 ghz P4. I'm wondering what kind of performance lift this might give me. IE: is it worth the cost?