Originally Posted by kev7555
OK, thanks for the suggestions guys.
I already have a Media Center OS loaded on a 30 GB partition with 70 GB partition reserved for extras. Fry's had Seagate 7200 RPM ultra ATA 400 GB drives on sale for $119.00 out the door, so I picked up two of those to use as hard storage for raw tracks and final mix down. I chose IDE connection in order to be compatible with my existing removable drive bay.
I've heard conflicting opinions from other users (including a close firiend who usues his for professional video editing and audio) about the difference between AMD and Intel + different chipsets. etc. so....
I am putting off building the new machine and will be testing it on an old Athlon machine.
We'll see how it works on AMD and VIA chipset (I've been working on a friend's machine set up this way all week and it seems to have no issues).
When it comes time to build a new one specifically for Pro tools, I'll check back here.
My opinion, do it right or don't do it. Don't mess around with AMD - it will work fine until you really need it to and then it will (and I guarantee it will) crap out on you.
I was looking around the DigiDesign site yesturday and was reminded of this thread. DigiDesign does offer support to select AMD systems - Athlon 64 or 64fx on a VIA K8T800, VIA K8T800 PRO, or NVIDIA nForce3 chipset or Athlon XP (2000+) CPU on a VIA KT266A or NVIDIA nForce chipset. Pretty limited and there's still the audio clock DAE error to deal with. But if you look at turnkey systems - systems built specifically to run ProTools, none of them are AMD systems. BTW, Windows XP Media Center will not run ProTools - or should I say it's the other way around - ProTools won't run on a Media Center edition OS - multiple errors and other 'issues' (timecode, soundcard bus issues, ASIO .dll errors...).
I guess bottomline is do you want to do this right the first time, or do it and then deal with it?