Currently, I have running a Gateway 830GM desktop PC with 2GB DDR Ram, 600GB hard drive, and rest is basically OEM. It's running Windows XP SP3 and it gets the job done.
I produce music as a hobby. I use Sonar 8.5 Producer Edition with a lot of extra virtual instruments installed. Some of the more high-end instruments use up just about all of the RAM that is available, which makes it almost impossible to use more than one instrument simultaneously. I want to be able to use these more powerful instruments, and my current setup isn't allowing for that.
I have a $500 dollar budget and I am looking to purchase a desktop that is capable of handling audio production software. But, that is not the only purpose the computer. I sometimes try to put together compilations of video, I like image manipulation, and I have over a terabyte of music that I compiled over the years scatter about on my hard drive, external hard drive, and other emergency internal backup hard drives from much older computers.
Any help would be appreciated.
What is better equipped to run audio production software? Windows 7 or Windows 8
Do computers still come with Windows OS disks? I would definitely prefer to have an actual Windows OS disk.
I'm fairly competent of making these decisions on my own, but I just wanted to a few opinions from random people that have a better understand than myself.