Yet another post about my PC situation, this time with some good news. I found 2GB of spare DDR RAM, which thankfully seems to work just fine, and with that installed my old TV box has been transformed in to a perfectly workable desktop box. More importantly, it’s also a perfectly workable studio box. It’s an Athlon 64 3200+, so it’s single core isn’t too far behind one of the two cores in my old Core 2 Duo desktop box.
JACK is running very nicely at the same latency settings I had on the Core 2 Duo, and I had no trouble running the Blofeld through a pile of effects in JACK Rack, or firing up Ardour and running a song with a bunch of tracks, and a bigger bunch of effects plugins. The CPU usage is obviously higher than it was before, but I still have plenty of headroom for more tracks and effects.
I still want to upgrade, obviously, but I’m happy enough with my stop-gap solution that I can hold off for now. Intel has new mainstream chips coming in September, and even if I don’t early-adopt one of those, I’ll likely get a better deal on a Phenom II or Core 2 Quad solution then.