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After years of being stitched by my beloved B-I-L, I went to PC World and bought a PC to run Band-In-A-Box software in my music room. I didn't really know what I would be hoping to use it for in 6 months time.
I bought a Packard Bell iMedia S3810. It has a Core i3 540 3.07 GHz CPU in it with 3G DDR RAM. I have ordered extra RAM to take it up to 8G as I figure you can't ever have too much
I want to use the PC as a DAW for synth and guitar with MIDI control for the synth.
I would like to use software to run modelled software amps and effects both for recording and live play at home.
I've looked at EMU PCIe soundcards which run DSP effects but am a bit worried as E-MU don't seem to be releasing reliable non-Beta drivers for Windows 7 64-bit and there is a bit of chatter about the future for E-MU.
SOS magazine seems to be recommending i7 CPU's for running effects so I wondered if I could upgrade.
What Motherboard is in the PB S3810?
Can I just swap in a new i7 in the current Motherboard?
Do I need to upgrade Motherboard too? If so what?
Is a new PCIe soundcard/CPU/Motherboard going to require a PSU upgrade too?
I was looking to spend below £400 on a soundcard but ideally need help on connecting the soundcard to an interface for stereo synth and stereo guitar with monitor output and headphone output. I don't want to use a USB interface as I want to avoid latency issues as much as possible.
Anyone that can answer questions or point me in the right direction for links please.