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Rockbox I7 Desktop versus MusicXPC M6 Laptop


I want to try to invest in the desktop equivalent of my music machine. The current one I have is a MusicXPC M6 Laptop, and it seems that twice a year, my laptop seems to be doing that blue screen thing. What happens is, I go to record in Sonar, and after a few minutes of recording, the whole machine shuts down then restarts itself. Then, it gives me the message, "Microsoft Windows Dialog. Windows has just recovered from a serious Error." Someone told me that this is a thermal issue. Can you explain what that means? What the heck is up with this blue screen thing? What do I do next? I was wondering, should I get the Rockbox I7? I heard about your computers through Maurice McConnell, a sales representative at Guitar Center in Eugene, Oregon. 541-689-1820. This computer I'm looking for is a desktop, with an Intel 8Core Processor, and I believe the price is $1999. Here are the specifications of my current studio configuration.
Computer: MusicXPC M6 Laptop
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU Speed: 2.5 GHZ
Ram: 4GB
Internal Hard Drive: 250GB
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August 30, 2010 @01:46pm

Sorry, we don't carry that brand of computer, so I can't make a direct comparison for you.
We do have our own line of Windows workstations. You can check them out here: http://www.sweetwater.com/creation_station/
Our i7 model is the RackXT. It's a little different than the one you were looking at. Ours is based on the Intel X58 chipset, theirs uses the P55. The X58 runs on different CPU socket, and supports 3 channels of RAM. (P55 supports 2) We also found that there were a few USB audio devices that didn't play well P55's and don't seem to have the same issues on the X58.
It's also rack mounted, instead of a tower.
If you're not sure which computer you need, perhaps you should call in or e-mail and speak with one of our sales team, they can get an idea of what you have in your studio and help make a recommendation based on your workflow.
August 30, 2010 @03:23pm