I’m looking for a $60 PC with hopes of using it and Audacity and becoming a working voice actor.
I’ve been surprised at how many clean used and refurbed computers there are available online which are simply old and can be had for less than $100!
Some come with operating systems already installed, others don’t. Some have Windows XP others have Windows 7. Some have NO operating system installed. All are around the same price +/- $10 -$20.
Now, I’m trying to determine which Windows OS version to focus on.
Windows XP (32 or 64 bit) or Windows 7?
I’d intend to devote this computer to recording and editing V.O. work and only that.
I’m technically challenged, financially challenged and mentally challenged but this is my starting point and I believe I’ve made a good start by purchasing an MXL 2001 large diaphragm condenser mic and a Blue Icicle USB interface (which has 48v Phantom Power).
Now, I’m trying to make a smart computer decision so that I won’t need to spend another penny on computer hardware until I’m generating revenue from doing voice overs to upgrade my equipment.
Should I go with XP Pro or Home?
32 or 64 bit?
Or should I look for a computer with Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit?)
The minimum/recommended Audacity system requirements for an XP 32 bit system are less than for a Win 7 system, which means less complexity and lower cost, I’d guess. Also, I’ve read that if history repeats itself, Microsoft may stop supporting Windows XP on or after it’s 10th anniversary of introduction, which would be 2014! If this happens am I just asking for trouble by investing in an XP rig?
What I really want is a trouble free, no muss, no fuss, reliable and completely professional sounding system that won’t cost me anything to maintain and which will be ready to work with from Day One until the day I upgrade.
I hope I’ve stated my question well enough for the audio/technical gurus among you to help me out.
Thanks in advance!