Jodie asked me to post up the spec of my new PC (which hasn’t arrived yet).

It’s basically a Lenovo A55 with the Core 2 Duo E6300 1.8 GHz processor, 1 GB DDR2 RAM (not sure this is going to be enough but I’ll buy another stick later if it needs it). Comes with a 250GB drive and I’ve got another TB of external drives that I’ll slam into it from the old machine. Here’s a link to the machine on Lenovo’s site.

It comes pre-loaded with Vista which I’m nervous about for a variety of reasons:

  • I’ve heard mixed reports from friends about Vista’s performance. I don’t buy into the “it’s not secure” arguments – which I even got from my dealer – people have been saying that about Windows for years and it’s just nonsense. My house isn’t secure if I don’t lock the door either. If I let complete masked strangers into my house I’m just looking for trouble. But I am worried about performance. I’ve been running Office 2007 for the last few weeks and it’s pretty but slow. So we’ll see what happens. If it sucks, I’ll degrade it down to XP.
  • I’m a little worried about how my apps will run on it – mostly my production apps – Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition and Skylook. They all apparently are Vista compliant but the Adobe stuff has “minor known issues”. Messing around with a new config, on a production machine, is always a worry. Most other apps I rely upon are now web2.0 and OS-proof.
  • I’m also worried about getting Vista drivers for my external Waveterminal U24 soundcard. It’s a about five years old and even the XP drivers for it were flaky. Might have to buy a new one of those as well.
  • My key hope for the machine is that it will be QUIET. For the last few years I’ve had to turn my desktop off when I record and work on the laptop because the desktop sounded like a Boeing. The idea is that this one will be quieter because of the dual core processor and it’s got multiple smaller fans in it rather than a couple of the huge ones. Fingers crossed this does the trick.

    I was originally going to get the smaller Lenovo desktop unit but it doesn’t have many expansion slots and when you’re doing a lot of audio and video editing, you never know what cards you might need. The integrated audio and video on the mobo usually aren’t enough for high-end processing.

    By the way, my ‘dealer’ is my next-door neighbour David Jackson who has a company called Bespoke Solutions (soon to be re-branded Hexworks). If anyone in Melbourne is looking for a boutique IT solutions company, I can highly recommend David’s services. He’s a Christian but I can overlook that.