I’m looking to put together a dedicated PC for recording and practicing. Nothing professional mind you – I’ll only use it to record myself, maybe the occasion jam with a second guitar or bass player – but I do want it to work well enough that I won’t throw it out a window. My planned signal chain will look something like this Guitar -> focusrite 6i6 -> laptop -> reaper w/ TBD vst amp sim -> studio headphones or monitors I’m sure there will be other VSTs I want to use when I get around to writing / recording. The only one I know for sure is Superior Drummer. Side note – I’m going with a laptop because I want it to be portable so I can take it with me on trips, so while a desktop would give me more options, portability is key. My question is around the laptop I’m thinking of using. I can get a great deal on a refurbished Dell that my brother has for $150. Here are the specs: Dell Inspiron Intel i5-6200U (6th gen) CPU @ 2.30GHz 8 GB DDR3 [PC3-12800] Ram 1TB HD (5400 RPM) Intel HD Graphics 520 Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 DVD burner Bluetooth USB 3 / HDMI / Webcam 16” LCD Windows 10 Pro x64 I know it’s not the most ideal laptop, I’d prefer to have 16GB of ram and a faster hard drive / SSD. But for $150 it’s cheap. So my question is: how well do you think it will hold up? Where will it fall short from a power / bandwidth perspective? Will it be fast enough to keep up? How quickly will it crap out when VSTs start getting stacked. It will be a dedicated workstation, so I won’t be using it for anything but music (I have a desktop as my primary machine). I’ve looked at newer / more powerful laptops but they’re obviously a lot more expensive. There is a decent deal on a Lenovo Legion gaming laptop with an i7-7700HQ CPU, 256GB SSD + 2TB HD, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti. Looks like a solid machine, a ton more power, but at $800 a lot more expensive. So that’s my current debate – what says you?