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    I really need help finding a suitable PC

    Does anybody know specifically which Windows computers I can use with the Universal Audio Apollo MK2 Quad? I've searched several leads myself but its quite a task pinpointing a specific Windows PC or Laptop that can be used for this interface. My price range is between $500 and $800 I don't want to go any higher than $800. Here is link that provides all the specs necessary for the pc and apollo quad to perform properly.

    https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/art...bile_site=true
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    I believe UAD lists the computers they tested on their website, i myself am looking at the HP Z Series z640 / z840

    Here is that list from UA

    Tested Windows Thunderbolt 3 Computers

    The following Windows 10 PC computers that feature Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C have been tested for compatibility with Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt.

    Note that compatibility is not limited to these systems. Any Windows PC that meets the full Thunderbolt system requirements is expected to be compatible. See the UAD Thunderbolt Compatibility Requirements and General System Notes sections above for details.

    Note: The systems below are compatible with Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and UAD-2 products as of November 3, 2016 (future compatibility cannot be guaranteed).

    Notebook Systems

    Dell XPS 12
    Dell XPS 15 9550
    Dell Alienware R17
    HP ZBook G3
    Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition

    Desktop Systems

    Intel NUC Kit series (Tested with NUC6i7KYK)
    Gigabyte BRIX series (Tested with GB-BSi7T-6500)
    Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardell983 View Post
    Does anybody know specifically which Windows computers I can use with the Universal Audio Apollo MK2 Quad? I've searched several leads myself but its quite a task pinpointing a specific Windows PC or Laptop that can be used for this interface. My price range is between $500 and $800 I don't want to go any higher than $800. Here is link that provides all the specs necessary for the pc and apollo quad to perform properly.

    https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/art...bile_site=true
    My first point is the most important one. You are extremely unlikely to find a pc that will meet your needs for your given price range, but you can try. The price range that you have provided is typically a budget/compromise model. And, consider that the level of technical expertise that you will find in a retail store is probably going to be low to non-existent. So, buying from many retail outlets, at this point, is something of a risk.

    The list specifically mentions various laptops, known to UAD, that will work. The motherboard list indicates motherboards, not pcs, that will work. So, if you want to buy a pc, you have two choices...discuss the UAD specs with support staff from the specific manufacturer that you are interested in and get a price for a properly configured machine. Or, build your own pc, which it seems you are probably not considering doing.

    Understand that pc sales are competitive and price-driven. So, the pcs that typically find their way to stores will not necessarily meet the UAD specs. But, if you work with a manufacturer, directly, such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc, you will determine if they can provide a PC that will meet your needs. Or, you can go the route of going to a custom pc builder.

    If you want to read on, here's my experience, as limited as it is.

    I have a 6-core Intel-based machine that I built 7 years ago. It doesn't meet the UAD specs for Thunderbolt, so I just purchased a Twin USB. It seems to do a very good job, sonically, in a short test, recording a digital keyboard with line input and no mic pre. And, that test is both with no Unison plugin and with the Neve 1073 on the Unison. With or without the Neve, I think that the USB Twin is a better recording option than my previous audio interface (RME Babyface). I tend to believe that Twin USB will be a fine recording option with a limited number of Unison plugins, unless someone wants to chime in and say that during a long recording session, it will gag. I am not sure, yet, how much I like the Twin USB as a playback unit, but still, there's a lot to like in this regard, as well.

    If I could have used the Mk II, I would have done so. For me, it's simply a matter of buying and installing a new motherboard, memory (and probably a new heat sink/fan) for an estimated $500-600. Would the MkII have been better? Probably. From everything I have read, yes. But, regardless of that, I am convinced that I can make some very recordings with the Twin USB.
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    The Intel NUC might fit the bill for you (sort of like a PC version of the Mac Mini). You'd have to get ram and a HD separately, but you could still squeak in under $800.

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    MkII Quad, so you are going Thunderbolt. Right? One of the units in the list to which your post links is the NUC that Lottle Box suggested.

    It's the Intel NUC Kit series (Tested with NUC6i7KYK).

    :- Don

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    I really need help finding a suitable PC

    Call ADK - https://www.adkproaudio.com

    Maybe they have something in that price range. Probably not with the TB requirement, though. Their knowledge on building stable PC DAWs is second to none, though.
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    NATIVE> nMP Ashtray/Trashcan Hex Core | OSX 10.10.4| Windows 8.1 Pro | Apollo QUAD "Classic" w/ TB, Apollo Twin DUO | TC Konnekt 48 | Samplitude Pro X | Studio One V3 Pro | SONAR Platinum | Pro Tools 12

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