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Old 03-15-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default I am a noob and I have an emergency

I'm sure there are hundreds of these posts so I apologize in advance.

I need quick help selecting components for an audio recording studio desktop. I intended to take my time learning all there is to know about building a pc before attempting it or bothering anyone with noobish questions, but the motherboard in my laptop, which was my primary recording pc, died yesterday and I am out of business until I can get a new comp. I'd still like to build one, and I have a decent idea of how I would like to start:

2.5 - 3 GHz (core i5 looks nice)
no idea for motherboard
4-8GB DDR3 RAM
nothing fancy for graphics
i don't need an audio card
no idea for power
500GB hard drive
a cool, well ventilated case
2 x eSATA, 2 x Firewire (800 is faster right?), 6-8 x USB
good disk drive for burning high quality audio CDs.
Windows 7

I am not interested in overclocking or any bells and whistles, I am just looking for a fast, stable pc with the above specs, optimized for handling large digital audio projects (30+ tracks of 24 bit 44.1K audio) with lots of RAM sucking plugins. Any help filling in the blanks would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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what programs are you using? and what are you interfacing with? these things will help better understand your needs.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:01 PM   #3
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The high-end non-overclocking pc listed on **New Build Guide** looks good but the hard drive is too big and that graphics card is exessive:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock P55 Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
GPU: ATi Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Disk Drive: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:10 PM   #4
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if this PC is ONLY for music recording, that Grapics card is WAY overpowered, you can drop that WAY WAY down, should be able to get away with a 7900 GTS. the HD I would rather a Estern Digital 1TB Black, if you have the $$ get the 64mb cache one, OR if you the Extra $$ get a Velocirapter 300gig 10,00 RPM as a OS drive, and a 1TB black with the 32mb cache for storage.

CPU/RAM look good
Case, I would go with a Antec P180 or the mini (depending on motherboard) these things make the PC almost completly SILENT, Great for recording with the PC in the room.
PSU, I like the seasonic, but there are a lot of other good brands as well.

Motherboard, this really depends on your interface, how exactly are you interfacing with the instruments? M-Adio Fast track, Digidesign? Firewire, USB, PCI, PCIe?

and what Program are you using? ProTools, Cakewalk, Sonar, Ableton? Different programs use different things as well as the interface.
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Or better yet something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814134089

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Thanks for the quick response. I'm running Sonar 8 and i'm hooked up to an apogee rosetta 800 via firewire.

It is only recording/editing audio btw. I also use reason for small synth parts. no video editing or gaming.
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Anything over a HD 4650 would be pretty excessive by the looks of things.
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I also have a separate tracking room, so I'm not too concerned about noise from the computer.

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if you the Extra $$ get a Velocirapter 300gig 10,00 RPM as a OS drive, and a 1TB black with the 32mb cache for storage.
I have been told hard drives over 500GB tend to have stability issues so this idea sounds good. Is this true though?
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he won't use the HDMI plug for his sound, he will most likely be running into a set or 3 different sets of studio moniters that are flat response. I'm not REAL familar with the ATI compartives for vid cards, but you Definatly don't need a Gaming vid card, I wouldn't even dream of ALI/Crosfire, a single card with 512mb ram should do good.

That motherboard would work, but imo I would go with this one,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128405
I think it will be a better board for you and from a better company (my opinion)
I did a quick look at the video cards in the ATI line, don't spend more than $100 on a video card, get it with 512mb ram, you should be golden.
Ram-that ram is good, and a good bang for the buck, but 4GB is gonna be a bit on the lowside when you start stacking all your plugins. I would say 6GB is a good number to be at, but your motherboard choice and mine are both Dual Chan, so I would suggest the bump up to 8gb, that will give a lot of overhead for ALL your plugins, but to jump from the 4g-8g you looking at a price jump from ~$100 up to ~$300. I run with 4GB and I do pretty good with my USB Fast Track and using Sonar 8pro, and Ableton suite. Suite is a bit laggy once I throw a couple guitar tracks in using the Guitar Rig plugging which is pretty RAM intensive. 4 GB SHOULD be good, if you can get it in 2 sticks of 2gb each then later if its Not enough you can just throw 2 more sticks of the same ram in.

edit:for the case, since you have a trackroom, I would still go with the P180, or the P180 mini, but since noise isn't really an issue you can use really any case you want. But I am still a LARGE fan of the P180

I missed the last statment of your last post Annilaterob, Idealy if I were you I would go with the the raptor as your main OS drive, and a 1TB for storage. the 1TB's are Very stable now, I wouldn't say I have COMPLETE faith in them, but I have enough faith in them that if I was unsure of that stability, I would just implment a RAID or a similar, making backups or somthing. the 1TB WD Black will be VERY stable.

if you don't have the $$ to do the dual HD's, I would recomend the WD Black as a single drive, the blacks are really the jack of all trades drives, they can do everything good, the blue is more of a OS only drive, to use with another HD for actual storage, like a 1-2TB Green drive. the black is the best of both worlds.
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Thanks again for the excellent responses. How about that power supply? I haven't looked into those much but it sounds like I won't need to dish out as much without a high-end video card.
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