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Old 04-06-2010, 04:01 PM   #11
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yeah dont get the 8000 range, id at least get a 9800 for i7 but if your not wanting to play high end games and low-mid range games, then 8600 shouldnt be a problem
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:07 PM   #12
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yeah dont get the 8000 range, id at least get a 9800 for i7 but if your not wanting to play high end games and low-mid range games, then 8600 shouldnt be a problem
If you are in the price range of an i7, you should be in the HD 5800 cards. The very least I could see with an i7 is a Hd 5770. Basically, for a gaming rig with a card like this, the the i7 is uber overkill. I would be in Phenom II's personally.

I still need to know what the OP will be recording, and what level of editing will be involved. I do not see anything that seriously calls for an i7 over an i5 or a Phenom II.
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Thanks for the feed back guys.

To answer your question foothead, I will be using Sonar 8.5 producer, making full blown songs with as many as 20-30 or more tracks some of which will be running multiple effects that are being produced on the fly. The main issue here is latency. It can get quite RAM/CPU/Hard Drive intensive.

I will also be using this as a gaming rig. I will be updating my video card at a later date.

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Thanks for the feed back guys.

To answer your question foothead, I will be using Sonar 8.5 producer, making full blown songs with as many as 20-30 or more tracks some of which will be running multiple effects that are being produced on the fly. The main issue here is latency. It can get quite RAM/CPU/Hard Drive intensive.

I will also be using this as a gaming rig. I will be updating my video card at a later date.

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I use Sonar 8 occasionally and it's brilliant. It offers something that the other DAW software dont. Although most of the time I use Nuendo 4, Reaper 3 with Reason 4 and lots of virtual instrument/processor plug ins.

And your right, data will be flying around the CPU,RAM,Northbridge when streaming lots of tracks. Although the ASIO audio driver is what affects latency the most on a properly streamlined rig. And most audio interface manufactures make great ASIO drivers for their devices for low latencies at low buffer settings.

I seriously would go with an i7 if you can.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:27 PM   #15
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Well, after carefull consideration and input from guys like you all I am thinking about building this rig.

Is there anything you would change in this list?

Thanks again for the input.

I will be using Windows XP Pro 32 bit which is why I am only getting 3 gigs of RAM.

BUt is there any thing in this new rig that you would change, assuming you didn't have an unlimited budget?

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GPU: GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130433

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115225

PSU: hec Raptor 1100CM 1000W ATX12V V2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-032-_-Product

MotherBoard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128422

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145225

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
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Sound Card: M-Audio Delta 1010LT
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Case: XCLIO Blackhawk Black Finish
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Change the GTX 260 to a MSI R5770 hawk. Cheaper, cooler, faster, uses less power, DX11, eyefinity, OpenCL, etc. It also has software vcore control, so if you are an overclocker, it is the holy grail of budget cards.

Also, that PSU is not very reliable, and 1100w is uber overkill. You only need 650w here (that is assuming you will crossfire in the future). Get corsair.

Seagate 7200.12s are a bit faster than the caviar blacks. Get the 500GB one, as it is single platter, unless you absolutely need that extra space.
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You think this PSU would be ok then?

CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-012-_-Product

And I think I will go with this Motherboard instead.


GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=GA-EX58-UD5


I found this seagate drive. You said it's faster, but why is that? It only has 16mb cache whereas the WD hard drive has 32mb cache and they are both 7200 rpm.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
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still researching the video card you mentioned.

Thanks for the input.
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I would go with the ASUS P6T SE personally. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-386-_-Product

The main attraction to the 500GB 7200.12 is the fact that it is single platter. The seagate 7200.12s are also among the fastest 7200 RPM drives out there, even the multi-platter ones.

The MSI R5770 Hawk will beat the GTX 260 core 216 pretty handily. With new drivers, there are also some pretty massive performance boosts over what it got upon first release.
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You think this PSU would be ok then?

CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-012-_-Product

And I think I will go with this Motherboard instead.


GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=GA-EX58-UD5
Thats a great PSU there and the choice of motherboard is brilliant. It gives you the two PCI slots, 3 PCIe slots, 10 SATA's, two RAID controllers and it's a very stable, well built motherboard.

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I would go with the ASUS P6T SE personally. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-386-_-Product
It's a great board but feature wise alone it doesn't match the Gigabyte mentioned above let alone the quality and stability. And it has the T.I. Firewire chipset.
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Well I layed down about $1,600 today and bought all that stuff.

Just wanted to say thanks for the input guys. It was very helpful.
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