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March 24, 2013 5:11:23 PM

I'm looking to customize a pc optimized for audio production and casual gaming. As I understand more about pc builds I know gaming rigs are usually not quiet and get hot. I'm looking for a balanced build that can handle med-high gaming (starcraft 2, skyrim, wow) while has quiet cooling system and what not for when its time to mix audio ect. Might buy through cyberpower or build myself, but I would need to study how to do that since I have no prior knowledge. My budget is about 1200$ need monitor. Any build suggestions are greatly appreciated! Peace
a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2013 5:38:33 PM

Whats your budget?
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March 24, 2013 5:41:36 PM

stickmansam said:
Whats your budget?


I just edited the post to show my budget but, its about 1200$
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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2013 5:47:37 PM

id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LYUm

has a i7 equivalent xeon but for a i5 price. put a nice silent GPU and case to go along for your tasks
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March 24, 2013 5:50:52 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LYUm

has a i7 equivalent xeon but for a i5 price. put a nice silent GPU and case to go along for your tasks


+1 I always keep suggesting Xeons but people always want to OC :p 

Changed the ram to a comparably priced 1866mhz kit
Added an 212+ as the intel cooler does get a bit loud at full load
Case left unchanged as more of a personal pref

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.59 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1140.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 20:51 EDT-0400)


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March 24, 2013 6:30:49 PM

stickmansam said:
TheBigTroll said:
id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LYUm

has a i7 equivalent xeon but for a i5 price. put a nice silent GPU and case to go along for your tasks


+1 I always keep suggesting Xeons but people always want to OC :p 

Changed the ram to a comparably priced 1866mhz kit
Added an 212+ as the intel cooler does get a bit loud at full load
Case left unchanged as more of a personal pref

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.59 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1140.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 20:51 EDT-0400)




Looks like a solid build to me. Is windows 7 better then 8? I see a lot of people having issues with 8 and I'm just wondering coming from a mac. And would you recommend this tower? http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-400r ..I know its a personal preference, but just wanna make sure it wouldn't conflict with this build. Thank you all for the info!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2013 6:45:02 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LYUm

has a i7 equivalent xeon but for a i5 price. put a nice silent GPU and case to go along for your tasks


This is fine but the 7970 performs better than the 670 in most audio applications, if you can give specifics as to what piece of audio software you want to use that would help a bit :p .
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March 24, 2013 7:00:24 PM

burritobob said:
TheBigTroll said:
id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LYUm

has a i7 equivalent xeon but for a i5 price. put a nice silent GPU and case to go along for your tasks


This is fine but the 7970 performs better than the 670 in most audio applications, if you can give specifics as to what piece of audio software you want to use that would help a bit :p .


Sorry bout that I would be using pro tools, native instruments maschine, some plugins, and maybe cubase. I want it to be a DAW that isn't compromised by gaming and lasts a good amount of time so as long as that is this build I'm happy. Already have an external audio interface so don't need to focus on internal sound. Might get a slightly better motherboard if I do this build, but I don't want to stray far away from what was suggested because I am inexperienced. I will consider the 7970 though. This is what I found for a motherboard http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2013 7:31:13 PM

the 7970 has a lot more Open CL acceleration while the 670 has CUDA which only Nvidia cards can use
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March 24, 2013 7:54:00 PM

stickmansam said:
the 7970 has a lot more Open CL acceleration while the 670 has CUDA which only Nvidia cards can use


I am going to follow this build and stick with 670 and the atx mid tower for the case. Just a few questions though should I get a little bit higher wattage PSU for any future upgrades? Also, is the motherboard worth an upgrade from what was listed in the build or is that one good enough? Just being skeptical for no reason lol but again thanks for the help. Looking forward to getting this going!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2013 7:57:25 PM

Jnassbeats said:
stickmansam said:
the 7970 has a lot more Open CL acceleration while the 670 has CUDA which only Nvidia cards can use


I am going to follow this build and stick with 670 and the atx mid tower for the case. Just a few questions though should I get a little big higher wattage PSU for any future upgrades? Also, is the motherboard worth an upgrade from what was listed in the build or is that one good enough? Just being skeptical for no reason lol but again thanks for the help. Looking forward to getting this going!


A z77 mb would let you OC to 4.1ghz as well as provide ability to SLI (cheapest SLI mb is the ASUS p8z77 v lk, great board for price)

For future GPU upgrades, consider getting an 850W PSU

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March 25, 2013 12:17:40 AM

stickmansam said:
Jnassbeats said:
stickmansam said:
the 7970 has a lot more Open CL acceleration while the 670 has CUDA which only Nvidia cards can use


I am going to follow this build and stick with 670 and the atx mid tower for the case. Just a few questions though should I get a little big higher wattage PSU for any future upgrades? Also, is the motherboard worth an upgrade from what was listed in the build or is that one good enough? Just being skeptical for no reason lol but again thanks for the help. Looking forward to getting this going!


A z77 mb would let you OC to 4.1ghz as well as provide ability to SLI (cheapest SLI mb is the ASUS p8z77 v lk, great board for price)

For future GPU upgrades, consider getting an 850W PSU



I'm almost sure I'm going with> http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M3tU ..Wasn't too sure what my wattage was at with everything that I'm getting but I'm pretty sure 750w psu shouldn't be too far under or over what I should have. Am not really looking to overclock or upgrade right away just would like to air on the safe side of things. If its not necessary to upgrade the motherboard and what not I might just stick with what was originally posted. What do you think?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2013 5:36:39 AM

-you dont need a heatsink for a xeon. they run very cool even on the stock heatsinks
-wattage is overkill unless you have 2 GPUs in the system
-there isnt a need for a z77 board unless you need to do SLi with your cards
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2013 5:59:51 AM

Most audio based programs (and alot of rendering programs) use open-cl all Adobe programs and a few outside of that use CUDA acceleration.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2013 6:28:08 AM

id let him decide on that
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March 25, 2013 10:56:34 AM

TheBigTroll said:
-you dont need a heatsink for a xeon. they run very cool even on the stock heatsinks
-wattage is overkill unless you have 2 GPUs in the system
-there isnt a need for a z77 board unless you need to do SLi with your cards


Okay so I'll just go with the 550w and h77 motherboard then. As for the video card still thinking about 7970, but I like that you said the 670 was quiet. **editing my posts as I learn more and realize my stupidity lol ..The only thing I ordered so far is the tower you suggested and it looks sweet! Gonna wait till it gets here to start ordering the other parts.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2013 11:03:20 AM

I prefer gigabyte/msi/asus/sapphire>xfx/his/powercolour> everything else

In reality most of the brands are pretty good so can't really go wrong with them
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March 25, 2013 12:40:57 PM

stickmansam said:
I prefer gigabyte/msi/asus/sapphire>xfx/his/powercolour> everything else

In reality most of the brands are pretty good so can't really go wrong with them


If you could choose one 7970 under $450.00 what would it be for this build? I'm having trouble deciding. This is what I'm looking at> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sapphire-AMD-Radeon-HD7970-GHz-... ..Seems i'll get the best deal if I buy from ebay. Still might just get the 670 if its all I'll need, but I don't really know how to determine that. I guess it comes down to open cl and cuda, but the cards are similar in performance according to the reviews. I'm not really picky and nicer graphics is always a bonus but not at the expense of more wear on the system. Just want to be careful with my investment ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2013 1:58:51 PM

you dont really need a ghz edition card. its for those people who want to show off just because they have a ghz sticker attached to their card. a regular 7970 works fine. good ones that are fairly cheap are the sapphire and the gigabyte models

wouldnt buy expensive things off ebay
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March 25, 2013 2:16:00 PM

TheBigTroll said:
you dont really need a ghz edition card. its for those people who want to show off just because they have a ghz sticker attached to their card. a regular 7970 works fine. good ones that are fairly cheap are the sapphire and the gigabyte models

wouldnt buy expensive things off ebay


Yea was thinking that also. Maybe wanted to get one with silent cooling technology or whatever (Its called Direct CUII in some asus models), but Im not really worried about it prob get the gigabyte one as the others are overpriced. Hopefully with all this info I'll be good to go!
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March 25, 2013 2:34:29 PM

Hey TheBigTroll and stickmansam,

why would you guys recommend the xeon over a "k" cpu? is it really not worth overclocking? i want to build my own computer and i want to overclock but at the same time i want a safe and reliable computer. you both seem to be fans of a non-overclocking CPU, and i was wondering why that is. :p 

Thanks,
Daniel.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2013 2:58:53 PM

@daniel: give me a private message. ill help you with the rig. i chose the xeon as it has i7 performance for a i5 price. i recommend both k chips and non-k chips depending on the application and the budget of the rig

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