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Building my first PC for a home radio/music production studio. I was hoping you guys could help e finalise my build.

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June 15, 2013 12:11:18 PM

I'm building a PC after using Mac for a few years. I wanted something far more powerful and as much as I love Macs I didn't want 60% of my money to go in to branding and brushed aluminium.

It's for a home radio and music production studio. I'll be running professional level software like Ableton and Pro Tools, so hyperthreading is the main thing I need in the build. I'll also be using the computer for casual gaming and probably quite a bit of movie watching. I'd like it to be Haswell because I might as well use the new technology while it's out. Don't need a sound card, I'll be using a USB audio interface.

My main issues were the video card and the motherboard. I downgraded the hard drive (At least in price. I can't see any definitive consensus online) from the WD Green so I could afford to go for the 7950 and a mobo with a good amount of features from a reliable manufacturer. I'm also concerned about it being quiet.

Here's my build so far.

Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £247.28 @ Aria PC
Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard £107.86 @ Amazon UK
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory £82.99 @ Dabs
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk £104.99 @ Amazon UK
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive £59.98 @ Dabs
XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card £219.98 @ Aria PC
TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter £8.67 @ Amazon UK
Cooler Master Silencio 550 £62.42 @ Aria PC
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V £64.10 @ Amazon UK
Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) £67.19 @ Aria PC

£1025.46.

My budget is around £1000. I'd obviously like to spend as little as possible but I don't really want to compromise on quality.

Is there anything that needs to be changed, that isn't compatible or is just a 'bad' part? Or am I completely barking up the wrong tree with the build?

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June 15, 2013 12:19:04 PM

I'd go differently than that Barracuda Green drive, and get a regular 7200rpm drive. The Greens spin up and down to 'conserve energy', at the expense of performance.

And if this is for music production, where is the dedicated sound card? For narmal use, the onboard audio is good enough. For specifically music production...a dedicated sound card is warranted.
Just like with video. For normal use, the onboard graphics is good enough. Forr other uses, not so much.
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June 15, 2013 12:23:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£257.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.10 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.47 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£219.98 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.57 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1055.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 20:22 BST+0100)

It looks good overall. I changed the motherboard to a better one since you said reliability was crucial. I also included parts to overclock so you could enjoy one of the benefits of building your own computer.

It's a good build overall!
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June 15, 2013 12:25:46 PM

USAFRet said:
I'd go differently than that Barracuda Green drive, and get a regular 7200rpm drive. The Greens spin up and down to 'conserve energy', at the expense of performance.

And if this is for music production, where is the dedicated sound card? For narmal use, the onboard audio is good enough. For specifically music production...a dedicated sound card is warranted.
Just like with video. For normal use, the onboard graphics is good enough. Forr other uses, not so much.


he already stated usb audio interface which is a soundcard. anyway the build looks good. i would just change the gpu and get the HIS 7950 IceQ X2 instead. they are more silent, cooler and overclocks very well.
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June 15, 2013 12:41:50 PM

chinoroy said:
USAFRet said:
I'd go differently than that Barracuda Green drive, and get a regular 7200rpm drive. The Greens spin up and down to 'conserve energy', at the expense of performance.

And if this is for music production, where is the dedicated sound card? For narmal use, the onboard audio is good enough. For specifically music production...a dedicated sound card is warranted.
Just like with video. For normal use, the onboard graphics is good enough. Forr other uses, not so much.


he already stated usb audio interface which is a soundcard. anyway the build looks good. i would just change the gpu and get the HIS 7950 IceQ X2 instead. they are more silent, cooler and overclocks very well.


Ah, I missed that.
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June 15, 2013 12:58:26 PM

mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£257.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.10 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.47 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£219.98 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.57 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1055.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 20:22 BST+0100)

It looks good overall. I changed the motherboard to a better one since you said reliability was crucial. I also included parts to overclock so you could enjoy one of the benefits of building your own computer.

It's a good build overall!


Is there any noticeable performance difference between 4x4GB and 2x8GB?
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June 15, 2013 1:04:47 PM

Sam Ingram said:


Is there any noticeable performance difference between 4x4GB and 2x8GB?


2x8 leaves room for another 2x8 later on if you need it.
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June 16, 2013 10:36:11 AM

mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£257.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.10 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.47 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£219.98 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.57 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1055.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 20:22 BST+0100)

It looks good overall. I changed the motherboard to a better one since you said reliability was crucial. I also included parts to overclock so you could enjoy one of the benefits of building your own computer.

It's a good build overall!


Does that motherboard have built in wifi or do I need to buy a wifi adaptor?

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June 16, 2013 12:26:37 PM

Sam Ingram said:
mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£257.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.10 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£155.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.47 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£86.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£219.98 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.57 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.99 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1055.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 20:22 BST+0100)

It looks good overall. I changed the motherboard to a better one since you said reliability was crucial. I also included parts to overclock so you could enjoy one of the benefits of building your own computer.

It's a good build overall!


Does that motherboard have built in wifi or do I need to buy a wifi adaptor?



The Wifi is built into the motherboard.
4 x 4 will not be noticeably faster than 2 x 8. I would stay away from CAS 10 RAM, however. Opt for CAS 9 or less.
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