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Sufficient & Cost-Effective Build for Audio Recording/Video Editing Workstation?

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June 20, 2013 12:11:47 AM


I'm building my first diy computer and would like some feedback. A couple of my friends have steered me in the right general direction and my current build is a good reflection of what I'm looking for. I could use some help though figuring out if I have the most efficient set of parts. So here's what I've got -


Audio recording with Avid ProTools 10
Video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
Windows 7 Pro

1. Can't decide which mobo to go with (I have two in this wishlist). Definitely need firewire though.
2. Is sound card worth it? My prime focus is music. Not sure if sound card is necessary
3. I heard it helps to have OS on SSD and have the rest on a regular hard drive. For the price increase, would I notice THAT much of a difference versus my current setup of just one 2TB hd?
4. Did I forget to include any vital parts in this list?

-> I'm looking to buy this week
-> I only intend on doing 'factory' overclocking - whatever the 'turbo' speed is
-> I don't need a monitor


Thank you!

June 20, 2013 12:18:34 AM

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June 20, 2013 12:40:08 AM

Your better off using a 1150 mb and a haswell 4770k CPU. The newer 770 cards are faster then the older 600 cards.
Swap your power supply out for a seasonic unit.
If your going with ram faster then 1600 look on the mb qal list. Not all ram above 1600 will work in all mb. Ssd and windows 8 and new mb have boot times of six sec. Aps do open real fast on a Ssd. the 2011 mb are mostly used for tri and quad sli or crossfire do to having more pci lanes. The 1150 mb are fine for one and two gpu set ups.
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June 20, 2013 10:05:57 AM

I would just ditch most of that set-up:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($539.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($185.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1955.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-20 13:03 EDT-0400)

-Since this is just for editing and recording, the 6 cores with hyperthreading (making it 12cores) will be extremely fast paired with 16gb of ram.
-Since you're not overclocking yourself, you can stick with stock cooler.
-An SSD would be really nice so your system will have a really snappy feel, which is appropriate for a high-end build like this.
-GTX 770 better than GTX 680 and cheaper.
-If you really need the best music, you'll need a sound card. To utilize this sound card to its full potential, you better have some darn good speakers.
June 23, 2013 10:45:43 PM

Thanks for the suggestions!