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October 20, 2013 10:43:17 AM

Hi guys

A little introduction first, I am looking to get built a powerful PC designed purely for music production. I will most likely keep the computer offline, and I will be using it just for producing music.
The software that I will want to run on the computer is FL Studio and Cubase. Both of these programs rely quite heavily on the use of VST Plugins, which I believe do use up a lot of CPU. I will also want to have some sound bank samples which could use up a lot of space so I will need a big hard drive.

I have been given so far, FOUR different computer specs, and I really do not know which is the best out of them all (with regards to power and value for money).
My max budget is £1000, however I would ideally like to spend around £800 as I could spend the other £200 on the software and some VST plugins and a desk for my set up.

Here are the four different links outlining the different specs on offer, which would you recommend and please understand that I am a total beginner here with little knowledge on computer builds and the components involved, and what does what.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PRYS

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PY3b

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Q4eR

http://www.solidhawk.co.uk/index.php/solidhawk-audio-sy...
(Also please note that with this solid hawk PC, they have said included in the £999 price they will add a audio interface sound card called MAYA44 XTe - **24-bit / 96 kHz 4-in / 4-out
And will be built and delivered to me including a 2 year parts and labour warranty.




The majority of them use the Intel i7 4770k. I was told there is a i7 3770k also which is cheaper, would this be an alternative option for me? Also it says its for overclockers. What does it mean to overclock the processor? Surely I wouldn’t be overclocking for music production on two programmes would i?
One link has the AMD FX 8350, which it says is 4.00 GHz and 8 cores! Is this more powerful than the i7 4770k?? Or do both processors have the same amount of cores? Also will the software that I am using even require using this many cores?
I know the processor is one of the most important parts, so which processor should I use for music production on these software’s??
Do the AMD and Intels both have hyper threading and which range is better for the money?


Ok now motherboards. I have heard ASUS are the best motherboards for supporting music production. Is this true or does it not really matter?? Two of the links have ASUS motherboards, the other one has a Gigabyte GA Z87. Please may I also add, the solid hawk PC ALSO has the Gigabyte Z87 motherboard. But this is not the ASUS Z87 motherboard which I heard was really good.

Memory, I have a choice between Corsair or G. Skill. Which is best would you say? Also is it necessary to have 16 GB or would 8GB suffice??

Two have gone with the Creative Labs sound cards however the MAYA 44 Xte was an external one I think and I don’t know if that would be better. I think the creative labs ones are just standard but not specifically designed for music production. What sound card would you say are the most powerful for music and what should I look for in a quality sound card? I want an external one.

With the graphics card, do I really even need a graphics card??? I am not going to be doing any gaming or video editing at all. I just want to be able to connect my computer to a 32 inch LCD TV which can display 1080p HD, so what do I do about this?? Can the motherboard not just have a graphics chip built into it or anything?? I would cut costs if I removed the graphics card.

Also people have been saying something about DDR3. I really have no clue about what this means but if anybody could shed some light on it and how it will help with my music production then I would be extremely grateful.

Erm, how many fans would I need to keep it quiet and cool? What would make the inside heat up the most?

I think iv covered most things, I am so sorry for the long message but if some of you experts can shed some light onto this, I would appreciate it a lot.

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October 20, 2013 11:05:50 AM

The 8350 and 3770K/4770K trade blows in multi-threaded, but the Intel is quite bit superior in single-threaded apps, so check if your program is multi-threaded or not. 8GB should do, but if it is in budget, why not 16GB? Here is a jack of all trades rig.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£227.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£50.85 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£127.47 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£109.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£101.93 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z 30SB150200000 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card (£49.81 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case (£86.62 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.31 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £884.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-20 19:04 BST+0100)
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