The music production software I run demands a lot from the CPU. I just want a fast machine that will stay cool. My laptop crashed and I figured it is time to build my own desktop. I want to know if this build will work and any additions or changes you would make. The case seems to be popular but im not 100% convinced as this is my first build and I heard the cable management is a nightmare. I am firm with the ASUS motherboard. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. You guys are the best! Been taking knowledge from these forums for years, thank you!
Looks good, in combo w/ the Hero, if you can toss in the extra few bucks for the K model, you picked out a great mobo, so in the future, OCing is easy as it can be, and will be like getting a free CPU upgrade Have my Hero build in sig
Since you aren't overclocking, I wouldn't spend all that money on a motherboard like that. A solid H87 motherboard will work very well, and save you some money. Also since you aren't overclocking, you may want to consider the Xeon E3-1245 V3, it has the same performance as the i7 and discrete graphics, but runs a little cooler and is cheaper. In the case of a music production build, you want a silent computer, so cool running means lower fan RPMs and less noise.
Regarding noise, I would go with Western Digital Caviar Blue drives, they will be much quieter and are actually very fast. That Antec case is very outdated, the Fractal Design Define R4 is a much better choice, and has noise damping material. I would be looking at a Noctua CPU cooler as well to keep noise down. Also I would consider an SSD for your OS and apps to improve performance.