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Help with Music Production Build

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Last response: in Systems
April 14, 2014 11:13:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
May 1st

Budget Range:

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Music production

Parts Not Required:
keyboard, monitor, mouse, using external usb dvd drive, using external audio card

Parts so far:

Computer case:
Antec Nine Hundred ATX mid tower $99

Intel Core i7 4770 3.4GHz LGA1150 $310
(Amazon has the LGA 1155 for slightly more money, what is the difference?)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $140

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 $200
ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 $200
(The Z87 Pro has wifi but I dont need that, which board is better?)

Cooler Master GX - 450W $60

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB $90

Additional Comments:
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!

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a c 267 å Intel
April 16, 2014 8:07:58 PM

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

Best solution

April 17, 2014 5:01:33 AM

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 That Antec case is very outdated, the Fractal Design Define R4 is a much better choice, and has noise damping material.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.

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1245 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($274.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.39 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($146.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.00 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $873.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-17 08:01 EDT-0400)