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Building A Desktop For Heavy Music Production/Multitasking/Light Gaming

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August 14, 2014 11:55:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: I think 700 would be an OK price

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Music Production(Fl Studio, Lots of Plugins and programs running at the same time),Video Recording,Video Editing,Formatting,rendering, and the occasional game..I don't need ultra high graphic performance just yet.And light gaming(garrys mod,minecraft,dayz,battlefield 4)

Are you buying a monitor: Most likely not atm


Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg,Amazon,PC part list

Location: Michigan

Parts Preferences: Have been looking at amd 8350 or 6300

Overclocking: Maybe(for the 8350)

SLI or Crossfire: Sure


Additional Comments: need enough air flow so it doesnt get hot(been looking at the 750D)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Cant video edit on my laptop,or record while im making music,all of my cpu is used up by the time I get to my mixing process, can hardly game or even watch shows in 1080p without lag.Also have run out of space very quickly.

Parts I've chose:
CPU:Amd 6300 or 8530 or other?
CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard:Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
MEM:
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Graphics:EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
Case:Corsair 750D
Power Supply:
Do i need any other fans for cooling I will be in a hot house.?

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August 15, 2014 1:07:12 AM

audio processing is less threaded tasks thus it will benefit form powerful cores thus i will suggest intel i5 instead of amd fx

the power supply will be able to handle another 280x

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $774.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 04:03 EDT-0400
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August 15, 2014 4:20:50 AM

I'm pretty stuck on getting an amd 8350 or 6300 just because its cheaper..I'd rather not spend and extra 70$ on just getting an intel i5 when it can do about the same as a cheap amd.Plus overclock.Also I don't think I need a "Gold" Power supply just right now just something efficient that will last me a month or two. Any other suggestions with my build?
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August 15, 2014 6:57:46 AM

Mq said:
I'm pretty stuck on getting an amd 8350 or 6300 just because its cheaper..I'd rather not spend and extra 70$ on just getting an intel i5 when it can do about the same as a cheap amd.Plus overclock.Also I don't think I need a "Gold" Power supply just right now just something efficient that will last me a month or two. Any other suggestions with my build?


the intel based setup i suggested was70$ more just because i used much better gpu and i choose 750w psu because it will be future proof ( because you said that you want to sli and this is the reason i suggested z97 chipset board instead of h81 or b85, and with z97 you can clock locked i5 to 400MHz above stock ) and not that costly

fx8350 setup will cost you even more

lets keep other/common components aside and compare amd and intel specific parts that we will need to buy
here is the price of intel setup

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $268.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 09:31 EDT-0400


and here is the price of amd setup
amd cpu will need a board with good vrm ( else it will run hot ) and which costs more and it will need an after market heatsink too because as you said you live in a hot place
so here is amd setup ( even if we eliminate 212evo then its still costs more than i5 )

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($116.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $317.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 09:35 EDT-0400


now lets consider your usage scenario
you want to encode audio ( most important task according to your post )
so here is a benchmark
see, 8350 can't even stand against old i5
in audio benchmarks, fx8 is comparable to intel pentium series cpu


and in encoding too, i5 is not much behind ( see i5-4570 as it have same base clock to i5-4460 )



now, what if i use gpu comparable to 660 and less powerfull psu, then it will be the setup, which costs only 570$, leaving enough room for ssd, more ram or throwing i7 cpu in it
the board i used in it have purity sound 2 which provides 115dB SNR which will be good for your sound related thing
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PERFORMANCE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $569.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-15 09:56 EDT-0400
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August 15, 2014 7:01:33 AM

Mq said:
I'm pretty stuck on getting an amd 8350 or 6300 just because its cheaper..I'd rather not spend and extra 70$ on just getting an intel i5 when it can do about the same as a cheap amd.Plus overclock.Also I don't think I need a "Gold" Power supply just right now just something efficient that will last me a month or two. Any other suggestions with my build?


If thats the case go with the 6300 as the extra threads wont help you much. You can get stronger single threaded performance on an FX 6300 with less voltage and heat (as its 95W vs the 125W 8 cores). Overclock it.
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