Hey guys, I'm totally new at this (as the name suggests) but I'm looking to build a system for about a grand that can handle a home recording studio. I plan on using Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer's edition and a Tascam FW1884 interface, neither of which are compatible with Vista yet which is why I have decided to go with XP64.
I plan on using the old case and power supply from an emachines system I have that is approx 3 years old. (D2386 i believe).
Do I have everything I need here? Will this system have ample power considering I do not need overclocking or any gaming necessities? Do you think the power supply from the old comp will be satisfactory? Any other concerns?
Suggest an Intel CPU because what you'll be doing is CPU intensive. What I like about this mobo is it has onboard firewire and I believe some recording devices use firewire. If you don't need firewire, could get a P35 Gigabyte board. Could save by getting a nice 19" monitor for around $190. Don't need a HSF or additional cooling if your not overclocking, the HSF that comes with the retail CPU will work fine. The Antic Sonata II is a really nice, quiet case with a good PSU
Like that DVD Burner, very quiet. I'd suggest a smaller hdd, 40GB to 80GB for OS/programs and the larger one for storage, can save a lot of aggravation and grief when you have to reinstall Windows. Also, be a good to put together an external hdd for back up, guessing you'll be putting a lot of work into your projects and don't want to lose it. I'd go with an OEM version of XP rather than Vista, too many problems with Vista right know. If your getting sound card, suggest one based on latest C Media chipset that is designed primarily for music and vdieo unlike Creative that is designed for games, although the C Media is no slouch for games. Have the HT Omega Claro, which is noticeably better for music than any onboard audio. http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...