Need help with a Homebuild!

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?

Thanks a lot in advance for your help!
-Dan

ASUS M2N-E SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 500 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$87.99

Link Depot 3 ft. DVI-D male to DVI-D male dual link Cable, Black Model DVI-3-DD - OEM
$5.99

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
$29.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX - Retail
$159.99

2x A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail
$113.98 ($56.99 each)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$84.99

Acer AL2223Wd Black-Silver 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$229.99

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64Bit SP2C - OEM
$139.99

EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$89.99

Or i can get a case and power supply also, if i downgrade the video card a little and the monitor 2 inches:


Link Depot 3 ft. DVI-D male to DVI-D male dual link Cable
$5.99

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B
$29.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
$84.99

Acer AL1916WAbd Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
$179.99

HIS Hightech H165PRF256N-R Radeon X1650PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported Video Card
$69.99

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS-430-PMSR/P ATX12V Max: 400W (Continuous), Peak: 430W Power Supply
$32.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$5.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K
$113.98 ($56.99 each)

ASUS P5K-VM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$119.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550
$169.99

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64Bit SP2C
$139.99

ARCTIC COOLING AF9225 92mm Case Fan
$4.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
$19.99

Subtotal: $1,028.85
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  1. 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

    Mobo http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131180
    CPU http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115029
    Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129155
  2. Thanks g-paw,

    Any other suggestions?
  3. Can definitely save money on the RAM. Really good price on the Crucial with rebate or this A DATA. Get a package of 2 x 1GB for 2GB of RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211174

    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=N82E16829271002
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829127002
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829156002
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