Home Audio Recording PC Similar to Gaming PC w/o Graphics?

Hi. I'm planning out my next PC build. I do a lot of home recording. I hope someone can give me a bit of guidance on my next build.


I notice a lot of "gaming" PC configurations here which have video capabilities probably beyond what I need as I don't believe home audio recording requires so much video power. My question is: Is the short answer to just copy the specs of one of the gaming PC build recommendations and just use a much cheaper video card? FYI...I already have all my recording interface/software but my PC is nearly 6 years old and I'm ready to move into the modern era a bit more.


My issue is that I require:

1. Firewire Capability
2. 2 IDE connections (I have several hard drives which I'd like to hook up)
3. 5 Internal Hard Drive slots

Can I re-use some of the components below?


SAPPHIRE Radeon 9200SE 128M Radeon 9200SE 128MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - OEM
Item #: N82E16814102306

AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton 1.833GHz Socket A Processor Model AXDA2500DKV4D - OEM
Item #: N82E16819103378

ZALMAN CNPS7000A-AlCu 65mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16835118108

Antec Performance II SX630II Beige 1mm SECC Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 300W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129118

ASUS A7N8X Deluxe 462(A) NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131436

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model VS1GB400C3 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145505 (2 of these, I believe)

Memorex DVD+/R DL DVD burner (IDE)

I've been very, very happy with this PC thus far. Is there sort of a more "modern" version of these components? I'm a bit out of the loop but have done plenty of reading of this bulletin board and other materials. I could use some help in reducing the options.

Thanks so much in advance.

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  1. I forgot to add that I also need 2 PCI slots (full size).

    Thanks again.

  2. Sorry everyone - this is a duplicate thread....I must have accidentally posted it twice.

    Administrator - this is ok to remove. Sorry about this.

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