Music Production PC for $1000 ?

Hi. :hello:

Im planning to build a new pc for my music production needs. I use Nuendo and a lot of CPU hungry soft synths. Would want to run around 50 tracks in my session.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT- Music production, recording, watching movies, internet, and a little bit of gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Im using Windows XP SP2 and i intend to stick to it until my program manufacturers come up with stable drivers for windows 7)




I like the new i7 processor. What motherboard should i go for, with the i7 ? I have heard the Asus P6T6 Revolution is good. But i read somewhere that Intel's DX58SO is better for music production. What do u suggest ?


Im planning to get 4 to 6 ram. Is there a particular brand that i should look out for ?
Was thinking of this -

and then came across this as well -

Which one is better ?

Are these both compatible with either of the motherboards ?


I would require 1.5 TB Hard disk space. Which ones are the best to go ?

Should i opt for this or are there better brands available ?

I know that i7s will get really hot. :sweat:
So What cabinet and CPU cooler should I go for ?
What do you think of these ?


CPU Cooler

I have this soundcard. Will these work fine with the motherboard ?


Would like a 19inch monitor. Do not know much about resolution. I'd use it for music production and watching DVDs. Is Viewsonic good ?

OVERCLOCKING: I dont know much about it, but if it increases the performance while keeping the system stable, wouldn't mind doing it. :D

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a very quiet PC, as I'll be recording stuff.

Please feel free to add any components, that you think are necessary.

Thanks a lot for your help. :D
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  1. I would go Core i5 if I were you. Forget LGA1366 platform, it's a money pit for little benefit.

    Go LGA1156 and core i5. You will save at least 200$ on the motherboard, the cpu and the memory. OC your cpu could really help for music, but you are going to pay the price of silent operation. Still, Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus could be used as a passive cooler if you don't plan to Overclock.


    Let's say...

    Core i5
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
    XFX 5770 (for gaming purpose)
    MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156
    OCZ memory
    Corsair 650TX

    You will get a little tight in budget with the graphic card I choose for you, but I think it's a nice card. You can choose a 4670 if you want to reconsider your gaming needs.
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    M Audio got products for recording purposes, but I don't know which one suit you best. DO you need to record tracks for drums? Guitars? Vocals? Keyboards?

    Viewsonic was good a couple of years ago, but now I have no clue about the actual reality of the market. You should at least get a 1920X1080 monitor.

    You should get 2 Western Digital caviar Black 1 TB. Still, if I were you, I would buy one and wait until I need the other one. 1TB is a lot of space.

    As for the case, a COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW will be enough for your needs.
  3. Here is the link for the M-audio products...

    Personally, you never know when you are going to need 10 ins, so I would go with the Delta 1010LT. Also, the card you choose only encode in 24bits at max... this one encode at 36bits, really better in term of music quality.
  4. I think i'd like to go for the i7. What do u suggest for that ?

    @Redgarl - I have a soundcard, and its fulfilling my needs as of now. I'll buy a better one when the need arises. Thanks for help. :)
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