(500-600) Budget Custom Computer Music Production

Hi, Ive been in the mist of buying a unit from craigslist or ebay etc. It's been over 3 months and still nothing. I might as well build one my self (its my first build). I have a budget of 500-600. The sources i would be buying from or looking @ New-egg,amazon,(ebay, might save couple dollars). The purpose for this computer is for music production. Ill be using cu base 5, ill be using vsti such as east west, toon track superior drummer,trillian etc. (To give you guys more of a visual) Ill be running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
Tomorrow ill look around for parts, prices, I just realize am better off of building my own unit.

As far as the mobo goes. I would like to get .....
500 gig hard drive
Graphics card. (I won't be doing any gaming, cheap one will be neat)
Motherboard (i need fire wire on it)
RAM (4-gigs) ddr2
Case (i need a case with good air flow)

Any suggestions , references....
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  1. As for a audio card i have a M-Audio Revolution Rev 3, just to throw that in there.
  2. sougly said:
    Hi, Ive been in the mist of buying a unit from craigslist or ebay etc. It's been over 3 months and still nothing. I might as well build one my self (its my first build). I have a budget of 500-550. The sources i would be buying from or looking @ New-egg,amazon,(ebay, might save couple dollars). The purpose for this computer is for music production. Ill be using cu base 5, ill be using vsti such as east west, toon track superior drummer,trillian etc. (To give you guys more of a visual) Ill be running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
    Tomorrow ill look around for parts, prices, I just realize am better off of building my own unit.

    As far as the mobo goes. I would like to get .....
    500-1TB Hard drive
    Core 2 duo-Core- Quad core Processor
    Heat sink
    Graphics card. (I won't be doing any gaming, cheap one will be neat)
    Motherboard (My hard ware is fire wire.)
    CD Drive/DVD DRIVE (Use for burning)
    PSU, (?)
    RAM (4-gigs) ddr3
    Case (Ive seen some dope cooler-master cases off of craigslist for discounted price, but for references i need a case with good air flow)

    Any suggestions , references....
  3. Wow 500 USD for everything? This is tough...it will take some time to do the research.. I don't know if you going to get good quality goods though..even with an onboard graphic card....
    I don't even see if it is possible if you still have to buy the win 7 x64.....
    4 gigs DDR3 ram is already over 100USD
    Intel quad is also over 100USD
    mobo with onboard graphic is about 80-120 USD
    Windows 7 home x64 .......
    casing........cooler master with good air circulation you say......
    HDD.......
    Drive......
    PSU....
    You mentioned heat sink, which I assume non stock.......
    All new things? care to get used or refurbished components?
    WOW! Can someone please help this guy?
  4. I own the os already, the case does not need to be coolermaster, (as long as it has good air flow). Whats the technical issue of using refurbished components? The ram could be dd2 ...... if it lowers the cost .
  5. Any help please?
  6. Prices may varied a bit.

    CPU + stock fan
    AMD Athlon II X3 435
    $84

    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI USB 3.0 FW
    $94.99

    Graphic
    Onboard (you are not going for gaming, this should be enough)

    RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    $94

    Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS, 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 Gb/s
    $75

    Sound
    Integrated

    Network
    Integrated

    Case
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion
    $60

    Power
    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W
    $44.99

    Optical
    LG Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS50
    $24

    OS
    No

    Everything is new.

    BTW : Refurbished? It depends on your luck.

    Note : Edited from Tomshardware's $750 Gaming PC (replace the mobo, remove the GPUs, replace the PSU, remove the non stock fan)
  7. So there you go...

    No Intel Quad
    No OS

    You have updated your post.. which makes it possible..or easier to realize

    Sorry it took a little long to reply. I have to do some calculation first.

    ( I lied)

    My new HD5850, new PSU, and (finally) my new SSD came just a while ago...I was busy because of those... I am happy :D
    Now I have to figure out, what I am going to do with my old HIS HD3850 IceQ4 Turbo 512MB, and my Corsair VX450W.... :D
    Decent upgrade after about 2 years. :D
    I think I will give them to my brother.
  8. Corsair HX 520 Modular PSU or Corsair HX 620 Modular PSU
    Scythe Mugen 2
    Antec 300
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
    Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H AMD motherboard
    Am picking these parts for 300, (Partially Use)

    Now i need a processor, and ram.
  9. ????
    I have already given you a complete spec, why are you still writing that you need a proc and ram?

    Just change from what I have given you if it feels necessary.
  10. $489 after adding ship and less rebates

    No point pumping into a 2 x PCIex16 gen 2.0 slot mobo for a non GPU intensive task oriented system hehe Also guanyu is on the right track - IGP systems a quality 80+ 400 watter ...even 380ish would be fine
  11. batuchka said:
    $489 after adding ship and less rebates
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/jmna.jpg
    No point pumping into a 2 x PCIex16 gen 2.0 slot mobo for a non GPU intensive task oriented system hehe Also guanyu is on the right track - IGP systems a quality 80+ 400 watter ...even 380ish would be fine


    Thumbs up for this build!
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