I'm putting together a system for a friend of mine that will be used exclusively for multitrack audio recording/mixing/mastering etc. His budget is about $500, sans peripherals, which he has taken care of. He'll be using a Presonus Firepod audio interface, so the motherboard must supply the necessary firewire port(s). I opted for a small system/applications hard drive, and a larger storage drive for audio files, with the assumption that he'll get much better multitrack ability with separate system/storage drives due to the high amount of data that needs to be written during recording. I went MicroATX just for the sake of saving space in his cramped studio, plus the case was on sale. Here's what I came up with so far; any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! I'll be ordering from newegg, where possible, fyi.
That is kind of small for a data drive, especially considering that he's doing multitrack recording. The problem with recording on a computer is that for every minute, the data size of the file in lossless format is 10x the size, so a 5 min file at 2 channels is about 50MB, which can fill up a 320GB for any sizeable project I think.
Also, make sure the firewire chipset on that motherboard is a Texas Instruments, as some pro audio devices won't work with anything but for some reason. If you can't be sure of which chip it is contact Gigabit, followed by Presonus to make sure the two will work togather otherwise you will have to get a seperate card with a TI chipset.
Not bad but I would definitely recommend shooting for a 1 tb to 1.5 tb drive and also look into getting an after market CPU cooler. The stock AMD cooler is louder than a harpy going feet first through a meat grinder.
that's what i told him, but he insisted that the 320GB was more than enough. i've also heard that the stock cooler is loud, but i think it's going to be in a different room; he didn't seem concerned with the overall system volume. looks like the firewire is handled by a TI chip, so that's looking good. as far as storage capacity goes, looking at his other projects that are backed up on my HD, they're not actually all that big (36GB across 7 projects). go figure. thanks for the advice!