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$1,200 Audio recording/editing/gaming build - First build ever.

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May 17, 2010 4:12:13 AM

I tried to research as much as possible, but I just don't trust myself.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: Max of $1200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Most of the time it will be used for simple internet surfing and for audio recording/editing. There will be gaming, but I don’t consider myself a big pc gamer.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers…
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preferred website, but have been using browsing Newegg.com a lot.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like I said, not a hardcore gamer. I’m not going for a crazy awesome build right now. Right now I just want a really fast computer with pretty nice graphics that also has room for growth. I am going to be doing lots of novice audio recording/editing.

Here is my build so far:
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
MSI's 790FX-GD70 motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBTD
2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W
Audiophile 2496 - 4-In/4-Out Audio Card with MIDI and Digital I/O

What do you think? Am I bottle-necking anything? Does everything seem compatible?
Am I going too expensive for my needs or vice/versa?

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May 17, 2010 5:06:40 AM

The MSI 790FX-GD70 is overkill for your needs. Any 890GX chipset based motherboard would be fine, like the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro w/USB3 for $139.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I'd get the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 kit for $14.99 less at $109.99, and these would work faster due to lower latencies.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Instead of those Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB HDDs, you'd be better off paying $15 more for each drive and getting a faster and bigger HDD, the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB for $89.99 each.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're mainly going to be using multi-threaded video applications, the Phenom II X6 1055T would be a better choice. Slower in games, yes, but considering you only might be overclocking and will be mainly using audio editing programs instead, it would be a better option for $199.99 IIRC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your PSU is overkill for two HD 5850s, let alone HD 5750s. A better option would be the OCZ ModXStream 600W for $54.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else is fine though.

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May 17, 2010 5:18:43 AM

+1 to Lmeow

Also considering that you'll be building your rig in 2 weeks, I'd say wait for prices to drop further (which is very likely in 2 weeks) before actually deciding the components. Zosma should come out pretty soon based on rumors and may drive prices down further (I am not talking about MSRP here but simply supply/demand in retail stores).
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May 19, 2010 11:15:48 PM

Best answer selected by Braden.
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May 19, 2010 11:18:12 PM

Lmeow said:
The MSI 790FX-GD70 is overkill for your needs. Any 890GX chipset based motherboard would be fine, like the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro w/USB3 for $139.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I'd get the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 kit for $14.99 less at $109.99, and these would work faster due to lower latencies.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Instead of those Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB HDDs, you'd be better off paying $15 more for each drive and getting a faster and bigger HDD, the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB for $89.99 each.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're mainly going to be using multi-threaded video applications, the Phenom II X6 1055T would be a better choice. Slower in games, yes, but considering you only might be overclocking and will be mainly using audio editing programs instead, it would be a better option for $199.99 IIRC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your PSU is overkill for two HD 5850s, let alone HD 5750s. A better option would be the OCZ ModXStream 600W for $54.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else is fine though.



Wow. Thanks. I really didn't expect to get that detailed of a response. I really do appreciate it. :) 
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July 2, 2010 12:42:36 PM

Braden said:
Wow. Thanks. I really didn't expect to get that detailed of a response. I really do appreciate it. :) 


Hi Braden, have you gone ahead and built your PC?

I am in a very similar situation with what I want to use the machine for so I would be very interested to hear what components you ended up going with and/if how the PC performs to your needs.

Cheers,
Luke
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