New DAW Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: 2000+

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Audio Workstation (Dedicated) Cubase 5.5 / Pro Tools 9

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel / ASUS / Supermicro

Overclocking: No

Additional Comments: Windows7/64

Current DAW: Dell T7400 - 8 core - 12 GB - Vista64 (Moving unit to video side of business, I've tweeked the poo out of her, but she just ain't handling it as a DAW!)

Here's the two systems I'm considering, but I'm very open to suggestions from the experienced.

SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAH+-O Dual LGA 1366 + Windows 7/64,
Server Memory Model CT3KIT25672BA1339 (12Gb),
Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz Quad (2),

OR

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 + Windows7/64
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz 6 core
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) (2)

I'm leaning towards the first, as I build server /workstation class systems as part of my business, but since this is my first DAW build...thought I'd ask.
The rest of the hardware I have on hand.

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  1. can you wait 5 weeks? sandy bridge is due out January 5th, which is offering i7-950 performance at i5-760 pricing.
  2. ScrewySqrl said:
    can you wait 5 weeks? sandy bridge is due out January 5th, which is offering i7-950 performance at i5-760 pricing.


    I was hoping to get it in this years budget, but I want to do this right the first time. The T7400 is still laying tracks, although with issues, so I can wait.

    I could be wrong, but only the Sandy Bridge DT/NB will be available in Jan. 2011. That narrows the field to a single processor selection, but if a single processor board is what the forum recommends, it's worth the wait. I do like the expanded data path quotes for the new bridge!

    Thanks for the quick response...didn't know what to expect as a first time poster.
  3. if you're running up against a'must spend it before dec 31 or I lose it' Then yeah, It might make more sense. I'm personally strongest with $300-$1000 budget builds for home/gaming use, so I'd look at some other people to reply entirely. Others are better with server-type builds.

    If you're looking at a 980x as a possible processor, though, can I also suggest you look into a AMD 6-core build? They usually get about 67-75% of an 980X performance, but at $180-230 for the chip versus $1000. It depends of just how much you need the extra horses of the 980 versus cost.

    and oh, yeah. :hello: welcome to the forums :hello:
  4. ScrewySqrl said:
    if you're running up against a'must spend it before dec 31 or I lose it' Then yeah, It might make more sense. I'm personally strongest with $300-$1000 budget builds for home/gaming use, so I'd look at some other people to reply entirely. Others are better with server-type builds.

    If you're looking at a 980x as a possible processor, though, can I also suggest you look into a AMD 6-core build? They usually get about 67-75% of an 980X performance, but at $180-230 for the chip versus $1000. It depends of just how much you need the extra horses of the 980 versus cost.

    and oh, yeah. :hello: welcome to the forums :hello:


    No, it's a business expense with tax season approaching. (Need to offset some income)

    The Intel 980X seems a little…well extreme for my taste, as I don’t usually buy the newest/greatest processors for what I do. The goal has always been building extremely stable servers/workstations for my business clients, so I tend to stick with Xeon server processors but I thought I’d throw the possibility out there for the forum to comment on…maybe someone has had a great DAW build with the 980X.

    I agree with the AMD comment; their cost to performance ratio has always intrigued me. Dual processor motherboards seem to be a little limited though, but I’d love to build an AMD system and put it through comparison tests!

    Thanks for the warm welcome…
  5. I forgot to mention, I priced this system out yesterday.

    TYAN S8236WGM3NR Dual Socket G34 AMD SR5690

    AMD Opteron 6128 Magny-Cours 2.0GHz 8 x 512KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 8-Core Server Processor OS6128WKT8EGOWOF (2)
  6. thats the AMD response to Xeon right now
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