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Update an existing DAW to i7

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February 8, 2011 7:53:04 PM

Hello to all.
I am new here, and could really use some help.

I have a previous computer used for digital recording. It is a few years old and I want to update the system to the newest and latest and greatest.
I am running Sonar and want the best performance and stability available...

I would like to get someone to look at the list of items below and offer some help and opinions.

Here are the items I chose from New Egg :

1 ASUS Rampage III Extreme ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131642

1 COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817171055
-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

1 Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115223
-$50.00 Instant

1 Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820148348
-$15.00 Instant

3 G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2200 (PC3 17600) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231437

2 Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136514

1 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full
Item #:N82E16832116718
-$50.00 Instant
Grand Total: $3,264.90

I would like a recommendation also on the video card. I will be running two monitors that are HDMI compatible.
I am looking at speed, stability, and quietness as being the most critical factors in the rebuild.

Any and all help is appreciated!!
Thanks in advance for looking and helping.

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February 8, 2011 8:11:39 PM

For that kind of money I wait for Ivy Bridge if you want "the newest and latest and greatest". What resolution are you at?
February 8, 2011 8:27:49 PM

You DO NOT need a 1200W PSU. Get something cheaper around 500W, and odds are a lower output unit will also have less noise.

If you want a video card that is 100% silent take a look at HD 5450. One caveat is that it has only one HDMI connector, but you could buy a DVI to HDMI adapter to allow you to run both monitors off it. That card also won't play games, though it will run the AERO UI and HD video quite well.

Additionally, get a different set of RAM. You won't be able to run the RAM you selected at it's rated 2200MHz speed unless you SERIOUSLY overclock, which would sacrifice stability, and even if you did overclock high enough to get your RAM up to 2200MHz (which would be difficult considering you're going to fill up all the slots) over 1600MHz you don't get much if any additional benefit. And the RAM modules fans are unnecessary as well and will just generate extra noise for NO reason. I recommend going with a quality 1600MHz set.

February 8, 2011 10:35:43 PM

Thanks for the replies. I am using 64 Bit resolution currently...
I do appreciate the input and all recommendations are welcome.