I am going to be making a new build for my buddy. He is into making beats for rap and hip hop artists as well as sound editing and the like. He wants something that can edit and decode/encode music quickly. Most of his peripherals I believe are USB, but he would still like a good video card for the audio processing.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple weeks
Budget Range: 500-600 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Sound editing, beat making are most important. Other than that, basic computer usage.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, case, video card, printer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Thinking he is going to get his bang for buck out of an AMD quad core. I have really like gigabyte boards, but its not a deal breaker.
Overclocking: Maybe, depends if it is going to help him.
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: Probably something like 1280x1024 or slightly above, but the video is not really what this is for.
Additional Comments: Need a solid sound card able to hand some high end work. He is trying to make this his side job, not just a hobby, so he is getting serious about creating music. He does not want to skimp on the sound card. I believe he has plenty of external storage as well, so one large main drive should suffice for storage. Also needs Windows 7, most likely 64-bit Home