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Please Advise on Audio Production/Gaming Computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Within April


Budget Range: Cost </= $2,000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music production, audio editing, gaming, HD movies


Parts Not Required: Already have studio monitors, Razer Copperhead, and keyboard


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: i7 2600k or 970 (also open to 1100T Black), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, USB 3.0, FireWire


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200


Additional Comments: First, this forum has been very helpful and I want to thank all the computer enthusiasts. Now, this computer will be used for a variety of purposes. However, I feel that music production must be addressed. The digital audio workstations that I use are 64-bit applications that utilize mutli-core processors and use up quite a bit of RAM. I will be using virtual instruments and audio effects within the applications, which add to resource usage. I would like to be able to seamlessly play twenty or so audio tracks with effects while recording instruments, vocals, or both. I would prefer that the computer be somewhat quiet so as not to interfere with music playback and listening. However, the computer will not be close to any microphones, so I don't think any foam in the case will be necessary. I do plan on overclocking the CPU and want enough cooling power to keep everything stable. If this requires a louder computer, so be it.

As for the monitor resolution, I have a 26" Samsung monitor that I would like to be able to run at 1920 x 1200 for the audio applications, but not necessarily for games (but it would be nice :) ). I was thinking a GTX 570 or two GTX 560 Ti's in SLI. This just depends on the cost of the other components. Finally, I'm leaning towards the 2600k because of the cost and overclocking ability, but if you guys think the 970 would be better for the audio applications, then I will definitely switch to that.

Case:
Antec DF-85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087

or

Corsair Obsidian 800D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001&cm_re=corsair_obsidian-_-11-139-001-_-Product

or

Antec Twelve Hundred V3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100

PSU:
Corsair 850TX - need to be able to power external interfaces (MIDI controller, audio interface) and I'm set on Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

Motherboard:
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701

GPU:
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595

2 x EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560 in SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

HDD:
2 x Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM in RAID 0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

CPU Cooling:
Thermaltake Frio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

or

Zalman CNPS9900ALED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046

Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaw 4 x 4Gb @ 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315

Would like recommendations on the following:
BluRay drive. There are a few options for 16Gb of RAM at the price of $229. Would you guys recommend Vengeance, HyperX, or Ripjaws?

Thoughts:
Would CPU liquid cooling be noticeable quieter than air cooling? If so, what are some liquid cooling solutions that you guys would recommend? This setup would be right around $1,800, but if I were to go the 970 route, I would cut back in the graphics department since the processing power and RAM are my main concerns.

Any and all input is appreciated. Please keep in mind that I have never built a computer before and am intimidated by things like thermal compound application and components not fitting properly. Thank you.
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  1. Best answer
    definitely go with the 2600k. it will outperform the 970 in many cases, at half the cost. the 2600k can be OCd much higher as well
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=157

    liquid cooling would be a bit quieter, but not that much. there are still fans running in both ways. Liquid cooling also costs a ton and will be difficult if you haven't built a computer before. a full setup would probably add another grand to your cost. You should look into acoustic dampening foam and quiet fans.

    for the case, the obsidian cases are meant more for watercooling. But cases are a matter of personal preference, so choose whatever you like.

    Good choice for the PSU, but check out this seasonic. It passively cools itself at low useage. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102&cm_re=seasonic-_-17-151-102-_-Product

    mobo looks good. 2 570s are overkill for 1920x1200. 2 560s are too, but not by much. You should get models with aftermarket coolers, such as this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424&cm_re=gtx_560-_-14-121-424-_-Product
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565&cm_re=gtx_560-_-14-127-565-_-Product
    cards in SLI or CF tend to run hotter and noiser, so getting a single more powerful card might be smarter. One 570 or 580 should be enough unless you ever game on more than one monitor.

    for hard drives, add an SSD as the boot drive. using your audio program on an SSD would also eliminate a lot of bottleneck like reading 20 different sounds at once.

    You might want the Noctura D14 for low noise for you CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
    also, noctura case fans are probably very quiet as well if you want to add any.

    for any bluray drive, it shouldnt matter much. just check to make sure it doesnt have terrible reviews
    Almost the same goes for RAM, the heatsinks and whatnot only matter if you are overclocking ram.
  2. Red & Black Build

    I was bored...so everything here is color coordinated :p But not only does it look great, it works great. That Zalman cpu h/s down below is rated on Frosty Techs top 10 cpu h/s list, that G.SKill RAM screams (16GB of it in this build), not to mention this build also includes dual factory o/c gtx 560's in SLI, and an over kill Corsair modular 850w psu (I saw you wanted that one so wth...it's here). The covers on those Gigabyte vid cards are black, so they go with the mobo, RAM, etc...

    Oh and for the h/d's... I would bag the WD 500's in RAID 0, and stick with one decent size SSD, and one fast and quit 1TB h/d like that Samsung down below. That h/d is by far the most recommended h/d on this board and for good reason. It's fast, quiet, and reliable.

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Gaming-Case-Desktops-DF-85/dp/B003JH7MIO/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1302488791&sr=1-7 $155.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.624980 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $374.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $344.98
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363 $239.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633712 Combo Discount: -$25.00 Combo Price: $319.98
    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 $314.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118075 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-R 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Red LED

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1302489803&sr=1-1 $60.91 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118050 $109.99
    SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Burner BD-5300S-0B - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227395 $194.99
    OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Total: $1,951.80 *not including Windows (o/s), shipping, mail in rebates, etc..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    *** Some more combo's worth looking at...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632608 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $294.98
    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633670 Combo Discount: -$35.00 Combo Price: $309.98
    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632533 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $284.98
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632648

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632650

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633613

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633615
  3. Alright, 2600k it is. I like the Noctua D14 with a 120mm and 140mm fan. I'm thinking replace all the fans with Scythe fans anyway. In an Antec Twelve Hundred that would be 7 fans total. You guys think 6 120mm Scythe Slipstreams and a 140mm Slipstream in the top would keep the case cool enough (in addition to the Noctua D14 with Scythe fans as well)? Only reason I ask is because the Slipstreams are apparently designed to produce less noise, but at the cost of some air flow.

    I really like that SSD idea from both of you guys and I'm surprised I didn't even think of it. I have a pretty big collection of sounds and samples (around 50 Gb) which would go to the Samsung 1TB drive with the music program on the SSD. Wouldn't I need to have the sounds on the SSD to make better use of the HDD speed? I feel like I'd need to have all the music related files and virtual instruments on the SSD. Definitely want to put the OS and music programs on a SSD now.

    Good point about two GTX 560's being louder and hotter. All that being said, here's a revised build.

    Case:
    Antec Twelve Hundred V3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100&cm_re=antec_twelve_hundred-_-11-129-100-_-Product

    PSU:
    Corsair 750TX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Motherboard:
    Asus P8P67 Deluxe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701&Tpk=asus%20p8p67%20deluxe

    GPU:
    EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595&cm_re=gtx_570-_-14-130-595-_-Product

    HDD:
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200rpm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    G.Skill Sniper SATA II 120 GB SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231415

    or

    Crucial C300 128 GB SATA III SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348

    CPU Cooling:
    Noctua D14
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Memory:
    G.Skill Ripjaw 4 x 4Gb @ 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315

    With BD and DVD drives the total comes to $1,912. How can I successfully link a wishlist or cart from newegg so you guys can view it?
  4. afterhours said:
    Alright, 2600k it is. I like the Noctua D14 with a 120mm and 140mm fan. I'm thinking replace all the fans with Scythe fans anyway. In an Antec Twelve Hundred that would be 7 fans total. You guys think 6 120mm Scythe Slipstreams and a 140mm Slipstream in the top would keep the case cool enough (in addition to the Noctua D14 with Scythe fans as well)? Only reason I ask is because the Slipstreams are apparently designed to produce less noise, but at the cost of some air flow.

    I really like that SSD idea from both of you guys and I'm surprised I didn't even think of it. I have a pretty big collection of sounds and samples (around 50 Gb) which would go to the Samsung 1TB drive with the music program on the SSD. Wouldn't I need to have the sounds on the SSD to make better use of the HDD speed? I feel like I'd need to have all the music related files and virtual instruments on the SSD. Definitely want to put the OS and music programs on a SSD now.

    Good point about two GTX 560's being louder and hotter. All that being said, here's a revised build.

    Case:
    Antec Twelve Hundred V3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129100

    PSU:
    Corsair 850TX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139009

    Motherboard:
    Asus P8P67 Deluxe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131701

    GPU:
    EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130595

    HDD:
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200rpm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    G.Skill Sniper SATA II 120 GB SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231415

    or

    Crucial C300 128 GB SATA III SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348

    CPU Cooling:
    Noctua D14
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Memory:
    G.Skill Ripjaw 4 x 4Gb @ 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231315

    The gtx 560's run cool and don't burn up much juice seeing how they are on Nvidia's latest chip set and die unlike the 570's and 580's which run on older chip sets and are power hungry hogs. An over clocked 560 runs on par with a 570 on most games.
  5. You think an overclocked 560 Ti will run holiday 2011 games at 1920 x 1200 with a decent frame rate?
  6. afterhours said:
    You think an overclocked 560 Ti will run holiday 2011 games at 1920 x 1200 with a decent frame rate?

    Not sure, but I do know that dual 560's in SLI will play Crysis on high and get decent fps, not to mention it two of those cards will chew up a single 580, hence the reason I put two of those cards in that build I posted.
  7. also check this out, has some good tips for making a quiet computer
    http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/652532-how-build-silent-air-cooling-system.html
  8. Two GTX 560's come in under the cost of a 580 so I'm going to go that route, even though they may be louder. Thanks for that info Why_Me. Quieter computer link added to favorites. Thanks guys. Hopefully the building will go smoothly.
  9. Best answer selected by afterhours.
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