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May 3, 2011 5:10:56 PM

Hi everyone.
So I'm wanting to put together a good quality DAW, that will last me for a while at a good price.
Needs to be fast, plenty of RAM, quiet and stable. Only used for audio work, nothing else.
I have put together a newegg wishlist and am wondering if anyone has any comments or suggestions before I pull the trigger.
I can buy a similar speced prebuilt audio PC but it will cost me $600-$800 extra, however I don't have experience with building from ground up except for replacing/upgrading RAM and hard drives and installing OS.

Hopefully i haven't contravened any first post protocols, if so, i apologise.
My main concern is whether I can get a functioning system from the components below (I already have some SATA drives with my samples and libraries on)

Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: DAW. (Cubase, Ableton, Sound Forge) (big RAM intensive kontakt and bfd sample libraries)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Sandybridge. must have good TI firewire to connect to RME fireface400

Overclocking: maybe, but stable is most important

SLI or Crossfire: don't know

Monitor Resolution: need to get a new monitor, but have a 19". would like to get 2 monitors for more screen real estate for mixer, plugin windows etc.

Additional Comments: needs quiet cooling and power supply, perhaps additional noise reduction in case or on HD screw grommets?

Under Public Wishlists on Newegg as "sandybridge daw"


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Model #:BX80623I72600K
Item #:N82E16819115070


ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 8P67 EVO (REV 3.0)
Item #:N82E16813131704


Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:Solo
Item #:N82E16811129018


COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ...
Model #:RS-600-AMBA-D3
Item #:N82E16817171036


GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Model #:GV-N240D5-512I
Item #:N82E16814125304


SIIG 3-Port FireWire 800 PCIe Card Model NN-E38012-S3
Model #:NN-E38012-S3
Item #:N82E16815150154


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5000AAKX
Item #:N82E16822136769


CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
Model #:CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #:N82E16820145324


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986


COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
Model #:RR-920-N520-GP
Item #:N82E16835103057


GELID Solutions FN-SX12-10 120mm Silent Case Fan
Model #:FN-SX12-10
Item #:N82E16835426016

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May 4, 2011 5:26:12 AM

check out these cases:
both with built in sound dampening

think about 16gb of ram, that will help with your applications

seasonic psu, passive cooling at low usegae = no noise

hyper N520 is not a very good cooler. I have it and im pretty sure the fans are more than 19db
a high quality whisper quiet cooler will set you back a bit more
or you can get the hyper 212+ and connect the fan to the case's built in fan controller
May 4, 2011 6:55:27 PM

great advice, thanks!