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$800 Digital Audio workstation

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November 10, 2011 12:18:16 PM

Hey everyone,

This is my first build and just wanted to get some advice. I'll be using it primarily as a digital audio workstation. I don't plan on overclocking right away but may at some point. Stability is more important to me. I'll also be using the integrated graphics on the 2600k to start. If I need a video card at some point I can always add it later. I'll be using just one monitor. I also already have a 1 TB WD Caviar black. The new drive will be the system drive. I already have a sound card/audio interface.

I've been researching components for a couple months and this is what I've come up with. Let me know what you think.


CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k $319.99

MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $129.99

PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W $59.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $64.99

HD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s $149.99

CD/DVD: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB $18.99

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99
November 10, 2011 12:38:41 PM

looks a pretty good build for a DAW. if you can add an SSD, that would also help you for faster read/write speeds.
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November 10, 2011 12:51:34 PM

With the shortage of HDDs, and prospective supply problems for the next 6 months, you are well advised to snap up a HDD ASAP, or make due with what you have until the 2nd Q or 3rd Q 2012.

Prices are up from September by, at the very least, 50%, and there may be a worldwide shortage of 40-50 million units in Q1 2012.
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November 10, 2011 1:12:29 PM

Thanks. Yeah i thought about an SSD. I think they're a little expensive to fit into my budget at the moment but maybe someday down the line. A 30 gb to run the OS is temping though.

That's interesting about the HDD shortage. I hadnt heard about that. I thought they seemed more expensive than when i last bought one.
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November 10, 2011 2:05:05 PM

kut24x said:
Thanks. Yeah i thought about an SSD. I think they're a little expensive to fit into my budget at the moment but maybe someday down the line. A 30 gb to run the OS is temping though.

That's interesting about the HDD shortage. I hadnt heard about that. I thought they seemed more expensive than when i last bought one.

just get another WD 1TB Caviar Black instead and set it on RAID 0. the motherboard you listed seems to support RAID configs.
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November 10, 2011 2:09:05 PM

Digital audio workstation without a pro Sound card ? Also you don't need i7 2600...You can go with i5 2500 / Phenom II X6 1090T and more RAM (16GB)
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November 10, 2011 2:22:11 PM

michxymi said:
Digital audio workstation without a pro Sound card ? Also you don't need i7 2600...You can go with i5 2500 / Phenom II X6 1090T and more RAM (16GB)

he said he already have an Audio Interface.
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November 10, 2011 4:47:58 PM

michxymi said:
Digital audio workstation without a pro Sound card ? Also you don't need i7 2600...You can go with i5 2500 / Phenom II X6 1090T and more RAM (16GB)


I was originally thinking about going with an i5 2500 but have seen some recommendations for 2600 for DAW's. I use Fl studio and Reaper which both use hyperthreading. Do you think it still might not be worth it? RAM is pretty cheap so I could always add another 8 GB if I thought it was lacking. I'm not sure though.

thanks
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November 10, 2011 5:20:15 PM

kut24x said:
I was originally thinking about going with an i5 2500 but have seen some recommendations for 2600 for DAW's. I use Fl studio and Reaper which both use hyperthreading. Do you think it still might not be worth it? RAM is pretty cheap so I could always add another 8 GB if I thought it was lacking. I'm not sure though.

thanks


If you have the money go for i7 2600 + Z68 mobo + 16GB of RAM...If the programs you mention use Hyperthreading / multi cores you can go for AMD FX 8120 + AM3+ mobo + 16GB of RAM ;) 
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November 12, 2011 9:37:57 PM

I decided to get 16 gb ram and a slightly better PSU. Corsair Enthusiast series 650w. I'm going to try and wait on the second hard drive for the prices to come back down. Thanks for the help everyone.
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November 12, 2011 10:37:38 PM

nice. what HDD? the Seagate one? if i were you id cancel the Seagate, then get another WD Caviar Black 1TB same model on what you have now. then RAID 0 it.

you will notice performance increase in RAID config.
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November 12, 2011 10:49:27 PM

chinoroy said:
nice. what HDD? the Seagate one? if i were you id cancel the Seagate, then get another WD Caviar Black 1TB same model on what you have now. then RAID 0 it.

you will notice performance increase in RAID config.


Nice, i may do that. Thanks
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