System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Audio Engineering with digital plugins, live band recording, cd production, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com –
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU – always liked Intel
Overclocking: Maybe – Don’t know if this is necessary, but willing to add it if need be
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Looking for a CPU with tremendous processing capabilities. Will need CPU to have at least 8GB RAM in order to record/play up to 45 tracks with digital effects. Currently using Cakewalk Sonar v8.5 in order to record, mix, and master audio files. Will be using Waves Platinum plugin software. As of now, I have an i5 processor with 5 GB RAM and my CPU usage gets bogged down with latency issues and ultimately freezes when recording and playing back too many tracks. May need to have Firewire integrated in CPU for easier recording. Currently using a Cakewalk UA-1 external audio card
Processor: Intel i5 2500 Sandy Bridge: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- I was originally going to use one of the 6- Core i7 processors , but I am not sure if I need that for audio engineering. Good decision? $219.99
- This motherboard was listed as editor’s choice from tech report. So, figured it was good to pick. $209.99
Wireless Card: Linksys WMP600N Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI WEP, WPA & WPA2 Personal, WPA & WPA2 Enterprise. $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Should I add or change anything? This is a build that I thin will work very well, but I could be overlooking or over killing. Again, my first attempt at creating an audio engineer’s dream PC. Will I need a cooling system specifically for the CPU? Again, thank you for your time and patience. Look forward to reading and replying to the comments.
Finally, this post seemed insightful. It was recent and it appears that jmsellars1 provided a great build and ideas. I like the idea of a SSD drive as that will allow your audio editting software programs to run faster. Hope this helps!
It is kinda sad that there isnt more of these kind of posts with help. Hopefully yours will receive some attention.