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February 26, 2012 6:20:31 AM

im brand new to the the whole computer building thing. i need help with, how to build the perfect computer for my studio. my budget is $3000 give or take a few hundred. i've been searhing for answers but every thread i read people always answer well it depends. if you can just be straight forward with the most ideal machine for my budget. strickly for studio performances. so far i have my eyes set on:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Cooler: Cool Master V8

Memory: Corsair Dominator 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

System Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Data Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

Optical Drive: LITE-ON SATA Blu-ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850


I have very little knowledge of current technology, i want to start producing music with the best machine possible for this price. i'm willing to go up if needed. my special requests are silent and hi performance. my main concern is the cpu heatsink. Any direct comments are appreciated. thank you for you time and knowledge. im ready to go shopping! All comments will be considered so please help!
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February 26, 2012 6:23:36 AM

Have you considered an ssd? Also swap out the V8 for a noctua nhd-14.
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February 26, 2012 6:31:03 AM

yes i have considered ssd, im most likely going to that route any recommendations on brand? youve answered my most important question is the noctua the quietest most efficent fan out there?
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February 26, 2012 6:33:02 AM

muddyjeep90 said:
build the perfect computer for my studio
For a specialized requirement like yours you look at software and production hardware first.
Have you checked with your music / studio production and recording software website forums to see what hardware people are recommending there? What music/recording hardware do you need to interface with the new computer?
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February 26, 2012 6:35:37 AM

It's pretty quiet. Noctua makes the best quiet fans out there, and their heatsinks are great!
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February 26, 2012 6:42:26 AM

thats the thing i used to use logic with macbook pro with a low-tech setup just a mixer with phatom power and a condeser mic and record a buddy for hip-hop music. but im going a different way with electronic music. i'm looking into using ableton live abd fl studio. i dont know where to start. so i just went with getting a well made computer first.
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February 26, 2012 6:43:21 AM

Definately wirth getting an SSD for your pc , look at the new Samsung 830 for an SSD , they are excellent, a fast drive is important for a music production pc.
The Noctua is a better choice as the other guys have suggested.
The Asus STX is a good sound card just make sure the card has the adequate inputs and outputs you will need for recording and playback.
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February 26, 2012 6:45:05 AM

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muddyjeep90 said:
thats the thing i used to use logic with macbook pro with a low-tech setup just a mixer with phatom power and a condeser mic and record a buddy for hip-hop music. but im going a different way with electronic music. i'm looking into using ableton live abd fl studio. i dont know where to start. so i just went with getting a well made computer first.

oh fl studio
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February 26, 2012 6:49:45 AM

Noctua is a great cooler and very quiet. I'd recomend the Samsung 830 too, but a Vertex 3 is just as fast and they've had a nice price drop recently. You really cant' go wrong with any good brand Sandforce driven, synchronous memory SSD right now.. but definitely don't boot off or work off of a hard drive...that's straight ghetto
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February 26, 2012 6:49:49 AM

monsta said:
Definately wirth getting an SSD for your pc , look at the new Samsung 830 for an SSD , they are excellent, a fast drive is important for a music production pc.
The Noctua is a better choice as the other guys have suggested.
The Asus STX is a good sound card just make sure the card has the adequate inputs and outputs you will need for recording and playback.


i'm planning on getting an upgraded usb sound card. this is just for monitor purposes and to amplify my cans. im a recent graduate and need a side hobby. i love music and why not try and make my own beats. i appreciate all the help.
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February 26, 2012 7:01:58 AM

thanks for tall the help bro's. all i needed was the verification and a couple tweaks. SSD's and Noctua fan. i assume everything else should perform well.
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February 26, 2012 7:10:23 AM

Are you going to game on this? Honestly you don't need a 560ti if you don't game, also if you want even more performance you might want to try doing a custom liquid cooling setup and achieve a much better overclock.
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February 26, 2012 12:14:01 PM

Hi :) 

My computer company in the UK builds music computers for several well known singers/producers...

The machines we build for them are specialised...they are NOT home pcs or gamers machines, like the advice above...so forget all that advice....

You need a big fast machine with huge SCSI hard drives to start with and they cost SERIOUS money....

You NEED a SERVER TOWER
You NEED A minimum of 4 SCSI hard drives (as big as you can afford)
You NEED A scsi card
You NEED a very fast CPU or twin Xeons
You NEED A HUGE amount of ram
You NEED a VERY EXPENSIVE sound card

etc , etc...

That little lot will cost a Lot more than $3000...(think $6000 to $10,000)..minimum...

All the best Brett :) 
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February 26, 2012 1:28:48 PM

If you want a LCS instead of air cooling get the H80 or H100. Switch the 1TB Caviar Black to a 128GB SSD
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February 26, 2012 2:07:26 PM

merphal said:
If you want a LCS instead of air cooling get the H80 or H100. Switch the 1TB Caviar Black to a 128GB SSD


Hi :) 

NO....SSD`s are NO GOOD for what he wants...they are NOT big enough and definitely not reliable enough....

He NEEDS multiple SCSI drives...

All the best Brett :) 
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February 26, 2012 2:08:03 PM

I think based on your budget, your choices have been pretty good. I too would recommend using a SSD for your OS disk. I would go with either a Samsung 830 series or an Intel 520 series. The Intel is a little more expensive, but it's incredibly fast and reliable. I have the 120 GB, but the 180 has a slightly higher I/O and I think you'll need a little extra room for the number of applications you'll be running. Plus, you'll want to have some cushion so you won't have to continually be transferring files to your secondary drive just so you can move on to the next project/track. I haven't been that involved in audio production in awhile (Acid was the mainstream program, that should tell you how long ago) but I think the items you selected should be pretty good.
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February 26, 2012 2:20:51 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

NO....SSD`s are NO GOOD for what he wants...they are NOT big enough and definitely not reliable enough....

He NEEDS multiple SCSI drives...

All the best Brett :) 


Even an 8 hour day of raw audio files at the highest fidelity won't fill his drive. I use SCSI in a lot of server builds too when I need just good performance, but SSD's have come down in price to where they're a better alternative to SCSI. Price match 15K SCSI vs. SATAIII and then look at I/O and cost per gig. You would be surprised who is winning that battle now. If I were in his shoes, I would setup a RAID5+1 of SATAIII digital drives connected to an Intel RAID controller (brand isn't really that important, just based on performance). If you use 128GB SSDs, that's a little under 500 GB formatted w/ 1 hot spare drive and the performance would be through the roof. I agree that 2 Xeons would be great for processing but unless he's synthesizing an entire orchestra while receiving input from more than 8 audio sources I don't see his processor breaking a sweat in the studio.
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February 26, 2012 2:24:39 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

My computer company in the UK builds music computers for several well known singers/producers...

The machines we build for them are specialised...they are NOT home pcs or gamers machines, like the advice above...so forget all that advice....

You need a big fast machine with huge SCSI hard drives to start with and they cost SERIOUS money....

You NEED a SERVER TOWER
You NEED A minimum of 4 SCSI hard drives (as big as you can afford)
You NEED A scsi card
You NEED a very fast CPU or twin Xeons
You NEED A HUGE amount of ram
You NEED a VERY EXPENSIVE sound card

etc , etc...

That little lot will cost a Lot more than $3000...(think $6000 to $10,000)..minimum...

All the best Brett :) 

I think he wants to make music for a hobby not to make a record label and have several musicians work done on his PC.
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February 26, 2012 3:02:27 PM

theconsolegamer said:
I think he wants to make music for a hobby not to make a record label and have several musicians work done on his PC.



Hi :) 

I think you have it in a nutshell...

If hes a Pro musician...he should listen to me...

If hes an Amateur musician... he should listen to others...

All the best Brett :) 
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February 26, 2012 11:30:54 PM

im defitnitly an amateur lol, im no trying to produce deadmau5. im starting off with the basics. when i become a pro i'll you up brett! as for now i want to have abad ass set up. with 3 three monitors which is why i chose 560i unless i dont need it. i dunno any alternative recommendations for a video card. i want top of the line display i plan on getting expensive monitors to have a nice set up for movies and multi-tasking. also whats more efficient for power, cooling, and suppressed sound.......H100 or D14?

so far i have on the list..

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Cooler: Noctua D-14

Memory: Corsair Dominator 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

System Drive: Samsung 830 series

Data Drive: Intel 520 series

Optical Drive: LITE-ON SATA Blu-ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850
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February 26, 2012 11:38:03 PM

For the fractal design case, you might want to replace some of the fans in there with quieter fans. If you are not satisfied by how quiet it is...
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February 27, 2012 12:13:17 AM

muddyjeep90 said:
i dunno any alternative recommendations for a video card. i want top of the line display i plan on getting expensive monitors to have a nice set up for movies and multi-tasking.

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti


hey bro, your Z68 motherboard has three videos out. HDMI/DVI/D-SUB

for desktop multi tasking the HD3000 igpu could help out a lot. (at least for two displays.)

and if you think it might lack at 1080p video even a Radeon HD 5450 would help out that.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99


btw, i do not see you listing any USB/PCI A/D converter for your inputs to record, whatcha doing with that?
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February 27, 2012 12:29:40 AM

SSD is changing the market when it comes to performance and a noticeably cheaper than SCSI drives. Before solid state drives had become affordable scsi would be hand down the way to go or sas depending on the build. Some cheap SSD in raid paired with a few normal mechanical drives for storage ect is the best way to go in the long run. As for life span it shouldn't be an issue depending on usage habits. For most tasks an SB i7 is usually more than enough while a pair of 3ghz+ 1366 xeons can certainly pack a nice punch.
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February 27, 2012 2:02:54 AM

For your case and CPU I recommend the CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016). If you had a different case you could also use the CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017). With the H80's fans blowing cool air from outside the case over the radiator and the front two case fans expelling air you would have great cooling for your case and CPU.

For an SSD I would definitely choose one that had Sandforce firmware. My pick would be the Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191) But there are others with Sandforce firmware that are a good choices as well. One reason I recommend an SSD w/Sandforce firmware is that it has superior garbage collection to other firmware without TRIM enabled, so if you choose to add another SSD at a later date for faster Raid 0 you can do so with the least amount of negative impact. I have been running my OS on two 120GB Corsair SSD's w/Sandforce firmware in raid 0 for well over 1yr now with no negative impact what-so-ever.

For your storage drives I don't recommend SSD's since they are relatively costly pr GB for your budget. I would recommend SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245) There are a few reasons I recommend this drive. 1st is the relatively cheap price pr GB. Before the Thailand floods these drives were only $99 reg price (I got 5 on sale for $79 each) If you buy one now for $159 and wait a little longer the price should settle a little more towards what it used to be.

2nd is these drives are a great alternative to expensive Western Digital RE4 (or similar) drives for a raid array. Most cheap drives don't work well in raid due to a lack of TLER (Time Limit Error Recovery) or similar utility however Samsung F4's have a similar utility CCTL (Command Completion Time Limit) and they are rock solid in raid. At a later date you can add several of these inexpensive hard drives to your PC for a raid array with tons of storage and a speed similar to or even faster than a single SSD. I have been using 4-2TB Samsung F4's in a raid array for over 1yr with no negative issues.

There is nothing wrong with your choice of video card for 1 monitor. However for 3 monitors two AMD HD6870's in CF would IMHO be a better choice. Starting at $159 apiece (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901%20600083829&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206870) this would not increase your budget much but it would increase your performance considerably. Two HD6870's in CrossFire will out preform one GTX 580 in most benchmarks and will be able to handle 3 monitors very well. I use this set up with 3-24in monitors and they preform excellent in both extended and eyefinity mode without breaking the bank!

Lastly your choice of sound card is an excellent choice for Headphones but lack analog connectivity for anything but stereo. If 5.1 or 7.1 is important to you, a analog connection is important since the digital 5.1 or 7.1 basically just bypasses your soundcards processing and your digital onboard connection would serve just as well.
Also for music production something from a company like M-Audio would be more geared towards your purpose.
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February 27, 2012 2:20:11 AM

Idonno said:
Also for music production something from a company like M-Audio would be more geared towards you purpose.


ABSOLUTELY NOT!

you might just as well tell him to buy a MAC!
(where do you think the M in M-Audio came from?)

and while i am at it:

STOP RECOMMENDING SSDs!

there is absolutly NO WAY anyone would want to work hours but more like days or weeks on creating, composing or creating a music composition and risk the chance of it going bubbye in a "flash". if anything there is a need to raid1 another 2TB WB black in his system.

now excuse me since i now have the need to kill south americans in BF2BC
(no offense to any S.A.s on this board)
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February 27, 2012 3:14:21 AM

Idonno said:
For your case and CPU I recommend the CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016). If you had a different case you could also use the CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017). With the H80's fans blowing cool air from outside the case over the radiator and the front two case fans expelling air you would have great cooling for your case and CPU.

For an SSD I would definitely choose one that had Sandforce firmware. My pick would be the Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191) But there are others with Sandforce firmware that are a good choices as well. One reason I recommend an SSD w/Sandforce firmware is that it has superior garbage collection to other firmware without TRIM enabled, so if you choose to add another SSD at a later date for faster Raid 0 you can do so with the least amount of negative impact. I have been running my OS on two 120GB Corsair SSD's w/Sandforce firmware in raid 0 for well over 1yr now with no negative impact what-so-ever.

For your storage drives I don't recommend SSD's since they are relatively costly pr GB for your budget. I would recommend SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245) There are a few reasons I recommend this drive. 1st is the relatively cheap price pr GB. Before the Thailand floods these drives were only $99 reg price (I got 5 on sale for $79 each) If you buy one now for $159 and wait a little longer the price should settle a little more towards what it used to be.

2nd is these drives are a great alternative to expensive Western Digital RE4 (or similar) drives for a raid array. Most cheap drives don't work well in raid due to a lack of TLER (Time Limit Error Recovery) or similar utility however Samsung F4's have a similar utility CCTL (Command Completion Time Limit) and they are rock solid in raid. At a later date you can add several of these inexpensive hard drives to your PC for a raid array with tons of storage and a speed similar to or even faster than a single SSD. I have been using 4-2TB Samsung F4's in a raid array for over 1yr with no negative issues.

There is nothing wrong with your choice of video card for 1 monitor. However for 3 monitors two AMD HD6870's in CF would IMHO be a better choice. Starting at $159 apiece (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901%20600083829&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%206870) this would not increase your budget much but it would increase your performance considerably. Two HD6870's in CrossFire will out preform one GTX 580 in most benchmarks and will be able to handle 3 monitors very well. I use this set up with 3-24in monitors and they preform excellent in both extended and eyefinity mode without breaking the bank!

Lastly your choice of sound card is an excellent choice for Headphones but lack analog connectivity for anything but stereo. If 5.1 or 7.1 is important to you, a analog connection is important since the digital 5.1 or 7.1 basically just bypasses your soundcards processing and your digital onboard connection would serve just as well.
Also for music production something from a company like M-Audio would be more geared towards your purpose.
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i appreciate the clarification. fixed a couple of doubts of mine. do you think this sound card would better suit my needs? HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... i really i appreciate your answer
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February 27, 2012 3:14:49 AM

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February 27, 2012 3:46:25 AM

Anonymous said:
ABSOLUTELY NOT!

you might just as well tell him to buy a MAC!
(where do you think the M in M-Audio came from?)


Well since you asked, I think the M in M-Audio came from the original name of the company "Midiman" which is not an apple company or subsidiary. If you think different you are wrong! Furthermore I did not necessarily recommend M-Audio (although many audio professionals think M-Audio is a good choice). I recommended a soundcard from a company like M-Audio since it would be more geared towards music production. "like" is the key word here, there are others to choose from.

Anonymous said:
and while i am at it:

STOP RECOMMENDING SSDs!

there is absolutly NO WAY anyone would want to work hours but more like days or weeks on creating, composing or creating a music composition and risk the chance of it going bubbye in a "flash". if anything there is a need to raid1 another 2TB WB black in his system.


Get with it, wake up, the stone age has been over for quite a while now and SSD's are quite reliable. I back up all my important data. I have had quite a few rotating platter hard drives crap out on me in the past, but never an SSD. Both of my sons work professionally in A/V editing and production. If you have ever turned on a TV you have seen their work. They use large SSD raid 0 arrays (4-8 SSD's) on a regular basis. :sol: 
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February 27, 2012 4:23:39 AM

muddyjeep90 said:
i appreciate the clarification. fixed a couple of doubts of mine. do you think this sound card would better suit my needs? HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... i really i appreciate your answer


No problem, glad to help!

That's the soundcard I use and it is an excellent card. However It doesn't have a built-in headphone amp like the ASUS Xonar Essence STX does. It does go fairly loud with headphones but I have no doubt the Xonar Essence STX would do better (with headphones). There are choices that could get you the best of both worlds. A separate headphone amp is one, however the cost of a good one is likely to be more than an entire soundcard that produces the same quality from its amplified headphone output.

The HT | OMEGA CLARO halo XT (http://www.htomega.com/clarohalo_xt.html) is an excellent card with headphone amp and up to 7.1 analog connections. It is a PCI card (not PCIe) and it's not cheap at around $250.

I guess it comes down to how much money you want to spend on your soundcard and/or how important a built-in headphone amp is vs analog 5.1/7.1.

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February 27, 2012 5:41:31 AM

Idonno said:
Well since you asked, I think the M in M-Audio came from the original name of the company "Midiman" which is not an apple company or subsidiary. If you think different you are wrong! Furthermore I did not necessarily recommend M-Audio (although many audio professionals think M-Audio is a good choice). I recommended a soundcard from a company like M-Audio since it would be more geared towards music production. "like" is the key word here there are others to choose from.


it is nice you can google M-Audio and find out how it got the name since yamaha owing a previous name. :) 
and maybe it is my fault, i had been in the live audio engineering field for over ten years with the latter five of it also in the recording studio environment; it was a common joke that M-Audio was Mac-Audio because for quite some time the company catered to the hip mac carrying crowd before it branched off in a more professional environment; about the time avid bought them and digidesign; with digidesign being a leader in professional digital audio engineering.

Idonno said:

Get with it, wake up, the stone age has been over for quite a while now and SSD's are quite reliable. I back up all my important data. I have had quite a few rotating platter hard drives crap out on me in the past, but never an SSD. Both of my sons work professionally in A/V editing and production. If you have ever turned on a TV you have seen their work. They use large SSD raid 0 arrays (4-8 SSD's) on a regular basis.


on a side note, i haven't owned or watched a t.v., except for maybe a ballgame now and again, for about 5 years now; so i am sorry if i missed any of your sons' work.
(btw, i couldn't help but smile to myself about the times as a kid, my friends would say, "my dad is a lawyer/doctor so i know . . . .")
yes SSDs are much more reliable however, when they go they and all the data on them is irretrievable; unlike a platter where once the data is written it can not be retrieved AFAIK. but it is not a stone age mentality to be cautious. it is fine if you back up your data on SSDs but i still don't see it in an enterprise or professional environment, YET. also it would be not cost effective; the amount of data used for audio recording, a 48kHz 16-bit two-channel PCM (1.46 Mbit/sec of recording) is staggering. (anything below that sample rate is cr*p)

so excuse me for not saying, "M-Audio is not the most desirable A/D converter solution." "SSDs really are not applicable for his needs." and i will add "Headphones are the least reliable way to monitor music creation."
real full range speakers are the best option for the latter. its called psychoacoustics.


thank you for your time.
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February 27, 2012 5:58:56 AM

Anonymous said:

so excuse me for not saying, "M-Audio is not the most desirable A/D converter solution." "SSDs really are not applicable for his needs." and i will add "Headphones are the least reliable way to monitor music creation."
real full range speakers are the best option for the latter. its called psychoacoustics.


OK, your excused. Now behave! :pt1cable: 
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March 1, 2012 9:43:59 AM

I would recommend using a professional low latency recording sound card, instead of something designed for gaming and home entertainment. I have used the ESI-Pro Maya 44 (old PCI version) for years, and it has served me well. The PCIe version has even more features, such as a Hi-Z input for recording guitars directly. It has phantom power on one of its inputs, to power condensor mics (without having to run them through an external pre amp). It has 4 analog inputs and outputs, using 1/4" jacks, instead of the smaller 1/8" consumer audio jacks. The card is compatible with the ASIO 2.0 low latency audio system developed by Steinberg (manufacturers of Cubase), which is used by most DAW applications, including Reaper. It's a lot more expensive than your typical gaming soundcard, but it excels at audio production. Of course, if you want to do multichannel audio recording and playback (more than 4 channels simultaneously), you would have to get something with more ins and outs, but I think that would be superfluous to your needs.
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April 30, 2012 8:36:25 AM

muddyjeep90 said:
im brand new to the the whole computer building thing. i need help with, how to build the perfect computer for my studio. my budget is $3000 give or take a few hundred. i've been searhing for answers but every thread i read people always answer well it depends. if you can just be straight forward with the most ideal machine for my budget. strickly for studio performances. so far i have my eyes set on:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Cooler: Cool Master V8

Memory: Corsair Dominator 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

System Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Data Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

Optical Drive: LITE-ON SATA Blu-ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850


I have very little knowledge of current technology, i want to start producing music with the best machine possible for this price. i'm willing to go up if needed. my special requests are silent and hi performance. my main concern is the cpu heatsink. Any direct comments are appreciated. thank you for you time and knowledge. im ready to go shopping! All comments will be considered so please help!




hi i was doing sum late nite surfing and i came across this forum and topic on recording rigs i hope i can help u out and reply in the right manner

below is what i use,,, it rocks hard for me ^_^ its actually my 3rd recording rig i've owned i guess u learn as u go

my recording rig-

pro tools 64 bit 8.5 le
digi rack 003 1250.00
pair of rokit 8 - powered mixing monitors. 250 like new at a pawn shop ^_^ 500 or so brand new. chek ebay for used ones

3 mics totaling around 600.00 and 3 cans

all u need is one good mic 150.00 and a good set of cans 100.00 to get started.

below my pc rig (custom build ) almost all from new egg bout 8 months old

Ballpark figures

2 - 24 inch asus dual monitor setup -- 150.00 each
intell 2600k processor 320.00
ASUS|P8Z68-V PRO Z68 LGA1155 210.00
COOLER MASTER PSU Silent Pro 1000W 160.00
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) $199.96 with 80.00 discount code
corsair 80 liquid cooler 70.00 on amazon
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case 90.00
1 WD veloci hd 450gb 10000 rpm- audio storage files 130.00 with the 40.00 discount code killer deal ! ..250.00 now
1 WD Veloci hd 300gb -10000 rpm - main os 160.00
evga 470gtx video card 350.00
a couple cd burners 25.00 each

NO SOUND CARD !! the digi003 interface takes care of that

i thinks that around 1800 -2000

i hope i helped u out a bit

mark


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April 30, 2012 3:23:33 PM

muddyjeep90 said:
im brand new to the the whole computer building thing. i need help with, how to build the perfect computer for my studio. my budget is $3000 give or take a few hundred. i've been searhing for answers but every thread i read people always answer well it depends. if you can just be straight forward with the most ideal machine for my budget. strickly for studio performances. so far i have my eyes set on:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Cooler: Cool Master V8

Memory: Corsair Dominator 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

System Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Data Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

Optical Drive: LITE-ON SATA Blu-ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850


I have very little knowledge of current technology, i want to start producing music with the best machine possible for this price. i'm willing to go up if needed. my special requests are silent and hi performance. my main concern is the cpu heatsink. Any direct comments are appreciated. thank you for you time and knowledge. im ready to go shopping! All comments will be considered so please help!


I would skip the sound card and just go with an audio interface. Avoid USB because of the jitter and latency USB has, and go with a firewire interface. I recommend the MOTU Ultralight MK3 if you can afford it.
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April 30, 2012 3:28:10 PM

muddyjeep90 said:
im brand new to the the whole computer building thing. i need help with, how to build the perfect computer for my studio. my budget is $3000 give or take a few hundred. i've been searhing for answers but every thread i read people always answer well it depends. if you can just be straight forward with the most ideal machine for my budget. strickly for studio performances. so far i have my eyes set on:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Cooler: Cool Master V8

Memory: Corsair Dominator 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

System Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Data Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

Optical Drive: LITE-ON SATA Blu-ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850


I have very little knowledge of current technology, i want to start producing music with the best machine possible for this price. i'm willing to go up if needed. my special requests are silent and hi performance. my main concern is the cpu heatsink. Any direct comments are appreciated. thank you for you time and knowledge. im ready to go shopping! All comments will be considered so please help!


I would skip the sound card and just go with an audio interface. Avoid USB because of the jitter and latency USB has, and go with a firewire interface. I recommend the MOTU Ultralight MK3 if you can afford it.
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July 12, 2012 2:44:26 PM

muddyjeep90 said:
im brand new to the the whole computer building thing. i need help with, how to build the perfect computer for my studio. my budget is $3000 give or take a few hundred. i've been searhing for answers but every thread i read people always answer well it depends. if you can just be straight forward with the most ideal machine for my budget. strickly for studio performances. so far i have my eyes set on:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Cooler: Cool Master V8

Memory: Corsair Dominator 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

System Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Data Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

Optical Drive: LITE-ON SATA Blu-ray Burner

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850


I have very little knowledge of current technology, i want to start producing music with the best machine possible for this price. i'm willing to go up if needed. my special requests are silent and hi performance. my main concern is the cpu heatsink. Any direct comments are appreciated. thank you for you time and knowledge. im ready to go shopping! All comments will be considered so please help!


Hi muddyjeep90,

I am very late to reply on this thread, but just curious which speakers are you willing to buy or already bought???

- imprimus
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