This a great community and I figured you guys would be the best to weigh in on these parts (suggestions or any tips/specific experience with these parts are highly appreciated). I am fairly new at the building process and would consider myself a beginner of sorts...this is my first complete build so I really want to get everything correct.
As far as the intended use of this system, I am going for two main focuses. As home recording studio PC and slightly more than mid range gaming PC. It's right at $1,700 including operating system, etc.
Looks pretty good so far. I'm running Pro Tools 10 on my studio PC and personally I start to run out of ram after a fair number of plug-ins. (I have 4GB) That being said you should probably just go ahead and get 16GB of ram since its so cheap, and it will prevent you from running into snags with your recording. Also how serious are you with recording? Do you multi-track drums? Run large sessions with lots of tracks? that would help a lot so I could better suggest things.
It's expensive but you will be able to overclock quite a bit while retaining low temps and noise. Also get a non-reference GTX 580, it will run cooler, quieter, more efficient, and have more overclocking headroom. I suggest the MSI version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Those are good suggestions. As far as the recording goes I am still trying to decide whether to go with a pci based interface (which would eliminate possiblity of SLI I understand?), firewire or usb. Mainly Pro-Tools and/or Cubase whatever is proprietary to the interface I decide on.
Biggest thing is recording drums good enough to sound replace. Mainly recording rock/metal/hardcore bands.
But back to the PC, that cooler is really nice, I was considering only OC'ing the to a stable 4.4 or so. Would the Hyper 212 EVO not cut it? And yes going with 16GB Ram makes more sense. I wanted to get the Z68 as well for Ivy Bridge.
That looks really good with a couple of suggestions:
- Ditch the extra case fan and static wrist strap. The Phantom is a very well ventilated case, and the wrist strap is useless.
- Go with the Crucial M4 instead of the Corsair Force 3 - I don't know if it still has the firmware issues or not but if it's the same as my Intel one I had a lot of problems with it before they fixed the firmware.