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Home Recording studio PC/mid-high level gaming PC. Thoughts?

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January 13, 2012 3:46:40 AM

Hello all,

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.

This is where I'm at:

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT HALE90-850-M 850W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARX 750GB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Raptor Gaming LK1 Black and Red gaming keyboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RTK-002 Anti Static Wrist Strap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thoughts or anything I should know specifically before diving in?

Thanks in advance,
GhostXI
January 13, 2012 4:02:35 AM

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.

Other than that I would say buy a large, silent cooler for your cpu, like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...
January 13, 2012 4:17:12 AM

thanks for the reply,

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.

This is what I am considering interface wise
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/tascam-us-1800...

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.
January 13, 2012 11:25:28 PM

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.

- I don't know much about NZXT power supplies. This might be a better suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- This would be a better hard drive for not too much more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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