I am putting together a destop that will mainly function as a studio computer. Most of my music production is software based: my main DAW is FL Studio (just got version 10), along with tons of VSTs and varios other software. I also have an M-Audio Delta-44 and Midisport 2x2 (midi to usb)
I want to build something with plenty of power that runs stable and cool. I will be running dual-boot Windows 7 (probably) and Ubuntu, and probably a few others in virtualbox.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks, I hope.
Budget Range: $1000-$1400 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music recording/sequencing, Coding, Virtual Box, occasional game or two, movies, surfing, etc.
Parts Not Required: I have a monitor (2 actually, VGA lcds - would like to dual screen), mouse, keyboard, speakers, soundcard. I probably don't need a video card - hoping for an onboard vga port and I'll use my ancient card for the other monitor - unless this will affect performance too much, then I will consider a low end modern card.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, memoryexpress.com
CPU - i-7 2600k
CPU Fan - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (probably? most ppl seem to recommend this one)
Mobo - ASUS z68 something - can't decide between them - this is the main thing I need help with.
Case: probably a Coolermaster HAF something. As long as its cheap and well designed with good air flow and front panel, I don't really care what it looks like. (well... to a point if it looks cool too, I won't complain too loudly)
PSU: not sure how much power I need, but high quality is obviously important here. I would imagine 600W - 750W would be plenty. Without a fancy video card going in, the only real extra is my Delta-44 soundcard, along with a few USB peripherals.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution:1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200, or something. the one monitor is widescreen (acer x183h), the other ???
Additional Comments: Quiet, cool, stable. I hope these aren't mutually exclusive
Thanks for the quick replies. I forgot to mention I was looking for a 120 GB SSD and 16 gb RAM. I'm not sure I need a video card at all. or maybe just a cheap one. ( i might leave that out for now.) Both my monitors are d-sub, so I guess I would get dvi adapters or I was hoping to get a mobo with a d-sub and just use some ancient video card I have lying around for the second monitor. Then again, ?
I decided to go with a 2700k cause it's only $20 more, somehow...
If anybody's lurking, please speak up. I would like to take advantage of these sale prices before stock runs out. At the same time, I want to make adjusments before ordering, if necessary. Thanks.
Here is what I am looking at:
ok, thanks for the tip. One thing I'm not sure about is shelling out $100 bucks for windows. I've heard some rumours they are back to the minor hardware upgrade invalidating your license crap again. also, is that video card worth bothering with, or should I just pay a few extra bucks for a better one?
EDIT - i did a little research on windows 7 requiring activation with hardware changes, but it seems like its the same deal as they did with XP. a hardrive change on its own should not trigger it. I thought the XP activation was a big deal until I had to do it once: a simple quick phone call was all it took. Still, I prefer ubuntu. Unfortunately, most of my music softare is windows...
now they are saying the shipping is $80. I've had this happen on several sites. (tigerdirect.ca is one) they say free shipping and then at the end they tack it on... I guess it's probably cause I'm way up in northern alberta, but arrgh!
Shipping & handling $81.41
Sub Total $1,234.49
No PST - Outside BC residents $0.00
EDIT - ok, I guess it's cause I have a PO box. Apparantly that's a big deal...