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March 23, 2012 7:18:07 PM

I'm putting together a computer that's just going to be used for music production. I don't need really good graphics or anything since I won't be using it for gaming. Also, I don't need an audio card since I have an external firewire one. I've never built a pc from scratch before, so would love to hear some input on if this list is looking ok so far or if there's anything I forgot. Will the graphics card on the CPU work for what I need?

CPU - Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop

Motherboard - Intel BOXDZ68DB LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

RAM - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin

case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

power - Diablotek PHD Series PHD350 350W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

dvd - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

monitor - Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
March 23, 2012 8:29:27 PM

If you're not planning on gaming you will be able to use the on board graphics.
You should probably get a PSU with bigger wattage also, maybe 450-500 (you may choose to add more hardware later).
Intel boards are good and all, but I don't get why they don't support "faster" RAM. Maybe a mobo that supports faster RAM would also be a good idea, at least 1600MHz for music production. There won't be a big impact on your budget either.
If your budget permits, a smaller capacity (60GB-120GB) SSD for your OS is a must!
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March 23, 2012 9:28:03 PM

Looks good, although you might consider getting a new sound card, if it still uses FireWire... Also you'll need at least 500W from your PSU, and Diablotek are low quality.
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March 23, 2012 10:50:40 PM

If you don't intend on adding any other hardware in the future 350w will power that system, but I would look at a better brand PSU.

I would consider a cheap aftermarket Heatsink Fan , It's always better to have cooler temps, even if you don't intend to overclock

More then likely if your using a Firewire based soundcard your already using a specialty product that you won't need to replace.
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March 23, 2012 11:30:47 PM

ngrego said:
If you're not planning on gaming you will be able to use the on board graphics.
You should probably get a PSU with bigger wattage also, maybe 450-500 (you may choose to add more hardware later).
Intel boards are good and all, but I don't get why they don't support "faster" RAM. Maybe a mobo that supports faster RAM would also be a good idea, at least 1600MHz for music production. There won't be a big impact on your budget either.
If your budget permits, a smaller capacity (60GB-120GB) SSD for your OS is a must!


Thanks for the heads up on RAM speed, I think the SSD might be a bit out of my budget, but would it increase speed significantly?

How does this motherboard and RAM look?

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)

Looks like I'll be going with this power supply instead, unless these are no good?

APEVIA See-Through ATX-AS500W-BK 500W ATX12V Power Supply

Thanks to everyone for the replies, much appreciated!
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March 24, 2012 9:14:07 AM

You don't need a higher wattage PSU, the power draw will be like 150W max. You just need a good quality one like a 300W Seasonic or something.

I should mention as well, I think a SSD would make way more of a difference in terms of performance than the upgrade from an i5 to an i7 will.

Not quite sure what the budget is exactly but this would be my choice:

Intel Core i5-2400
MSI H67MA-E45 (B3)
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Samsung 830 Series 64GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Fractal Design Core 1000
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W
Samsung DVD Burner

Total - $619.92

I would be surprised if you ever noticed the difference between the two in CPU performance and this should be quieter and more reliable as well as having the SSD.
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March 24, 2012 9:52:06 AM

I agree with the guys, a better quality PSU would be a better choice. Something like a Seasonic or Corsair maybe, although I personally suggest 400W and over (to future-proof).
Before you complete your selection do a double check on the HW.
Check Tom's reviews on what you have selected!
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March 24, 2012 9:55:13 AM

What do you mean when you say future proof? He doesn't need a graphics card and 300W still leaves plenty of space to add minor things like hard drives and optical drives.
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March 26, 2012 7:30:50 AM

If you were to buy the 300W PSU now and next year (for instance) decide you would like to be able to install a graphics card or an other piece of harware that may need more power. Throwing in an extra $10 - $20 now will save you $70-$100 down the line when your 300W PSU just wont do.
You may be telling yourself that all you will be soing is music production now, but things tend to change when you have a brand new rig sitting before you.
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March 26, 2012 4:04:46 PM

It's down to preference then I suppose. You could go with something like the Corsair CX-430 instead, that would leave enough room to add something like an HD 7770 or HD 7850 or something should he feel the need.
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