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Quiet and powerful Recording Studio PC?

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March 29, 2012 5:57:21 PM

I am still using an old Core2 machine. Need max processing power in a quiet machine. Probably not worth waiting for Ivy Bridge from what I read. I need TI chipset firewire capability for use with existing interfaces. How high tech do I need to go? I have friends helping to build this, just trying to gather info ahead of time. Intel processors please.
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March 29, 2012 6:23:55 PM

Processor: i7-2600(k, not really necessary... but for a couple of bucks more it would be a waste not to get an i7-2600k)
Aftermarket cooling (quieter): Single fan CoolerMaster 212 EVO + Arctic Silver 5
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V DELUXE/GEN3 (other than onboard firewire, the best Z68 board ASUS makes)
QUIET Case: Antec P280 (same used in Tom's 2600$ build for this quarter)
QUIET Power supply: (Passively cooled) Seasonic X Series SS-400FL
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (2x8GB)
SSD: 128GB (choose between:)  Crucial M4, OCZ Vertex 3, Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe
HDD: (?)TB WD Caviar (Black or Blue) or Seagate Barracuda

What's your budget? :p 
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March 29, 2012 6:24:26 PM

What is your budget and what exactly does it have to include? Monitors? OS? Tower only?

How much storage do you need?

Do you want to use multiple monitors?

Which software will the machine be running and for what usage?
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March 30, 2012 10:24:19 PM

Tower only, I have Win 7 32/64, one monitor, 2+ TB storage... More is better. Will be running Samplitude audio software for multitrack audio and maybe a few other audio options as well as any backup/transfer software. Budget <2K. Lots of VST plugins.
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