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First PC build for DAW music PC

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April 5, 2012 9:27:38 PM

Hi all!

I'm looking to build a reasonably quick Digital Audio Workstation for making music on
and I have come up with the following...

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: £ 400 - 600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music PC - sequencer and VSTi s

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: So far Amazon seems Competitive

Country: Great Britain

Parts Preferences: HDD - Western Digital; CPU - Intel i5

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 minimum ( i5 has on-processor Intel HD 2000, I think )

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC

Here's a list of what I've come up with so far in an Amazon wish-list (seemed convenient!)

My New PC:

I will be getting Win 7 64 bit Home Premium.

Phew! I think that covers it!

If anyone would like to comment on these selections, suggest alternatives (and/or prices!)

and let me know if there are any other bits and pieces I will need to put it all together I would be extremely grateful.

eg are all the parts compatible, will the PSU be able to handle a 1GB graphics card in the near future, do I need any more fans &c &c.

Thanks in advance - Steveo.

More about : build daw music

April 5, 2012 10:52:59 PM

Your wishlist isn't viewable. Just post the list here and I am sure folks will help you out.

BTW, you should add a discrete video card to the mix. Using the integrated video will be underwhelming at best.
April 6, 2012 4:42:03 AM

Yes we cant see your wishlist.

You could do with the onboard video.

I dont know about your build but this should look like your build

intel i5 2400
asrock z68 pro3 gen3
corsair vengence 2x8 gb 1600mhz ddr3 ram
seasonic 350w 80+ bronze psu
cooler master haf 912
crucial m4 64gb ssd
wd carvier blue 500gb hdd
Creative xi fi titanium hd sound card or whatever you want

But if you can fit i7 definately go with it that will help you a lot.

Hope this helps
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April 6, 2012 4:04:25 PM

My apologies for unviewable wishlist.

Here are the details:

Soundblaster X-Fi X treme Audio PCI Express
by Creative Labs
2.8 out of 5 stars £34.99

LG GH24NS70.AUAA 24x DVD-RW SATA Bare - Black
by LG Electronics

Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, DDR3, 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, ATX, LucidLogix Virtu)
by Asus
4.4 out of 5 stars £76.64

Xigamatek CPC-T45UB-U01 Asgard Chassis
by Xigmatek
4.3 out of 5 stars £29.97

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)
by Intel
4.9 out of 5 stars £158.10

Western Digital 2TB SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM - Caviar Green
by Western Digital
4.3 out of 5 stars £90.20

Corsair CMPSU-430CXV2UK​ Builder Series CX430V2 - 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
by Corsair
3.6 out of 5 stars £37.48
April 6, 2012 4:07:28 PM

Oops! forgat the Memory!

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C​9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
by Corsair
4.6 out of 5 stars £40.98

Sorry. Steveo
April 6, 2012 4:12:46 PM

COLGeek: I agree, but since I'm not playing games, top graphics aren't a priority right now... there's always tomorrow.....
April 6, 2012 4:16:06 PM

For a DAW, OCing is not necessary. OCing can add more background sound (fans) as the system works harder to keep cool. Just keep that in mind.

True, you can use the integrated video, but it will limit other uses (like gaming). If you add a stand alone video card, you will need to have a stronger PSU.

Good luck!
April 6, 2012 4:18:59 PM

Thanks for your advice COLGeek!
April 6, 2012 9:26:36 PM

steveo1953 said:
Thanks for your advice COLGeek!

You are most welcome, my friend! WOO HOO!!!

BTW, what recording apps do you plan to use?
April 7, 2012 5:48:41 AM

Sonar X1 and vsts and my leccy guitar
April 7, 2012 12:19:36 PM

Are you connecting the guitar directly to your rig or going through a mixer?