First PC build for DAW music PC Tags: Build Music Systems Product Last response: April 7, 2012 12:19 PM in Systems Share steveo1953 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: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=wish_l... 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 COLGeek 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. serialkiller 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 Related resources Advice on first build ? For Music DAW and Solidworks CAD/CAM - Forum Building DAW for Music Creation/Production - Forum Budget DAW PC help/critique!! - Forum Need advice for a Pro Audio PC/DAW Hardware questions - Forum AMD 955 DAW PC - Thoughts? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer steveo1953 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 £17.69 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 steveo1953 April 6, 2012 4:07:28 PM Oops! forgat the Memory! Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit by Corsair 4.6 out of 5 stars £40.98 Sorry. Steveo steveo1953 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..... COLGeek 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! steveo1953 April 6, 2012 4:18:59 PM Thanks for your advice COLGeek! 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? steveo1953 April 7, 2012 5:48:41 AM Sonar X1 and vsts and my leccy guitar COLGeek April 7, 2012 12:19:36 PM Are you connecting the guitar directly to your rig or going through a mixer? Can't find your answer ? Ask ! 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