Hi. I'm doing my first desktop build for my home recording studio.I'm doing it little at a time because I have to wait to sell equipment to pay for it.I'm trying to keep the cost down,but not at the expense of inferior components.Here's what I have so far. All newegg . PSU- N82E16817139006 Corsair TX 750 -$129.99 -Bought. Case-N82E16811119216-COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower -$79.99-Bought. DVD Burner---N82E16827135204 ASUS 24X DVD Burner -$17.99-Bought. HDD----------N82E16822148840 Seagate Barracuda -$99.99-bought. Parts NOT Bought.....Motherboard - N82E16813128531 -GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011-$299.99 CPU - N82E16819115095 $ 599.99 -Intel Core i7-3930K.
Ram - N82E16820231503 -.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) kits 8 sticks-Two sets of four.Total of 32 GB-$300
Boot drive,"ssd"- #: N82E16820148442-Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III-$159.99-128 GB. Microsoft Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional.$74.99
CPU fan - N82E16835608019 -Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm -$74.99
Vid Card - N82E16814133386-PNY VCGGT5201XPB GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card-$49.99
TOTAL = 1,887.99 More HDD later.I am only going to use this computer for DAW only,no web,no MS works,no games nothing but audio editing and recording and lots of tracks ,plug ins and Vst"s and of course Midi too.Any advice would be much appreciated.Hope I posted this right,Im new to this site.Thanks a lot.
go with 2500K cpu - it is as fast as you can possibly use, I7 is a waste of money
use 64 bit OS
gSkill is junk in my experience - Crucial is quality
Gigabyte rocks - good choice, although I like z68 for the money