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Digital Audio Workstation PC

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May 12, 2012 3:34:19 AM

Hey so i'm looking to buy a new pc from a dealer on Craigslist and I narrowed it down to a few choices. The computer will mainly be used for music applications like Ableton, Renoise, Fl Studio etc. but I do want to game on at least decent settings. All these PCs come from the same guy so all the parts can be swapped. I just want to know which one would be the best option

1) 700$

NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case
intel Core i7 2600k @ 3.4Ghz
Cooler Master 212 CPU Cooler
Asus P8P67 LE Motherboard
8GB DDR3 1600 Gaming Ram
1TB 7200RPM Sata Drive(2x 500GB Raid0)
Zotac GTX550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 Graphics
520W PSU
DVD+/-RW Sata Drive

2) 500$

window ultimate 64 bit
Intel 2500k over clocked to 4.2ghz. Quad core sandy bridge 2nd
MSI motherboard p67 with blue overclocking friendly include with msi overclock button
Haf 922 master cooler case.
" XFX 6870 AMD 1gb dual fan
Hyper x kingston ddr3 1600mhz
coolmaster cpu AIR cooler metal heat sink
SAMSUNG Hard drive 7200 rpm. 1 tb
600 watt corsair with switch led blue
samsung cd drive rom

3) 630$

Antec 900
INTEL CORE I7 950 3.07GHZ
EVGA X58 SLI 3 USB 3.0 ATX MOTHERBOARD (SUPORT 24GB MAX)
12GB DDR3 3X4 1600MHz TRIP CH, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series
1TB SATA HDD
DVD-RW SATA
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Graphics card 890mb
700W ROCKETFISH PSU WITH BLU LEG
WINDOW 7 ULTIMATE

4) 570$

AMD FX-Series FX-8120 Black Edition Eight Core Processor 3.10 GHz 8 CORE
ASUS M5A88-V EVO Motherboard (Supports 16gb Max,2Ways ATI Grossfire Xsupport)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Gaming Ram
500gb SATA HDD
ATI Radeon™ HD 5850 Graphics 1gb. it show 7.7 on index score
DVD+RW
500W ROCKETFISH 80PLUS PSU WITH BLU LEG
WINDOW 7
ASKING $570 TOWER ONLY

My max budget is only 700$, so let me know thanks!
May 12, 2012 1:46:05 PM

Even if you ignore the price, #2 would be the best. I would grab that and add a SSD with the remaining cash.
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May 12, 2012 7:00:07 PM

K thanks man so hyper threading doesn't outperform the benefits of an ssd? I've been reading around the forums and I thought the general consensus was if you can get the i7 get it ehh but what if I get option 1 for 580 without gpu and upgrade the gpu?

Plus I have an intel Ssd Already

The more instances of Massive the better :) 
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May 13, 2012 11:55:26 PM

Hyperthreading isn't going to be utilised much in audio software, it's not worth the extra in my opinion. A SSD should make more of a difference.

The i7 won't give you much of a benefit, even if #1 and #2 were the same price, I'd grab #2. It is up to you though, if you're not that bothered about high framerates in games then the small performance boost gained in audio software with the i7 may be worth it.
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May 21, 2012 2:22:23 AM

Hey I ended up getting the i7 rig for 650, and it's been a good deal so far. The 550 ti is running better than I thought and I'm getting plenty of power til I save for a new mobo.

I'm very disappointed in the asus board, never buying from them again. I had bought a g73 from them a year ago and even that had gpu bsods, a poor trackpad, and other misc problems. The le board is even worse, it completely locks the multiplier and surges the vcore randomly. It produces way too much heat for turbo boost to want to kick in and is a completel piece of junk, just saying because I don't think anybody should be selling things like this.

Even with all that I can run 50+ instances of massive so it's all good no problem. For now I'm running a - offset of .03 set the long duration to 32, block 103, and turbo to 4.3ghz. That seems to stick at 4.3ghz nicely under load for now
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