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New Music-PC Build (Suggestions are welcome)

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June 20, 2012 2:48:46 AM

Hello people!
Everytime I google for answers about hardware, I always end up here.. :) 
So I might as well join up and ask you about my planned build..

It's a dedicated music-pc, so it won't be connected to the internet..

The one I have right now:
CPU: Pentium 4 - 3,9GHz (overclocked 3,7)
RAM: 4GB (1x4)
HDD:
1 - 200GB (OS and software only)
2 - 300GB (Projects and audio only)
3 - 300GB (Samples and random crap)
Soundcard: M-Audio 1010LT
Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce 7800
Win XP (32bit)

It's been killing my inspiration.. I need something new!
I'll be doing this build in two parts, ordering half now, and the rest next month..

This the plan so far:
MoBo: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3,4Ghz (Ivy Bridge) (considered getting the cheaper 3450 IvyB)
RAM: 16GB (4x4 or 2x8)
HDD:
1 - Samsung SSD Basic 830-Series 128GB (OS and software only, also a couple of sample libraries)
2 - 500GB Western Digital RE4 (Projects and audio only)
3 - The old 300GB to use for backup and random crap
4 - Will use 4GB RAM as a drive, leaving 10GB RAM for use
(5 - Will add a SSD dedicated to samples later this year)
Soundcard: The 1010LT I already have
Graphics card: KFA2 GeForce G210 1024MB Passivt
PSU: be quiet! Pure Power L7 430W 80+ Bronze
Win 7 Pro (64Bit)

Also: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (CPU cooler)
I'll probably OC to 4GHz, seems like a stable clocking.

The case I'll be getting is a NXT Source Elite SE (3 case fans), might change though..
Also getting 2 or 3 extra case fans..

Here's a link to the shoppingcart with the parts above (Note: the case + fans are place holders for checking the final amount):
http://www.inet.se/kundvagn/visa/1930530/2012-06-20
It's in swedish, so are the prices.. :) 

I'm planning on getting the case + fans + cooler + graphics card + PSU (and maybe the HDD), this month.
Next month I'll get the Mobo + CPU + RAM + SSD..

I really hope it will be a big improvement to what I have now..
Was considering AMD Bulldozer (suits my non-existent budget better), but it seems the reviews aren't that good.. :/ 

Do I need the graphics card? I'm using 2 monitors with the Geforce 7800.. but I'll have to get a new one.. maybe the onboard graphics will do?
Think I can get away with a 60GB SSD? I'm not using a lot of space right now, although it's XP..
I might play some games, but it's not really important..
The WD RE4 HDD is Sata-II, I wanted a Sata-III for recording, but I need a reliable one and I haven't found a Sata-III HDD that seems reliable.. :/ 

Any improvements or thoughts are welcome..
The shoppingcart/site is in swedish but maybe you'll manage if you want to change or suggest something.. :) 

Cheers!
June 20, 2012 3:48:10 AM

You don't need an i5 for what you're doing, an i3 will do fine.

i3-2120
H77 motherboard, as you can't overclock an i3.
8gb ram (2x4gb, 1600mhz, ddr3)
You definitely can't run games on a Geforce 210 nicely. You should get a Radeon 7750.
Just get a case with 3 fans, you don't need more.
power supply seems a little sketchy.
You don't the Hyper 212 for an i3.
Get a 1tb hard drive

bulldozer sucks.

I don't get what you meant by: 4 - Will use 4GB RAM as a drive, leaving 10GB RAM for use

You can't use ram as a storage drive.

Windows 7 Home Premium is fine.
June 20, 2012 4:42:47 AM

Patflute said:
You don't need an i5 for what you're doing, an i3 will do fine.

i3-2120
H77 motherboard, as you can't overclock an i3.
8gb ram (2x4gb, 1600mhz, ddr3)
You definitely can't run games on a Geforce 210 nicely. You should get a Radeon 7750.
Just get a case with 3 fans, you don't need more.
power supply seems a little sketchy.
You don't the Hyper 212 for an i3.
Get a 1tb hard drive

bulldozer sucks.

I don't get what you meant by: 4 - Will use 4GB RAM as a drive, leaving 10GB RAM for use

You can't use ram as a storage drive.

Windows 7 Home Premium is fine.


Thanks for the input!
While it fits my budget better, I'm fairly sure I need at least an i5 for todays VST's/VSTi's.. :/ 

The PSU could be exchanged for a Corsair CX 430W V2 80+ (which is only half a dollar more)
Though I read that it's not as quiet as the "Be Quiet" one.. :) 

I'm going to use 4GB as a RAMdrive.. I should've been clearer on that: http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/softwar...
And I already have the OS..! (and monitors, mouse, keyboard, etc.)
!