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Advice on first build? For Music DAW and Solidworks CAD/CAM

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August 17, 2012 11:29:14 PM

Hey there,

I need to build a machine that will double as my home recording studio DAW and a solidworks design machine.

(1.) I want the machine to be in a rackmount case since it will be rackmounted.

(2.) Since this computer will be in a recording studio... it must be virtually silent.

(3.) This computer will be connecting to two monitors, so a dual monitor card is necessary.

(4.) Solidworks is a graphics intense program, so a relatively high end graphics card may be necessary for optimal function.


Here is what I have so far:

Rackmount case [Might need to go bigger/different model to fit video and wireless card?]: http://www.***/istarusa/products.php?series=Rackmount%20Chassis&sub=D%20VALUE&model=D-213-MATX&factor=2

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory [WOW! Memory is sooooo much cheaper these days!]: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless internet PCI-E card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fans: Not sure what to buy. Machine needs to run cool and nearly silent

Power supply: Not sure. Any Suggestions?

Cables: What do I need? I want it to be nice and tidy inside

How's the compatibility looking with my parts list? I will be running Windows 7 and maybe upgrading to windows 8. For budget I would like to stay under 1500. I think I have done that so far. Monitors will be 2X27" dell ultrasharps.
August 18, 2012 12:01:01 AM

do you have to put it in a rackmount because the cases are pretty overkill and none of which from what i know are near silently optimizied
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August 18, 2012 1:19:13 AM

TheBigTroll said:
do you have to put it in a rackmount because the cases are pretty overkill and none of which from what i know are near silently optimizied


Hmm... I am pretty set on the rackmount. This computer is going to do a good bit of traveling eventually since my software programs are very strict about how many machines I can install my seat.
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August 18, 2012 1:38:47 AM

rackmounts arent the most portable things around. might want to check out a m-atx size form factor if you are looking for portability
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August 18, 2012 3:19:43 AM

TheBigTroll said:
rackmounts arent the most portable things around. might want to check out a m-atx size form factor if you are looking for portability


Unless it is going in a rack with other 19" rackmount gear. Then it becomes real handy. Also, mounting the rackmount PC in a shockmount rack case offers much more protection against impact and vibration than a free floating computer case.

I'm mainly interested in finding out:

(1.) If my hardware is all compatible/optimal
(2.) What kind of power supply and fans to buy for cool and quiet operation and sufficient power
(3.) Will my hardware fit properly in the 2U rack case
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August 18, 2012 12:30:58 PM

racks dont look like they have a lot of sound proofing. where are you doing this? im pretty dam sure that you can just stick a m-atx case under your desk. racks are more for server operations.

80mm noctuas arent that quiet. the 140s are

the quadro 2000 doesnt look low profile at all. a quadro 600 might do it but it would be a severe cutback in performance
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August 18, 2012 5:06:39 PM

TheBigTroll said:
racks dont look like they have a lot of sound proofing. where are you doing this? im pretty dam sure that you can just stick a m-atx case under your desk. racks are more for server operations.

80mm noctuas arent that quiet. the 140s are

the quadro 2000 doesnt look low profile at all. a quadro 600 might do it but it would be a severe cutback in performance


Yea the quadro 600 can be mounted in a low profile slot, but the 2000d can't. I'm going to get a 3U rack case instead of a 2U so i can fit the quadro 2000d and other standard size PCI card.

Do you have personal experience with the 80mm noctua fans?

Many shockmount racks are pretty thick. They have several layers of wood and then a foam layer that is the "shock" part of the rack.
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August 18, 2012 6:35:05 PM

ok then if you are going with a rack.

not really. i went to a store and they had a mini pc with the 80mm and it was slightly louder than the 140mm that i have on my d14
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