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February 20, 2013 4:42:51 AM

Hello, I am posting on this site, because I have used you guys knowledge plenty of times, and I know it's very great advice. I am in the process of building a desktop for music production/gaming. I pretty much have all the parts for the build chosen, and they are waiting in my wishlist for me to purchase them next week. Problem is, I am starting to have second thoughts about my choices, and I need help determining what would be best for my exact situation. For example, should I build a custom mac, or stick with my pc build, what mobo to get, what computer case to get, which audio interface, and so on. My DAW will probably be pro tools, reason, abelton, or FL studios. Not sure yet, and I will for sure be using/running Windows 8, Komplete 8 Ultimate, maybe Spectrasonics Omnishpere, Mashine MK2, or Abelton launchpad or push, some synth midi keyboards, and the novation sl midi controller. Here is what I have chosen so far for my pc build, but I am open to a mac build if it would be more ideal for music production. I just want to make sure if I'm spending all this money, that it's done right. My budget for computer hardware I would like to try and keep below 2,500.00 Thank you very much in advance for your responses. If anything is missing I apologize, as I am new to this.

CoolerMaster Half X blue edition case-I would like a case that has a bays for a blueray drive, a floppy disk drive for my vintage synths.


High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular .


ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard not sure about this mobo, as I have read nightmare reviews on newegg about it.

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card This card is very expensive, so if you can suggest a cheaper alternative while keeping power for running crysis 3 and such that would be cool. Would even buy two video cards to run together if it's a better option.

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) might downgrade a bit, waiting till I order

Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive






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February 20, 2013 4:46:09 AM

Oh yeah, and I would also like to run 2-3 monitors at once for multitasking. So the mobo would have to support that, and maybe wifi as well? Or I could just buy a wifi device for my desktop?
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February 20, 2013 4:50:12 AM

Matt3030 said:
Hello, I am posting on this site, because I have used you guys knowledge plenty of times, and I know it's very great advice. I am in the process of building a desktop for music production/gaming. I pretty much have all the parts for the build chosen, and they are waiting in my wishlist for me to purchase them next week. Problem is, I am starting to have second thoughts about my choices, and I need help determining what would be best for my exact situation. For example, should I build a custom mac, or stick with my pc build, what mobo to get, what computer case to get, which audio interface, and so on. My DAW will probably be pro tools, reason, abelton, or FL studios. Not sure yet, and I will for sure be using/running Windows 8, Komplete 8 Ultimate, maybe Spectrasonics Omnishpere, Mashine MK2, or Abelton launchpad or push, some synth midi keyboards, and the novation sl midi controller. Here is what I have chosen so far for my pc build, but I am open to a mac build if it would be more ideal for music production. I just want to make sure if I'm spending all this money, that it's done right. My budget for computer hardware I would like to try and keep below 2,500.00 Thank you very much in advance for your responses. If anything is missing I apologize, as I am new to this.

CoolerMaster Half X blue edition case-I would like a case that has bays for a blueray drive, and a floppy disk drive for my vintage synths.


High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular .


ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard not sure about this mobo, as I have read nightmare reviews on newegg about it.

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card This card is very expensive, so if you can suggest a cheaper alternative while keeping power for running crysis 3 and such that would be cool. Would even buy two video cards to run together if it's a better option.

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) might downgrade a bit, waiting till I order

Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


And I have chosen Komplete 6 as my audio interface. Future upgrade ability, and audio latency are of the most importance for this build as well.
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February 20, 2013 4:53:02 AM

An I7 3770K should be more than enough for what you are doing as long as you give the computer plenty of RAM to ork with.
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February 20, 2013 5:06:30 AM

i say make your build around the cpu and memory. for what your doing its all about speed and reliability. id even go so far as to say a dual xeon rig and high latency serv er class memory of 32gb.
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