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October 25, 2012 10:07:21 PM

Hi,I was wondering,could I build a good pc for music production for less than a mac?
Because I was trying to decide on which to get because I know mas are popular in the music biz but looking at the specs I think I might be able to buy a pc that is better than a mac for less the price.
What's your guy's opinion? :) 

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October 25, 2012 10:23:45 PM

let me just say this. YES. f you ever met someone who hates apple, well you found someone who hates apple more, ME. Well one apple is super overpriced for there performance. depending what mac your trying to kill here, i would recromend you go and get a nice sound card like a ASUS xonar essence, i 1tb to 2tb memory and cpu like the 3570k, and a board like the asrock extreme 4 and you can kill n music production
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October 25, 2012 10:27:27 PM

Yes you can do MUCH better by building a PC.
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October 25, 2012 10:29:47 PM

I assume this was a rhetorical question.
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October 25, 2012 10:43:23 PM

Yes. You would not believe how overpriced iMacs are for $1000

Here is what I have thrown together for you.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($284.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.49 @ B&H)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $842.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This will give you superior performance and lots of disk space. And this probably isn't that great of a build. It could be better :p 
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October 25, 2012 10:48:41 PM

I would just like to state for the records that I hate apple products. They are overpriced amd way over rated performance wise. Most people who say it's better than their store bought pc probably paid 500$ for their pc and like 2000$ for the mac. no *** it will be better but if you build a pc for 2000$ you would obliterate the 2000$ apple. I HATE MAC
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October 25, 2012 10:58:33 PM

chadk24 said:
I would just like to state for the records that I hate apple products. They are overpriced amd way over rated performance wise. Most people who say it's better than their store bought pc probably paid 500$ for their pc and like 2000$ for the mac. no *** it will be better but if you build a pc for 2000$ you would obliterate the 2000$ apple. I HATE MAC


Yes, Mac Pros are no where near worth what they advertise. For the entry level $2.5K model you can get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($539.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($354.47 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2265.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

A similarly equipped Mac Pro would get you this:

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Specifications

One 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor
6GB (3X2GB)
1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
One 18x SuperDrive
Apple Magic Mouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
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October 25, 2012 11:11:39 PM

^ no RAM on that build. Though its only ~$90 for 16GB of 1600Mhz RAM, wont make a large difference.

It is almost always cheaper to build your own machine than buy an Apple. The prices they charge for the hardware you receive is ridiculous.
http://store.apple.com/au/configure/MD770X/A?
According to the Mac Pro customization page, they will charge $90 for a 2GB stick of 1333Mhz RAM. Already pointed out above you can get 16GB of faster RAM for the same price.
The difference between a TB hard drive and a 2TB is $109. $109 is what you can expect to pay for a 2TB hard drive outright.
A 512GB SSD is supposedly $1200, can get a Vertex 4 512GB (which is undoubtedly faster) for $400.
Apparently a Radeon 5770 is $280... Thats nearly the price of the much superior 7950.
Seems an optical drive costs $120.
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October 25, 2012 11:31:32 PM

manofchalk said:

According to the Mac Pro customization page, they will charge $90 for a 2GB stick of 1333Mhz RAM. Already pointed out above you can get 16GB of faster RAM for the same price.
The difference between a TB hard drive and a 2TB is $109. $109 is what you can expect to pay for a 2TB hard drive outright.
A 512GB SSD is supposedly $1200, can get a Vertex 4 512GB (which is undoubtedly faster) for $400.
Apparently a Radeon 5770 is $280... Thats nearly the price of the much superior 7950.
Seems an optical drive costs $120.


Yeah it is so ridiculous. You can get something for 500 - 1000 dollars less and still perform the same/better i bet
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October 25, 2012 11:47:13 PM

manofchalk said:
^ no RAM on that build. Though its only ~$90 for 16GB of 1600Mhz RAM, wont make a large difference.

It is almost always cheaper to build your own machine than buy an Apple. The prices they charge for the hardware you receive is ridiculous.
http://store.apple.com/au/configure/MD770X/A?
According to the Mac Pro customization page, they will charge $90 for a 2GB stick of 1333Mhz RAM. Already pointed out above you can get 16GB of faster RAM for the same price.
The difference between a TB hard drive and a 2TB is $109. $109 is what you can expect to pay for a 2TB hard drive outright.
A 512GB SSD is supposedly $1200, can get a Vertex 4 512GB (which is undoubtedly faster) for $400.
Apparently a Radeon 5770 is $280... Thats nearly the price of the much superior 7950.
Seems an optical drive costs $120.


Fixed. :lol: 

Are you going off the AUD rates? Those are going to be significantly more due to conversion factors.
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October 25, 2012 11:51:23 PM

Wouldn't say significantly, but it would be a bit more expensive due to our higher dollar.
Though the point is still being made, being ripped off.
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October 25, 2012 11:53:32 PM

for the price of a well equipped mac you could build 2 nice computers

1700 dollars gets you a new well equipped mac or a sound editing machine and a gaming machine....but only one monitor
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October 26, 2012 12:05:37 AM

Seems that there is somewhat of a price difference between AUS and US.
http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/configure/MD770LL/A...
Though not by much. $15 less for the RAM ($75 for a 2GB stick)
$9 less for the 2TB (still $100 over a TB)
$200 less on the SSD.
$250 for a 5770 (which is equivalent to a 7870).

Still being ripped off pretty badly.
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October 26, 2012 12:13:21 AM

Hahahahaha. Apple? Good price/performance? Gimme a break. The things you are paying for when you buy a Mac is a logo and OS X (which you can hackintosh for $20)
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October 26, 2012 2:43:40 AM

I've came to the conclusion that I was right you can get a waay better PC for the same or less amount of money than buying a mac. Thanks for the help guys I will for sure get a pc instead of a mac. Feel free to discuss more on your thoughts and such here and If you'd like to help me out some, you can suggest a good pc build for music production. Thanks again for the suggestions and advise so far. :) 
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October 26, 2012 2:59:30 AM

One more question,does anyone know of where there are great black Friday deals online? Because I want to save as much money as I can and do you think it's worth waiting for black Friday?
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October 26, 2012 3:13:00 AM

who knows what deals there will be but what you are really looking for is cyber monday. thats when the online stores do their major deals.
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October 26, 2012 3:51:57 AM

Okay, thanks man.
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October 26, 2012 5:02:21 PM

Volcomskater2 said:
One more question,does anyone know of where there are great black Friday deals online? Because I want to save as much money as I can and do you think it's worth waiting for black Friday?


I don't know - I'm not the biggest fan of Black Friday. Although stores are becoming more and more secretive about the deals they're offering and you probably won't know about it until a few days before Thanksgiving.
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November 2, 2012 12:20:21 AM

Best answer selected by Volcomskater2.
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