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Best 550$ sound editing build

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November 8, 2012 8:35:11 PM

Hello. A "customer" if you will, wants a computer for music/sound editing. maybe some VERY light, LIGHT gaming. the only things he knows he wants is 2TB of HDD space. he doesn't want or need an ssd. just 2 TB. whats the best build for him on this budget? I know more about higher end products, so I'm not sure about these. we live in lex. kentucky, USA, and we'd both rather shop from newegg. max budget is 600. thanks so much
-Greed
November 8, 2012 11:38:57 PM

What do you mean exactly by light gaming?

I'd probably suggest an a10 5800k, but if it's only like browser games then nvm.
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November 8, 2012 11:48:14 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $574.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 20:52 EST-0500)

Be sure to get a sound card, especially over a graphics card, since it's for sound editing.
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November 9, 2012 12:01:31 AM

sonicers said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $574.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 20:52 EST-0500)

Be sure to get a sound card, especially over a graphics card, since it's for sound editing.



There are no Microcenters in Kentucky
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November 9, 2012 4:19:10 AM

In that case, you can

a) skimp out a bit on the sound card and get the i5 anyways, or

b) go for the i3 3220 and stick with the current sound card.
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November 9, 2012 8:35:19 AM

what audio interface is he using?
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