- Notes: First build, BUDGET DAW PC, Use for Ableton Live with APC-40 controller.
- Ultimate Goal: To get something that just works for now with the possibility to upgrade 6mo. from now. These are the items ive found recommended from others, I’m hoping to get recommendations to items that will simply be sufficient for my needs at the lowest cost possible.
- Budget: About $540 after I buy APC40 controller.
- Approximate Purchase Date: This Weekend (11/16-11/18)
Grand Total = $556.84
I know this is just barely above my budget.
I’m hoping I can sacrifice for a lesser model of something(s) and need advice of which to sacrifice. Ex: i5-3570k vs i5-2500k vs i3xx?? lesser MOBO, HDD, or PSU??
That is good for 3 monitors I believe, not 100% sure at the moment. I know 2 is fine though.
It's all great in terms of performance but I could make a few suggestions to help in other areas such as quietness and reliability. My internet is being far too slow to search sites for you at the moment but ill suggest a new build tomorrow.
totaling to $468.84.
how does this look? this is my first build and I realllly reallly REALLY don't want to run into problems/have to send things back. (i know the cheap HDD risky but willing to risk it saving $50)
From what ive gathered Ableton live can only make use of 3.2 GB of the ram, and only two cores..
In regards to using multiple plugins... here's an easy way to think about it. Open Ableton, load up a bunch of plugins, and then open up Task Manager. In the applications list, you don't see all of your plugins loaded into Windows do you? Of course not... all you see is Ableton. Windows runs Ableton. Ableton runs the plugins. The plugins are only truly spread across all cores if Ableton (the controlling DAW) spreads that task across your cores. That's why it's important to work with a DAW that supports "multithreading" (another word for spreading the load). I'm kinda surprised to find out that Ableton doesn't support this.
In regards to Reason, do the same test. You'll see that Reason is open as a separate application in Task Manager. So... Windows has the ability to spread its load and you are now taking advantage of your extra cores.
I'm just starting out and pretty set on Live with the integration with the APC-40 controller. Live 9 may support multicore but as far as I know Live 8 doesnt as of right now. so i feel my best option is the 3570 would you agree?
Ableton only uses 2 cores? That's crazy, it must get clogged up so easily. 2 cores wouldn't be enough for certain projects depending on the type of music and amount of tracks/VST's etc.
If it were me, I'd still go for the AMD build and just get some better software lol. As I said in the first 2 posts though, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Intel build, it is fine. Go for that if you prefer it.
EDIT: Sonar is pretty good. Reaper is another good one, it is free and copes with multithreading nicely.
EDIT2: Let me just mention something about that GPU I suggested as well, I suggested it because it can support 3 monitors which is nice. You only need 2 though, so you could buy any graphics card on the market.