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$800 - $1000 Music Production Build (First Build too)

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November 17, 2012 4:45:40 PM

Hi everyone, first time builder here. I'm relatively new to this, but I've been researching for a little while now. I'm coming to you all for help because I don't really know what hardware is compatible with what and which products I should stay away from, stuff like that.
I was originally planning on just getting a prebuilt system and going on with everything, but it seems like building my own is the most cost-effective route. Plus, I'll be learning a bit too.

So here's the specs:

Approximate Purchase Date:
The next month or two (Whenever I can get the best deals on things. I haven't had a computer for about 7 months...one or two more won't hurt)

Budget Range:
$800-1000 after rebates & shipping (Flexible for substantial improvement/benefit of some sort)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Audio Production (extensive use), Video/Photo editing (also extensive), Other Multitasking, Gaming

Are you buying a monitor:
No (but if anyone is aware of any good deals, don't hesitate to mention it)

Parts to Upgrade:
This is a completely new build, so everything.

Do you need to buy OS:
Possibly, but don't include that in the budget. I might be able to get a copy of Windows through programs at my college...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
newegg, tigerdirect, ect. (I'm not too aware of sites to buy parts from / I'm not picky.)

Location:
Clarks Summit, PA USA

Parts Preferences:
Look below for my indecision between Intel and AMD. I also would like to have the OS on a SSD, everyone seems to be praising that as the way to go nowadays.

Overclocking:
No

SLI or Crossfire:
No

Your Monitor Resolution:
1280x1024 (I plan to be working with a dual-monitor setup soon though)

Additional Comments:
In reading about what to do recently, I'm stuck at a crossroads. Everyone is saying that the 8 core AMD FX's are better for multitasking, video editing, audio production (everything that I plan on doing alot of) but they also have a bad reputation with problems, power usage, large amounts of heat, ect. Meanwhile, I read that everyone's praising the new 3rd gen Intels, especially for gaming. But they aren't as effective in the multitasking side of things. The thing is that I won't be doing much gaming (unless Half Life 3 comes out anytime in the next century) so it's not a priority. Not that I'm saying I would want to completely ignore the gaming factor, it would be nice to run games decently when I do feel like playing, but rather that wouldn't be a major factor. Yet, music production is my big thing now. So I just don't really know what to do...

As for a soundcard, I'm just going to stick with the onboard audio for now and get an external usb soundcard down the road a bit; so that's not needed.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My computer completely fried on me months back. It was an HP from around 2006. When it went down, it took two flash drives with it and corrupted an external drive to oblivion. It was time to move on though; it could barely handle anything I've been doing for the last few years.
November 17, 2012 5:19:34 PM

Here's approximate sketch. Idk about sound card seems like you need it but i'm not an expert.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4CT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4CT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4CT/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($126.21 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $1048.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 14:18 EST-0500)

i5 build would cost about 200$ more i can make it if you wanna see it
November 17, 2012 5:33:47 PM

Ohhh I forgot about mentioning the sound card. Thanks for reminding me. I'll edit my first post..

But no, I won't need one.
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November 17, 2012 5:48:08 PM

So then you're not exceeding budget
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4My
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4My/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4My/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $922.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 14:40 EST-0500)
November 17, 2012 6:40:19 PM

So you think AMD is the way to go?
November 17, 2012 6:52:30 PM

You mentioned i5, but for extensive multitaksing like you mentioned i7 is teh way to go.
Just to give you perspective i put togther a build. And i was wrong about prive increase it' little over your budget

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o5kM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o5kM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o5kM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1020.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 15:51 EST-0500)
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