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Building a new PC for music production and editing/recording *help*

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January 10, 2013 12:49:32 AM

So, I want to build a computer that will be good for audio production and making music but on a budget. I don't want a gaming build or a build with a nice sound card in the computer because I don't need a good GPU or an internal sound card because I will get an audio interface (external sound card). I want to run programs such as Pro Tools 8-10 and I want to use plugins from native instruments. I going to make orchestral music like in films and I want to record instruments to it like guitars,pianos,drums, ect. I don;t want to spend more than I have to of course. My budget is 600-650$ right now but I'm planning on building it later this year when I get more money so I should have around 850-900$ then but I'm really not sure.

If you have any tips or suggestions they would be much appreciated also.

Thanks
January 10, 2013 1:39:29 AM

Music editing isnt that intensive, so in effect you will just get a gaming rig minus a GPU.
I'm guessing your not into all the more enthusiast features likes overclocking?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $739.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 22:36 EST-0500)

That should be enough for music editing. If its more intensive than I thought, you have room in the budget to upgrade to an i7.
The aftermarket cooling isnt necessary as you cant overclock, but will be a lot quieter than the stock cooler. The case also has sound damping foam all over the interior to reduce noise even further. The rig has the capbility for a strong GPU as well if you wanted to throw one in there for gaming.



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January 10, 2013 1:48:22 AM

manofchalk said:
Music editing isnt that intensive, so in effect you will just get a gaming rig minus a GPU.
I'm guessing your not into all the more enthusiast features likes overclocking?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $739.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 22:36 EST-0500)

That should be enough for music editing. If its more intensive than I thought, you have room in the budget to upgrade to an i7.
The aftermarket cooling isnt necessary as you cant overclock, but will be a lot quieter than the stock cooler. The case also has sound damping foam all over the interior to reduce noise even further. The rig has the capbility for a strong GPU as well if you wanted to throw one in there for gaming.

You''ve got to be one of the most helpful people on these forums sir, thanks a lot.
If I knew how to overclock and stuff I might do it but I don't as of now.
I would like to play games on it such as bf3 later on too so it's cool that I can add a GPU to it. I might upgrade to an 17 also If I get the money and possibly a bit more RAM but 16GB is quite enough for now. Thanks a lot!


Also any other answers and helpful thought are still welcome.
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January 10, 2013 1:49:45 AM

manofchalk said:
Music editing isnt that intensive, so in effect you will just get a gaming rig minus a GPU.
I'm guessing your not into all the more enthusiast features likes overclocking?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $739.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 22:36 EST-0500)

That should be enough for music editing. If its more intensive than I thought, you have room in the budget to upgrade to an i7.
The aftermarket cooling isnt necessary as you cant overclock, but will be a lot quieter than the stock cooler. The case also has sound damping foam all over the interior to reduce noise even further. The rig has the capbility for a strong GPU as well if you wanted to throw one in there for gaming.


Why would you get this motherboard and CPU combination if you're not going to overclock? You could drop the CPU to the 3470 and then omit the fan and you save a good $60 off the build.
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January 10, 2013 1:52:17 AM

^Because there's no GPU, so I thought I'd at least include HD4000 on the CPU.
The 212 EVO because its quieter than stock.

Also theres no "K" on the end, it wont overclock unless you want to touch the FSB.
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January 10, 2013 2:04:19 AM

manofchalk said:
^Because there's no GPU, so I thought I'd at least include HD4000 on the CPU.
The 212 EVO because its quieter than stock.

Also theres no "K" on the end, it wont overclock unless you want to touch the FSB.


Oh I hadn't thought about HD4000, that makes sense. But I still wouldn't use the onboard video in place of a dedicated GPU. Unless the OP wants to buy one later on.
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January 10, 2013 4:21:35 AM

Another quick question. If I got a graphics card would it speed up programs and the launch of programs?
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January 10, 2013 5:17:59 AM

It might speed up certain programs that have GPU acceleration capabilities, might want to check if your sound software can use either OpenCL/GL or CUDA. That can help with render times.

As for the speed at which things start up, GPU will play no part in that. Thats more the speed of your storage solution (which is an SSD, so it'l be fast). Just realized you may want to throw a HDD on my build, otherwise you will have to live off 90GB of storage (after formatting and Windows).
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January 10, 2013 3:47:28 PM

Yeah, if I use that build I'm going to get a 1TB HDD at least because you neeed quite a bit of storage for music work I've heard.
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January 10, 2013 4:26:26 PM

That build looks good to me. It should all be extremely quiet except for maybe the PSU. I had the 750W version of that myself and it wasn't particularly quiet. Maybe go for something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I imagine it should be slightly better quality, should be a bit quieter and still has more than enough power to add a decent GPU like the GTX 660/HD 7850 or something.

EDIT: If you can cram and i7 into the budget it would be worthwhile, don't worry if you can't though.
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