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Best quiet and latest mini-itx for home studio recording

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February 20, 2013 5:24:09 AM

Hello,

Please provide parts to help me buy or build a quiet and powerful- mini-itx or atx machine for home studio recording.

It will be all computer recording based using (Ableton or Sonar x2 or Cubase) I will not be recording a band.

I will also use the new build for home video/photo editing occasionally.

I am willing to spend up to $1500.

Thanks for the input! :p 
February 20, 2013 6:30:09 AM

How about this? Small, sturdy, quiet, cool, energy efficient, performing greatly, very easy to build, very easy to carry around without detaching any hardware, looks good overall.

No discrete GPU (since you'll be doing sound recording/editing and image/video editing, CPU's integrated video would be more than enough. And you could add GPU later anyway, if you feel like doing so), no Disc Drive (You can install Windows from a Flash Dongle, and all needed drivers you can always download online/install from a Flash Dongle. And even if not, you can add Disc Drive later if you feel like you need it, which is highly unlikely), no OS included (read previous sentences. You pretty much have it on Flash Dongle/CD already if you're preparing to do such a build). Also, no peripherals (like keyboard/mouse and etc., I'm just assuming that you have them already, so I didn't count those).
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February 20, 2013 7:15:03 AM

Noob12 said:
Fractal Define R4 is a good case.


Discontinued, man... :\
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February 21, 2013 4:43:32 AM

Thank you both.



Which one should I get- Asus' P8Z77-I Deluxe or GIGABYTE Z77N-WIFI Motherboard?




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February 21, 2013 4:48:19 AM

Man...just get exactly what I've picked to you and you'll be absolutely fine. The motherboard that I offered is the best ITX board so far, there's just no better.
It is a very niche market these days, even though it's growing little by little every day, but there's still not much truly worthwhile products in this segment up to this day.
Everything that I've picked for you in the first post, is the best you could get for such money, so far. If you'll try getting some other board, you'll be just getting worse product.
It's a very balanced (high quality, high productivity, very comfortable, but at the same time meets your proposed budget completely) build, just exactly what you need out of ITX.
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February 21, 2013 6:23:46 AM

Ooops... I didnt see you guys link :)  both Excellent ,, I'd go for master_chen.... plan...

Thanks again to both of you!!!!
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February 21, 2013 6:29:43 AM

kalawin1 said:
I didn't see your links. :) 


You're kidding me, right? %)
I always "bold" it, so that you can see it right away.

kalawin1 said:
I'd go for Master Chen's recommended build!


Clickity-click!
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