First PC build need advice!


I'm planning to build a PC for under $1000 for my audio production work. At the moment I only use a dual core desktop which school were giving out for free (so it sucks). I've researched and because I want to keep the price as low as possible I have decided to go with AMD instead of Intel.

What I plan to do is whenever I need to upgrade my computer I will just build a completely new one and use the older one as a slave computer to connect to my host computer.

I have not decided on a graphics card yet but I'd like a quite cheap 1GB one because I don't plan to be playing games on it only using music software. If you have any suggestions that would be great!

Here's my build so far:

Case: CM Storm Trooper [SGC-5000-KWN1] (window) Black

MB: AMD AM3 ASRock [970 Extreme3]

CPU: AMD AM3 FX-6100 Black Edition Six-Core 3.3GHz

PSU: 650W Cooler Power [P4-PTI-3]

HDD: Internal 3.5" 1TB SATA3 7200rpm HGST 7K1000.C

SSD: 2.5" 120GB Sata3 Kingston V300 [SV300S37A/120G] (R:450MB/s W:450MB/S)

RAM: DDR3 Ram 8GB Kit (2x4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz Kingston

I also have a cheap CD/DVD drive already.

This Build $661 (not including postage)

Basically I'm looking for any advice for anything I have to add or anything which you recommend I change. Also am I getting a good price for the build? What other components will I need to build this?

One more question do you know of any good 5.1 audio cards and will it work with my Motherboard?

This is my first time doing any of this so I'm sorry if I'm asking some pretty basic questions.

Thanks heaps,
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  1. Something like this should be good for you. Went with a mini ITX design so it's nice and portable if you need to take it between home, school, studio etc. If you dont need portability then you can get it a bit cheaper.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
    Sound Card: Creative Labs Z PCIe 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $731.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 05:41 EST-0500)
    this should be able to fulfill your needs...a decent 7.1 audio cards... also don't take that PSU, 2 words, not good...
  3. Thanks for the replies! Sorry I haven't replied for a bit, been away.
    I decided to up my budget a bit and I've posted on another forum as well and this is what I have come up with:

    Case: CM Storm Trooper [SGC-5000-KWN1] $189
    PSU: Corsair VS450 Builder Series ATX Power Supply $49
    MoBo: ASRock 990FX EXTREME4 $160
    CPU: AMD FX-8350 8 Core Processor (4.0GHz) $215
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CO $35
    RAM: 2xKingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/8G 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 – $49
    HDD: 2 x 3.5" 1TB SATA3 7200rpm HGST 7K1000.C $67 (I want two seprate HDD)
    SDD: 2.5" 120GB Sata3 Kingston V300 (R:450MB/s W:450MB/s) $90
    ODD: LG [GH24-NS90] [24x/oem with Software) Black $20
    GPU: Cheap one I have lying around at home not sure what it is

    I'm not sure if the PSU will be compatible/enough wattage though?

    Any advice on this build?

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