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Help with DAW/Light Gaming PC for £400

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December 20, 2011 8:34:02 PM

Basically after Pro Tools took a **** and died right in the middle of doing my coursework last month I decided it was time for a long over due upgrade.

This machine is mainly intended to be used for audio work, but it would be nice to be able to play the new Deus Ex as even tho I don't game much any more the original is one of my all time favourites, I wouldn't be looking to play it on particularly high settings. I'm also hopping that the motherboard would be able to handle an upgrade a few years down the line.

I've not done a new build in years so I'm not totally up on computer hardware these days, but after putting in some research this is the machine I've come up with, it's at the top of my price range, so unless there is a big performance gain (as far as the audio side goes) I wouldn't be able to justify spending any more.

I already have a 500 gig hard drive and a creative labs audigy sound card (although I generally use pro tools, so the mbox functions as the sound card in that instance). It's my intention to have a SSD hard drive installed when I get some more money, maybe this one http://www.overclockers.co.uk/show [...] -OC&tool=3

CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.6 GHz 6MB L3 Cache SKTAM3
http://www.ebuyer.com/204939-amd-p [...] 55tfbgrbox

MOBO - Asus M5A97 PRO 970 Socket AM3+
http://www.ebuyer.com/270702-asus- [...] -m5a97-pro

MEMORY - G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit
http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-ski [...] cl9d-8gbxl

GFX CARD - Asus Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR2
http://www.ebuyer.com/235121-asus- [...] nt-di-1gd2

CASE - Coolermaster Silencio 550 Case
http://www.ebuyer.com/265400-coole [...] c-550-kkn1

PSU - Be Quiet 530W Pure Power PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/190751-be-qu [...] -psu-bn106

DVDRW
http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteo [...] ihas124-19

I'm a bit worried that if I go ahead and buy this that I'll make some sort of rookie mistake and end up with incompatible parts, so if someone would be good enough to look over these parts and double check that they are compatible that would be much appreciated - also feel free to make alternative recommendations.

Thanks!

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December 21, 2011 8:34:26 AM

Thanks for the input

I have to admit, I found it the most difficult picking those two components particularly the gfx card (as there's a lot to know about them), not like the old days when I just used to pick them based on how much RAM they had :S

My main reasons for picking those two components was because I want to keep this machine as quiet as possible (so that it wont be picked up on any recordings) and obviously there's no fan on the gfx card and the psu is supposedly quiet. Do you think the 5670 would put out much noise when not under load? I've never had a gfx card with a fan before so I'm not too sure how loud they can be.

What makes you say the psu is bad? Is it the brand or the wattage? I went onto a PSU calculator website and it said that 370W was what this machine would need, so I thought 500W would be more than enough.
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