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Music Computer Under $1500 What You Think ?


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#1 djL_08

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:46 PM

Hey guys !

I need your honest opinion on this new build for music production , is it a hit or a miss ? can I improve on the parts or perhaps save some cash in some way.
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mb: Asus p5E LGA 775 Intel x38 ATx Intel MB $224.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16813131219

Ram : 2x g.Skill (2x2gb) 4gb 240 pin ddr2 1000 $84.99 x 2 = total of 8gb of ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16820231145

Video Card : XFX PVT84 Judd3 GeForce 8600TG XXX 256mb 128 bit gdd3 $94.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16814150229

CPU : Intel Core 2 Quad q9450 yorkfield 2.66ghz $339.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16819115042

Case: Raidmax Smilodon ATX 612 WBP Black 1.0mm Secc Stell ATX Mid Tower MB case with 500w power supply. $94.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16811156062

CPU Fan : Zalman 9500A 92mm 2 ball CPU Cooler $53.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16835118223
Thermal Grease : Artic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $5.99

Harddrives : WD Caviar SE16 500gb 7200 SATA 3.0 Gb/S $84.99
WD Caviar SE16 320gb $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16822136073

Cd/Dvd/ Burner : 2x Lite On Black 20x Dvd+R, 8X DVD+RW ETC. ETC. 2mb Sata DVD burner with LightScribe $34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16827106072

Monitor : HP w2207 22" widescreen $269.00 http://www.shopping.hp.com/web...110944&ci_sku=RK282AAR

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#2 djL_08

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:44 PM

c'mon guys !! any comments.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:16 PM

None of your links work. Did you make your wish list public?
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 07:34 PM

If you call this a music computer then did u think about the cost of speakers?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 12:05 AM

You probably won't need a quad core. That will save you some cash right there.

Did you consider the price of ProTools and an Mbox? You'll need more connections than standard on a sound card.

You'll also need one of those, uh, whatd'ya call them... Sound cards. Don't go with the onboard sound, especially if you're doing audio production and not just playback.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 12:09 AM

I agree with RADIUM, you should not use on-board sound with audio creation. Asus' Xonar line of sound cards is designed for the Pro-sumer who does audio creation. It's a bit expensive, but it is of very good quality and comes with a set of production tools to get you started. A quad-core PC would be overkill, unless you find a good deal on one, go for a dual core. Also, with the amount of RAM you've selected, you'll need 64-bit Vista. To save a little cash, you can get 4GB of RAM and install a 32-bit OS. However, given the low cost of your RAM, why not go 64-bit since it costs the same as 32.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:54 AM

I generally agree with what everyone else is said. Save your money and get this CPU instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037

Not sure why you need a dedicated graphics card if this is going to be used for music production. Unless you're aiming for an excessively large screen resolution (or the mobo doesn't have integrated) I'd just drop that altogether. Same goes for the second hard drive, I don't know why you need that if you're already getting half a terabyte. You can get a slightly cheaper (but same size) monitor, too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824009094

Take all that money you just saved and get a good sound card/sound system instead. It IS a music production computer, after all. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:32 AM

Same goes for the second hard drive, I don't know why you need that if you're already getting half a terabyte.


You'd be amazed at how quickly a hard drive fills with uncompressed, high-quality audio masters.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:39 PM

Try ripping a CD in lossless, it takes up a ton of space about 400MB for 13 songs. Uncompressed 24-bit audio masters would take up even more space.

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