For $1000, you will get a good PC that can handle audio very well.
Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SNA Silver 0.8 mm All aluminum made ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- Since you're not running a gaming PC, you only really need a Mid-ATX case. Aluminum cases are a little more expensive but are lighter and often times better made. $79
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
- This motherboard can handle the newest of AMD's processors and can handle the new DDR3 RAM. Because this is a budget board, it only has a single PCI-express X16 slot, but you're not a gamer so that isn't too much of an issue. $84
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB
- You don't need a powerful card for your tasks, but this one can handle most things thrown at it. $89 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)
Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W
- This is a solid power supply that can power everything in your PC with plenty to spare. $49 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor
- AMD's best triple core processor, it has more power than a dual core, but is less expensive than a quad core. $139
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
- This is more than enough RAM for most users. $59
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
- This is a very large and fast drive. $99
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B
- You only need a basic drive such as this, it will read and write most optical media. $23
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Ultra Fidelity Sound Card with Complete Dolby/DTS Sound Technologies
- A few years ago, I wrote off Creative cards because of their bad drivers. Now, I have two of these. This is considered a pro-sumer card and has excellent audio. Sometimes, it can be flaky with games (I haven't had any problems) but this is not much of a concern since you're not a gamer. $197
Operating System: Windows 7 RC1 64-bit
- You need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM. Normally, I would suggest Vista but since Windows 7 will be out on October 22nd and the RC is available now for free, I say get the RC then buy the retail (RTM) edition when it is released. You can download the RC until about July. Note that since this is a very stable pre-release, it will expire in March 2010 so you have to buy Windows 7 or Vista by then.
Total Cost: $806
Edited by DJBPace07, 04 June 2009 - 07:36 PM.