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Help with Music PC Please!


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#1 BSmeth

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:08 AM

Hi! I was looking to buy a PC with good enough spec to compose, produce, record music etc. I was wondering if anyone could help me to pick the right parts. I need to ensure that it is fast, and effective. I intend to use it for some gaming, but not much, as it's primary purpose would be for music.

I have come up with a rudimentary build, but if anyone could help find any conflicts, or even better, suggest a cheap, but good alternative, that would be great.

Thanks in advance for your help :)

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:16 AM

Id get a 7200RPM Drive and a Antec 900 Case for better cooling / upgrade ability.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 04:21 PM

I suggest getting a better sound card if you are making music. I would go for the Xonar D2 or the Xonar D2X. They have a few more features and connections. They are pricey, but they are pro-sumer cards. Don't forget, you also need the operating system.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 04:38 PM

Don't forget, you also need the operating system.

This will affect some considerations - as will what production software you plan to use. Running 32 bit limits program memory allocation to 2GB, so a 64 bit OS & compatible software is advisable, making at least 6GB of RAM desirable. Also if possible consider aiming for a quad-core CPU, even at loss of clock speed. Music production software really does benefit from multi-core operation more than sheer clock speed.
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Posted 11 May 2011 - 01:35 AM

Hitachi hard drives aren't that good, you should get this hard drive.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 04:10 PM

I use a Hitachi drive, it is holding up well. I would prefer a Western Digital drive first.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:39 AM

That is why it's nick name is Deathstar.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:41 PM

It's nickname was the deathstar... back when IBM still made the drive in 2000. I use a Travelstar in my PS3, it is working well. Don't worry about it, I don't believe there are any serious issues with current Hitachi hard drive SKU's.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 12:59 AM

The travelstar is not to bad, i bought it for my auntie's laptop but the temperature goes up to 50C sometimes, but i still prefer WD :thumbsup:

Mod EDIT: Please...stay focused on the thread and skip the debate over hard drive preference. I'm sure that the OP isn't interested in your preferences/biases and opinions (which are off-target)..thanks ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 14 May 2011 - 12:06 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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