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Hey guys, I signed up here on the recommendation of a friend. I'm looking to build a new computer, as my current one is starting to fail on me. I've been really out of the game as far as new components go, so I was hoping you guys would have some suggestions.

I mostly use my computer as an audio workstation (Pro Tools and the like). I have a Q6600 in my box right now, but I figured it was about time to upgrade to the i series, which will be more expensive right now but hopefully worth it in the long run.

I want to at least hypothetically be able to run any of the OSx86 variants on the box, so I was checking out a few of the motherboards that are reported to work well that weren't ridiculously expensive, I came back with the Asus Sabertooth X58 and... there's like 400 different Gigabyte motherboards that apparently work.. I'd like to stick with Asus or Gigabyte for mobo, I have the most experience with them working stably.

I think I'd also like to have an SSD in there for putting Pro Tools (and TF2 duh) on, so any suggestions that way would be good.

I just purchased a GTS450 and I'm fine with it, so I'm just going to resuse it. I'd reuse my RAM as well if the boards would accept it -_- but other than that, everything's going to need to be new, I'm assuming.

Also, I absolutely hate my piece of garbage case. Any suggestions for that would be nice, ones that are rock solid and not likely to fall apart all the time would be wonderful.

The goal here is to spend as little as possible while still having a pretty good computer at the end of this, this isn't going to be a super budget computer but I'm not building a dream computer, haha. The only components necessary are going to be the ones in the case, everything else (monitors, keyboard, etc) are already taken care of. I'm not sure of a total budget, but definitely under $1000. If you guys have any suggestions it'd be much appreciated.
post #2 of 9
Well, a few suggestions to start will help you out.

If you want the most out of your thread usage for audio workstation then the 1155 Sandybridge i7 -2600k is your best bet. Don go LGA 1366 unless your just dying to have one.

That will put you in the p67/z68 chipsets.

Also a motherboard in the middle of the road would be a gigabyte p67 UD3. Asus makes a Sabertooth version of the p67 also.

I hear the OCZ vertex 3 is and outstanding SSD.

IF you need a power supply still a 650w from maybe Corsair or ANtec will do just fine.

ANd have a look at the HAF 912 case from cooler master. Its a pretty decent budget tower but looks sleek and has good air flow.
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Oh, another note. I want to stress this. PLEASE research and research your parts. YOu dont want to make the mistake many of us have all made. That is get excited and just find the parts you think you want and get them shipped to you and get your pc built and find out you coulda had something better or are disappointed.

Edit: also if you want me to look further for you or come up with a newegg list for you then just hit me up in pm.
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Alright, you REALLY want a Z68 chipset. If you use your station for audio or video manipulation and editing, the Z68 can encode at LEAST 2x faster than a comparable P67. It also has that ability to cache to a SSD (you said you wanted one, so this is definitely a benefit), but that takes a little time to set up. You can get a ASUS P8Z68-V Pro for $210, and you can get something like a i5-2500K, which will run great with what you want. Make sure you have dual channel RAM, preferably the 1600 variant. Actually, newegg has a deal for SandyBridge Z68 combos.... here:
http://promotions.newegg.com/Intel/0...%2f696x288.jpg

This should be great for you, and you can bump up to an i7 and still stay in your budget.
I'm not sure what size SSD you'd want, so here is a Corsair 60gb, a decent drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

I hope this helps, and is there anything else I'm missing?
[seriously, go for a Z68]
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post #5 of 9
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Can you explain why the Z68 chipsets encode that much faster?

I'm assuming the differences between 1366 and 1155 are not enough to work with my price point, would you be able to go into a little more depth? I googled around but couldn't find anything besides "it's faster."
post #6 of 9
Just a reminder, SSD Caching lowers the life span of SSDs. Not too much of a gain to warrant it IMO. You are better off running your applications off a SSD and have your files stored in a bigger mechanical harddrive. A regular SSD probably is 10x faster than SSD caching.

Also if you do get SSD go for Crucial M4, Vertex 3, Corsair Force 3 / Performance 3 and not the older generation SSDs.

Lastly, your ram you have right now probably won't work as its DDR2, and the new chipsets uses DDR3.

Yes you don't need the 1366 unless you plan to OC and game. The 1155 and the 2600K is all you need.

Never heard of the Z68 being faster for decoding music, but usually P67 and Z68 are fairly the same.
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post #7 of 9
From what i understand is the z68 boards are a mesh of the best of both worlds of a h67 and p67 boards.

The H67 had integrated graphics but not overclocking support, and the p67 had all the overclock bells and whistles but no graphics support.


The z68 is the two combined.

As to how the z68 is better with encoding is beyond me. Unless the drivers utilize the chipset better or something. Either way the six series has been quickly proven to be a very cost effective and fast build.

Now the guy above me suggested the i5-2500k, You could go with that, but if your wanting to multitask and do things other than game the i7-2600k has double the threads of the i5 2500k and will suit your needs better.
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post #8 of 9
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If the i7-2600k wasn't $100 more than the i5 I would go with it, but as I don't have a huge budget I can't really go with that. Besides, the i5 is quite the upgrade over my Q6600 anyway, so I'm not too disappointed.

I put together this wishlist, if you guys could take a look at it and make sure I'm not missing anything/ better deals/ etc., it'd be much appreciated.
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I know bumping is a bit of a faux pas, but I'd really like if somebody could take a look and see if I'm missing anything.
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