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Well my dad is sick of using his eMachines laptop for his music production and he wants to buy a computer, so I offered to build one for him. I was wondering if I should go with an AMD chip or an Intel chip. Is one better for music production? Don't want to spend a whole lot (~500$), anything will be an upgrade for him.

TL;DR I just need to know what chipset would be better for music production.


Hope I posted this in the right section.
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You need a quiet computer for music production. Is he using much FX? It's quite hard to go for ~$500. There is a good bundle that includes silent PSU, Case and Cooler. http://www.quietpc.com/au-en-aud/pro...de/nof-set-a40
   
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Well my dad is sick of using his eMachines laptop for his music production and he wants to buy a computer, so I offered to build one for him. I was wondering if I should go with an AMD chip or an Intel chip. Is one better for music production? Don't want to spend a whole lot (~500$), anything will be an upgrade for him.

TL;DR I just need to know what chipset would be better for music production.


Hope I posted this in the right section.
If you don't know already, ask him what software is being used; then, we can make an informed decision...
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I would say that "depends on how he composes music". If, for instance, he only uses multitrack direct/live recording, he won't need much computational power.
On the other side, if he makes massive use of VST plugins with multilayered DVD quality samples (such as Symphonic Orchestra, Quantum Leap ecc ecc) they will be calculated in realtime and the amount of instruments PC will be able to handle at the same time will depend on its raw computational power (and large amount of RAM as well...).
For example, I still have an old license of CubaseSL3 which works perfectly on my six years old AMD laptop and handles pretty decently some VST plugins together.
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