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TLDL: I need a Computer for creating / storing music. Budget is under $1000.00, but we are trying to keep it on the cheaper side but will pay top dollar for what we need.


So a buddy of mine is looking to get a new desktop to further advance his music career.

I believe he uses audio mixer to make his some of his music, he says hes pretty much using stone-age methods of creating music. Hes extremely talented, went to school for it, and if hes making the caliber of music he is with a "stone-age" method, then who knows what a decent computer will do for him.

So I'm looking for some advice on what to build him, This is be my first specific needs build, but I'm not completely ignorant of the matter.

I know I need lots of space, and probably some good sound cards, as of now I'm pretty much at ground level, I'm not sure if he should get HT or not. So lets start at ground level.
post #2 of 20
OK "ground level." - Thats a base for you. - maybe its too stacked on the gpu and psu.

CPU - $15 off with promo code EMCJKJG34, ends 10/19
i5 2500Khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 $219.99
Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157265154.99
RAM - ON OFFER For $39.99!!!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2x4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428 $39.99
Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr IIhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 $244.99
PSU - (650Watt is enough for SLI)
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9012&Tpk=hx650119.99
HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TBhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185 $59.99
CASE
?Corsair 400R / 500R / 600T. Fractal ..?
Cooler
?
Sound CARD!>?!?
?

SO FAR...$839.94
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/18/11 at 1:56pm
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Don't forget to grab windows 7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986

Can't do much without it
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Originally Posted by Bobotheklown View Post
Don't forget to grab windows 7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986

Can't do much without it
Always forget since I havent payed for OSs in years. xD ill add that..
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Quote:
Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 $244.99
^^ he is building a music rig...? ok first off you should START with finding a great quality sound card and make that your basis. Second you need to find out what kind of audio equipment he has. If he doesn't have a good speaker setup then there is no point in having a expensive rig.
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yea hes not going to be playing games, its pretty much a work computer, as far as gpu is concerned thats a little over kill, my question is how much processing power should I get him, I really need to know is whats the average amount of program being used by some one who make music. I'm guessing maybe 4 to 5 max?
post #7 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
OK "ground level." - Thats a base for you. - maybe its too stacked on the gpu and psu.

CPU - $15 off with promo code EMCJKJG34, ends 10/19
i5 2500Khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 $219.99
Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157265154.99
RAM - ON OFFER For $39.99!!!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2x4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428 $39.99
Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr IIhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 $244.99
PSU - (650Watt is enough for SLI)
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9012&Tpk=hx650119.99
HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TBhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185 $59.99
CASE
?Corsair 400R / 500R / 600T. Fractal ..?
Cooler
?
Sound CARD!>?!?
?

SO FAR...$839.94
That's a nice gaming build... I suspect very little gpu power is needed.

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post #8 of 20
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He has a phenomenal sound system, and plethora of audio mixers. I'm not sure to what extent their capability and compatibility with computers are.
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Originally Posted by The_Hairy_Yak View Post
^^ he is building a music rig...? ok first off you should START with finding a great quality sound card and make that your basis. Second you need to find out what kind of audio equipment he has. If he doesn't have a good speaker setup then there is no point in having a expensive rig.
Quote:
OK "ground level." - Thats a base for you. - maybe its too stacked on the gpu and psu.
As I said.

Might be worth looking at an AMD card TBH then he can drive multiple screens.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/18/11 at 2:17pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
OK "ground level." - Thats a base for you. - maybe its too stacked on the gpu and psu.

CPU - $15 off with promo code EMCJKJG34, ends 10/19
i5 2500Khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 $219.99
Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157265154.99
RAM - ON OFFER For $39.99!!!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2x4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428 $39.99
Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr IIhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 $244.99
PSU - (650Watt is enough for SLI)
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9012&Tpk=hx650119.99
HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TBhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185 $59.99
CASE
?Corsair 400R / 500R / 600T. Fractal ..?
Cooler
?
Sound CARD!>?!?
?

SO FAR...$839.94
nice rig!
Sound card,choose any one of these:
asus xonar dx
asus xonar stx
creative sound blaster x-fi titanium
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