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As I said.
Just don't know why you bothered to add a $200+ GPU lol.

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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?
Alright, first I'd do some research on music and which card/interface is best for producing. You might as well go for a 2600k since he doesn't need GPU power. With that said ask him if he wants it to be dual monitor capable, If so then take that into consideration. As for everything else I would suggest going for as low of thermals as possible. Maybe a H50 cooler with gentle typhoons, you will want this baby to be as quiet as possible. An OS/APP SSD will make him very happy as well. How much storage will he need? I suggest raid1 + vibration dampeners so he won't loose all of his hard work. A higher end PSU with a scalable fan would also be very nice. and of course a nice silent case.
Edited by The_Hairy_Yak - 10/18/11 at 2:27pm
post #12 of 20
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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
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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
O.O

OP wants a music rig. i5 2500K, GTX 560 Ti, P67 are totally wasted. Music production PC focuses on sound card, receiver, etc. They don't use a lot of CPU power.
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nice rig!
Sound card,choose any one of these:
asus xonar dx
asus xonar stx
creative sound blaster x-fi titanium
Lol, those aren't cards used for audio production imo. He probably needs something like this if he doesn't already have it. http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...TrackC600.html

Software like pro tools will use all the cpu bandwidth you can throw at it, so more cores/threads the better. Is he using pro tools or something else?
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nice rig!
Sound card,choose any one of these:
asus xonar dx
asus xonar stx
creative sound blaster x-fi titanium
For music?
I'd stick with anything in the Xonar Essence series.

Even then. I believe M-Audio makes some specifically for Music Production.

Link Here.
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Always forget since I havent payed for OSs in years. xD ill add that..
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https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=21948107

This is what I would build. This is what you basically need. Spend the rest on headphone, receiver, etc. Total $548.92.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 10/18/11 at 2:32pm
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They can use plenty of CPU power. Get an i7-2600k, Z68 motherboard, 8+GB RAM, ASUS Essence STX or HT|Omega Claro Halo sound card, an SSD (Crucial C300 or M4 64+GB), and a pair of 1+TB HDDs for a RAID setup. XTREEEEEEEEM graphics are optional since you're doing sound processing, not gaming.

A pair of headphones would do well for him too, but I'm hoping he already has a pair that are well researched since he's a music major.
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post #18 of 20
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nice rig!
Sound card,choose any one of these:
asus xonar dx
asus xonar stx
creative sound blaster x-fi titanium
Nope - creative cards, although great for gaming and HEARING music, are not a match for a pro/semi-pro card from either:
Terratec
Saffire (sp?)
M-Audio
Tascam
etc.

Please do NOT get a creaptive! (As I said - lovely gaming cards )


Oh, as for DAW software I use Cubase (GREAT student prices available!)... but there are others Pro-tools is only any good if you want to spend crap-loads on PT hardware.
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I love all the suggestions even though you can't spec out something if you have no clue what he's gonna need it for....

Philliesfan, what does he actually do and what does he want to do with it? Is he actually creating on the computer, will he be using it for recording and mixing... solo performer, studio performer... does he mainly play physical instruments or is he basically just making electronic music, etc...

He just might need a computer that can run something like Acid/Cakewalk or does he need something like a full digital multi-tracking ProTools rig?

In any event, you should be more focused on the software that you're trying to set him up with than the actual system itself. An older C2D, 4g + fast hard drive and the right software would be better than the gaming rigs that people have posted so far.

edit: And you'd probably get better results with more info and going to a different forum.
Edited by xenophobe - 10/18/11 at 2:53pm
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post #20 of 20
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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
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Sound CARD!>?!?
?

SO FAR...$839.94
Nice system! but its all wrong for an audio workstation.

TLR - What you should look for:- good processor(reduces latency), big cache, hyperthreading, quiet case/psu/cooling, SATA 3, PCIE-3 if using internal soundcard, for external audio interface Firewire 3200/USB3. What you don't need:- gfx card, high wattage psu, .

I am going to suggest qualities you should be looking for in parts and a couple of parts for each component instead of listing a specific build.

PSU/CASE
Need a quiet psu and case because you are going to be producing music, loud computers are irritating and interfering. Anything that produces less than 20 db should be fine but nothing more than 40db , just for reference 20db is like a quiet whisper and 40 like background music. You don't need a high wattage PSU so case and psu just need to be silent. You can try and save some money here.
eg of quiet cases: Antec sonata, Performance series. This website should be helpful http://www.silentpcreview.com/section9.html
eg quiet psu list: http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

Processor
If you are overclocking go with either the i5 2500k or the i7 2600k. I would go with the i7 2600k. Why? Hyperthreading, 2mb extra cache and higher turbo. Most digital audio suites , sequencers make full use of hyper threading it is easily worth the extra $100.
If you aren't overclocking go with the i5 2500/i7 2600.
Processor cooling:- Go with pre-build liquid loops like the corsair or antec ones for less noise.

Motherboard
Go with a Z68 mobo and save yourself from having to buy dedicated graphics card, because honestly you don't need one, also need the pcie bandwidth to be dedicated to the soundcard if you are using an internal one. Instead invest in a good soundcard. Try to look for a mobo with SATA3 PCI-E 3.
here is a list of Z68 mobos: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...CE&PageSize=50
Asus, gigabyte and Asrock make good ones, and there is a spreadsheet on OCN detailing their specifications etc.

RAM
DDR 3 1600, atleast 6gb. The ripjaws X are good. I would get 8 gigs.

GFX card
None

[B]OS[B]
Win 7 64 bit.

HDD
Crucial M4 's or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...t-_-22-145-533
or the spinpoint f3's
need something fast. This is fast and not as expensive as SSD.

Do you need monitor/keyboard/mouse?

Before we get to the audio parts, some questions to ask your friend. Does he need a DA/AD(digital to analog or analog to digital)converter? What kind of sound quality are you looking for? Does he already have mic, preamp, recorder, AD/DA converter, monitors, mixer, clock?How many tracks will he be recording at the same time? How many instruments will be connected at the same time? What he already has determines what he needs to add.What software does he use? Does he have a midi keyboard/controller? Also what monitor(sound monitor) does he have?
Edited by exhaile - 10/18/11 at 4:43pm
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