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I would go with something like this, it'll be perfect for what you need:

Processor: AMD A10-5800K
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: Asrock A85X Extreme 6
RAM: 8GB of Corsair/Samsung/Crucial/G.Skill 1600Mhz DDR3
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HDD: Western Digital 2/3TB Caviar Green (They're cheap, silent, spacious and power efficient)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2
PSU: Seasonic 400L Fanless PSU

Shouldn't cost more than $700 or so, it's future-proof, power efficient, fast (for what it'll be used for) and silent. thumb.gif

It doesn't have to be exactly the same as my build, I just set it as something I would go for. thumb.gif
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Frosty, I think I will challenge you on that one.

The A10-5800k is the fastest chip you can get for Socket FM2. You are already at the end of your upgrade potential right there. There's no higher step.

That being said, Richland is supposed to be a pretty big deal for FM2 and will likely give an appreciable performance increase, but we don't know that and it's not out right now.

I'm not saying your suggested system wouldn't work. On the contrary, it would do quite well. However, I think the LGA 1155 setup would be more future proof as used i5's and i7's (and Xeon E3's for that matter) are easy to come by.

LGA 1155 is far from "Future proof" consider it's being phased out in a matter of 3-4 months. AMD has said in an official announcement that FM2 will get at least 3 years of processor support. Considering FM2 was released in October 2012...there's still about 2.5 years of life in it. Meaning it will be able to use Richland, Kevari and POTENTIALLY processors even further in the future.


Not to mention, the OP does NOT need a Core i5 or Core i7 for what they want to do. The A10-5800K performs on-par with the Core i3 3220 but has MUCH better integrated graphics. It seems like the obvious choice and offers the best bang for the buck in this particular situation.
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LGA 1155 is far from "Future proof" consider it's being phased out in a matter of 3-4 months. AMD has said in an official announcement that FM2 will get at least 3 years of processor support. Considering FM2 was released in October 2012...there's still about 2.5 years of life in it. Meaning it will be able to use Richland, Kevari and POTENTIALLY processors even further in the future.


Not to mention, the OP does NOT need a Core i5 or Core i7 for what they want to do. The A10-5800K performs on-par with the Core i3 3220 but has MUCH better integrated graphics. It seems like the obvious choice and offers the best bang for the buck in this particular situation.

Aye, I'll agree with you on the fact that an i5 or i7 is not needed right now. But there is the option to give the system one if it is needed.

Future proof-ness has little to do with when a particular manufacturer phases out production of a product. For example, Nehalem and Westmere CPU's are still quite potent and pack a punch to this day even being three or four years old. The fact of the matter is that LGA 1366 is far from dead. i7-920 owners can always buy a 970 or 980x if they need more power without changing motherboards. A sandy or ivy bridge i3, therefore, would do all that is requested AND have the verified and confirmed option to get an i5 or i7 whereas with FM2, we have no idea what the future holds.

LIke I said before though, the proposed FM2 build would do quite well. I just think there are better configurations available.
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You want high quality sound? Get an asus xonar stx! Amazing sound quality it sounds incredible.

I got one myself biggrin.gif

For the custumor i have picked a Focusrite Scarlet 212, it willl be easier to controll for him once its all set up.


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Frosty, I think I will challenge you on that one.

The A10-5800k is the fastest chip you can get for Socket FM2. You are already at the end of your upgrade potential right there. There's no higher step.

That being said, Richland is supposed to be a pretty big deal for FM2 and will likely give an appreciable performance increase, but we don't know that and it's not out right now.

I'm not saying your suggested system wouldn't work. On the contrary, it would do quite well. However, I think the LGA 1155 setup would be more future proof as used i5's and i7's (and Xeon E3's for that matter) are easy to come by.

I think your right to, it has to be AM3+ or 1155.

But remember quality of parts and silence is the most important things we are looking for.

And as mentioned in post above a Hyper212 isnt sillent enough.
And with future proof i mean future proof as a music PC, he needs to be able to put more PCI, PCI-Ex1 and SATA drive's in there for the future.

I am not worrying about the CPU/GPU part, a FX-6300 should last a long long time for just a music PC.
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The most critical choice here is motherboard. You HAVE to get the PCIe x1 and PCI slots right (that means total number of slots as well as general layout.). As well as SATA and USB 3.0.

I won't even consider motherboards without USB 3.0 and, to a lesser extent, SATA 6Gbps
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The most critical choice here is motherboard. You HAVE to get the PCIe x1 and PCI slots right (that means total number of slots as well as general layout.). As well as SATA and USB 3.0.

I won't even consider motherboards without USB 3.0 and, to a lesser extent, SATA 6Gbps

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That's something I agree with. Even when building systems for others, I am always getting systems with USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s.
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^

That's something I agree with. Even when building systems for others, I am always getting systems with USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s.

The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 should have all that biggrin.gif

Also picked it because of good VRM's wich might help reduce any EMI's (hum, his, buzzing noise in sound)
Dont know if thats 100% true but it cant harm this build tongue.gif
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Only plus i see with Intel is lower TPD but i dont see alot of importance for that with his needs.

He wants the computer itself quiet, right? Lower TDP = lower power usage = less cooling needed = can run quieter. thumb.gif
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He wants the computer itself quiet, right? Lower TDP = lower power usage = less cooling needed = can run quieter. thumb.gif

Would there really be much of a difference you think between a 95W CPU and a 65W CPU ?
Cooled with a BeQuiet Dark Rock 2 i cant see any CPU make its fan spin faster if you just run them stock.

If a 65W CPU would really make things more silent i would go for that though...
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19inch phillips tft generic Bequiet 300Watt Fratal Design Core 
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microsoft none 
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Would there really be much of a difference you think between a 95W CPU and a 65W CPU ?

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Ti-89 Titanium
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Motorola 68k @16 MHz Ti-89 HW4 256 KB 2.6 MB Flash ROM 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Ti-89 OS 3.10 LCD Dot-Matrix 160x100 4x 1.5V AAA Ti-89 HW4 Black 
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Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Be Quiet! S.P. E⁷ 600W Fractal Design Core 3000 Logitech G300 AKG K240 Studio 
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Ti-89 Titanium
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Motorola 68k @16 MHz Ti-89 HW4 256 KB 2.6 MB Flash ROM 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Ti-89 OS 3.10 LCD Dot-Matrix 160x100 4x 1.5V AAA Ti-89 HW4 Black 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Be Quiet! S.P. E⁷ 600W Fractal Design Core 3000 Logitech G300 AKG K240 Studio 
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