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Hey people,

I'm building my friend a Windows based editing computer for his recording studio. He is only ever going to use this computer for editing music, recording with Protools, midi work etc.

I have built plenty of office/gaming setups, but this is a new to me and unfortunately I have a pretty tight budget for the build. I was wondering if anyone had some recommendations?

The complete tower basically has to be under $700, if I can get it done for less that would aid in getting a larger monitor.

Any ideas? cheers.gif
    
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I've messed around with recording in the past, but very little and I don't know all that much about it.

My advice would be to let him pick out the sound card that he wants-- it's crucially important to the build and he'll know more about what features it does and doesn't need. For the other bits -- He'll need a decently powerful CPU, should give him less latency to deal with, makes file conversions faster, and will let him run more effectsn I'd vote for a newer i5 or i7. RAM is cheap these days and I imagine he'll have need of it, so I'd probably go for 16 gigs. He'll need HD space. A lot of it. You might consider a RAID array for some redundancy (it would suck for a hard drive failure to torch the project you've been working on for weeks!)

I figure places you can save money-- The case, video card (I'd probably just go integrated), motherboard (get the cheapest one that's not crap and has the features you need), and power supply (you won't need much wattage, but if you've built computers before you know not to buy no-name crap.) On a budget, I don't see an SSD doing much for you, but then again recording does involve moving and creating a lot of really big files, so it might be worth the money.

If I were building a recording computer for myself, i'd want multiple, huge monitors for it. But that's just me. thumb.gif
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Thanks for the advice Traches, I would like to go SSD's, we will see, he said he may be willing to expand the budget a bit smile.gif
    
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do you need an os?
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $588.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 10:36 EDT-0400)

That is without an os, optical drive and a soundcard which i agree with the person above its best for your freind to find a soundcard that will suit his needs.
Edited by South80 - 7/10/13 at 7:36am
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Originally Posted by South80 View Post

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $588.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 10:36 EDT-0400)

That is without an os, optical drive and a soundcard which i agree with the person above its best for your freind to find a soundcard that will suit his needs.

Nice choice of parts, very helpful thanks!
    
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I made a really stupid mistake with my first build as that cpu and motherboard has no gpu.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $603.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 21:15 EDT-0400)

slightly more but with a haswell chip which has an intergrated gpu. I think this combo can use quicksinc aswell which can be usefull for video encoding.
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