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Best home studio pc build on a budget?

post #1 of 8
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Hello everyone,

My boss is looking to get a computer for his music room, and I was wondering what you would recommend for parts?

He doesn't game, and this computer would be strictly for his music room--which means he'd be browsing tabs, recording through a USB Line 6 Amp / Vocal modeler, and using audio editing software (I forget what he uses, cakewalk I think?).



Any suggestions / suggested builds are welcome. Cheers!thumb.gif
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
Bump!

He's looking to spend under $500. Doesn't currently need a firewire card or anything and on-board graphics are fine.
post #3 of 8
Get a APU. Problem solved
For his tasks a APU would probably be best, though a FX6300(or 6350) would be best bang for your buck when it comes to most of those tasks. But you will need a video card for video, though any cheap card would do.

Unless your boss is trying to get a i5 or better AMD has Intel's i3 and lower beat, though Intel does use less power.

I built a i3 3220 for my brother and just built a fx6300 build for a friend and overclocked it to 4ghz for him. I wish I got my brother the fx6300 instead, the i3 just isn't as good of a chip for the same price.
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Yeah, apart from the APU's, AMD chips don't come with integrated graphics do they? I know the Intel's do.

I was considering an APU as well, as I still think AMD's the way to go for low budget rigs. Any suggestions on a full build?
post #5 of 8
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I built this--suggestions?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1uaNI

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1uaNI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1uaNI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1uaNI/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $446.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 12:05 EDT-0400)


Could get slightly cheaper prices, but as this will be shipped to a ferry (so I can get free shipping to a U.S. address--I live in Canada) and they charge 5 bucks a package, I figured it would be cheaper/easier to get it all from Newegg. Also easier to pickup / get through customs / in general having it all from one vendor in only a couple / few boxes.
post #6 of 8
If it's for a music studio, he's going to want a quiet case. Fractal Design Arc Mini ($70) is probably the best budget option for that.

Seasonic makes the best cheap and quiet PSUs.

Running a single 8gb DIMM will really hurt performance. Go with 2 x 4gb.

A8, A10, or i3 will all work just fine.
Edited by synge - 8/20/13 at 9:16am
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post #7 of 8
Hi, I'm only answering this cause you went through the trouble of assembling a list... lol. I refuse to answer build advice starting from scratch!

I am with synge on the quiet thing, except the Fractal Designs Arc Mini is a regular case with silent fans, the Fractal Designs Define Mini is a silent case with silent fans for $10 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352011
EDIT: ok wait.. it's $28 more, lol, that may not be worth it.

and I would recommend a 2.5" 5400rpm laptop HDD for less noise, same price, same capacity, although a little bit slower. then he can always add an SSD down the road for speed and it will still be quiet and have large capacity.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291R
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236497
due to much better latency

Also a quiet PSU, although the after rebate price on the one yuou picked is quite amazing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034

One thing I'm curious about is why you would choose 1x 8gb ram stick in a dual channel mobo? To be able to easily upgrade to 16GB at some point?

You could save $100 and leave Windows 8 off, and run Ubuntu Studio to see how it works for you, and if you think it sucks, can always fork over the $100 for W8 down the road, provided you buy a USB stick or some hardware with it.smile.gif
Edited by WOD35 - 8/20/13 at 3:02pm
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input guys.

I know normally noise is a huge issue in a studio, but he's going to be 99% of the time going direct input into his computer, rather than miking. He doesn't really care about the noise.

I should have been more clear when saying that. I just figured studio computer was the best thing to call it. And I'm already at the higher end of the budget right now (which I realize is very small).

The 1x8GB stick was simply because that was the cheapest option on pcpartpicker for 8GB of RAM--I was curious if it would affect performance and synge confirmed that so I'll spend the extra few bucks and get 2x4GB.

Also, as far as Ubuntu Studio goes--I'd be down for it if it was my computer, but the guy who I'm building it for isn't super tech savvy and I'm pretty sure he wants Windows for it.
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