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I have had great success with the ASROCK Z87E-ITX board. The ASUS Z87 ITX board is really nice too, almost the same thing for about $20 more. I built a HTPC for my 102" projection room with the ASROCK motherboard, a Fractal Node 304 case, DDR3-1600 2x8GB RAM, and I7-4770K CPU. I think the same would make for a killer audio workstation as well, tailoring the storage to your requirements. Lately I've been doing 256GB SSD for boot drives and 1TB 7200 RPM HDD for data drives. Video card is somewhat unimportant for an audio workstation, and the built-in HD 4600 IGP on the 4770K can handle two monitors just fine as long as you're not gaming on them.

I used to operate a 24-track 20-bit/48 KHz ADAT recording studio out of my home when that was the "latest and greatest" technology, about 12 years ago, so I know a few things about home recording.

My advice is to invest in a decent quality external USB A/D D/A box, something like a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 is a basic 2-in, 2-out example. You will get a decent quality microphone pre-amp with +48V phantom power, and better quality 24-bit A/D and D/A converters that you would on a typical sound card. There are a bunch of brands out there, AVID/M-Audio, Presonus, etc. The Focusrite has always done me pretty well for a cheap DAW.

Greg

Thanks for the suggestions Greg. That ASROCK motherboard you mentioned looks like a winner, I think I'll definitely go with that. Quick question for you or anyone else: does i5 vs. i7 make a difference with audio editing?

As for the audio equipment, you hit it right on the money why a soundcard isn't needed. External equipment is more often than not better than what a soundcard can offer, so we stick with that. Plus a soundcard is easy to add in the future if we ever need one.

(By the way, I'm super jealous of your 102" projection room....)
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Quick question for you or anyone else: does i5 vs. i7 make a difference with audio editing?

Depends on the software you're going to run, and how many plugins you plan to use. If you're doing something like Cubase, Maschine or Pro Tools, they are multi-threaded and will take good advantage of hyper threading. In that case, I'd go with an i7.
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As for the audio equipment, you hit it right on the money why a soundcard isn't needed. External equipment is more often than not better than what a soundcard can offer, so we stick with that. Plus a soundcard is easy to add in the future if we ever need one.

Not many people here realize that. Seems to be a strong bias in favor of sound cards on OCN. Granted, there are some nice cards out there (even if they're 5 year old designs) -- but not much can touch the latest external USB DAC/ADC boxes. I just picked up a Focusrite Forte this week from my local GC and I'm extremely impressed with it, but damn it wasn't cheap. LOL.

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