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1. reliability, what kind of track record does the board have
2. features, make sure i have the number of pci slots that i will need, enough sata/ide ports.
3. chipset, make sure it's NOT crap
4. performance, ht speed, ram speed support, ram capacity support
5. price
 
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post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by StarryNite View Post
Then you don't want standard sound cards like Creative Labs or even Turtle Beach . If you're looking for pro quality sound, you'll need a pro quality soundcard. Soundcards for computers are more designed to run with games and such, not for quality sound editing (besides it's limited to 24bit). Pro cards are running @ 48bit or higher (IIRC, it's upto 64bit for studio work).

Secondly, you'll need to put the computer in a sound conditioned room (acoustic foam the sucker). Invest in quality sound equipment (Carver is cheap), and then you can say you have a true audio centric computer system.

But, honestly, the pros don't really need a PC for editing. For example, keyboards now ARE computers, complete with DVD-R/W burners. No need for hooking up MIDI cables anymore, just plop the disk in and have fun with Cubase/Cakewalk or whatever editing software you use.

thats sorta true, but i know what you mean.

puter is still VERY important
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post #23 of 26
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Are you absolutely sure that any sound crap (even real crap ones) actually remove any sound processing from the CPU ?
If yes, I'd buy one...
Yes, but on your average CPU that adds up to about 3% CPU time.

The real benefit is that your sound sounds better...provided you have nice speakers. Games also enable new features when you have a soundcard that supports it.

For a CPU to mimick an X-FI - or at least its basic features, like mixing 64+ sound streams - you're probably looking at 10-20% CPU usage, which is why they don't let you do that.

High end sound cards can also perform more advanced audio manipulation though. Spreading audio data around between 5+ speakers when there's more than 60 streams coming in(weapons fire, voices, etc.) would murder even the best CPUs - or turn the game into a slideshow.
     
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i mainly look for overclocking ablility, but to be fair the mobo in my system was only purchased because i was on a very tight budget...although it turned out to produce a 50%+ stable overclock
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1) Support.... if you have a problem it's nice to know you can get help...not that I need it...

2) ease of use... how easy is it to set up and how well is the bios layed out...

3) functionality....how well does it work and how well does it play with other hardware....

4) price...thats always a big issue...

5) overclockabilty....even if I dont use it I atleast want the option if I so desire...


The 1st part of choosing a board should be to do good research on it and find what suits YOU best and what will handle your expectations the best...

I have used all kinds of boards and since I went DFI I havent looked back...but I do have others I use...

here are my choices in order...

1) DFI... for obvious reasons...
2) Abit...for the fastest support...and turn around time...
3) Biostar...just because I have never received a bad board and they work great...
4)Gigabyte....because the 7NNXP board I had was the most stable NF2 board I've owned...
5) ECS...because it works well....

bottom of the list...

MSI... because I didnt like the Neo-4 Platinum I had...
Asus... because I hate their bios and support is terrible...
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Originally Posted by dr_bowtie View Post
2) ease of use... how easy is it to set up and how well is the bios layed out...

3) functionality....how well does it work and how well does it play with other hardware....

4) price...thats always a big issue...

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1) DFI... for obvious reasons...
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