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Best mobo for a music system?

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My PC is fried. i need to get a new mobo. Future proofing it seems to be a DDR4 thing..

I did some homework and was about to dive into a Asus X99 deluxe set up, but found a lot of threads with issues.

I dont do games. I do run Cubase 8, with lots of VSTs including full orchestras, big synths and a lot more. I have a Focusrite Liquid 56 sound system, which is firewire, but I have a card. My WIn 7 is on a Samsung SSD and there are sound banks on legacy hard drives, which could be replaced if needed.

WHich mobo? Any other advice appreciated?

Is the latency of RAM a factor?

M.2?

Z
post #2 of 10

I would assume that any X99 board would be good enough as long as it has all the connectivity and features that you require.

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I think you would be much better off with a quality sound card. For the rest a X99 or Z170 system with an i7 would be great for your need if your budget is not a concern. I would opt for DDR4 3200 MHz+ Memory for Z170 and 2400 for X99.
post #4 of 10
DDR4 RAM is no big deal at all it just runs at a lower voltage and the base MHz is 2133, A DDR3 module at that same speed is identical.

If your trying to save a little money I'd get a GA-Z97X-UD5H or my board the GA-Z97X-UD3H, Your right though I wouldn't get a X99.
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I don't even see a need to get a Z97 board because the CPU isn't going to be overclocked. It would cost less to get an H97 board.

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post #6 of 10
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I already have a good sound system - using a focusrite Liquid 56. I run Cubase 8 with lots of heavy duty VSTs.

Dont game...

thanks for the replys

Z
post #7 of 10
Whether you go with a X99, Z97, or a Z170 board depends on budget and the number of PCI-e lanes and SATA ports you will need in the foreseeable future.

X99 has up to 40 PCI-e lanes available while the other two have only 24. If all you are running is a single graphics card (you did say you are not a gamer) and a sound card in your PCI-e slots (and you could always replace the sound card with a USB DAC), the 40 PCI-e lanes of the X99 boards are way overkill.

If you don't need more than 24 PCI-e lanes (graphics cards typically use x16, sound cards use x1, and a PCI-e or M.2 SSD to boot from uses x4) and no more than around 6-8 SATA ports (keep in mind, you don't need SATA 3—6.0Gbps—for HDDs and optical drives; SATA 2—3.0Gbps—is plenty good for those), then you would be fine with a Z97 or Z170 board.

If your present RAM is still good, you can save money by getting a Z97 board that will use your present DDR3 RAM. The DDR4 needed for X99 and Z170 is still pretty expensive and the technology isn't quite perfected yet.

If you have a legacy PCI sound card, the onboard sound maybe as good on the newer boards. Otherwise, you would need to find a board that has a legacy PCI slot which would pretty much limit you to Z97, or replace the sound card with a newer one or a USB DAC (the audiophiles here would vote for the USB DAC).

Whether you need or want a M.2 SSD or not depends on how often you boot and if your software has to frequently move large amounts of data on or off the disk from or to RAM. If you need the speed just for booting and starting up programs, a good conventional SSD, such as the Samsung 850 or your present SSD, if you are happy with it, will be fine. The newer NVMe SSDs that run off a M.2 x4 or a PCI-e slot will not show much difference in boot time, program start time, or read/write speeds in real time usage, despite spectacular benches. Keep in mind a faster boot drive will not make your programs run faster.
     
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Thank you for the considered repky
post #9 of 10
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Thank you for the considered reply. My sound goes through a FireWire card to a focusrite liquid 56 outboard device. I run two 50 Inch tv's as monitors. I use lots of vsts which are ram intensive.
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My system disk is a ssd by Samsung
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