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Friend needs a PC built for under $1k. Helpz0rz.

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His main use for the PC is sound recording and editing.
He said he has
  • HDDs
  • Monitors
He just needs the rest, i.e.-
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • GPU
  • PSU
  • Sound Card
  • and possibly a case

He's not a big gamer, but he does game, so a decent GPU is a plus.

He said he needs a decent processor because he runs
Quote:
multiple processes on heavily demanding software
And since his main focus is audio creation and editing, he needs a badass soundcard.

I've been out of the hardware ring for quite some time now, so I need you guys to throw together a build for me (him).

The budget is $1000.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 4
I'd suggest nabbing an affordable AMD, a 970 or a 1100t. RAM is important as you need large amounts for longer recording sessions. Latency can also affect sampling accuracy. A quiet cooling solution is a must. Go light on the GPU (maybe a 6870).

The most important component is the sound card. Don't fall for a Creative or an Asus. I highly suggest the HT Omega Claro+:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271003
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Alexandria
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i7 980X @ 4.3 HT on Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Radeon 5970 + GT 240 PHYSX Corsair 12gb (horrible) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
64GB SSD boot + Raid 10 WDC Blues Pirated Win 7 (duh) Alienware AW2310 Corsair AX1200 
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Antec 902 Modded 
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Mellanox MNPA19-XTR 
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If he can wait a month or 2 for Sandy Bridge to be fixed, I'd highly recommend getting an i5-2500k. They have great performance for their price!
post #4 of 4
I'd recommend an external audio interface over a PCI sound card. He will need the 1/4" outs. A presonus audio box or Maudio fast track will do . You also need Monitor speakers for the most accurate sound. Try to find used KRK Rokits. The 5s are decent and you can find a pair for 250 if you look hard enough.

$1000 is pretty limiting for an audio production rig with the PC included. You're gonna have to hunt for sale parts. But do not do not skimp out on audio gear. One thing I learned from DJing and music production: buy cheap, buy twice.
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