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Buddy is looking for me to build him a pc for audio editing and such but can't put together a good pc under the price point of 600$

He wants
quad core i was thinking maybe a x4 955?? oc'd a little to maybe 3.4?
good soundcard --not a clue
8gb ram
decent hd maybe 500gb minnimum
This will be a complete build for 600 dollars he can get the operating system from his university since he is a student.
Thanks for any suggestions
If this is not possible please let me know...
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What programs will he be using? Pro Tools, Ableton, Cubase? Make sure he gets 64bit OS otherwise 64bit versions of audio software won't be able to take advantage of all that ram. Unless he will be running really large sets with tons of plugin and reverb you could scale back to 4bg ram. OC'ing CPU for audio typically isn't necessary. Most audio engineers I know never OC their rigs. I'd check out the forums for the programs he wants to use. They will have the best advice.
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Fastest single thread performance would be best. At this point I would recommend Intel if you absolutely need it now; Bulldozer looks promising but won't be out until the end of the school year.
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+1 on the Intel if you can afford it.
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post #5 of 20
When you say, "complete build," do you mean with monitor/keyboard/mouse?

Whether or not you should be looking at intel or not will depend on the budget of that sound card and which software is likely to be used. Many music creation tools like Reason are very heavily threaded and will take advantage of multi-core machines. In other cases, perhaps not so much.

At this budget point, the 955 is definitely a great CPU to be looking at. The competition at the same price point from intel is the i3, whose individual cores are faster, but whose overall computing capability (with all cores loaded) is lower. The next step up in price point is the AMD X6s vs the i5, at which point, the i5 will often produce better results unless you can take advantage of 6 cores routinely.
Edited by mdocod - 3/7/11 at 10:21pm
     
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I use FL Studio 9 and have a VARIETY of different effects and plugins that I use simultaneously

thats what he said
The things that will not be needed are
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A good quiet case like an Antec Solo is a good one for audio production. Especially if he will be recording near it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Fastest single thread performance would be best.
Almost all DAW software these days have multithreaded capability and work better with more cores

Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
At this point I would recommend Intel if you absolutely need it now; Bulldozer looks promising but won't be out until the end of the school year.
Most definitely intel is faster and better suited in a DAW atm, but tbh, any modern multicore CPU will still work fine for the home/hobby recorder.

I found the following results to show some differences in performance of CPUs:



But modern multicore CPUs are so fast these days and run DAW software so well, that even if you went with a CPU listed at the bottom of the list above, it would still be very capable in a home/hobby DAW and would not have any trouble recording with multiple tracks and effects.

Saying that, at this time, I'd just build the fastest intel based PC you can. And try and record in a different room to your PC to isolate all the PC noise


Edit: just to comment on the 64bit5. Be careful that your hardware has 64bit drivers and is supported in your DAW software in 64bit, or it will not work. Also, make sure your DAW software and plugins properly support a 64bit OS, otherwise they can suffer from a number of problems.
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Oh, I see. I thought most audio encoders are really limited to single threaded though.
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Thanks so much for the current replies + rep coming to all of the helpful posts
So what i have gathered is
Fl studio 9 can't use more than 4gb of ram...
Go intel over amd atm unless bulldozer comes out before build... build is looking like within the month though ...
Any quad core will handle it decently he currently uses a dell e1545 laptop..... and it won't keep up...
Go for a relatively quiet setup...
THanks again any suggestions on the sound card????
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