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Hey guys, a fellow I play music with is wanting me to build a rig for him for home recording using Pro Tools.

He's going be using the Digidesign 003 interface, and Pro Tools as the software. I'm gonna build him a good rig that would suffice.

I posted this in AMD, but he is fine with either AMD or Intel, as long as it works.
And it will be in late June, so I'll have a chance to see what Bulldozer could do. But with regards to corrent gen stuff, what has everybody else used in this situation?

Recommendations on 2-4-6-8 core? What should I look for as a minimum for a rig like this?
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I can't really comment on the CPU you'll need, but I can't imagine you'd need more than an Athlon II, might as well go for an X4 if I'm correct in the Athlon II assumption, but I'll let others comment on that. The only suggestion I can really make, since you already have your interface, is to probably go with ECC Ram. For that use reliability is much more important than speed, granted these days non-ECC ram tends to be reliable as well, but ECC is relatively inexpensive. Of course that would limit your options to ASUS motherboards, but I can't imagine that that is really a bad thing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-040-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-646-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-654-_-Product

As far as I know, however, all ASUS 8-series (880G, 890GX etc.) motherboards are ECC compatible except for their mini-itx one as it uses SO-DIMMs.
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An Athlon II Tri-core would be more than sufficient for his needs. Don't need anything to demanding. I got a friend who uses a c2d 2.53 laptop for his music production.
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An Athlon II Tri-core would be more than sufficient for his needs. Don't need anything to demanding. I got a friend who uses a c2d 2.53 laptop for his music production.
id say get a quad core
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A dual core will be plenty, recording audio isn't that complicated.

It is more important to have a high amount of memory (high for an XP system at least). 2.5GB is required for their highest recording quality.

http://thestudiofiles.com/?p=689

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I can't really comment on the CPU you'll need, but I can't imagine you'd need more than an Athlon II, might as well go for an X4 if I'm correct in the Athlon II assumption, but I'll let others comment on that. The only suggestion I can really make, since you already have your interface, is to probably go with ECC Ram. For that use reliability is much more important than speed, granted these days non-ECC ram tends to be reliable as well, but ECC is relatively inexpensive. Of course that would limit your options to ASUS motherboards, but I can't imagine that that is really a bad thing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-040-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-646-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-654-_-Product

As far as I know, however, all ASUS 8-series (880G, 890GX etc.) motherboards are ECC compatible except for their mini-itx one as it uses SO-DIMMs.
What's with the server RAM... is fully buffered RAM even going to work on this board? (I mean, the ECC will, but maybe fully buffered RAM ruins it)
Also relatively inexpensive... $51 for generic settings? eh, at the same price you could get 1600 CL7 kits. I say low timings are very important since you want to be recording with the least latency possible.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/19/11 at 12:18pm
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I have built these before. It is all about the sound, invest in a quality sound card with MIDI support and lots of them. Usb powered products can cause problems. Quad cores are cheap and do not skimp on the amount of memory. This is one instance more than 4 gb will make you very happy. Also silence is the key along with low heat and low maintenance. The musicians I know will not take the time to maintain there pc. Maudio has great interface with protools. Hope this helps
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What's with the server RAM... is fully buffered RAM even going to work on this board? (I mean, the ECC will, but maybe fully buffered RAM ruins it)
Also relatively inexpensive... $51 for generic settings? eh, at the same price you could get 1600 CL7 kits. I say low timings are very important since you want to be recording with the least latency possible.
That's actually unbuffered memory, not fully buffered. Also, fully buffered memory was an extreme failure on Intel's part, no one uses that crap anymore I believe you're thinking of Registered Memory which only works in server boards and only used when more than 32gb of ram are being used in the system. Error Correcting Memory prevents losing stability due to inaccurate information passing through it. Asus motherboards support it, so why not use it? It's a $10 difference. And again, since he's not going for speed, why not ensure reliability? As I mentioned above, regular RAM is pretty stable these days as well, but why not go that extra $10 mile and ensure stability?

EDIT: Tighter timings also have a higher failure rate and produce more heat. In a workstation, reliability is key.
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