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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2016, 03:26 AM - Thread Starter
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To cut a long story short I really need to get a desktop computer for study and music production. I've been stuck on a Atom netbook for the last several years and it makes EVERYTHING a living hell, trust me when I say I need to get a new PC ASAP.

But I'm not sure what my best options are. Basically what I need is a cheap desktop that

Has Windows 10
The ability to handle multiple programs and web pages with ease.
A video card that can output 1080P @60HZ though HDMI instead of DVI
And a sound card that can handle FL Studio with no problems.

I just need the bare minimum for that and I was wondering if there's a desktop on the market that fits all those requirements for the best price,
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I have a couple of PCs I don't need so I was thinking about selling them. They are not the fastest, but they are tweaked for performance. I don't remember the particulars of the video situation and I don't know much about your sound card need (they both have sounds but I don't know if they are good enough). If you fill me in for more info on the sound card, I am sure I can make it happen for you. If you are interested, let me know. I will try to meet your budget. smile.gif
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Large FL Studio projects benefit from a decent CPU (i5/i7) and unless you want to use a multi-screen setup, the iGPU should be sufficient.
A SSD drive is always advisable for overall system performance and 16GB RAM would be good.
For music production you should get a ASIO/ASIO2 audio-interface. I don't know your exact needs and am also not well versed with them.

In the end It really depends on your budget and how complex your projects are.

I don't know if there are good price-performance All-in-One dekstops, because I never bothered with them.
That would be a good build you could consider if your budget allows it:

Intel Core i7-6700K CPU ~$340
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler ~$30
Asus Z170-A Motherboard ~$150
2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RAM ~$90
250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD ~ $100
2TB WD Green Hard Drive ~$95
550W EVGA SuperNOVA G2 PSU ~$85
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Case ~$60
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit ~$100
ESI [email protected] XTe PCIe Audio Interface ~$240

Total: ~$1290

I know, that's far away from cheap, but it's future-proof for several years.
As I said, for the audio interface you should know what your needs are.

You could also read this buyers guide:

I hope the input helps!

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Ah yes, I do want to build my own custom super PC that will last 10 years at some point but I do need to get a PC that can keep up with what I'm doing that will last at least a year ASAP since the the next year will be nothing but intense study and $1000+ is just too much.
For music, I probably won't be trying anything too advance at first anyway, the ability to have a basic melody, bass, drums and one or two things extra without the sound crackling or CPU slowing down would be enough.

Also thanks for the info.
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you could tyr to get an used 4770k/4790k on a z87/z97 mobo or a i7 3930k/e5 1650 (v2) and x79 but if it is too expensive than eithe ran i7 2600k/3770k on z77/z68 or a FX 83xx on 970/990 chipset
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If you want, I can get you some thing of under $150 or under $250. The downside, the $150 one is a bit slower because it is 1st gen i5, and the $250 one is HP 3rd gen i5 so it is low profile (no room for a video card).
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-07-2016, 08:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Ok thanks everyone, but it turns out my study isn't quite what I was expecting, so I guess I could hold of on getting a PC until I can get one that really goes the mile.
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