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Old 2013-01-04, 16:32
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Thanks guys i appreciate you taking the time to list your suggestions.Believe it or not i'm currently using a pentium 4 ht my machine does struggle but i'm still able to create.A Intel Core i7-3770K would be nice but i think for my budget and needs the Core i5-3570k would be fine for now i can always upgrade later.
Old 2013-01-04, 16:39
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1. i7 3770k or higher (6-core would be preferrable but about $1k) - capable of hitting 5ghz on watercooling
2. Asus P8Z77 V-Pro board - takes up to 32gb RAM and has plenty of PCI slots et al. for connecting interface/soundcards etc.
3. Corsair Vengeance RAM x 32gb pref.
4. On the cheap get the Storm Scout gamer case - easy assembly and has a nice carry handle or opt for something that will handle larger size mobo's - this will cost you around 100$+
5. For your purposes anything over 550w will suffice. I think I rock at 6 or 700w personally for safety when overclocking
6. black cavier HD/ Personally do not find the start up time to be much diff than solid state and certainly not worth the price imho but this is an underrated part that you dont want to skimp on. it holds all your data. you dont wanna fuck with that.
7. the econobrand one at microcenter for 15$
****8. H60 or H80 corsair water cooler - if you are building a comp for reason youre gonna need to overclock it realistically with the new 6.5 reracks especially. this is a REQUIREMENT both the corsair and OC.
Old 2013-01-04, 16:48
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Originally Posted by sh73888 View Post
****8. H60 or H80 corsair water cooler - if you are building a comp for reason youre gonna need to overclock it realistically with the new 6.5 reracks especially. this is a REQUIREMENT both the corsair and OC.
I don't think I'd go as far as to say it's a requirement. Others work with stock speeds just fine, and frankly - even before I turned on the auto-overclock on mine I could still run dozens of RE's that are traditional CPU hogs.

Still, YMMV...
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Old 2013-01-04, 17:07
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An interesting and timely thread. I'm probably going to be in the market for a new/upgrade/self-build machine this year too.

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Old 2013-01-04, 17:16
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well I def agree with you, nothing I said is in fact a requirement by the laws of music computer design, but if you do plan on using your computer predominantly with reason, this requires a steadier strain on CPU and RAM than mixing it up with outboard gear and CPU/GPU hybrid plugins commonly used with other host DAWs. That coupled with the fact that if you are going to build a computer from scratch, you can get more bang for your buck and chances are you are going to want to increase your net Ghz output overtime, as software develops and recquires more and more of your internal parts, so having the freedom to push your internal parts to their structural limits without significant deterioration is, in my opinion, an inevitable necessity. Its definitely a more long-term, save you money later, type purchase, but if you have any interest in overclocking, which I find is also an inevitable decision for people who are willing to invest the time and money to create a custom built computer themselves, then it becomes mandatory for the purpose of achieving desired OC results.

By the way you seem like you probably know what youre talking about tech specs wise, pls check my new thread on interfaces if you have a suggestion. thanks
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Old 2013-01-04, 17:50
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Here's what I'm waiting on the monitor for to start putting together, should arrive today I'm having some sort of late Christmas here.
Asus Z77 Maximus V Formula motherboard
32gb Corsair Vengeance ram
Sapphire Flex HD 7950 OC graphics card
WD 5003 AZEX hard drive
NZXT Phantom 820 case came bundled with cables, an extra fan, and a
Hale82 850w modular power supply
Lite-on ihas224 (that was tough to find, it was just discontinued)
Just waiting on an LG IPS235v monitor now.
Oh, and Windows 7 pro (that version allows more than 16 gigs ram)

Looks like I did well on prices by buying during the Christmas season in comparison to now. The NZXT bundle might still be available at their site for $300. Mobo is still the same price, but the CPU, ram and graphics card are each $20 more now. I did get screwed on the monitor. Saw it for $180 at best buy, went there the next day and it was $240 both in store and on the website. Guess I made up for those sale prices on the other items that way.

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Old 2013-01-04, 17:54
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Not mentioned in my specs, but recommended, is the NZXT H2 "Silent" case. Intended for gamers, it has nine internal drive bays plus a hot slot on top, four front-panel USB ports (3x USB2, 1x USB3), and is designed for quiet running. With liquid cooling and a solid-state main drive it is extremely quiet and near ideal for studio use.
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Old 2013-01-04, 23:16
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Originally Posted by ryszard View Post
Edited to add: Note also that my i5 2500K 3.3 GHz quad-core processor is gently overclocked to 3.5. This is a built-in feature of the mainboard, which would allow it to run at up to 3.8 GHz.
Originally Posted by sh73888 View Post
1. i7 3770k or higher (6-core would be preferrable but about $1k) - capable of hitting 5ghz on watercooling

Just saying, I would never overclock my production system either.

Last edited by PsyTale; 2013-01-04 at 23:18.
Old 2013-01-05, 00:40
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Thanks guys i'm reconsidering buying the i7-3770 or i7-3770k.
Old 2013-01-12, 10:03
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Dear Thomas111,

What's up dude. I thought your encompassment was perfect. It enlightened me and I was well fed by it. What I am building is an old school G4 mac agreement with a dual core processor and 2 gigs of memory with two different hard drives. I haven't picked out the different hard drives but was going to go with two additional 512 mb sticks of memory same from the original distributor that I purchased with earlier. Anyway I hope this post comes along I would like to see more of what people have to encompass. Thanks for reading!


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