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So I actually built this thing early last fall. But I've just been so busy I never came and posted it. But I took pictures and I'm proud of is since it's my first build. So I figured before it was so old the parts weren't even on the parts list anymore I should post it.

I built it for making music and youtube video's and stuff. Thought about going with a mac then the pc builder community convinced me to just build my own. Pretty happy so far. Just need to learn more about the software and programming side of things so I can really get the most out of this thing.

Build went pretty smooth. Watched some youtube videos and just was careful with all the parts. Not sure I picked the best mother board for what I'm doing. But after weeks and endless hours of researching each part, each parts stats and what they even mean I kind of got burnt out and just decided to pull the trigger on something.

I also decided last minute not to get a video card right away which I am now regretting. So that and some more ram to help smooth out the rendering process will probably be my next purchases (if I ever have money again lol.) Oh, and because I don't know much about doing so and haven't purchased a better CPU cooler yet, I haven't ventured into overclocking it. But I'd also like to start messing with that sometime soon.

Would love to hear any advice from you guys on how to get the most out of this thing and any feedback on my part choices. I'd really like to get more plugged into this community so I can really learn how to tweak settings for more performance and know this thing inside and out. Kind of just built it then haven't really spent anymore time getting to know her lol. Oh and I actually just officially posted my first video. only took me 8 months lol. check it out if you want https://youtu.be/7ha9mZ2doFc.

Okay, enjoy the pics and please hit me up with your comments and advice.

p.s. i remember people talking about there being places online to test computer speed and things like that. can anyone suggest a good one so I can get some stats to put up here?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm guessing this is only for editing and music production? No gaming?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

THink so cuz there is no gpu and only stock heatsink

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. I know that is kind of strange around these parts. But yeah that's the case. I actually had a lot of trouble figuring out what to buy since I wasn't building it for gaming.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, except when I read "YouTube videos and stuff" I was debating if that included a bit of gaming to record... but I'm guessing this is strictly only for media and editing programs?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

His description says that's what he does. He explained the GPU thing in it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You should've gotten the 250 gb SSD, its only 15 bucks or so more. The 120gb is overpriced. You also skimped on the motherboard, should've gotten a higher quality one for that 4790k if you want to overclock in the future. Pascal is coming out soon so hopefully you can get your hands on one of those. Other than that, nice build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the tips man. I saw when I was building it that a good thing to do is get an SSD at least for the OS and maybe a just a hard drive for everything else. Still a little unsure as to what exactly to use the SSD for, i.e. all programs or literally just the OS. I still have 47.7 GB's free on it. But do you have any views on that setup or how to make the best use of it? And i guess upgrading to the 250 with be added to the list if its not to difficult to do so. Or I could just run the both together right?

I kind of figured thats what I was going to hear about the motherboard. But so you are saying I should probably upgrade that before trying to overclock? Only issue is I think I bought the cheaper OS that is tied to the motherboard. For my use do you have any suggestions on specs for a motherboard? Sorry for the 20 questions. But I really appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, you can run both SSDs at the same time, only if you feel like you need more fast storage. Otherwise, you can just keep all mass files on the hard drive. As for motherboards, I'm not exactly sure, but something like a Asus Z97-A seems good. You can do some research on good motherboards to overclock the 4790k. Make sure you get some aftermarket cooler also if you're looking in to overclocking.

If you feel like overclocking isn't something you look to do in the future, staying with that motherboard is completely fine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay cool, thanks for the advice.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

that psu is expensive.

  • 45 months ago
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I thought I did pretty good with the prices lol. But towards the end I just wanted to build it so I guess I could have price shopped a little longer.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly that PSU is really worth it considering it's a tier 1/ tier 2 PSU that is silent as hell and very power efficient for a gold rated PSU

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

it's a good build, well, you still have the option to put a GPU whether your gut tells you to game on lol, I like the build for you kind of production :) +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. And yeah I definitely need to get one. Because with just the CPU this thing can't really handle much of any video editing at all. Which I will want to get more into with my youtube video.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this WorkStation builds! Hope you get a sound card soon!

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! That was actually what I was going to put the GPU money towards before I got short on funds. But then I started reading about people saying that its better to go with an external DAC instead of a sound card. Do you have any opinions on that?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're using real 7.1 setup/headsets, buy sound card, if using 2.1/2.o, go with DAC

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, a pc for music making but no sound card??

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know haha. Was going to get one, then started thinking an external DAC was the way to go. Then... ran out of money to spend on computer parts. Any opinions on DAC's vs. Sound Cards?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

DAC's have less interference and can make it easier to access your headphones but sound cards can be a bit friendlier to your wallet. I see alot more people switching to DAC's but it's mostly just opinion

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input on this comment and the other one. But yeah that was what I read when I started looking into them. That with the DAC being external that it doesn't get as affected by all the electronic noise from the other computer parts. And not that I'm on the pro-audio studio quality recordings or anything but the perfectionist in me always want to get the extra edge. But just so I'm clear whether a sound card or DAC, they are both just for quality of playback right? A sound card won't do anything for recording quality will it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love it. So carefully done!. +1000 from me.

Caroline.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was just happy it actually turned on when I hit the power button the first time haha.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I was wondering what program you are running for music production

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, sorry it took me so long to respond to this. I must have missed it last time I was on here. I use Mixcraft Pro Studio 6. Are you into recording music too?