- 57 months ago
- Budget: Around $1,500 (I can spend more if needed)
- Location: USA
- Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Music Production
- Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): I probably need a double monitor display for my music production software. I'm spoiled with my iMac's 24" display, which allows for lots of room. The music software I use has 2 windows which take up the entire width of a normal monitor, and I would like to be able to see the windows side by side. ALSO, I burn a lot of CD's so I'd need a solid optical drive.
- Operating System required: Windows
I am a professional independent music producer and I have only ever used Mac computers in the past. I now use a 2009 iMac that is on it's last leg, and I'm tired of replacing the entire setup every 5 years with another iMac that is just a pain to fix. I've swapped out internal HD's when they've gone bad, upgraded RAM, etc....but it's always such a pain to work on because of how compact it is. It's getting expensive, and I want to give PCs a try. It seems like building my own PC is the way to go, but this would be my 1st build so I'm unsure of what I should do. Below is some information that may help.
I use Reason (https://shop.propellerheads.se/product/reason-8/) to produce music, system requirements for this are as follows: Fast internet connection for installation and registration required! Intel or AMD processor with dual cores 4 GB RAM or more 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space) Windows 7 or later (64-bit) Monitor with at least 1280x768 resolution Audio Interface with ASIO driver MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
I also use a Firewire audio interface, so I'm assuming I wouldn't need some fancy sound card. Presonus Firestudio (http://www.presonus.com/products/FireStudio), system requirements for this are as follows: Windows Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) Note: Windows 7 was the last supported Microsoft OS for this device Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Turion) (2.8 GHz or faster recommended) 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended) Windows and Mac Systems IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port Internet connection recommended DVD-ROM drive Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.
I also use a Glyph (http://www.glyphtech.com/products/studio) external hard drive for backup. Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8. Interfaces: USB 3.0, Firewire, eSATA.
I also use a Type Heaven keyboard by Topre. I'm assuming you don't need to know that, and that everyone is familiar with it. Fairly standard kit.
That's all I can really think of that may help. I also use Photoshop CS2 casually, and play a flash web browser game named Tagpro...probably TMI. My main concern is that it handles my music needs. Thanks so much in advance!