- 54 months ago
I'm a novice PC builder but would like to get into it and get some opinions.
Budget: $800 and up (perhaps up to $1.5k, but let me know if it needs to go higher)
Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): running Kontakt, a software sampler that requires disk streaming. In other words, disk speed access and high CPU loads are the main (and only) priorities. The faster the better. Graphics doesn't matter (it's just for slave usage, and won't be touched much after it's setup). Built-in graphics, or the cheapest possible graphics card, is fine. Virtual silence is important, so a quiet fan and quiet PS.
Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Um, none really. Just basic keyboard/mouse, but I already have that. I will supply my own drives.
Operating System required: Whatever you recommend, but either a Hackintosh or one of the latest versions of Windows. I'm a Mac guy who is settling for Windows since this will be a set-it-and-forget-it machine that will be accessed remotely from my main computer.
Form factor: doesn't matter. I assume ATX would give me the most power. Doesn't matter how large this computer is. Don't care about how it looks either. It'll be hidden under a desk.
My main question is what combo of CPU/mobo might give me the best bang for my buck. Another friend told me to make sure I get a mobo with M.2 for the fastest disk speed access.