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Music Production / Occasional Gaming PC

jellyjoe
  • 51 months ago

Hello! I'm looking for advice for a computer build, I haven't actually built one since about 2006. I've upgraded a few bits here and there, but I am really starting to suffer on my vastly outdated machine. It's definitely time for an upgrade! So...:

Budget: £700 - £1000

Location: England, United Kingdom

Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Mainly for music editing (Cubase), but also occasional gaming and video editing.

Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Already have monitor, keyboard, mouse and USB sound device.

Operating System required: No need for operating system. (I will be using Windows 7 Professional 64bit, out of personal preference)

Size: I would prefer a medium/full size system, preferably Full ATX.

Notes:

  • I would like a processor that can handle running multiple VSTs/music tracks at once. I was looking at at least 3.0GHz, up to 4.0Ghz, possibly an intel i7. I have no idea what would suit best though, especially regarding threads/cores etc. I can say, Cubase is very CPU heavy, so a CPU that would be able to handle intensive tasks would be ideal. I also don't know what to do in regards of CPU cooling... So any help and suggestions here would be greatly appreciated!

  • Memory wise, I would like at least 16GB. This can be 4x4GB, or 2x8GB, or anything over that (Probably up to 32GB, if budget/motherboard allows). I would prefer fast memory, but also lack a complete understanding of appropriate RAM speed and pins, especially in conjunction with the motherboard!

  • Motherboard, I would ideally like USB 3.0. I have quite a few USB peripherals (Sound Device, Ext Hard Drive x2, Printer, occasional gamepad...) So would require quite a few slots. I also currently use PS/2 for my keyboard and mouse. This is mainly to save on USB ports. However, if a USB keyboard and mouse would be better, please do let me know and also take this in to account when finding a suitable motherboard.

  • Storage wise, I would like a SSD to serve as the Windows drive. I would prefer quality over quantity/storage. However, I would also like at least 128GB. I would prefer more, if possible, but any suggestions are truly appreciated, keeping budget in mind.

  • As for the graphics card, I would ideally like one that can handle quite modern games. I haven't really kept up to date with games, but this is mainly due to my current system being so old. I would like to be able to play a game every now and then, but this is not a priority. If you feel putting money into a nice graphics card would be detrimental to the other peripherals, please focus on those instead. (Feel free to select a temporary graphics card and suggest an appropriate upgrade for next payday/lottery win).

  • I will need a case, but I will leave that entirely up to you! I'd like something aesthetically pleasing / insanely awesome, but feel free to use your own creative mind in regards to colour/theme and whatnot. I also will need a power supply and possibly fan(s)? But I will leave that advice/recommendation up to you, as I literally have no idea what I'm doing.

  • Optical drive, I was looking at and impressed with the LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer. But again, this is NOT a priority and can be purchased later. But feel free to make suggestions for future purchases, or tell me if this would be a stupid mistake to buy.

I thank you in advance for reading my long winded, overly detailed post. Any help or suggestions will be hugely helpful. I'd like to build this within the month, if possible!

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds pretty doable, probably do an i7 with a cheap reliable air cooler as you didn't mention overclocking or anything, not going with an extreme model either as you probably wouldn't use the extra cores/threads I wouldn't think. any particular color scheme that you would prefer?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, guys.

I've looked at both your lists, but was definitely swayed by SuperGojira2001's choice of processor. After doing some research, I've created my own list, which is pretty much identical. I've swapped out some memory for a bit more power and added a fan (Is this necessary?!)

Would someone be able to take a look at my list and let me know how it looks? What is the recommendation when it comes to extra fans/case cooling/fan controllers?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor £324.97 @ Dabs
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler £26.49 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard £169.16 @ More Computers
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory £94.69 @ More Computers
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £64.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £37.98 @ Novatech
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card £148.32 @ Aria PC
Case Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £84.99 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £76.99 @ Novatech
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer £49.99 @ Novatech
Case Fan Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan £15.59 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1094.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-27 18:41 GMT+0000

Thanks again guys!

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

Here is a Build that will handle basically every game out at high-ultra at 1080p at 60+fps, also should work great for video/music editing and multitasking, also I went with a black and red build because red/black parts are so prevalent in the market. went with the cryorig h7 because it beats out the hyper 212 evo and fits better in most cases. It is 50 GBP over your max budget but if you wanted to drop that you could drop down to an r9 380 and still play most games at pretty high settings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor £263.33 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler £39.04
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £136.98 @ Ebuyer
Memory GeIL SUPER LUCE 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory -
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £64.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £54.98 @ Novatech
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card £274.94 @ More Computers
Case NZXT Phantom 530 (Red) ATX Full Tower Case £97.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £74.99 @ Amazon UK
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer £49.99 @ Novatech
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1057.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-27 16:45 GMT+0000
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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a good build. Lots of music producers go with this motherboard due to its low DPC latencies. Personally I would add one more 1Tb HDD. SSD for OS and Cubase. All your samples on one HDD and completed projects on the other HDD.

Eventually, you may need to add a second SSD for samples if you are loading multiple VST's with lots of effects. The IOPS of the SSD will help things run smooth without pops and crackles, which sucks when making music.

Also, look at RME products when selecting an audio interface. Killer customer support, driver support is the best out there and really low latencies.

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