- 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 I've upgraded a few bits here and there, but I am really starting to suffer on my vastly outdated machine.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.
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!