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First time build for audio production and gaming

krazypudding

37 months ago

Hey there everyone, this is my first time actually attempting a build so thanks for helping out. Honestly, this is pretty much build ready but I want a few more experienced eyes to take a look at it before I pull the trigger on something so expensive. I've taken the time to comb though everything to the best of my nascent ability, but any and all recommendations are welcome. I would particularly welcome advice on Z170 mobos and GTX 1080 cards. I've done some research on the ones that I have listed here, but there are a lot of different kinds for each and it doesn't help that reviews for most of them paint some confusing pictures so it's hard to determine what might fit best.

As the title suggests, my work is based around audio production for visual media such as film scoring and related musical applications. As such, an i7 is included instead of i5 (Plus, Micro Center has 6700K on sale for like $250!). But I've never had a good gaming machine either so I figured while I have the money, now's the time.

FYI, for monitors I'm considering dual Dell UltraSharp U2515s I'm open to other suggestions on nice 1440 screens as well if you feel so inclined. I have monitors now so it isn't a huge deal, but I'd like to get some nice ones. Thanks again in advance you guys!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $299.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $66.49 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.99 @ B&H
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $124.09 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Extreme Video Card $659.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case $148.70 @ Jet
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1708.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-19 21:41 EST-0500

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll offer two suggestions.

1) Get a Xeon 4-6 core CPU that has a decent clock speed (3GHz+)and is Broadwell or later. You can take advantage of the extra cores, and even though I will get a lot of crap for this, is suitable for gaming because of its OK clock speed.

2) I see you will be doing audio work. Why not get a high quality sound card or DAC unit to get some better audio than what the motherboard can provide?

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