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~$1600 Audio Workstation

zenthex
  • 71 months ago

Main use will be audio production in DAW. I expect to be able to use all resources available, and to be under moderate to heavy load for long periods of time.

i think overclocking an already fast CPU is a bit of a waste. However, i may choose to OC ram modules and play with the timing a bit to squeeze out a bit of extra speed for when i'm manipulating samples.

I probably don't need such a heavy GPU, so that can be compromised.

Also, i don't want to go bigger than a 22" screen because it'll get in the way of the speakers which need to be a specific distance away from each other to create an acoustic "sweet spot".

If you can think of any other way to make it better / more cost effective, i'm open to your ideas.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.95 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $31.86 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $148.97 @ DirectCanada
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $189.95 @ Vuugo
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.95 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Core Edition Video Card $144.99 @ NCIX
Case BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ NCIX
Power Supply XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $124.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $56.98 @ DirectCanada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $157.16 @ DirectCanada
Monitor AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor $139.99 @ Canada Computers
Keyboard Lenovo PREFERRED PRO FULL-SIZE Wired Standard Keyboard $29.00 @ Vuugo
Mouse SteelSeries 62016 Wired Optical Mouse $34.99 @ NCIX
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1577.75

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all for music production i would recommend this. I am a producer and DJ in California and this helps a lot with getting great sound in trying to replicate a studio sound anywhere. I would recommend to get from these for great audio.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $197.00 @ Vuugo
Headphones V-MODA CROSSFADE M-100 BLACK Headphones $299.99 @ Amazon Canada
Speakers KRK RP8 G2 140W 2ch Speakers $467.50 @ Amazon Canada
Speakers KRK RP6 G2 100W 2ch Speakers $334.37 @ Amazon Canada
Speakers KRK VXT 8 360W 2ch Speakers $499.97 @ Amazon Canada
Speakers KRK VXT 6 180W 2ch Speakers $399.97 @ Amazon Canada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2198.80

For the build itself you only need an i5 max for creating music an i7 would be your preference.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $252.66 @ DirectCanada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $31.86 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $148.97 @ DirectCanada
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $189.95 @ Vuugo
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.95 @ Vuugo
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Core Edition Video Card $144.99 @ NCIX
Case BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ NCIX
Power Supply Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $124.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $56.98 @ DirectCanada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $157.16 @ DirectCanada
Monitor AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor $139.99 @ Canada Computers
Keyboard Lenovo PREFERRED PRO FULL-SIZE Wired Standard Keyboard $29.00 @ Vuugo
Mouse SteelSeries 62016 Wired Optical Mouse $34.99 @ NCIX
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1526.46

Don't choose an xfx power supply since they aren't reliable yet. Also you might want to get a bigger hard drive, if your like me creating music then 1 TB won't be enough. I have 2 TB just for music. Besides this just ask if you have any more questions.

-DJ Hazarded

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm just focusing on the computer here, i have about $3000 in other studio equipment i plan to invest it, including a usb audio interface.

I'll agree with your suggestion that a bigger hard drive would be beneficial.

As for the i7 thing, the idea was that more threads means i could render and encode audio faster.

all things considered i think my build would be better like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $307.15 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $143.49 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $139.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 760 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $239.99 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $43.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $134.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor $117.00 @ Newegg
Keyboard Lenovo PREFERRED PRO FULL-SIZE Wired Standard Keyboard $29.00 @ Mac Mall
Mouse SteelSeries 62016 Wired Optical Mouse $37.06 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1492.59
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case then its a great build, you might just want to get a better cooler then if to get more performance on your cpu like a noctua or an all in one water loop like the corsair H60, 80i, 100i. Besides that this looks solid.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Since it's for audio, do you need low physical noise?

If so, check out http://www.quietpcusa.com/Quiet-Computer-Cases.aspx for some ideas on quiet cases.

These are also reputed to be quiet-ish: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4blo

Also, once you get your PC built, stress test all the cores for 30 minutes or so using http://www.mersenne.org/download/ then put a microphone/FFT_display near the PC and check for any high frequency audio emitting from the PSU.

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