Build a PC for music production

  1.    03 Aug 2016 #1

    Build a PC for music production

    Hi, i would like to create a PC for music production and a little bit for desktop publishing (not videos editing, just like illustrator, a little bit of photoshop).

    I have a budget of 1'500$ without the monitor. I know that i would need a good processor, good motherboard, SSD and 32 Go RAM. the computer should be silent if possible.

    Could you help me ? I need to create a components list
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       04 Aug 2016 #2

    I am not up on music production, but @fireberd may be able to help. I just mentioned him so when he is on he may be able to assist.
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  3.    05 Aug 2016 #3

    I have a (home) recording studio, using Sonar Platinum.

    Look over some of the builds on the Cakewalk (Sonar) forum, Computer section. There are several recent posts on recording systems.

    If I were to build one today, I would go with a high end I7 CPU, at least 16GB of RAM, an ASRock motherboard, a "Be Quiet" case, 800 watt modular power supply. The ASRock is just my choice of motherboards, I've had Gigabyte, ASUS, Intel and ASRock. The others all failed, but my ASRock keeps going.

    Cakewalk Computer Forum
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  4.    05 Aug 2016 #4

    I built mine for media production as well.

    I went the X99 route, which is overkill for music (but I also used it for video production). Something like a i7-6700 on a either an ASUS or ASRock motherboard inside of a Fractal Design Define R5 (no window) with a Corsair RM series power supply and EVGA graphics card with ACX 2.0 (which should allow you to customize your fan curve to operate in a "fanless" mode below certain temperatures) and using SSDs for storage should allow you to maintain an optimal level of silence to your system. Also, use a Noctua CPU cooler, as they are also fairly silent.

    Check out my system spec. When my system is running on fanless and low-RPM modes, it is virtually inaudible. That said, when I need to game hard, I can crank things up and it'll still stay fairly quiet for its power.
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  5.    10 Aug 2016 #5

    the shop where i would like to build my pc recommended me this configuration :

    - Intel quad core i7-6700
    - Asus Z170-Deluxe
    - 2x8 GO DDR4 Corsair vengeance RAM
    - Be Quiet Dark Rock TF
    - Be Quiet silent base 600
    - 600W Be quiet alimentation
    - Samsung 850 series 1 TO SSD
    - Asus GTX 960-DC2-4GB (because it's possible i would have 2 screens monitors, and i use sometimes the Adobe suite)
    - Eizo EV2750W screens X2

    So if i understand, it would be better to have a Asrock for the motherboard, like the model ASROCK Z97 OC instead of the Asus Z170-Deluxe. The thing is that i see it support DDR3, not DDR4, so i don't know.

    Is a 800W alimentation better than a 600W ?
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  6.    10 Aug 2016 #6

    The choice of motherboard manufacturer is not as important as the model motherboard. I like ASRock, others like Gigabyte, ASUS, etc. Sort of like a Ford or Chevy car.
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