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Williecrts91 1 month ago

I'm looking to build a PC primarily for music production but I also would like to use it for gaming in my off time. I want somthing that can handle everything I throw at it flawlessly. I want as much cpu and RAM as I can get for my budget. Basically I just want somthing that I can build and forget about any limitations for my uses. Also somthing that will last me a good 10 years or so with upgrades along the way if needed. I'd like to build it myself just looking for the best parts list for my needs and I wouldnt know where to start tbh.

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Crofter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Perfectly tuned for music production and longevity. Quiet case and cooling. NVME drive for active projects and plenty of storage for projects. Motherboard future proofed with usb c header (case will utilise) and thunderbolt 3. Wasn't clear whether you needed peripherals so added decent monitor speakers, ultra wide 1440p display and top range GPU. Any questions happy to help.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900X 3.5 GHz 10-Core Processor $979.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $89.95 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus - Prime X299-Deluxe II ATX LGA2066 Motherboard $469.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $179.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $179.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP - EX900 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $79.95 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $134.95 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $113.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $113.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $1278.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Design Define R6 USB-C Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case $161.15 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $119.99 @ Dell
Monitor Acer - ED7 34.0" 3440x1440 100 Hz Monitor $549.00 @ B&H
Speakers PreSonus - Eris E4.5 50 W 2ch Speakers $199.99
Other Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter $169.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $4940.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 12:40 EST-0500
Williecrts91 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Glad you added the thunderbolt 3 and usb-c I forgot to ask for that. Will 10 cores be enough with the I9 CPU? Also would it be beneficial to make all of the storage ssd?

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Higher core count is not going to offer much significant advantage for music production software. SSDs are are still pricey for mass storage and their speed advantage is not going to offer real world benefit for older project storage when you have a fast nvme drive for current projects and SSD for software and frequently used samples etc.

Williecrts91 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Someone told me that AMD is a better choice for the money and performance is this true? And if so would I have to sacrifice thunderbolt connection to go with an AMD ?

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

AMD gives you more cores and threads and a decent enough single core speed, but you lose out to intels much better single core speed, reduced latency (important for music production) and as you mentioned AMD does not currently offer thunderbolt support. However, it costs more for intel and these features.

If you have a look around on the internet, maxed out pro audio studio pcs typically have the i9 9900x as a cpu platform.

Williecrts91 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

That makes sense I'm gonna stick with intel then you've helped me a ton thank you for your time !

waj287 0 points 1 month ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Threadripper 1950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core Processor $579.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Fractal Design - Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $115.04 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus - ROG Strix X399-E Gaming EATX TR4 Motherboard $341.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 64 GB (8 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $569.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $249.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Black 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $169.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $1278.99 @ B&H
Case Lian-Li - PC-O11 Dynamic (White) ATX Full Tower Case $143.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $3569.95
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $3549.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 11:58 EST-0500

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Williecrts91 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Would it be overkill for my purposes if I were to opt for a 32 core cpu and 128 GB RAM?

waj287 1 point 1 month ago

It depends. What software are you using?

Williecrts91 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

I will most likely be moving over to pre sonus studio one 4. I'm currently a Mac user using Logic Pro X as my DAW.

Williecrts91 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

As far as vsts I'm not running any huge orchestra librarys but I usually have a good amount of tracks and plugins running at once with multiple sample libraries and I want to be able to do almost anything outside of just loading it down for the fun of it without any issues at all.

waj287 1 point 1 month ago

According to my research, the 2990WX (at least that's what I think you are referring to) and 128GB RAM is pretty overkill for music and gaming. the 1950X and 64GB should be just fine.

Williecrts91 submitter 2 points 1 month ago

Awesome thank you for your help!