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A PC for recording, editing and producing audio

murmenthurman

9 days ago

Hi folks I am looking for help in making a pc for making music with DAW's Preferably an Intel build only need the pc No monitor,keyboard,speakers,headphones,mic,audio interface etc needed Location UK Budget 1.5k 64G + Lots of storage space needed for a shed load of vst's OS needed and just a system that could be future proof and maybe upgradable along the line Thanks

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  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

9400F+64GB RAM+11TB total storage for less than your quote:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor £154.50 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS ULTRA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £220.85 @ More Computers
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory £270.11 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital - Blue 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive £112.92 @ Ebuyer
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £325.97 @ Laptops Direct
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3 GB Dual Video Card £143.47 @ Ebuyer
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case £78.76 @ More Computers
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply £85.47 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £92.12 @ More Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1484.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-15 01:08 BST+0100
  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Test

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor £236.99 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler £67.25 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard MSI - MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £139.98 @ Box Limited
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £304.96 @ Scan.co.uk
Storage Corsair - MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £139.96 @ Scan.co.uk
Storage Toshiba - X300 5 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £109.78 @ Amazon UK
Storage Toshiba - X300 5 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £109.78 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GT 1030 2 GB Silent Low Profile Video Card £67.46 @ Amazon UK
Case be quiet! - Dark Base 700 ATX Mid Tower Case £141.12 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply be quiet! - Straight Power 11 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply £83.58 @ Aria PC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit £79.98 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1480.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-15 01:11 BST+0100
  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Rob

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi, are there any specifics you need regarding motherboard connectors, e.g. number of usb ports, audio out options, WiFi etc. Also how many monitors will you be driving? Is the a specific software you'll be using?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi Crofter the connectors on the boards quoted are fine with me no need to go insane with that kind of thing I will just be using one monitor for the time being and FL studio is my choice of software

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

This then should be a very sound (no pun intended) platform. Motherboard selected for class leading low dpc latency (reduce lag in audio calls) low latency/cas ram (within cost/performance), well sound insulated case, fast CPU with room to upgrade, quiet CPU cooler with plenty of thermal overhead to prevent fans spinning at high rpm, robust and quiet HDD with good cache amount and speed, then fast nvme SSD for operating system, software and current project/s.

I used a number of articles to support the system design, many suggest anything above 32GB is overkill. Have you experienced production issues below 64GB which warrants the extra? Either way, budget left for more ram, or ram slots available for additional sticks if you are limited.

https://support.image-line.com/action/knowledgebase?ans=214

Chose full Windows license to allow trouble free upgrades or complete system changes without having to acquire new.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor £274.99 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Rev.B 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler £43.47 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Taichi ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £168.22 @ Amazon UK
Memory Kingston - HyperX Predator 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £162.57 @ Box Limited
Storage Corsair - MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £134.99 @ Corsair UK
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 8 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £250.48 @ Box Limited
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 570 4 GB ARMOR OC Video Card £122.77 @ CCL Computers
Case Fractal Design - Define S ATX Mid Tower Case £73.00 @ AWD-IT
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply £88.00 @ AWD-IT
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £91.91 @ SmartTeck.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1410.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-15 15:39 BST+0100
  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Crofter I think I was just being a bit greedy with the 64gb of memory it was me thinking having more than enough rather than not of it for intensive orchestral library usage which is the kind of thing I will be doing but I should be sensible and not go wild anyway that looks like the build for me thanks a lot for taking the time to help me mate It really is appreciated now I will shuffle off and get all this gear together thanks again

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Reason for intel only?

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

It was suggested to me that for audio work, intel still the best performer due to IPC/Clock speed

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor £149.99 @ AWD-IT
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler £21.00 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard ASRock - B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £72.79 @ Aria PC
Memory G.Skill - FORTIS 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £249.24 @ Amazon UK
Storage ADATA - XPG SX6000 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £128.30 @ More Computers
Storage Toshiba - X300 5 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £115.84 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GAMING Video Card £252.58 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case £44.56 @ Aria PC
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply £95.99 @ AWD-IT
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £91.91 @ SmartTeck.co.uk
Sound Card Asus - Essence STX II 24-bit 192 kHz Sound Card £193.06 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1415.26
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 08:54 BST+0100

All of the builds here are kinda flawed in the sense that, youre making a DAW pc, yet none of these lists have a sound card (+a whole lot of other flaws but this is the main one). you dont really want to rely on the integrated audio card as theyre pretty low quality if youre serious about DAW stuff.

i5 9400f is a great budget chip with excellent single core performance, and has enough core/threads that it wont really bottleneck your DAW.

the cooler included is because intel's stock cooler is ****, loud, and does not cool well.

64gb ram as you asked. 2400mhz as intel does not care about ram speed that much

1tb NVMe ssd + 5tb hdd as you wanted a lot of storage.

if you mean recording as in, recording footage of gameplay and stuff, the 1660ti would do that well as it has NVENC

the case is a great budget case that comes with 2 stock intake fans, and alright acoustics aswell. it also has a meshed front to boost airflow.

the psu, while completely overkill, has great value as its pretty cheap for a high quality 750w unit.

windows 10

+a good sound card which i feel is important for DAWs, as the integrated sound card on the mobo just lacks compared to it.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks iirein to be honest I'm not going to be gaming with it so the card doesn't need to be the greatest and I thought by using a audio interface that would cut out the need for a soundcard or would it be best to get one either way?

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Guess this is why I asked earlier question regarding interfaces and maybe I should have rechecked. If you have an external usb DAC (which to be honest is better than a PCI sound card since it removes possibility of pc hardware interference) then this will offer superior sound quality compared to the integrated sound from the motherboard. If this is the interface you are talking about then great. But if you are taking sound from the motherboard, see how you like the feed from the digital output on the taichi then if not suited you could invest in an external DAC.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

i misinterpreted your needs then, i though recording meant for gameplay lol. also, yeah an external DAC will work better usually.

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