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AMD system worththe expense?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ims731, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. ims731

    ims731 Active Member

    Looking to to do an upgrade...would love to go intel but AMD is really inviting, $ per performance.
    Has anyone had good experience with AMD system?
    If so what components seem to work.

  2. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    I use them. My current rig is an Athlon II quad with 8 gig RAM, onboard video and sound. I use my FP10's audio for studio work, and just use onboard audio for movies, etc.

    So, no need to spend money on a sound card or video card. Spend that money on more hard drive space!

    My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-MAGPMUD2H (or something like that!). I don't think they make them anymore, but something along those lines works for me. I do everything "in the box" and am heavy on plugins.
  3. ims731

    ims731 Active Member

    Thanks John, good to know. I am put parts to plan now.
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I have both and both are killer.

    AMD is very solid. AMD on Win7 64 16 gig ram is wicked.
  5. ims731

    ims731 Active Member

    Thanks audiokid...I'm putting together a potential system based off of a the MSI 890FXA mobo w/ Phenom 11 1100 6 core CPU. I've used Gigabyte on previous builds. This mobo new to me but I like it's specs and it will allow me 12g max on ram.
    Any experience with this brand. I'm really green to AMD.

  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    sorry, no idea.
  7. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    MSI, Gigabtye, Asus, Acer all make good mobo's.
  8. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    My question would be what is the best AMD processor for pro audio.
  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Here is my AMD rig : http://recording.org/content/479-ion-studio-high-end-audio-video.html but I see they are not using AMD in their current lineup. I've read somewhere a while back that the new i7 with win7 was 60% better performance. I may be way off on this and could be totally incorrect.
    I also recall that an optimized AMD machine is very stable and its why AMD was a better choice for some production companies.

    Looking on PCAudioLabs line-up, whom I recommend for good information, they are also not showing AMD options in their line-up either! You may want to rethink that.
    I would take the time to call them ( a custom PC DAW shop) and see why.
  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I was curious to see if my beast was over the hill or not so I contacted Fred @ PCAudioLabs for us:

  11. ims731

    ims731 Active Member

    Wow...nice roster. Thanks audiokid. I too have found a couple of companies building AND rigs for audio. I'm looking very seriously.
  12. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Your welcome.

    When I see "live" attached to anything I instantly think stability. Seeing them being used for those companies, very impressive. My AMD is rock solid and is blazing fast. I was thinking of selling it because I have 4 others here. I got it for running the audioimpressions DVZ Strings that has now dropped off the radar.
    Where do you live? Maybe you are interested in a deal?
  13. ims731

    ims731 Active Member

    I'm in Tulsa, OK...may be interested. How recent is the technology in your rig. I'm heavy on VSTi's and plug ins. My Track counts usually between 24-40ish, lot of vocal's. I'm blessed to work with some talented singers.
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    This kind of thing is why I don't really recommend DIY daw computers. John Q doesn't have the research or support capabilities to get the best results. At least you have to go by the research evident in any of the pro DAW builder companies. Rain, PC Audio Labs, ADK etc.
  15. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    hehe, that's nothing. Thats what is was built for. It has three fans and if my memory server me right, an 850 watt PS. Yikes, I'm spamming the forum here that wasn't intended. But, all in the name of supporting the community though: It all goes around :) My apologies to our protocol.

    This thing is a beast. But, it is 18 months new. Hardly been used. Loaded with Win 7 pro 64bit and 16 gig. Its a 2.4 with dual video and more. I'd have to look for the specs. It stands up to my new i7 965 so that should tell you something. The RAM is what you are needing so what ever you get, get RAM. If you need more, you can add way more. Bess Win 7 64bit. Make sure your machine has room to improve if needed.

    The main thing here for anyone looking at AMD, what I have is very impressive and I have some of the best PC's money can buy to compare it too. AMD is solid.

    If you are really sold on AMD, shop around and get an idea on what it will cost. PM me if you are very serious.
  16. BushmasterM4

    BushmasterM4 Active Member

    I've used all AMD in the past. But my next build is an i7 2600k based system. You need to look at the floating point calculations of the chips to see how they stack up against each other. On games AMD systems run on par with Intel, but games dont rely on FP as much as DAW's do. But with DAW's which are floating point hungry, Intel has them beat. I use an AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition Quad now as my DAW rig, and based on research I'm switching to Intel for the next build (next month). Based on speed of FP calculations, I should see a huge leap in performance.
  17. MaxGain

    MaxGain Active Member

    Go Intel Core i7 6 core I helped a friend build one for $1800.00. Intel Core i7 6 core cpu, two 1 terabyte SADA hard drive's, Win 7 Ultimate ,
    12 gig of ram , Motherboard, ATI Radeon HD 2GB vid card, case, 600 watt power supply Memorex CD, DVD Burner, Video capture card.
    Plus service warranty. $1800.00 my friends
  18. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Uhh do you mean the i7 6 core, 980x, which is a $1000 PROCESSOR?

    I just built a new computer which I love... very fast. Spent about $1700 but have to send in the rebates so it will be less. I paid more than I should have on the motherboard, but I needed this computer before I move in 2 weeks, and the mobos for this processor are a pain to get right now. I also got a monitor, so that was about 2 hundo that you could take off if you have one. Also got an 850 watt power supply since they sold out of the 750 I wanted at the time. So you could definitely spend less. i7 2600k, which I plan on overclocking to 4-4.5 ghz since apparently it is very easy (and the k version is unlocked, so it's meant for it). I put Win 7 64 bit, along with all my applications on a 128 gig solid state drive.. the thing FLIES. Especially with the SATA III 6gbs ports on the motherboard. I have another hard drive for storage. So whenever I am working on a music file, I just move the folder to the solid state drive, and move it back when I'm finished.
  19. MaxGain

    MaxGain Active Member

    I work on a lot of different computers and I really like and the Intel core i7. I am currently using an AMD setup but I am getting an new computer next month, you can bet it will be an Intel core i7 and Win 7. Good to talk to you and good luck with all your endeavors.

  20. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    I don't know about audio (an old G5 dual does me lol), but for my work I need Mac and PC software. The new iMac i7 belts out a Windows emulator and 10.6 simultaneously without so far skipping a beat. Really seems to be a good solid system.

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