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Discussion in 'Recording' started by Opus2000, Jun 26, 2002.

  1. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Ok...SOS is putting a project together that is this...Best Bang For The Buck DAW...
    Different levels of of powerhouse systems that we can put in a list so that we don't have to repeat the same components over and over again..
    Anyhue, we should all coloborate on putting these systems together...
    Obviously we are going for the ANUS specs but starting from cheapest, to cheap to not so cheap! lol :D
    One system would be the Asus P4B266-C(No USB 2.0 and No onboard Audio)
    One system would be the Asus P4B266(with USB 2.0 and onboard Audio)
    Next system would be the P4B533...
    Any comments? Suggesttions?
  2. ChrisStuckey

    ChrisStuckey Guest

    Opus, how much does the ideal anus run?

    Man... That sound like a bad question for a good doctor...
  3. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    Opus ... the project is 99% DONE! I've been waiting for you to give me the recording hardware/software for the higher-end systems (Nuendo?). All of the computer components are already categorized and priced...
    Best Bang For The Buck DAWs

    The Basic DAW Computer:

    Antec PLUS1080(B) with 430 watt P/S (Beige or Black) $134/$139

    Asus P4B266-C $111
    Asus P4B533 $150

    CPU (Central Processing Unit):
    Pentium4, 1.6a, 512k cache (Model 1.6a) $138

    Micron or Samsung PC2100, 512Mb (Average $100-$200)

    Maxtor D740X:
    20Gb (6LO2OL1) $78
    40Gb (6L040L2) $95
    60Gb (6LO6OL3) $112
    80Gb (6LO8OL4) $120
    Western Digital Special Edition, 8Mb cache:
    80Gb (WD800JB) $120
    100Gb (WD100JB) $161
    120Gb (WD120JB) $182

    Plextor 40x12x40 (PX-W4012TA/SW) $138

    Matrox G550 $96

    Teac FDD $13

    Samsung 955DF (19" monitor, Ivory or Black) $258

    Microsoft Office Kbd (Beige) $35
    Microsoft Natural Kbd Pro (Beige, Ergo) $31
    Ortek MCK-800 Multimedia Kbd (Black) $19
    Viewsonic Viewmate Office Kbd KU-202 (Black) $36
    Viewsonic Viewmate Slim Kbd KU-201 (Black) $40
    Microsoft Trackball Optical $40
    Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer $38

    Most of the above products are available from Newegg.com, and the prices were taken from their website on June 14, 2002. The few other products, which were not available from Newegg, were priced using a quick search of the internet.
    That's copied and pasted ... and that's just the puter system ... there's much more.
    As I've been telling you, I just need a little more info from you. A phone call could rap it all up. I'll be home after 10PM tonight and tomorrow night.
  4. audiohead

    audiohead Guest

    IMHO a couple of items in the list belong to high-end rather than to the basic system. I have

    1. InWin S-523 case, 250W, $50
    2. ATI 3D Radeon VE video card, $45

    and am quite happy with them :)

  5. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    Welllll ... I'm not so sure that most would recommend a 250 watt power supply for such a system ... probably not less than 350. Given the fact that the Antec power supplies are notoriously awesome, and given the quality and features of this case, at this price, the Plus1080 is definately the "best bang for the buck".
    I'm also glad that you're having good luck with your graphics card, but the Matrox card is by far the most compatible with audio apps. For the price, and considering that about 90% of the audio guys use it, we really have to recommend it to avoid "issues". Some graphics cards work great with some audio apps, but not with others.
    You must bear in mind that we want to recommend components that will add-up to be a rock-solid, powerful, expandable system. Once you start cutting corners to save a few bucks here and a few bucks there, you run into problems. If you add up the total price of the components needed from the list, you will find that you will end up with one hellacious puter at a VERY good price. If someone wants to vary from the list, then that is their choice, and hopefully they won't have to deal with the consequences.
  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    This is true..I've come across three or four instances of the ATI card causing crashes or glitches with Nuendo, SCSI and a UAD card...Matrox G550 fixed that right away!
    SOS....I don't have your number...I have a new cell phone too...call me on my home number tonight!

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