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Computer build out

Discussion in 'DAW's, Computers & Software' started by hangarstudios, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. hangarstudios

    hangarstudios Active Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    I need a bit of feedback on a PC system I am building out. The PC will be used with Pro Tools 9, Sony Vegas Pro 10, and Adobe Audition. AI will either be PCI sound card or Firewire. Do you think this configuration can handle the job(s)?

    Inte i5 2500K Second Generation "Sandy Bridge" 3.3Ghz Quad Core Processor w/Fan.
    Intel Z68 Chipset Motherboard w/USB 3.0, SATA III 6Gbps, 2 X PCI-Express X16, 1 X PCI-Express X1, 2 X PCI, HD Audio, Gigabit 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet.
    8GB DDR3 1333Mhz Dual Channel PC3-10600 Memory.
    250GB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gbps Hard Drive.
    1TB 7200RPM SATA II 3Gbps Hard Drive.
    22X SATA Dual Layer DVD/CD Reader/Writer Drive.
    Nvidia GeForce GT430 1GB Dual DVI Video Graphics Card.
    585W Low Noise Power Supply.
    FireWire IEEE 1394 Port Card.
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home
    Mid-Tower Business Style Case or 4U Rackmount Chassis

  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    I would get a larger power supply to reduce the percentage of load. PSU's are cheap these days. Get many large fans. Large fans move more air at lower RPM's and hence are quieter. One desktop I built a couple of years ago for a client had a 120mm main fan and three 80mm fans. None of them ever had to spin fast. Of course I had to cut a few custom holes in the case but nothing a knock out from Greenlee can't handle. I haven't read any reviews of the Z68 mobo. I'm cut off from civilization out here in the summer which explains the rarity of my posts May-Sept. Don't get overly excited by USB 3 or SATA 6gb. It doesn't suck. It is just that the new light format will be hitting end users probably this fall or winter. If you can hold off on your build for six months you might have a different component list. At least do some reading on Thunderbolt (which will have adapters for SATA/1394/USB etc).
  3. hangarstudios

    hangarstudios Active Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Thanks for the feedback. I am looking into a larger power supply and additional fans. The mics are in their own studio away from the CPU, so I don't mind a little CPU hum as it is no where near the studio. The CPU will be used for voice over work/radio/narration/audiobook work only (no music applications).
  4. yilano

    yilano Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Power supplies are a very important component. What brand of power supply are you looking at? You might consider an Antec or Thermaltake brand. The Z68 chipset is designed to combine a Solid State Hard drive with a traditional drive and the operating system can use them as one drive. You can add a SSD for $100-$300+ depending on size and speed. Also, get 16 GB of ram. Don't get a 3 GB/sec drive either. A 6 GB/sec drive will be backwards compatible and should cost the same. You dont need to spend the extra money on the 2500K chip unless you plan on overclocking it. Just get the 2500.

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