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I don't want to build a PC!!!!`

Discussion in 'Recording' started by therecordingart, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I don't want to build a PC and I can't afford a Mac....well I can afford a mini Mac, but that won't allow me to use my UAD-1 or run dual monitors. Anyway, is there a decent PC manufacturer out there that won't charge out the butt? I'd buy a Dell, but I don't want to get stuck with another VIA chipest....I don' t know what type of motherboards they use.

    Anyway...what do you advise?

    Here is my curent PC and it sucks ass!

    1.8 GHZ Athlon XP
    40 gig Western Digital
    80 gig Seagate
    Nvidia FX5200...I think
    Windows XP Home

    I have nothing but problems with this thing....at random when I load up a project I was working on in Cubase SX I get crazy noises, buzzing, and odd sounds come through my monitors as it loads. Then when I load projects that have plugs on my UAD-1 running the asshole locks up. I have to disable my UAD-1 plugins before exiting my project so I can get back in at a later date.....any suggestions?
  2. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    Why don't you want to build your own PC?

    If you build your own it's cheaper, provides a good learning experience, and allows you to take complete control of the most important piece of equipment in your studio.

    But if you really want to buy one Sweetwater sells custom PC's for $2100-$2800. Ouch! Might aswell buy a mac.

    But really it would be foolish not to build a PC yourself. It's not that hard.
  3. artgug

    artgug Guest

    Jeez, there are thousands of places to buy built PC's, besides Dell. You can get them much cheaper than at sweetwater.

    I love when these places sell you "Audio Optimized" pc's, which is an expensive way of saying "Streamlined computer without 8000 programs starting in the background, like your compaq's and HP's"

    Hell, I'll build you a computer much cheaper than sweetwater.

    eMachines are fine for daily general use, but steer clear for any production work. Buy a decent MB with a chipset your happy with, add a proc, some memory, and away you go.
  4. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Building your own PC is easy, fun and a great learning experience. It's made easier by the help you can get right here. There are plenty of experienced builders right here that can help you avoid incompatability issues when choosing parts.

    But if your dead set against building it yourself why don't you check out ADK. I've looked at the systems they offer and they are top notch DAW's. Scott from ADK posts here regularly so help is just a post away. ADK is also part of the RO Pro Shop and it's nice to support those who support us. I would suggest you check out the site and also speak with Scott and see what he come up with for you. Here's the link

  5. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member

    Jun 8, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Building a PC is super easy, and as was said, is a great learning experience. I'm typing this on a PC I built, and my audio PC, which I also built, is at the office. I am no computer guru, but I learned a ton while researching which components to purchase to build these 2 boxes. I went into it not entirely sure that I knew what I was doing, but the experience taught me a lot about PC's and their components, and I am so confident in what I know now that I scoff at the idea of paying someone excessive $$'s for a pre-built "audio" PC. The fundamental difference is in the software and how it is configured, not the hardware. But that is just MVVHO. Give in, therecordingart. It's really easy. Read up just a little bit, buy the right pieces, and they snap together without you even thinking about it. Again, the fundamental difference is the OS/software, which you'd have to deal with even more with a pre-built machine. The bonus is that you save a lot of $$$$, and learn a lot in the process.

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