hey all! I'm very excited about this so I figured I'd share!! I created another thread a while back specing out some top level stuff, don't worry it's still coming... As life would have it what I thought was $800 in car repairs, was actually a totaled '03 Honda Civic instead. I'm obviously not a mechanic lol. So long story short my 15k setup is going towards a car. Not in vein the process of specing the rig was good, and I've found the price points I want to hit, and the gear will only get better with time, so I'm shooting for 2017 to jump off the high end cliff. So my compromise was this computer I came across at Best Buy. I had just recently purchased an hp pavilion amd quad core as a budget machine for office and mixdown duties. This was bare bones and would do that job but leave me without a truly worthy machine to run multi track daw duties, which was fine as I was planning on building my beast. Just a few weeks later, a day before my 31st b-day, I came across this. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideacentre-700-desktop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-1tb-8gb-hybrid-hard-drive-black/4368200.p?id=1219738783972&skuId=4368200#spoke/featuresSpoke After a few hours of late night research I ordered it, fearing the price might change. I picked it up, and it's still in the box, along with my unopened qnap ts-231 NAS drive. https://www.qnap.com/i/useng/product/model.php?II=142 which I picked up a few months ago with a 2tb NAS hdd. The main selling point was the 6th gen i5 pentium processor (i5-6400) which is pretty much brand new. Along with this is the new Ddr 4 memory format, which shows significant performance over the previous ddr3, at least from my research anyway. The pavilion was very nice for $ 350 but lacked upgradability, and Futureproofing due to a soldered in chipset, ddr3 ram, and only one free pcie slot. Which would have been fine, if my race car computer was coming soon, which it was at the time I bought it, but that quickly changed. The pavilion also could only support one internal hdd. The Lenovo also had hdmi output, and a hybrid ssd/hdd which I'm skeptical of. At $ 650 I felt it was a lot of computer for the price point, with he next models up quickly and steeply reaching diminishing returns. In essence anything more than the ideacentre 700, which I purchased, made sense only as a build, rather than off the shelf. So that was my thinking behind the decision to incur the $ 300 additional dollars in form of debt. I also purchased xara wed designer pro, on sale for $ 75 instead of the $ 99 it usually is. Magix movie maker pro premium, will round out the software suite, along with PTHD12 ($ 12-1500 software only from fleabay), and Samplitude daws. PT will show up in about 6-12 months. I will also need to investigate an Auto CAD program, and will likely install sketchup. Also will be room eq wizard, to complete the software suite. Before anyone questions my dedication to being a broke musician, the money is borrowed against a large portion of my inheritance. I will purchase a car, and my first home, which I will fix up and rent out as a semi reliable revenue stream. Rinse wash repeat. Lol currently still live on the couch, and out of totes. Also at the risk of TMi I am on an indefinite hiatus (with select pet projects the exception) to deal with my recent medical diagnosis (ocd/bi-polar/sciatica) which I have put off for many many years to do the studio builds, and hone my skills to a professional level. Those opportunities will pass by if not taken. A year and a half off a 5year bender, and the worst recording project of my life, which I couldn't even imagine would be so awful. I've decided now is a good time to completely restructure everything in my life. So back to the computer!!! Before I unbox everything there are some upgrades. 1. Power supply- corsair ax860 or 100. I'm open to any other suggestions. 2. RAM- 4x8 gb (32gb total) wich is the max the ideacentre can hold. Basic ripjaws or crucial runs $ 150. Still unsure if the computer can overclock, but at the risk of instability I will likely stay with the 2133mhz that is factory specd. 3. Additional 2-4tb hdd, which I belive can be internal but I am still trying to spec out each component. (Lenovo is still saying coming soon for the computer, so it's very new, and the info isn't readily available like it was for the pavilion) otherwise I'll have to investigate a high speed external and associated pcie card. 4. Battery backup 900w+ (rack mount preferable) apc or trip lite is what I'm looking at so far. Very open to suggestions on this front. I'm basically clueless about these things. 5. Isolation transformer- trip lite IS1000 1000w. 6. Rack out Power conditioner- very basic furman, purely for the electrical outlets. They just look cooler than typical power strips. 7. A rack- cheapo one, or a basic home built one. 8. Firwire 400 card- my very lame m-audio 1814 interface is FireWire, and I'm waiting on the burls to either be ordered or decided against, before I retire it. The caveat being that it actually has Windows 10 drivers which I belive it does if memory serves me. I have to figure out how these power type devices play with each other, as I don't want to create problems, or wasted expense, or inefficiency. These additional components will double the cost of the computer bringing the total to about $ 1200. These will arrive slowly over the next 4-6months. (Potential upgrades) 8. Better cooling fan 9. Dual HD display card That's all the mods I can think of for now. And I probably will break out the devices from the boxes as soon as the ram and psu happen. I'm planing on a fair amount of optimization for Windows 10 home, and a learning curve for the NAS drive, which I'm a complete newbie with. I left off at Windows xp. I also have a significant amount of file organization to do, with multiple files from different daws, and computers/drives, before the real fun begins. One area I'm out of touch with is virus scan which I haven't used since I've been computerless, and using the studios macs. I'd appreciate any recommendations. I also have a significant amount of work to do on my business plan, accounting, and re-registration of my sole proprietorship, under a new name. I've also decided to sell off all my guitar gear besides my hammer Californian (16th b-day gift) and my Ibanez sz prestige, guitars which I sweated a whole summer landscaping for. I will keep my beloved $150 jasmine acoustic, And my peavy 6505 combo, which was not making sound last time I tried it. First upgrade guitar wise is a Marshall dsl40 combo, but that is on hold for a while. My gear will go towards my car, at a fairly significant loss, but the ease of mind and instant gratification win. I don't feel like selling 30 items individually on Craigslist. Also up on the more immediate list is a ergonomic chair like a Herman Miller, it the brand @Thomas W. Bethel reccomends. And I guess I need a desk too. I'm thinking one of those basic rolling carts that hold the screen and keyboard, like you see at the doctors. I feel like I am still missing something but I've bored anyone who made it this far, enough for one night/week/year/eternity. I still have to read the computer manuals more thoroughly, but I think it was a great time to buy (purely accidental) and in about 2 years, this is going to make a real nice mixdown machine, barring the m-audio interface. My goal is to have this new computer never see the Internet. The NAS drive has a celeron processor in it and functions as a basic cpu. I also own an iPad Air 1 (gift from boss at studio in 2014) and my iPhone 6. Both of which have water damaged, but functional screens/displays. And there's always the macs at the studio, which are basically obsolete at this point. I would appreciate any thoughts and suggestions, as I'll be active in the Windows 10/samplitude threads here. And just anything in general that pops ups. Happy new year! All the best. -Kyle Edit- for some reason the prices I typed w $ signs aren't showing up properly in the post. Re-edit- had to put space between the $ and the number.