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motherboard recommendation

Discussion in 'Recording' started by igotnosmoke, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. igotnosmoke

    igotnosmoke Active Member

    Hey guys,

    I am on the verge of building a DAW from scratch. Just wondering whether anyone has done the same recently and can tell me which intel motherboard would be ideal for audio, supporting i7 and xeon processors. I will be using with cubase heaps of virtual instruments also (onmisphere, trillian, komplete and guitar rig 4 to name a few) so any recommendation regarding the motherboard, cpu and ram would be great.

    Cheers,
    Spiro
     
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Not sure. I've been using AMD for the past 5 years. I wouldn't scrimp on it though.

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  3. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Are you limiting yourself to intel? Seems to me that a lot of people swear by ASUS.
     
  4. theycallmebrown

    theycallmebrown Active Member

    asus is great but DO NOT buy the cheap on sale version from newegg.com or whatever. their cheap motherboards are just that. CHEAP. i work at a computer repair shop and have had the same dude bring his computer 4 times in the last 6 months. their warranty ended at 6 months and his broke after 7 months and he was sol. after replacing it with 4 subpar asus motherboards he junked his system that he payed over 600 for and bought a new one. in actuallity, intell is a a bit faster yes, but not 1000 bucks faster than amd. i would get AMD's most expensive processor, matched with the most expensive mobo that will fit it. thats just how it is.
     
  5. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Ah ha! So I misunderstood. I thought he was asking specifically about intel motherboards. By the way, just to show my ignorance I've only used intel up to now. What would be considered the hot AMD processor these days?
     
  6. theycallmebrown

    theycallmebrown Active Member

    for a processor this is what you want to go with.
    Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

    something like this would be a good deal.

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  7. theycallmebrown

    theycallmebrown Active Member

    this is of course assuming that you will be a good boy and buy a proper video card.
     
  8. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Wow! That looks cool! I'm starting to think that maybe it's time for me to build a new DAW using that. Hey, if you don't mind here's another question. When I built my last DAW I used an ASUS board (PB6 Deluxe if memory serves me) with an intel processor. I didn't overclock it because I didn't know if that would screw me up when I recorded in Cubase. So; is it okay to overclock a DAW?
     
  9. theycallmebrown

    theycallmebrown Active Member

    anytime you overclock your system you run into the issue of overheating, and subsequently needing to run more fans, and that means more noise. besides system instability. if you know what your doing go for it, but with this processor... speed will not be the bottleneck. buy a SSD for the c drive and ONLY store programs and the operating system on it. then take a WD caviar black or (insert favorite drive here) drive for data storage. then you hit the barrier of bits.... 64 or 32? well, seeing as your DAW would need to process everything in 64 bits then "dither" it down to 16 or whatever your session is at there could be some coloration. but the toss up is if you go 32 bit.. you are capped at about 3.5 gigs of ram. other things are more important to consider than overclocking at this point. if you have protools.. forget about this processor, it still to the best of my knowledge only supports two cores.
     
  10. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    Overclocking a DAW is a bad idea, the 8 and 12 thread CPU's are more than powerful enough, STABILITY IS KEY!
     
  11. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    The only reason I was considering overclocking was to reduce latency when recording. And, yes I've already reduced my buffer size, etc.
     

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