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Ordering pc

Discussion in 'Recording' started by anth, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. anth

    anth Guest

    i would like to order a new pc thats $1000 or lower
    i dont know how to build my own DAW, but i've looked at a few websites that sell pc's (musicalcomputers.com , dawbox.com , newegg.com )
    Basically, i just want a decent computer for a good price.
    i found the following pc made by musicalcomputers.com on ebay for $1,149.00 :

    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 3.2Ghz w/ 1MB L2 Cache, 800Mhz FSB
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS series coolers for Intel CPUs offer silent, safe cooling for your CPU.
    Motherboard: Asus P4C800Deluxe - Intel 875 chipset w/ dual channel DDR memory support (up to 4GB), 3X IDE, SATA RAID, 5 PCI slots, 1 AGP slot, built-in Ethernet, Firewire, and USB 2.0, onboard 6 channel audio.
    Memory: 512MB dual-channel DDR PC3200 400Mhz memory (2 x 256MB) by Corsair. Expandable to 4GB (four slots total).
    Hard drives: 120GB 7200RPM IDE drives by Seagate (partitioned for OS / system and audio).
    Optical drive: Black 52x32x52 CD-RW drive by Lite-On
    Case: Black Antec Sonata quiet case w/ 380 watt silent power supply.
    Video card: ATI Radeon 9200 dual-head AGP video card w/ 128MB video memory.
    Floppy drive: 3.5" black floppy drive.
    Keyboard and mouse: 104 key keyboard and black optical mouse.
    Operating System: Windows XP Home w/ Service Pack 1 installed w/ CD.

    Just wondering if this is a good deal :?
    Also, if anyone can recommend some good places to order or customize pc's
     
  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Have you tried a local computer shop in your town? Yes, they spend much of their time building PC's for buiness use or "just plain folks", but mine has done a great job over the years with what I need to do my work. One of the guys at my shop even went to school for audio recording! Mostly what we need is simply a "good machine" with a "special" sound card, nothing else. Off the shelf parts, judiciusly chosen(Which is where your friend at your local shop comes in, along with your reading up on what you need), do just fine. And when it breaks or you want to upgrade? The shop is a local phone call or short trip down the street. Hard to beat that, no matter how fancy the mail order monster is......

    TG
     
  3. MG0039

    MG0039 Guest

    Maybe you should consider to buy some more ram memory Corsair memory is very expensive so you could consider different brands.
    And a second hard-drive where you can save audio files is racomanded ; your Pc will have a faster access to them if saved on a drive different from your startup drive.
    This two things will make your system really ready for managing audio.

    You still need a good soundcard !

    Hope can help.
     
  4. Mr-Nice

    Mr-Nice Guest

    My opinion on the 2 main things that separates a 'normal' computer to that of an 'audio recording' computer is:

    Aside from better parts like a good motherboard and CPU, memory etc.

    - A soundcard designed for audio recording.
    - A secondary fast hard disc for audio only (SATA or SCSI preferred).

    Those are the 2 main things that should be added to a computer to start using it to record audio.

    I dont recommend you get a floppy drive either, you will never use it. Having it is just wasting space in the tower.
     

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