ready for software on new daw build.

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by offcenter2005, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. offcenter2005

    offcenter2005 Active Member

    I have just finished my new daw build. The components are as follows:

    • Windows 7 professional 64 bit sp1 oem
    • case: coolermaster 690II advanced
    • PSU: corsair hx 650w
    • cpu: I7 2600k sandy bridge
    • ram: corsair vengeance 1600 ddr3 1.5v low profile 16g (4x4)
    • mobo: asus p8z68 v-pro gen 3
    • cpu cooler: noctua nh-d14
    • storage drives:1x crucial m4 128g ssd
    • :2x Wd 1tb 6gb/s 64mb cache
    • Interface: RME HDSPe Raydat
    • converters: 2x Behringer ada8000's
    Are there any steps I need to take before installing my OS?
    Also should I use or disable any of the functions on that mobo? It comes with the AI Suite II features that include energy management, fan speed control,voltage and sensor readings, and can interact with mobile devices such as bluetooth. (That is what the manual reads verbatim)

    I will only be using this pc as a recording computer but will use internet only for driver and software updates. And ocassionally work with programs for art design.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I normally disable all energy management. Fan speed I usually set manual levels unless things run too hot. Your converters are sub standard but usable with care and discretion. Actually the ADA8000 used to be a common mod platform. Other than that, follow the Black Viper recommendations for Win7.
     
  3. offcenter2005

    offcenter2005 Active Member

    I know that the weakest link in my setup so far is the converters. My thought on it was get a great interface and eventually when i can afford it, buy better converters. My goal is to save for the rosetta apogees. But if I learn the interface the only thing I would have to do is unplug the behringers and plug in the upgraded converters. The price of better converters are out of my budget at this moment and WOW can they get up there. 32 channels of lavry golds would be great but never going to happen. HA! Is the Behringer mod that ive heard about worth looking into? I have a family member that can do these things, but would it be worth the time?
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Black Lion Audio | Behringer ADA 8000

    Check the production date on your units. Some can have a "premium" mod but older ones can't. They still won't likely be in the class as the top of the line but likely as good as a stock RME/Apogee unit.

    There are some other companies that have similar mod's as I understand things.
     
  5. offcenter2005

    offcenter2005 Active Member

    before I install the OS should I set the storage devices to AHCI?
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Set the controller to RAID prior to installing the OS even if you aren't going to run RAID. Switching it later can sometimes cause problems.
     
  7. offcenter2005

    offcenter2005 Active Member

    I wont be using a raid array so why that instead of ahci?
     
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    RAID setting enables all the advanced properties of AHCI.
     
  9. offcenter2005

    offcenter2005 Active Member

    Please forgive my learning curve. This is my first build and ive recorded on a store bought hp with a dsp2000 pci setup without doing much to the computer other than changing the optical drive. I can run software and have been able to get it to work well enough to record 8 albums for others who have been extremely pleased with the outcome. Building a new daw and trying to configure everything the right way so I can have optimal performance is tricky. I want to force myself to learn everything i can so i am able to move up into a pro, semi pro recording environment. I have little knowledge about RAID and AHCI. And all setups are different for the hardware that others use. If you could point me to a site that would explain some of the things im needing to know i would appreciate it. Im sure that my questions are frustrating but I need the knowledge. Thanks for your help because this is a new school for me and i just want to have a great system and get down to making music.
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Wikipedia is a general source of information realizing that the veracity or accuracy depends upon who submitted the entry. For all things Intel, you can go direct to the source as they have available most of their spec sheets and white papers. I am not conversant these days with AMD though in the early 2000's they were superior in actual practice to Intel. In the current arc, they are nearly equal but I prefer the i3/i5/i7 processors unless you get to server class builds.
     

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