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What kind of CPU?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by A1phabeta, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. A1phabeta

    A1phabeta Active Member

    I'm going to build a PC for music production. I'm not really sure on what CPU I going to pick, but I have some ideas. Those are:

    a. i5-4670K
    b. i7-4770K (does Hyper-Threading make a difference?)
    c. i7-4930K (are 6 cores better than 4?)
    d. FX-8350 (are these any good?)

    Thanks a lot. :)
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    i'm not an expert in this area but i do suggest that which CPU you choose should at least in part with what DAW and converters you are going to use.
  3. A1phabeta

    A1phabeta Active Member

    I'm probably going to be doing more electronic music, with predominantly FL Studio and a little bit of Reason.
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    you can check the specs on your programs to see which CPU / VIDEO CARDS and peripherals are compatible. do the same for which converters you choose as well.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Any of those CPU's will be acceptable provided the motherboard and your AD converters play nice. While AMD has come a long way, the AMD processor you list is a gaming CPU and not necessarily comparable when it comes to music production (which is certainly not gpu intensive). Make your plan based upon compatibility between components and don't focus on the cost unless you absolutely have to.
  6. A1phabeta

    A1phabeta Active Member

    Actually, I am going to do some gaming on it.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The point still remains. Gaming machines and music/video production machines are not the same class of computer. Can one do both? Yes but it will not excel at both. The following link is concerned solely with gaming and has zero to do with music production.

    FX Vs. Core i7: Exploring CPU Bottlenecks And AMD CrossFire - Chasing Bottlenecks To Eyefinity (But Not Beyond)
  8. A1phabeta

    A1phabeta Active Member

    Yeah, that's what I'm trying to achieve. Just an ultra-high performance machine. A jack of all trades, if you will. thumb
  9. oynaz

    oynaz Active Member

    The answer to your 3 questions are yes, yes and yes :)
    Compatibility should not be an issue with the CPU. These days, you have to do some really ugly programming to make your apps interact directly with your CPU.
    But I think you should post a budget and some components so you can get help post a balanced build. Or check Anandtech's General Hardware forum. The sticky Midrange Builders thread is an excellent ressource:
  10. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I'd go with c.
    Hyperthreading do make a difference but be aware that in xp and windows 7, a few DAW were not doing well with that feature. (including Sonar)
    As Kurt said, it never hurt to check with the tools you want to use. Check with FL Studio and Reason sites and see what they got to say !

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