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I Need to buy a computer but not sure which... help

Im on my second year of sound engineering and i want to get either a laptop or a desktop for mainly recording.(I play some games too but not that important)

my budget is $3000 and i wanna get the best possible i dont mind apple or pc because i could get used to both but im not sure if to go laptop or desktop as my first recording oriented computer, help me out.
I sometimes do some work for post editing comercial etc so i move around
maybe i need an external HD too well you guys are the pros hehehe

also a good sound card to go with it would be nice , my budget for all is around 4000 so 3 for the comp and 1 for the sound card


HansAm Fri, 11/02/2007 - 05:07

$3000 Is alot of money!. I could put together a KILLER computer even if i buy it here in Norway for that amount of money. Including a kick ass sound card.

Talking of desktop/stationary of course.

I don't really like laptops, The price for the mobility is to high. How much do you really move around?

Gib Fri, 11/02/2007 - 07:42

With Laptops the only way to use a PCI recording interface is to have a high priced docking station. Otherwise your stuck with firewire or usb recording interfaces. Therefore a desktop will give you more options. Personally I use a Mac G5 and a 12 sp rack with a Motu HD 192 interface amongnst other gear and preamps. I actually take this on the road for multitrack location recording w/o problems. Its rather compact, but the G5 is heavy. I dont mind though, i got used to hauling stuff on the road from my earlier band days playing drums. Hope this helps?

cridom Fri, 11/02/2007 - 09:24

thakns for the reply

ok so if I were to get a desktop which atributes should it have?
ram HD Proccesor etc... i live in chile and i could build one easily, i could also get a mac which one would u recomend? also which card to go with it?
i want something that will last me at least 4 years b4 starting to upgrade

hueseph Fri, 11/02/2007 - 09:45

If you buy Mac. Nothing Less than a Dual 2GHz G5 Minimum of 4 Gigs of ram. You might be able to pick one up for $1200.

If you build a PC, you could easily spen $500 on the cpu alone.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 $350.
4 Gigs OCZ RAM $180
2 x 500Gig HD $380
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe $220

So many choices. Build within your budget and make it work.

cridom Fri, 11/02/2007 - 11:31

i dont think i could find a Mac that cheap here. Im from CHile and Mac is like 25% more expensive and very few used ones so a mac like that would cost me alone around 3500 dollars. but if its better than a pc i can make the effort.
I have no idea how macs are since ive never had any and my only experience is at the university so i dont know. i think i could get a killer pc with the same cash but will it be better than 2x core duos?

cridom Fri, 11/02/2007 - 12:33

OK heres what i came up with in my mind.

proc Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 $384
8gb 4x2GB DDR2 667 MHZ (KVR667D2N5/2G)
PPMEKIN0124 $688
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe $152
and a video card i have nvidia gforce 6800gt

so that would be around 1600 dollars not bad at all, but i was wondering id quad cores are better like the q6600 or even the extreme ones and also should i think of 800mhz ram or just 667 is fine?
what do u think? will this be good compared to that mac book u proposed b4?