Help with new DAW

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Geero, May 19, 2005.

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  1. Geero

    Geero Guest

    I am farly new to the recording world and am building a new pc. I just wanted to know if this setup would work well. I am going to be running Sonar 4 with some plugins and a large track count cuz i will be doing multitrack recording with my band. I will also most likely be using a presonus firepod for an audio interface. Here is what i was looking at getting:

    Antec Sonata piano black 380W

    GIGABYTE GA-K8NS Ultra-939 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce3

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ ClawHammer/Hammer 1GHz FSB

    (x2) CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR

    (x2) SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series 120GB SATA

    ATI RADEON 9250 128MB

    One question i have is what is a good cd burner to go with that is fast a fairly quiet. And would it be of any advantage to get a cpu with a different core such as on the venice or whinchester cores. I really dont know much about them. .Because of a tight budget and noice not being a HUGE issue is there another case that i could could get that would still be relatively quiet and not as pricey as the antec is ($100-120). And if i go with the antec or other should i get any extra cooling. These are my only real concerns before i get the parts so any suggestions would be great!

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. anonymous

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    HI,
    dump the samsung drives.
    WD, Maxtor or Seagate.

    the newer AMD cores run cooler use less watts and voltage.
    also they OC better.
    i like the samsung CD-RWs
    or Pioneer DVD-RW

    Scott
    ADK
     
  3. Geero

    Geero Guest

    Thanks for the advice Scott. I was going to go with the samsung drive because i had heard they were quiet, but i think that ill take your advice and pick up one that you suggested.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  4. I agree with Scott about the hard drives (and he is an audio computer builder, so his opinion definitely counts).

    I picked up a fairly cheap case ($30, I think) at a local computer store and have been fairly successful in getting my computer quiet by using Zalman fans to cool the processor and by buying a quiet power supply.

    I do a lot of research before purchasing computer components. I usually read the reviews of parts on newegg.com. I also read anandtech.com.

    You might also be able to improve things slightly by finding some lower latency RAM (look for CAS latency of 2.5 or 2.0). I haven't had much trouble with CAS latency 3 RAM, but I'm sure my computer would be faster with lower latency RAM.
     
  5. Geero

    Geero Guest

    Thanks for the advice. Are the Plextor SATA DVD burners a good choice? Also is the 2.5 or 2 cas latency really going to make a huge difference from the the cas 3 ram i was going to go with?

    Thanks
    Dave
     

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