How does this DAW look?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ekm, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. ekm

    ekm Guest

    Hey everyone,

    I have been doing my research and I think I have come up with a good DAW for around $700. However, before I go off buying parts, I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions or alert me to something that I am missing.

    My other question is, should I just wait a month and get a Conroe and mobo for just a bit more money or just stick with what is outlined below?

    Processor: Intel Pentium D, 930, 3GHz, Socket 775
    Mobo: Intel BOXD945GNTLKR ATX
    Memory: CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
    Hard Drives: 2 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB
    Case\Power: Antec PERFORMANCE TX TX1050B, 500w

    I am mainly going to be using this for Cubase and vsts.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    I don't know anything about that motherboard, but the processor, memory and hard drives should be able to handle what you need.

    Things to consider:

    Audio interface; for "better than sound card" audio
    USB/Firewire/PCI/PCI Express ports; for expandability
    CD/DVD drives; for reading/writing
    Video Card; to hook up multiple monitors
    UAD/Powercore expansion card; for better (opinion) or different plug-ins
    Ethernet; for network connectivity
  3. ekm

    ekm Guest

    thanks for the reply.

    I forgot to add that I already have a M-Audio Firewire 410 that I will be using.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I build up all of my own computers and it appears to me that you are already building up quite a nice system. I think you'll find that your DAW will handle just about anything you throw at it?

    Remember people that live in glass computers shouldn't throw Windows
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. rmeulen

    rmeulen Active Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    as for the (internal) HardDrives I'd recommend using S-ATA disks, currently those can transfer data with a rate of 150 meg per sec. while the (slighter OLD interface) IDE will go for 100 mb/s.

    disk 1, slot 0 prim
    disk 2, slot 1 prim
    DVDR, slot 0 sec
    (Another HD, slot 1 sec)

    For your boot/OS partition you'll only need about 10 G max. Your os will roughly take 2g so you'll have another 8 G to add programms and stuff.
    Have another partiton on that same disk for data

    Now use that second disk, on another ide or sata port, for your Audio data. DON'T use the same disk as your operating system.

    The MB, MEM, CPU setup is ok. (2 gig is a lot of mem, but hell I'd go for it)
    What is your audio interface?

    SONICA-X Guest


    scrap the board, memory and case.

    Pay the other $50.00 and go for XMS II memory. Also, since you are bying now, get a system board that will support the upcoming Conroe CPU.

    Case, Antec P180.


    Guy Cefalu

    Sonica Audio Labs
  7. ekm

    ekm Guest

    Thanks for the response.

    I thought about going for the conroe compatible Mobo and memory, but the fact is that they cost quite a bit more $$$. Seeing that I am on a budget, it was not really an option for me.

    All of the parts are in the mail. I will keep everyone posted on how well it turns out. (crossing my fingers)

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