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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: BC, Canada
    ME: ESP Strat Custom
    Rig: Dual Rec/GSP 1101
    XBL: Arachnid213

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    Input on PC build?

    Looking at ordering a new PC, can anyone offer a critque? Anything I should upgrade, or any components I should stay away from? I'm not very familiar with what the top brands are as far as PC components.

    Just looking to build a nice home PC that is capable of good recording, streaming audio out with SAM Broadcaster with no fuckups, good enough to game with, and smoothly run Photoshop & Illustrator. I don't need some monster overclocked system or anything, just basic, y'know... computer stuff.

    Also, any recommendations for a good, cheap, audio interface? Don't need anything fancy, just want to be able to plug in a guitar & mic and record with minimal bullshit. This whole new computer thing basically came about because it sucks ass trying to do a radio show with a mic plugged into the soundcard in my old-ass PC. Currently running a 2.3 ghz system with XP, it's about time to upgrade the whole deal.

    Any advice is appreciated, thank you gentlemen.

    Build so far (I don't even know what half of this shit means):

    - Gigabyte GA-H77M-Ds3H DDR3 2133MHz, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready
    - Intel Core i7 3770 3.5ghz 8mb cache S1155
    - 16 Gigabyte (4x 4Gb) Hyper X DDR3 1600
    - 2 Terabyte Sata HD 64mb cache
    - 120Gb Solid state drive SSD Now V200
    - 24X DVDRW +/- DVD burner
    - RADEON HD 6870 1GB DDR5,DVI,HDMI, Eyefinity
    - Integrated PCI Sound
    - Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit lan
    - Logitech Z523 - 2.1-channel speaker system - 40 Watt
    - ANTEC 300 V2 Versatile case USB3.0 front panel 9 bays TP3-600W PS
    - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    - FREE Open Office, word proc, spreadsheet
    - Microsoft Security Essentials FREE Antivirus

  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: The house formerly known as the Haus
    ME: Ibanez S540LTD
    MA: Taylor Big Baby
    Rig: Laney GH50L
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    Solid. Although honestly if thats at budget it would be worth it to scale back the CPU to a nicer i5 and use the cash for a solid state drive. Performance boost from that will be >>>> the boost from the processor unless you're running 50 plugins each on as many tracks. $120 or so ($100 if you catch a sale) gets you 240GB of ssd, enough for your OS and programs/games, and your recording projects (back them up still clearly). Easily the best upgrade ive ever made in computing. Every time I out one in my mind is blown all over again. It was honestly a bigger improvement going from my macbook pro just upgrading to ssd than going from a single core athlon x64 to a core2 quad and quadrupling my ram was.
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  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: BC, Canada
    ME: ESP Strat Custom
    Rig: Dual Rec/GSP 1101
    XBL: Arachnid213

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    I can up the SSD to a 240 gig for another $100. Sounds like it's worth it. Thanks man.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Hampshire UK
    ME: Agile InterceptorPro
    Rig: Boss GT8

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    I have 316gb Solid state drives. x1 60gb and x1 256gbs.
    Windows and Cubase on the 60 and all my audio, plugins, superior drummer libraries, waves etc on the 256.

    plus x2 TB harddrives for everythefuckthing else.

    18gb of RAM

    Radeon HD6790

    It's the tits

  5. #5

    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Austin TX
    ME: Electra X260 Invicta
    MB: Ibanez SR405
    Rig: SVT 6 Pro->M1400i->HLF410
    PSN: epilis
    Steam: epilis

    iTrader: 0

    Would it be worth getting a mobo that has PCI express 3.0 instead of 2.0/2.1?

  6. #6

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Virginia Beach, USA
    ME: ESP Sexy Finger
    MB: ESP Horizon 5
    Rig: Randall V2
    XBL: yuecchi
    PSN: enthauptet
    Steam: enthauptet

    iTrader: 5 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by sami View Post
    Would it be worth getting a mobo that has PCI express 3.0 instead of 2.0/2.1?
    I wouldn't spend money on one. Plus it depends on what CPU you have anyway.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Home

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    Are you building this yourself or is this pre-built from a store? If you are building this site helped me out with my build, albeit slightly outdated now:

    Best Mainstream Gaming PC | Hardware Revolution

    Just replaced my old 3ghz xp machine with one I built this last September with somewhat similar specs to what you are looking to get. After buying an I7 like you are thinking of getting, I think max is on the right track to scale it back with the rest of your build/save money to also get a bigger SSD.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: BC, Canada
    ME: ESP Strat Custom
    Rig: Dual Rec/GSP 1101
    XBL: Arachnid213

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    This is pieced together from options at a local store. I think I'm going to stick with the i7 and get a 240gig SSD.

    Really appreciate all who offered advice.

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