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
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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.