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Old 11-03-2007, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, my friend asked me if I would build him a PC for his audio recording/editing. He has a local band, and he records onto his PC, goes over the music/edits it. He said he has a budget of around $800 (he may be willing to go over a little bit, but I'll have to talk to him more about it tomorrow), so these are the parts I picked out:

Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Mobo: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
CPU: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G31MX-S2 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
GPU: Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
PSU: Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB, CE, CSA, UL, FCC - Retail
Optical drive: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
Sound card: Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
OS: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM (he said he would like to stick with XP for this machine).


Also, can anybody suggest a high quality Audio Interface Card? He said he would like to have 1/4" jacks on it. I'll swap out the current sound card for a high quality AI card if anybody can suggest one?

Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it.
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if u can still find a place that still stocks them:

Creative Soundblaster ExtremeMusic
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I would check out some professional sound editing cards. I dont know, but im guessing gaming sound cards dont have much in the way of recording/editing capabilities. If he wants to record his band, then he might want stuff like 1/4 inch ports, midi inputs/outputs and so on. There are pro music stores around that sell very good ones - it might be worth checking out.
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Found one on Amazon for $70 + shipping. Know of any that has 1/4" jacks though, as well? If there aren't any, that's fine too. I'll just let him know that I couldn't find one.

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I would check out some professional sound editing cards. I dont know, but im guessing gaming sound cards dont have much in the way of recording/editing capabilities. If he wants to record his band, then he might want stuff like 1/4 inch ports, midi inputs/outputs and so on. There are pro music stores around that sell very good ones - it might be worth checking out
Know of any good places to look?
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Found one on Amazon for $70 + shipping. Know of any that has 1/4" jacks though, as well? If there aren't any, that's fine too. I'll just let him know that I couldn't find one.



Know of any good places to look?
Well, only in my country, lol. Your musician friend actually might the best to ask - he probably knows where the best/cheapest stores are.
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If you can, get the Creative X-FI Elite Pro. About 1/4 of the Budget will be spent on it, but you will get your money's worth.


Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card (Black/Silver) (Eng) - Retail

Cheaper Version:
Newegg.com - Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail
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Lol, dunno I guess... He's coming over tomorrow, so I'll have to ask him what he thinks.

Thanks for the links, Motoxer. I'll show him those, and see if he'd rather bump up to one of those, since that looks like what he's looking for.
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there's the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude
Auzen X-Fi Prelude Soundcard
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Thanks Apokalipse, appreciate it. He's coming over soon, so I'll see how much he's willing to spend on an interface card.
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there's also the Auzentech X-Tension, which you can use in conjunction with the X-Fi Prelude
Auzen Soundcard X-Tension DIN- Auzentech, Inc. Sound Cards. Audio You Can Believe In. World First soundcards for Music, HTPC, and Gaming.

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you could also go for a lower-end CPU, motherboard and graphics card.

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Manchester 2.0GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache Socket 939 89W Processor - OEM
$48.99
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
$19.99 (the CPU doesn't come with a cooler, since it's OEM)
Newegg.com - MSI K9N6SGM-V AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$48.99 - and comes with an onboard Geforce 6100 video card

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or there's the single core Sempron's
Newegg.com - AMD Sempron LE-1150 Sparta 2.0GHz 256KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Processor - Retail
SPARTA! $45.99 and comes with a heatsink + fan

the Sparta CPU + motherboard I linked will shave off over $200

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one of these power supplies will e more than adequate for the AMD system
Newegg.com - FSP Group FSP400-60THN ATX2.0 400W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, VDE, NEMKO, TUV, CE, CB, FCC - OEM
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500-PCAR ATX from factor 12V V2.01 500W Power Supply 90-132V/180-260V Nemko, TUV, cUL, CE, BSMI, FCC, CCC - Retail
Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 360 ATX ATX12V Ver 2.1 360W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, RoHS - Retail
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST400 ATX12V 400W Power Supply 110 - 120V/ 220 - 240V TUV, cUL, FCC - Retail

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and this RAM:
Newegg.com - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

is the same RAM I have. It doesn't cost much, but I can easily run it at 4-4-4-12-1T
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