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Old 07-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am building a new system and I am not sure which route to take in terms of which motherboard, processor etc. Here is some info on what I am building a computer for...I am building this computer for music production and not gaming. Software I use is FL Studio and Protools as well as plugging in instruments to the computer for recording. I need a computer system that won't bogg down when I have all these softwares and plug-ins open.

I won't be overclocking, unless necessary. I would like to get the Core i7 processor, but not sure if I should go for it or not. Should I go the AMD Route? It seems more affordable to go for the AMD Route. If I go with the AMD I am thinking about this Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Then comes to the motherboard. I am really not sure which one to decide on. Here are a few brands I have been looking at are EVGA, Gigabyte and ASUS. What about other brands like Intel, Foxconn, MSI, DFI?

When it comes to memory should I stick with DDR2 or DDR3?


I have some wish list categories.

Jeff's Computer Build = Stuff I already have and purchased { Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg }

Jeff's Future Build = Stuff I am thinking about buying. { Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg }

Other Case Considerations = Other cases I am thinking about. { Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg }


So, I still need Motherboard, Processor, Sound Card, Memory. I am looking to spend $500more, but no more than $600. Few notes: For the Case, I am leaning towards the Azza Solano 1000 and for the Video card I bought from Best Buy the VisionTek HD 4350 ATI Radeon Video Card, should I keep or upgrade it?

For Sound card people have recommended M-Audio an EMU for music production, What do you guys think?


Thank you very much for your time
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I'll let others more capable comment on your build, but I'd like to let you know - in case you don't already - that you can download Windows 7 RC for free and use it until March 1st, 2010 before the bi-hourly shutdowns. I'm using it right now to write this post.
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I'll let others more capable comment on your build, but I'd like to let you know - in case you don't already - that you can download Windows 7 RC for free and use it until March 1st, 2010 before the bi-hourly shutdowns. I'm using it right now to write this post.
Thank you for letting me know. Is this a beta version? Is it 32 or 64bit? Is this compatible with software etc? How do you like it? Worth the upgrade right now? Any problems?
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It's a release candidate and you can get it either 32 or 64 bit.
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It's a release candidate and you can get it either 32 or 64 bit.
Is it worth upgrading to a RC or waiting for the Retail version?
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A lot of us have been replacing Vista with that RC or just using it to start as a placeholder for Windows 7. Its a safe place in your build where its ok to cut corners on, and you can save the money for Windows 7 later on when you have more money.
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Ya i converted over from vista home premium to windows 7 RC and couldnt be happier.
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It also allows you to adapt to Windows 7 if you've never used Vista or it before, so you aren't completely lost when you get it in October
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Thanks everyone on this issue. Sweet. That is what I will do. How can I download and get the 64bit version or should I stick with 32bit? Through Microsoft.com website or microsoft update?

You guys are definitely not having any problems with it?
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I won't be overclocking, unless necessary. I would like to get the Core i7 processor, but not sure if I should go for it or not. Should I go the AMD Route? It seems more affordable to go for the AMD Route.
I definitely think you should go with an i7 920 system. Your looking for somthing that can multi-task and has tons of memory bandwidth. The i7 is the Winner hands down. And while you won't be overclocking, it is a cheap upgrade later down the road with a decent heatsink (which can be added later). I'll recommend the EVGA X58 LE as it's a full featured more valued minded board than the std. EVGA X58 or you should look at the Asus P6T.

Newegg.com - EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

And the OCZ DDR3 1600 Platinum isn't on sale anymore but the OCZ DDR3 1600 Gold is almost as good and it has a good price still.

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
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