Old 01-15-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
randyNH
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 118
Default To the people that recently built their PC

Could you let me know what components you are using and how well they have worked together for you.. I am interested in building a DAW computer, but I am currently just researching the subject. Could you also let me know the cost of your setup
randyNH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
Jedi
Human being with feelings
 
Jedi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,598
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by randyNH View Post
Could you let me know what components you are using and how well they have worked together for you.. I am interested in building a DAW computer, but I am currently just researching the subject. Could you also let me know the cost of your setup
Here I used an Asus Sabertooth motherboard with 2600k i7 processor
and 16gb RAM. Even going top-end on everything, including
drives and Win7 OEM disc, it worked out to around $1300 for all.

This box will EASILY be "obsolescence proof" for 5-7 years minimum.

Jedi
__________________
I'm simply no longer here
Jedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2012, 02:53 AM   #3
randyNH
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 118
Default

Any build issues? How long have you been using this setup?
randyNH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:09 AM   #4
RevG
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 35
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by randyNH View Post
Any build issues? How long have you been using this setup?
What I've always done is look at some DAW manufacturer's sites, spec their machines, then price out the parts to see what it would cost to build it myself...I've always saved a ton that way.
__________________
Shawn Garvey
www.onesheet.com/shwngarveymusic
Reaper 64, W7 Ultimate, RME Babyface, KRK Rokit 5's, sE Z3300A LDC
RevG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
Geo524
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: UpState, NY
Posts: 115
Default

My son-in-law and I built my audio computer in October of 2010. I bought all the components from Tiger Direct and saved a bundle. A machine with matching specs (or close to it) would've cost me around $1800 at the time. I built mine for about $1350.00. I just recently upgraded my video card. Runs like a champ and is super quiet.
__________________
Registered Reaper User: Win 7 Pro x64; Sonar X3e Pro; Reaper 4.62; AMD FX4100 3.8GHz; DDR3 1600 24GB Ram; Focusrite Scarlett 18i20; 3 x 1TB and 1 x 640 GB HDD;Mackie HR 624; KRK RP5 G2 Rokit Monitors
Geo524 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 05:04 PM   #6
fastlanestoner
Human being with feelings
 
fastlanestoner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 248
Default

Recently did an X58 build. Amazingly powerful machine. Consumerized it would cost approx $2000 I built it for just under 1k.
__________________
Now on Reverb.com!

New Thieves & Lovers record 'Seasons' out soon!
fastlanestoner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 06:19 PM   #7
Marah Mag
Human being with feelings
 
Marah Mag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 3,000
Default

Once the computer is assembled, what is involved in setting it up and tweaking it for DAW purposes?
Marah Mag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 12:52 AM   #8
earlabs
Human being with feelings
 
earlabs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 1,122
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marah Mag View Post
Once the computer is assembled, what is involved in setting it up and tweaking it for DAW purposes?
I always take a few days to tweak everything exactly to my needs. Installing the software, the plugins, connecting to my controller, finetuning, setting up things that I have been delaying in the past year, etcetera. Only after 2 days I start using it in the production line.
__________________
EARLabs Studio for Creative Mastering www.facebook.com/EARLabsStudio
WWW www.earlabs.org
earlabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 01:12 AM   #9
Marah Mag
Human being with feelings
 
Marah Mag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 3,000
Default

Right, but what about optimizing windows itself? Anything special done there?
Marah Mag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 09:35 AM   #10
the all new rob
Human being with feelings
 
the all new rob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: east coast of Kansas
Posts: 681
Default

The cpu and mobo I have are not current enough to even speak of, but I was very happy with the following choices in my build:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112147
This case is utterly brilliant and makes working on the components a joy rather than a chore.

PSU: Any PC Power and Cooling silencer PSU of appropriate wattage. Massive reduction in fan noise, excellent build quality.

I also bought OCZ Reaper RAM just because the name amused me (not a recommendation).

I did my own nLite version of WinXP, and it's very much worth the investment of time to learn to do that yourself in my opinion. When my machine starts, there's a minimal number of processes and services running. For me the issue is less about conserving scarce PC resources and more about enhancing stability.
__________________
"Well feeling (emotion) combined with an artist's discipline is the rarest thing in the world."
-- Ursula Nordstrom
the all new rob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #11
earlabs
Human being with feelings
 
earlabs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 1,122
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Marah Mag View Post
Right, but what about optimizing windows itself? Anything special done there?
To start with: it would be best if you keep your old pc for internet and games etc and have the new one only for music. But that's not what many people do. Just know that many things that you install on the new pc will have drivers and services that keep running around in the background.

Then there is this page on the Sweetwater site
http://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/...Guide_revB.pdf
It helped me although I think their suggestions about completely stopping all services is a bit aggressive. I have been more careful since I have had big issues in the past where I stopped so many services my windows wouldn't start up again and I ended up starting all over again. So use it wisely.
__________________
EARLabs Studio for Creative Mastering www.facebook.com/EARLabsStudio
WWW www.earlabs.org
earlabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 11:17 AM   #12
Jedi
Human being with feelings
 
Jedi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,598
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by randyNH View Post
Any build issues? How long have you been using this setup?
Up and running fully stable since late May, 2011. Zero issues
whatsoever in that time.

Jedi
__________________
I'm simply no longer here
Jedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 12:08 AM   #13
Marah Mag
Human being with feelings
 
Marah Mag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 3,000
Default

Thanks Earlabs.

That was exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for.
Marah Mag is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.