Absolutely the truth about building your own computer – the only way to go if you want top quality parts. Even the most expensive computers on the market cut corners to make a profit.
I’ve been building them since the 90s and have never bought a brand name computer. If you want to build your own, here are some pointers:
Last time I heard, AMD wasn’t doing that well. I’ve always stuck with Intel, but tried AMD on my last build since they were ahead of the game at the time. I’ve been very pleased with it so far. Even hough they are cheaper, the products are quality and I’ll consider going AMD again (if they’re still around). Whatever decision you make will determine the type of motherboard you purchase because of the CPU socket. Lastly, AMD is a much better chip to overclock (and has a more lively overclocking community) than Intel.
MB – Asus if #1. I tried a Gigabyte last time and was disappointed. The main thing to shop for here is ram capacity and Front Side Bus Speed (how fast the CPU can talk to the board).
SSD – brand names here are pretty much whatever memory company you trust. I like Kingston, but Corsair is great as well. The main reason you’ll want an SSD over a mechanical drive is speed. However, these things are not indestructible and don’t give any warning signs before bricking themselves like mechanical drives. You’ll want a large mechanical drive on the sidelines for your backup.
RAM – I’ve been running tons of programs while 3D rendering in the background using only 12GB without any issues at all. There isn’t any point any putting a ton of ram on your system, throw your money at one of the most important components in the computer:
Video Card – To get a pro video card means you’ll need lots of power. Plan on buying at least an 800W power supply. Cooler Master is my favorite here, but Antec is another good one. With the video card I’ve done both high end ATI and nvidia and like nvidia better. These can get expensive – costing more than an average laptop, but is well worth it.
Mechanical Keyboard – Keyboards from the 80s were built a million times better than the junk they sell today. Spend a couple hundred and get a nice mechanical keyboard (especially if you do a lot of typing like coding or writing, etc). They’re much better for your hands, and have that nostalgic clicky sound Razor has a lot of good options.Don’t be intimidated by just buying the parts and putting them together, it’s a lot fun and will save you so much frustration and money in the long run…. and it’s always nice to know exactly what is inside your machine.
I also run 3 monitors from the on board graphics using the I7 and Asus motherboard without any issues, it works fine for me but maybe you might want a decent graphics card for your needs? Something I can add when I want to….that’s the beauty of a self build…..you can always add or upgrade when you want
You don’t need to go 32gb of ram right from the start, just make sure you build in matched pairs, personally I felt It was something I needed to do as the old system was crashing all the time and slowed the workflow down, that was the only reason I built a new PC and went for 32gb of Ram ( the maximum that Mobo will take) as I didn’t want any of the old issues… of course you will need a 64bit OS.
Well done Lumen
Build your computer, don’t buy a prebuilt one like Dell:) It’s very simple to do and you’ll be able to customize it to your hearts content. While it might be harder to troubleshoot if something goes wrong compared to a traditional setup, you can get better parts, and the parts that typically fail first (RAM, HDD) have warranties that’d last much longer then a prebuilt system like a Dell.
Great advice! You’ll also get some great satisfaction out of it as well.
I built a new system a little while back and used a Asus pro motherboard, 32gb of ram ,I7….I’m very happy with it and saved a load of cash, just figure out what you want and go from there.
Just make sure all your parts will be compatible. Good luck
Thanks for the update Adrien and thanks for keeping us informed. It’s much appreciated
Nice work Josh, congrats on your milestone
Cubase 7 64 bit, just about to upgrade to 7.5.
Nice work Flossie
It seems to be a problem, see this thread;http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/audio-previews-not-downloading/126539#1014127
Hope it helps.
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