First time posting to this forum. I'm not sure how I missed this site.
I will buy a new desktop. I'm leaning toward PC because of cost and I like the upgradeability. Although I do some video editing here and there, I'd rather edit on my old Power Mac for now and use my PC for my songwriting, producing and mixing tasks.
I've looked into the various Intel processors and heard some news of the Ivy Bridge overheating and in some cases the Sandy Bridge being more than adequate.
I will use mainly Cubase, Reason and Pro Tools.
My budget is less than $1,100 for now. I'm not sure what is a good buy but I hope to buy an i7 with a 7,200 RPM. Other than that I'm clueless. I know that I should look into a better cooling fan and sound card so that is why I want to keep the budget low for now.
My main question:
1. I'm posting kits, but is it easier to either a) buy a barebones kit or b) build from scratch?
I assume that building from scratch and waiting for deals will usually be cheaper but I'm not a computer expert at all :
Here is the first choice:
1. HP i7-3820 3.6 Ghz, 10GB RAM, with a dedicated Radeon HD 7570.
It's an eBay listing.
- 2nd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3820 processor [3.6GHz, 10MB L3 Cache, 4 x 256KB L2 Cache]
- 10 GB DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] - 16GB Max
- 2TB 7200 rpm SATA (6.0 Gb/sec)
- 1 GB dedicated ATI Radeon HD7570 [DVI, HDMI, DP, VGA adapter]
- 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
- 802.11 b/g/n PCI Express Wireless mini card
- 2 SS USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed)
SuperSpeed ó New higher signaling rate of 5Gbps (625MB/sec), 10 times faster than regular USB 2.0
- Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound
- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit)
It's for $734.47. I can also upgrade individual components.
2. ASUS CM6870-US-3AB Desktop PC - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz, 16GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
The RPM on the hard drive is only 5,400 RPM.
Just integrated graphics.
(Deal is from TigerDirect at $899 and is new)
3. OR should I go for an i5 Ivy Bridge?
Here is a barebones kit. I assume I would need to buy a better cooling fan.
Ivy Bridge Unlocked Barebones Kit - GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Board, Intel Core i5-3570K CPU, ADATA 8GB DDR3 RAM Kit, Seagate 1TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Thermaltake Commander MS-I Case, Ultra 650W PSU
Only $563.99 after rebate.
As you can see, I'm lost as to
1. If a Sandy i7 is good enough rather than an i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge.
2. Whether I should just build it from barebones or scratch.
Thanks much for your advice!