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    I'm looking at investing some of my hard earned cash into a new computer, but don't have much of a clue as to what hardware components (i.e. soundcards, harddrive, video cards etc.) would make up a reasonibly powerful PC for desk top music production. I have been using an old computer that a friend lent me for the last year (along with fruity loops, soundforge, acid and stuff) but it is pretty slow and powerless and i want to get more serious about my music making.

    I am looking at spending about $2000 USD.

    So if any peoples can tell'us what their computer setup is like or suggest some good components it would be a great help.

    Cheers.
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    How computer savvy are you? If you think you can build one I will give you a list of componets to assemble a kick a## system. You should be able to put it together way cheaper than 2000. You would come out cheaper and have a better computer by building your own.

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    Effect Mode is on to something.

    Once you've decided what to put in and bought it, putting together a machine isn't any harder than putting in a new hard drive or extra ram -- in fact much of it is easier, since you're not wrestling with a machine that's already filled up with add ins and cables.

    Think about it... building a machine is pretty much popping a chip onto a motherboard, slapping in some ram, screwing the motherboard into the case, tossing a HD and a CDR in and hooking an IDE cable between them and the MB, and hooking the power connectors to the major parts. Then you toss on an OS and the fun begins...
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    Originally posted by Effect Mode
    How computer savvy are you? If you think you can build one I will give you a list of componets to assemble a kick a## system. You should be able to put it together way cheaper than 2000. You would come out cheaper and have a better computer by building your own.
    Yeah i am definitly wanting to put one together, so if you have any suggestions as to what is the best hardware components that would be much appriciated.
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    I just priced one using Newegg.com for someone and came in at about 1000.00 without a monitor using the following components

    ASUS PT4 with intel chipsets
    Pent 4 1.8 processor
    500 meg ram
    Western Digital 7200 rpm 80 gig HD
    CD RW
    Floppy
    Enlight case
    ATI 9000 video card
    Windows XP Home

    I highly recommend ASUS motherboards. They are rock stable and the instructions that come with them are good for a frist time builder.

    Also stick with a MB that has intel chipsets. Avoid Via and Sis since they can cause problems with some high end soundcards.
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    Near the begninning of 2003 i built myself a new pc after 8 loooong years!

    ASUS P4G8X deluxe Motherboard w/ firewire/sound
    Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
    1024 Mb Ram
    GeForce4 Ti4200
    80 Gb HD
    CD-RW
    DVD
    Big F*ck-off silver case

    At time of purchase this was about 800, but I was getting trade prices, (dont ask me how). I agree with tim20 about ASUS, they are very good motherboards but the layout was very messy IMO.

    Go for Gigabyte, pretty much same quality, the layout was lot more tidy, its cheaper and the documentation is far better. Theres like a huge fold out poster to let you know whats going on all over the board, was very useful on a pc i built for someone else. Get yourself a lot of ram too, it makes the difference, i take it for granted cos i run so much at once, and without thinking i did it on a mates pc and it wasnt having it!!

    Building is definitely the route to go, bundled pc's dont partition your drives, they only give you the drivers they think you need etc. It feels a lot safer when YOU know what u did right from the start.

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    I will have to take a look at the Gigabyte motherboards for future reference.

    You mentioned partioning the HD. I would say it would be wise to check the recording software documentation before using a setup like that. If I remember correctly Cakewalk recommends not doing it for Sonar, otherwise I would have. Too much traveling around on the same drive thus reducing speed.

    Seperate drives are acceptable for Sonar though.

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    Partitioning saved my life!! (sort of). Some sh*t happened to windows, virus or something that F*cked it up entirely, and meant i lost everything on my c:\
    If i'd never partitioned anything i would have lost EVERYTHING. I keep 5 Gb aside for C:\ which is JUST for windows and system files. Even applications i keep on another drive, so if i trash the c:\ and reinstall windows, i will still need to reinstall applications properly, but at least i dont lose save files etc. Believe me, ive lost stuff before i used to partition and it was hell. The worst thing you can do is have a 120Gb that is all in one big chunk. What if windows decides to throw a wobbly and your c:\ poos up? You gonna lose all your precious wav samples, .flp files, vst's, mp3s, not to mention all your porn .......

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    For $2K, you can build something really amazing. I'll put something together and post it in the next couple of days.
    Fruity or Triton?? If the beat is hot, who cares??

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    yeah for 2K you can build a monster machine... but don't forget to include the soundcard I'd build it all around that tbh.



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