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Topic: OT: Building New Computer

  1. #1
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    Ojai, California

    OT: Building New Computer

    I need an updated PC. I would sure appreciate advice from people who have build their own systems that are stable for audio, GigaStudio, etc.

    The more details, the better:

    Motherboard, processor, video card, RAM, quiet cooling system, etc.

    I am leaning toward a Pentium (I\'ve always had Athlons in the past) as I\'ve read that GS3 is optimised for P4...probably something just under 3 Gigs to keep the costs down.

    Thanks alot, everybody


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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    as I am going to build my own system soon & have asked similar questions not too long ago. This is the system I am going to build.

    Antec Sonata chassis (with build in 380 W power supply & one fan installed. Said to be very quiet. I love the way one can simply swap harddrives with the way it is setup). Allow for 4 harddrives...

    Asus P4P800 Deluxe motherboard (Asus is said to be very eay to be installed bios-wise)

    Infineon512MB DDRRAM Infineon Orig. PC400 (which is approved by Asus for the above board)
    CL3 / Infineon Originalware / PC 3200
    10 Jahre Garantie / 512 MB DDR-RAM
    Modell: HYS64D64320GU-5-B / Doublesided
    Kompatibel zu Intel Chips und Via KT800

    Pentium IV 3,0 Ghz with Northwood core (got cheaper recently)

    video card: ATI 64MB Radeon 9200SE TV Retail

    the rest (DVD...) I don\'T know yet.

    Should be a good enough system to work with


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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    Hi Jim,

    It´s a good choice is you consider Penyium 4 3,4Ghz (if you can afford , ha) and it comes in-a-box , so , with the original cooler from Intel. The motherboard that runs great with it is \"Asus p4g8x Deluxe\" , it has 4 places for DDR memory instead of 3 and it improves the speed of DDR 266 , also , it protects your processor against burning.

    The new Pentium Prescott has just been released , but I don´t think this technology will be usefull for audio branch since the Hyper-Threading technology didn´t changed any performance.

    For sound card , if you are going to work only with samplers a good an affordable one would be Audiophile 2496.

    If you are looking for high performances , recents tests has showed that P4 3,4Ghz is about 65% faster than Athlon 3400...


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    69 Lois Lane, Metropolis

    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    There\'s several similar questions which were asked recently so do a thread search. Lotsa info there.

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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    Take a look at the NS hardware forum. Lots of info there, including tips on making it quiet, in case that\'s important to you.

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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    yes, search around...

    \"My\" quick recommend list.

    P4 - Anything with 800fsb
    Motherboards - I prefer Asus
    RAM - Corsair Low Latancy TwinX, Best IMO
    Hard Drives - 8mb buffer, get SATA if you can.

    From my experince PC\'s are noisey no matter what you do (unless you go extreme [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ). Zalman make good products. www.silentpcreview.com is your friend, check it out.

    Hope my \"quick\" response helps a little.

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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    I, frankly, would skip the P4 and go with the new Athlon 64. Recent benchmarks show it blowing the competition out of the water, and that\'s in 32-bit mode. And price wise (compared to a P4 chip), you can\'t go wrong.

    Once the rest of the world catches up to 64-bit, you\'ll already be good to go.

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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    You know, the fact that so many people have so many different opinions - ones that disagree with DAW specialists I\'ve talked to, by the way - I think the best thing is to talk to the developers of the software you plan to use. Some of them will probably feed you BS about their stuff running unlimited tracks on a 15-year-old machine, but others will tell you what they develop on and what their tech support people have learned. This thread seems to me to be a very poor a substitute for research - he says without wanting to insult everyone who has an opinion, especially one that *could* be valid.

    And to me, that stuff about 64-bit Athlons is the epitome of internet excrement about computer specs that mean precisely nothing to someone running a DAW. Sorry to be rude, Rob, but I just don\'t understand the lure of those ridiculous articles. It\'s like taking your temperature when you\'re being checked for eyeglasses!

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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    Originally posted by Buzzfunk:
    And what benchmarks would that be? Link?
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">I have seen lots of benchmarks recently, most showing AMD processors either equal to P4s, or, as mentioned, \"blowing them away.\" It does seem they have the upper hand at them moment. Bear in mind I haven\'t seen any benchmarks specific to music production, but mostly things like Cinebench, After Effects, Photoshop, Mathematica, and of course various games. The AMDs, particularly the FX-51 chip, do seem to scream. And I\'m not biased since I\'m a Mac user, so I don\'t even care [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: OT: Building New Computer

    For those that are thinking P4 and Athlon have about the same performance - this is a link that show how P4 are much superior than Athlon http://www.clubedohardware.com.br/p4ee-3.html
    The language is in portuguese , but it´s quite simple to understand if you look at the graphics - and for those that migth get suspicious about this report - this is a trustful company that Intel and AMD usually send their hardwares to them in order to make this tests.
    Athlon 64 3400+ is 2,2ghz and P4 EE or Prescott is 3,4ghz!!!

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