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Topic: How is this DAW rig?

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    How is this DAW rig?

    Hello all. I'm building a DAW, and this is my current plan for the parts, with a link to the specs:

    - Intel® Desktop Board DG965RY http://www.intel.com/products/mother...65ry/index.htm
    - Intel Core™2 Duo Processor E6600 2.4GHz w/ 4MB Cache http://www.intel.com/products/proces...ifications.htm
    - Antec P180 Advanced Super Mid Tower Case http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=81800
    - 2 X Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 GB Hard Drives, 16 MB cache http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/mark...da_7200_10.pdf
    - Corsair 2GB XMS2-5400 TWIN2X Dual Channel DDR2 Kit (2 x 1GB)
    - Antec Phantom 500 Silent Power Supply http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=24500
    - Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler http://www.zalman.co.kr/usa/product/view.asp?idx=165
    - Scythe S-FLEX™ S-FDB 120mm Quiet Fan for the front of the case (the P180 case has fans for the rear, top and lower chamber) http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/ac...ex_detail.html
    - some middling video card like this http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.p...ctID=8651&SID=

    I need something quiet (for recording to in the same room) and high performance to last me a while (cubase SX3 with high end orchestral samples, etc for film scores, etc). I think it should all work well together, but have I overlooked anything? Thanks,

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    Re: How is this DAW rig?

    Sound card? Or are you going the Firewire/USB route?

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    Re: How is this DAW rig?

    Right. I already have an M-Audio Firewire Audiophile that I will be using.

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    Thumbs up Re: How is this DAW rig?

    Good choices there. I build DAWs for a living and use the same parts. With the P180, you won't need to add the front fan, and the Intel chip has a real quiet stock fan. If your room is properly ventilated (and not 80 degrees), you can set all the system fans to low speed, and the system will be virtually silent. You don't necessarily need a 320GB boot drive, you should be fine with a 120GB.. I'd use the two 320GB drives for samples and recorded audio. For the video card, I'd spend $20 more and go for a fanless Nvidia 7300GT model, you'll get much better performance out of it. Some of the 6200 models don't support dual head video.

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    Re: How is this DAW rig?

    thanks very much for the tips! If were to start out with only 2 drives, would it be faster to have one just be the boot drive and the other have both samples and files, or what? thanks,

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    Re: How is this DAW rig?

    I can't see using less than 3 drives, especially with hard drive prices being so low these days. I guess you could use the same drive for audio recording and samples, but if you're recording tracks of virtual instruments, you could get bogged down.
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