Need advice on a new PC - Page 3 - TigerDroppings.com

Posted byMessage
Srbtiger06
USA Fan
Buga Nation
Member since Apr 2006
20577 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

just wish someone would do a build that isn't $1000 budget for once, including myself...


Its just such a good, round number. I speced a build for a friend recently that wanted to spend $1000. After a while he finally realized you may as well do $1300 because of what you get. We looked at EVERY piece of hardware he bought and every single time we said "well for $20 more..." and every single time it was worth it. Our "final budget" was bumping $1600 but we ended up spending closer to $1150. Mobo, CPU, ssd, and cpu cooler were a hair over $300 under budget due to us catching a great deal at microcenter






Back to top
Mr Gardoki
New Orleans Saints Fan
AL
Member since Apr 2010
12088 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


Every time Toms Hardware does a build they do a price value comparison and 1k wins just about every time. After that number you start to get gains but they get smaller and smaller at higher cost.





Back to top
LSU Coyote
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2007
13111 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


Price per performance is awesome and I use that for building family and secondary rigs.

When it comes to personal preference in the pursuit of performance.. Fckkkkkk price/performance ratios.






Back to top
Mr Gardoki
New Orleans Saints Fan
AL
Member since Apr 2010
12088 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


I'm too frugal to ever say that





Back to top
Decatur
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2007
17547 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


Greetings PC Master Race,

I've been a Mac user for the last ten years or so but I am considering the move to PC and would like your suggestions on a build for hopefully less than a G. I'll be playing some games but I am primarily interested in a build for audio production.

Are certain processors better than others for this?

Do I need a special sound card or motherboard for this purpose?

I've always been a console player with games so I may be satisfied with something less than top notch graphics.

I'm pretty sure I will need two hard drives so I can store audio files on one. Would solid state be best for the audio files?

How much RAM should I get if I'm looking to be recording 24-32 tracks? I think 4 GB RAM or above is recommended.

I will be primarily running Pro Tools. Here are some system requirements listed on their website:

quote:

Avid-approved Audio Hard Disk Drives for Pro Tools 10 Systems

The following disk drives have been tested and approved by Avid for use with Pro Tools HD 10.0 and Pro Tools 10.0 as Audio Record and Playback drives. Drive speed of 7200rpm or higher required.

Internal Drives

SATA
SAS (with HP Z-series computers ONLY)
SSD (Solid State Drives)*



LINK

Looks like only NVIDIA graphics cards are supported:

quote:

For Windows Desktop Computers

Supported Nvidia Graphics Cards

NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro 2000 1GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro 600 1GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 1.5GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 1.5GB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 768MB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 512MB PCIe video board
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 256MB PCIe video board

Supported Nvidia Quadro Graphics Drivers

Quadro driver version 259.81 for Windows 7 64-bit (Windows Aero mode supported)
Quadro driver version 259.81 for Windows 7 32-bit (Windows Aero mode supported)



LINK

I don't think I'll be getting into any advanced settings like overclocking as I really don't much about any of that.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.






Back to top
LSU Coyote
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2007
13111 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


My head hurts..

Why are you trolling? You know that is work station gpus with drivers which won't play most games very well.






Back to top
Decatur
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2007
17547 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

Why are you trolling? You know that is work station gpus with drivers which won't play most games very well.


Trolling?

Dude I don't know shite about PCs

Edit: gaming is not a huge concern to me but I would like to be able to play at least some games



This post was edited on 3/21 at 2:21 pm


Back to top
jcole4lsu
Virginia Fan
The Kwisatz Haderach
Member since Nov 2007
26773 posts
 Online 

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

Are certain processors better than others for this?


does the application make an effective use of multiple cores/threads?

quote:

Would solid state be best for the audio files?

SSDs costs quite a bit per GB compared to HDD.
I would run the applications on an SSD and get a large HDD to store all the finished files.

quote:

How much RAM should I get if I'm looking to be recording 24-32 tracks? I think 4 GB RAM or above is recommended.

8GB min. 12 would be better.

The graphics cards listed are workstation cards, which specialize in something completely different than gaming. ive got no experience at all at gaming on workstation cards.






Back to top
Decatur
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2007
17547 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

does the application make an effective use of multiple cores/threads?


I guess so. Here are some computers that have been tested and approved:

quote:

Windows Desktops

Officially qualified with Avid and M-Audio FireWire and USB audio interfaces, M-Audio Delta series PCI interfaces, or standalone:
HP Z800 Workstation
12 core: Dual Xeon Six-Core "Westmere"
8 core: Dual Xeon Quad-Core "Nehalem"
HP Z400 Workstation
6 core: Xeon Six-Core "Westmere"
4 core: Xeon Quad-Core "Nehalem"
HP Z200 Workstation Intel Xeon or Core i5
HP Z210 Workstation Intel "Sandy Bridge"
Dell Precision T7500 Tower Workstation
Dell Precision T5500 Tower Workstation
Dell Precision T3500 Tower Workstation
Dell Precision T3400 Tower Workstation
HP xw8600 Workstation
HP xw4600 Workstation


LINK

quote:

The graphics cards listed are workstation cards, which specialize in something completely different than gaming. ive got no experience at all at gaming on workstation cards.


yeah I'm guessing this could be an issue based upon the previous poster was saying. Again, I don't know anything about the nuts and bolts of PCs. Maybe there is something "in between" that may work? Dunno.

Something is telling me this might cost more than I'm thinking it will

Thanks for the response






Back to top
Mr Gardoki
New Orleans Saints Fan
AL
Member since Apr 2010
12088 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


I think Tom's Hardware has done some reviews on gaming with workstation cards.





Back to top
jcole4lsu
Virginia Fan
The Kwisatz Haderach
Member since Nov 2007
26773 posts
 Online 

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

12 core: Dual Xeon Six-Core "Westmere"
8 core: Dual Xeon Quad-Core "Nehalem"

uhhh yeah that aint cheap.

Looks like the have only approved intel chips and nvidia cards. Unfortunately those are the most expensive brands in those two categories.

An i5 3570 is only around $400-450 when paired with a good motherboard. Im sure that will suffice. I'd have to do some research on the software to see if any AMD products are certified for it. ditto for higher end desktop graphics cards.

Some of the lower end builds you listed retail at about $1000, so im sure we can build you something better for that budget.









Back to top
jcole4lsu
Virginia Fan
The Kwisatz Haderach
Member since Nov 2007
26773 posts
 Online 

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

I think Tom's Hardware has done some reviews on gaming with workstation cards.

indeed it looks like they did.

the quadro 5000 and up look to have reasonable gaming performance, of course those run $1500 and up


Decatur its not looking good at $1000, at least not for gaming.






Back to top
Decatur
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2007
17547 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


quote:

I'd have to do some research on the software to see if any AMD products are certified for it. ditto for higher end desktop graphics cards.


Looks like it has been discussed on their message boards but it looks like Greek to me.

LINK

LINK

Looks like some people think AMD might not be best for a DAW but others say it will work. Who knows?






Back to top
LSU Coyote
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2007
13111 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


If I win te powerball I will build me an 16P 4xXeon monster.. Just cause. Idk why.





Back to top
bluebarracuda
USA Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2011
6694 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


I think a 3570k and 660ti/670/680 would work for his needs. Throw in 16gb 1600 ram and he'll be fine.

$1000 is plenty to work with. He might need to bump to $1200 for the 680






Back to top
jcole4lsu
Virginia Fan
The Kwisatz Haderach
Member since Nov 2007
26773 posts
 Online 

re: Need advice on a new PC


man id really like to know if the firepro7000 is approved, because it offers over a 50% bump in gaming performance and costs half of what the quadro 5000 does.
from what i have read, desktop graphics cards are a NO-GO. to run your program effectively you MUST use a workstation model.

eta: intel CPU ONLY. the program hates AMDs stock turbo boost.




This post was edited on 3/21 at 3:19 pm


Back to top
Decatur
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2007
17547 posts

re: Need advice on a new PC


Just realizing my software version is different from the one I posted earlier. I might be able to get away with not going the workstation route. Will update when I know more.





Back to top


Back to top




//