#1
looking for a computer to use for a small home studio. less than $1200 ( I already have 2 monitors and an operating system), suited for recording, but something that can likely run diablo 3 when it's released. not a goofy looking gaming case. and something designed to be somewhat quiet. any suggestions?!

PS not a mac please.
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#2
OK
Sir what you need it for is recording right?
ok so recording uses alot of ram (Random access memory) and most new machines come with a fair amount of that.
Atleast 2 gigz or more of it would be best suited.
And for diablo 3 you will need a good processor.
Processor: Q6600 $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0283289

Video: 2 x HD4850 $145 x 2 = $290 ($15 off Promo:VGA71115)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102747

Motherboard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128336

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231122

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341002

HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3gb/s $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148136

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341002

Total: $1195 tax included
$1213 total with shipping

All of that may be good and it is just above 1200
also you could save more by kicking out the cooling and just use the stock cooling
or getting a less intense video card.
And note that is 4GB of ram
More than you should need.
#3
If not a Mac, then something NOT running Vista on it.

Not a lot of stuff works with Vista ATM and I just wouldn't suggest using it for recording because of this.
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#4
Vista has its ups and downs.
But really i find gaming is more suited for XP so if you want both go XP but vista isnt bad.
OR
You could go linux if you know what you are doing.
#5
Quote by MatrixClaw
If not a Mac, then something NOT running Vista on it.

Not a lot of stuff works with Vista ATM and I just wouldn't suggest using it for recording because of this.


Sorry but Vista might be badly programmed OS but theres sweet sod all compatibility problems in the home domain. Iv certainly not found anything that wont run.

What you should have said is: Vista is a memory hog so that 2gb you bought wont count for nish so stick with XP.
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#6
Quote by loganelvald
OK
Sir what you need it for is recording right?
ok so recording uses alot of ram (Random access memory) and most new machines come with a fair amount of that.
Atleast 2 gigz or more of it would be best suited.
And for diablo 3 you will need a good processor.
Processor: Q6600 $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0283289

Video: 2 x HD4850 $145 x 2 = $290 ($15 off Promo:VGA71115)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102747

Motherboard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128336

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231122

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341002

HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3gb/s $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148136

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341002

Total: $1195 tax included
$1213 total with shipping

All of that may be good and it is just above 1200
also you could save more by kicking out the cooling and just use the stock cooling
or getting a less intense video card.
And note that is 4GB of ram
More than you should need.


A recording PC should have a much larger HDD and does not need SLI/Crossfire (read as two graphic cards). The dual gfx cards, 700w PSU and selected motherboard are overkill. *** Primarily a recording PC *** Diablo 3 will not be that heavy of a game. It's built on the WoW engine; to give you an idea of what type of system will be needed to run D3.


No, I don't play WoW... I go outdoors.

EDIT: You'll want a dedicated sound card and nice mic if you don't have a mic already. All my recording is done on Debian Linux.
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#7
Quote by halikus
Sorry but Vista might be badly programmed OS but theres sweet sod all compatibility problems in the home domain. Iv certainly not found anything that wont run.

I have at least 5 programs that won't run it, including Cubase SX3.

Not to mention that if you have more than 3gb of RAM, you have to get the 64-bit version of it which has even more compatibility issues.
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#9
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Audacity + Vista on new PC = works


Vista is fundamentally flawed, more so than any other release. Your statement leaves out so many variables, including you definition of "works." IIS7 is actually pretty nice, though.
#10
^good point but i just used it tonight again and no issues.

digital camera > PC .Wav file > import to Audacity > lame_enc .dll > MP3

audacity is not the greatest but it is free and you can do multi layer recordings including drums and voice i understand...never tried that tho.

Edit: Prolly not studio quality or anything so I'll shut up now. good night.
#11
thanks for all the suggestions and discussion. ill be running XP pro. ive had lots of bad experiences with vista. i dont want to second guess my computer everytime i turn it on.

most likely an MBox or something like that for recording. and D3 shouldnt be that demanding a game. two cards would be overkill to say the least. at least 4 g's of ram and im leaning toward a higher end AMD dual core as opposed to any quad core offerings.

and all of your links didnt work. you need to do the old Insert Link trick.
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#12
Quote by staticoverdub
thanks for all the suggestions and discussion. ill be running XP pro. ive had lots of bad experiences with vista. i dont want to second guess my computer everytime i turn it on.

most likely an MBox or something like that for recording. and D3 shouldnt be that demanding a game. two cards would be overkill to say the least. at least 4 g's of ram and im leaning toward a higher end AMD dual core as opposed to any quad core offerings.

and all of your links didnt work. you need to do the old Insert Link trick.


Unless you're running a 64-bit OS, the full 4gb will not be addressed properly. What socket AMD chips are you looking at? For multimedia, the Intel quad (2 core2duo on one wafer) are currently king.
#13
yes yes. i was thinking of an x2 6000. not sure though. however i guess i wont need to put much into the graphics so ill up the processor

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9450 (4x 2.66GHz/12MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) ??
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Last edited by staticoverdub at Jul 15, 2008,
#14
Quote by staticoverdub
yes yes. i was thinking of an x2 6000. not sure though. however i guess i wont need to put much into the graphics so ill up the processor

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9450 (4x 2.66GHz/12MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) ??


The Q6600 would serve you well, so anything past that just helps in future proofing. I'd definitely go for NVidia for AMD/ATI. The Catalyst drivers leave much to be desired and the NV GPUs are just plain better.

I'm not a fanboy of any of the big three companies (AMD bought ATI), so on performance alone... Intel + NVidia is the best combo.
#15
Quote by JohnnyBeep
The Q6600 would serve you well, so anything past that just helps in future proofing. I'd definitely go for NVidia for AMD/ATI. The Catalyst drivers leave much to be desired and the NV GPUs are just plain better.

I'm not a fanboy of any of the big three companies (AMD bought ATI), so on performance alone... Intel + NVidia is the best combo.


thats true. looks like i'm all set. thanks a lot.
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