Building a pc for both DAW and gaming- advice please

Discussion in 'Computers, Electronics, IT & Gaming' started by thedonal, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    keeping the wires tidy is always a huge pain. my pc currently looks like a rat's nest. One of these days I'm going to zip tie everything together and make it look cleaner.
     
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    I now see why cases with a full length enclosure for the psu are a good thing.

    I have to aay though. 20 seconds to boot up and be ready to log in is a wonderful thing.

    I'm sure that will increase as I load the thing, but the old pc takes well over five minutes before it'll actually launch an app.
     
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    The good news is. The firewire card works fine with my Liquid Saffire 56 and motherboard.

    I have plugins to reinstall and templates to copy across, but it is all good.

    Will find out on the weekend how the midi stuff plays with it all.
     
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    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    Once you're done, can you summarize all your specs? I'm going to be building my first "audio pc" soon as well (after building 3 gaming pc's), and I'm shopping for parts.

    Would love to know how yours handles everything.
     
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    The spec is pretty much as per post 9 above.

    It is a gaming chassis that will also run DAW. It is plenty powerful to handle a lot of number crunching (for music possibly more than I need- I don't currently run many VST synths- it is all hardware in that dept). One thing I may change in future is to go for 4 pin fans, so The motherboard can scale rpm depending on temperature.

    SSDs are very handy- silent and super quick. Ideal if you are using sample based drums- EZDrummer, BFD etc or other disk heavy instruments. Will also take disk latency out of the equation if you track count is heavy.
     
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    The Build is almost complete. Payday has (finally) come around.

    1x EVGA GTX 1060 superclocked 6Gb card is now on order- eta tomorrow.

    Plus a couple of cables for tidying up the spaghetti a touch.

    I'm still umming and erring on going for a couple of 140mm PWM fans for the front intake and I will probably consider an extra set of USB 3 sockets on a PCI-E card at some point.
     
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    And final post on the topic (!).

    It DOES run Crysis! Though it would seem only on high, rather than very high settings, otherwise I get epic screen tear (though I've been looking this up and might be able to fix it). I'm still looking for a way to mod it to 1080p as it's not standard.

    I'm noticing my CPU cooler's fan isn't spinning up at all yet- even with the Unigine test apps- though the case fans DO spin up. I guess that Arctic cooler's radiator is really doing a good job by itself.
     

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