Recommend an Audio Production PC

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by Webmaestro, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Webmaestro

    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    It's time to replace my 7-year-old, self-built, AMD-based gaming PC with something built specifically for audio-production (I no longer play games). Normally, I'd build a system myself, but I lack the time to do so and also don't really understand what needs to go into a system spec'd and optimized specifically for audio production.

    My new system needs to be rackmount. I bought a studio desk with a 4U space specifically for a future audio production PC. I'm tired of having a tower sitting on the floor next to my knee.

    Any recommendations on who makes good audio production PC's? Here are a few I'm considering, but I have no idea how they are with regards to quality, support, etc:

    Sweetwater's Custom Computing: https://www.sweetwater.com/c859--PC_Desktops
    Slick Audio: https://www.slick.audio
    PC Audio Labs: https://pcaudiolabs.com
    Silent PC: https://silentpc.com/daw
    Vision DAW: https://www.visiondaw.com

    If anyone has experience with any of these, let me know, and also recommend any that aren't on this list that I should be considering.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. TheShade0110

    TheShade0110 SS.org Regular

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    You've yet to provide a budget.

    There's no specific "spec" for an audio production PC aside from a higher-end consumer CPU and at least 16 GBs of RAM(more is better). Whether you go with an i7 8700k or Ryzen 7 2700x(or 2600 if you're budget constrained) depends on how much productivity/multitasking you'll have going on at once. How many tracks/plug-ins/VSTs running at a time as well as doing other tasks like video editing, software compilation, rendering etc. Lots of SSD space will help as well for loading times.

    I'd still recommend building a PC because you get significantly more value for your dollar and a builder is more likely to skimp out on a component like RAM, Motherboard, or a Power Supply than you yourself are. A build shouldn't take more than a few hours taking your time.
     
  3. Webmaestro

    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    I didn't provide a budget because I'm not asking people to recommend a build (or components). I'm only asking if anyone has experience with the companies listed, or knows of others I should definitely check out.

    All the companies I listed have (multiple) systems within my budget.

    With regards to self-building, you're right, the physical build time is a couple hours... tops. What I don't have time for is the hours and hours of research into various components. I don't know about you, but when I built my last 2 gaming PC's, I can't even tell you how many weeks-worth of research I put into each one before I ever ordered a single part.

    As much as I love all that pre-research, I just don't have time for it right now.
     
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