Go Back   Soundsonline-Forums > Topics > Hardware
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-11-2017, 09:43 AM
seatrump seatrump is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 20
seatrump is on a distinguished road
Default Just need help choosing a processor

I appreciate any final advice

I have a system built ready to hit the order button. Just wondering if I need to spend lots of extra dollars to have a top processor. I will be using Cubase with large orchestra templates from Hollywood Diamond.

I am going 64GB Ram, 2x 1TB SSD, separate sound card, Graphics card for dual high end monitors. One system I have built is 4400 with a Core i-9 7900x

The same system but with a less powerfull processor such as 6850k is about 2800.

I am flexible on budget and would like a degree of future proofing but realize that desktops rarely last much beyond 5 years and don't want to spend money I don't need to spend. What is the sweet spot for processors for my needs?

Thanks in advance
Ray
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-11-2017, 11:22 AM
jspencer jspencer is offline
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Canada, Eh!
Posts: 3,720
jspencer is on a distinguished road
Default

What are the specs for the system that costs $4400? That sounds very steep.
__________________
http://www.jeremyspencer.ca
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-11-2017, 12:19 PM
seatrump seatrump is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 20
seatrump is on a distinguished road
Default

It includes 2 28 inch monitors, a Intel 10 core i-9 7900, 64 GB Ram, 2x 1TB SSDs, GTX 1080 graphics. Full details below

Case 1 x iBUYPOWER Slate Gaming Case (2x Side Glass Panel)
LED Fan Lighting 1 x Default Case Fan
Case Lighting 1 x iBUYPOWER RGB Smart Lighting (Software Controlled LED Lighting Kit) - [FREE] 1 Smart Lighting Strip - Top of the case
Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i9-7900X Processor (10x 3.40GHz/15MB L3 Cache)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive 1 x PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking
Processor Cooling 1 x Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler - Standard 120mm Fan
Memory 1 x 64 GB [16 GB x4] DDR4-3000 Memory Module - Major Brand Memory
Video Card 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 - 8GB (GDDR5X) (VR-Ready) - Single Card
Motherboard 1 x ASUS TUF X299 Mark 2 -- 4x PCIe x16, 3x USB 3.1 8x USB 2.0, 2x M.2, RGB [Intel Optane Ready]
Power Supply 1 x 800 Watt - Standard 80 PLUS Bronze (White Cables)
Advance Cabling Options 1 x Standard Default Cables
Primary Hard Drive 1 x 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD -- Read: 540MB/s, Write: 520MB/s - Single Drive
Data Hard Drive 1 x 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD -- Read: 540MB/s, Write: 520MB/s - Single Drive [R]
Sound Card 1 x Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy FX [PCIE] -- 5.1 Channels, 192KHz/24-bit
Network Card 1 x Asus PCE-N15 Dual Band Network Card - Up to 300 Mbps, 2.4GHz Band
USB Expansion Card 1 x PCI-Expresss USB 3.0 4-Port Card
Operating System 1 x Windows 10 Home - (64-bit)
Keyboard 1 x iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard
Mouse 1 x iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse
Monitor 1 x 27" [1920x1080] ASUS VE278Q LED Monitor -- 2ms response time + 60Hz refresh rate - Dual Monitors
Speaker System 1 x Creative Inspire T3250 Wireless 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker
Warranty 1 x 3 Year Standard Warranty Service
Rush Service 1 x Standard Service - Estimated Ship in 5-10 Business Days
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-12-2017, 07:01 AM
jspencer jspencer is offline
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Canada, Eh!
Posts: 3,720
jspencer is on a distinguished road
Default

Just my 2 cents, but here are my initial thoughts on that build....

* Personally, I would go with an i7 7700. It has plenty of juice, and will save you a few bucks.

* Skip the fancy lighting

* No need for a high end video card unless you plan on doing major graphic work. I used to run dual displays right from my motherboard's video connections (scoring to picture). I would see if there are less expensive video card options that support multiple displays.

* That primary drive is huge. You could save a few dollars by making that a 512GB, or even 256. If you are running Hollywood Diamond, you'll probably need an additional SSD...that would be your primary plus two sample drives. You could even install a 7200rpm for less demanding libraries.

* I would definitely skip the soundcard, that Creative Labs Sound Blaster is not intended for DAW use. Go with an inexpensive USB interface such as a Steinberg UR22 or Scarlett 2i2.

* I would also skip that network card, the ethernet on the MOBO will be fine.

* There should be enough USB ports on the MOBO, no need for the USB expansion card. You could always get a powered hub if you need more ports.

* Skip the speaker system and get yourself some near field reference monitors. There are quite a few economical choices out there.

* Are you sure they're 28" monitors? I'm seeing 27". You can always shop around, monitors are relatively inexpensive. I recently found a 27" LED monitor at best Buy for $179.

Anyways, these are just my opinions. There are a lot of forum members who know a ton about processors, etc, hopefully they will chime in. Good luck with whatever you go with! I'm sure you'll create some great music.
__________________
http://www.jeremyspencer.ca
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-12-2017, 10:11 PM
JHMusic JHMusic is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 470
JHMusic is on a distinguished road
Default

The CPU is around 1200 and is the bulk of your costs. Memory will run you another 600 or less and the motherboard probably <400. 1TB 850 evos are around $300, and everything else is peanuts. If you don't want to spend unnecessary money, don't go with a prebuilt system, especially with high end components. They always mark them up with a hefty premium.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.