After some initial contemplation about buying from a dedicated DAW builder (as they do like a 100+ BIOS en OS tweaks plus check your system for dpc latency I decided to build one myself cause I just don't have the extra money.
Now as it's been over 5 years ago since I build my last PC (which was for gaming purposes) I would appreciate some sharp feedback on my current choices.
Especially if there are any known issues about components, compatibility and silencing and if you see options for price reduction (maybe a 128 GB SSD will suffice?). I will only be using this PC for musicproduction but will need an ethernet connection for updating my software.
I work on Win7 64x, use an audio interface and mostly work with VST's aside from a guitar and a mic. I'm planning on buying Kontakt in the future so that's why I decided on the amount of RAM and a 3rd HDD.
This is my list:
Intel Core i7 4770K Boxed
Fractal Design Define R4 Pearl Black
Seasonic G-Serie 550Watt
Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 (2x8 GB)
Plextor PX-256M5S 256GB SSD
Thermalright HR-02 Macho Rev. A Processor cooler
Seagate SV35.5 ST2000VX000, 2TB (x2)
Samsung SH-224BB Zwart
This setup will cost me € 1.072,- euros excluding sending the parts.
If interested here's a link to my setup. Just choose 'DAW PC final' to see all the specs of the components: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
I'm planning on overclocking my CPU to a safe limit of 4,2-4,3 GHz as the Haswell tends to get pretty hot. The cooler I choose is one of the few I could find in this pricerange being directly compatible with the new 1150 socket and produces 17dB which is acceptable but I would like some confirmation whether this model will be sufficient for the overclock.
I chose the case casue of it's size, it's acoustic treatment and the ability to regulate the fans.
The RAM has a CAS latency of 9 which was the lowest I could find in this pricerange. I might be willing to pay a little more if latency could be reduced to 7 although I'm unsure if this will be necessary. Any words on that are also welcome.
As I won't be buying an additional GPU since there's a pretty decent one onboard the Haswell I think 550 Watt for the Powersupply is more than enough.
The SSD is the best bang for the buck at this moment. I have thought about the Samsung 8400 which is quite popular but the trace-based benchmarks show a decrease of about 20-30% when the disk gets full, probably because of the tlc memory and opposed to the pro version which I find to be too espensive.
The 2 2TB HHD's I chose for their pirce. I never had any problems with Seagate although I dont't know much about this series. I hesitated to buy one extra SSD for my samples but I would probably need 500 GB in the future and that's way too expensive for me.
As for the DVD writer I simply chose the cheapest.
I excluded the keyboard/mouse and monitor. I want a 27 inch monitor and I will search for a used one on marketplace to keep down the costs and I need to feel the mouse and keyboard so I will buy this in an actual shop and not online.
Feel free to shoot but please only in a constructive way. I know you probably have a different case or so which is also nice but unless you can explain why it is better then my choice please refrain as I don't want this thread to be a populairity contest.
Otherwise I'm really looking forward on your thoughts about this setup.