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So, I produce Dubstep and Hip-hop using Cubase, FL and other programs. I need to upgrade from this POS computer because it is 10 years outdated and can barely keep two tabs open. I also like to play WoW and CoD in times of beat-block. I've come up with this configuration:

Newegg

Do you think that this will get the job done? I know that soon those headphones are being swapped for better sennheisers or Beats by Dre. It seems to be a solid build for both hard-core producing and decent gaming, but does everything match up? Any ways I can save money? This is my first build and I think it'll come out good, but I need an expert's opinion.

Thanks!
 

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i dont know the specs of your current rig but if it is 10 years old then that amd x4 will do nicely.
 
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For a first build you did much better than I did! lol. I ended up having to sell half of my things cause none of it went together.
Everything in your system is looking good to go :)
 
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Get atleast a 5770/ GTS 450. A 5670 can barely power anything on a Full HD 21.5 inch screen these days.

This would be better IMHO, then you can add your own things such as a sound card etc: Newegg.com Shopping Cart
 
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6 Gigs of ram would be better.
 

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If you're short on cash you can go with a Corsair CX430 instead, they're only $39.99 and are pretty sweet for the price.

And to you record stuff as well? Then you might want a "real" sound card ie external interfaces. If you don't have that already.
 
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I take it you put lyrics on your beats since you have Cubase.
I agree with the above. Instead of a soundcard, you want an external USB interface. I use a Tascam US-144L. I make hip-hop beats and put lyrics on them, and this interface is perfect. It's an older model so it's cheap to get hold of, but there's also support for W7x64, so it's not too old.
Also, stay away from the Beats by Dre, they are apparently schiit.
Someone here has a headphone buying guide somewhere - I'll try and dig it out.

EDIT: Here it is. Apparently old, but still a good guide.
 
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Also, stay away from the Beats by Dre, they are apparently schiit.
Someone here has a headphone buying guide somewhere - I'll try and dig it out.
Yeah, my local comet had some of their headphones on a display to try out and some of the other brand £40-£50 sennheisars etc beat some £160 Dr dre headphones, i wanted to see if the £250 ones were equally overpriced but they didnt work.

i'm using these at the moment - http://www.goldring.co.uk/headphones/ns1000.htm

their pretty good considering i paid £50 for them and they beat everything that my local shops sell, however they are not as base heavy as some other headphones, this can be fixed easily with an equalizer however i don't use the noise cancellation as it increases the treble to the point where it dosn't sound that good anymore

edit: also get SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cac...


or SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB C...

They are both faster hard drives and one of them is $10 less for same size and one is $5 more whilst being faster and twice the capacity

also SPARKLE SXX460768D5UNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768... is faster and the same price as the 5770 dropping to a lower price with a rebate
 
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Okay, so after some research, I've come up with both an AMD build and an intel build. I cannot afford a soundcard, but 2-3 months after I purchase the parts, I'll be able to buy a soundcard and some more RAM.

Intel: Once You Know, You Newegg

AMD: Once You Know, You Newegg
For the AMD build,

Get rid of the 760G motherboard, its a old chipset. Get the 880G, 890G chipset.

With memory being so cheap and the intensity of your work, I would get 8 GBs of ram.
 
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Okay, so after some research, I've come up with both an AMD build and an intel build. I cannot afford a soundcard, but 2-3 months after I purchase the parts, I'll be able to buy a soundcard and some more RAM.

Intel: Once You Know, You Newegg

AMD: Once You Know, You Newegg
You won't regret going with the Biostar/2500K route...One thing is you need the TP67B+ mb instead of the H67 version if you intend to overclock at all. Otherwise drop the K chip.
 

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So, I guess it comes down to core i5 or Phenom x6?
There is really no right answer. I doubt you'll find a benchmark or review on Cubase or FL that is run on i5 or Phenom II X6 so you'll have to base your decision on other factors such as:

  • Price
  • possible longevity
  • upgrade paths
  • performance in other tasks
 
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So, I guess it comes down to core i5 or Phenom x6?
core i5, its faster then the phenom even in apps that will use all of the phenoms 6 cores, and in single threaded apps the boost will be even bigger

also read my earlier post on your hard drive and video cards, they could both be better for the same price
 
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DJBrael,

I had another look at your list.

I'm not sold on the APEX PSU, for a few dollars more you could probably find a more well known brand.

Also the TP-LINK USB wireless card is only 150Mbp/s I would recommend looking for a 300Mbp/s wireless USB/card over wireless N.


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core i5, its faster then the phenom even in apps that will use all of the phenoms 6 cores, and in single threaded apps the boost will be even bigger
Sort of disagree with that. Although the 2500K might be faster in 2 threaded applications (the majority of applications) I've seen the X6 hold its own in true multi threaded apps, primarily transcoding. Saying that, if money wasn't an object I'd grab the 2500k!
 
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Okay guys, I think this may be the final revision. Can someone guarantee that all the parts should work together? Once You Know, You Newegg

@cheesey999 @ Dent1, Suggestions have been noted.

Cant afford a soundcard right now, but thats next priority.
 
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Looks great...roll with it! ;)
 

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Just one last question, will the RAM I selected work in the Biostar TH67+? The bus-speed is not listed on the detailed tab of the page.

Thanks for your help everyone!
 
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Just one last question, will the RAM I selected work in the Biostar TH67+? The bus-speed is not listed on the detailed tab of the page.

Thanks for your help everyone!
Yep, memory is just fine. That will make a competent game rig as well.