Need new PC.

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Looking to buy new PC going to need everything etc. what would be optimal to have in a PC such as hardware and power for music production . I already have windows 10 and music studio software the latest up to date 2017. i only have $500.00 US to spend. any recommendations? thank you Mike :)
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This does me quite nicely. I have the dials on the left panel mapped to the faders on my DAW - makes for easy edits :)
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Edited by GrooveEnth on October 17 2017 21:54
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Mikebanez wrote:
Looking to buy new PC going to need everything etc. what would be optimal to have in a PC such as hardware and power for music production . I already have windows 10 and music studio software the latest up to date 2017. i only have $500.00 US to spend. any recommendations? thank you Mike :)


I would save up some more money for it! You will need about twice that budget to get a decent setup (preferably even more), i can PM you some specs that i would value in a setup for music production :)
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oh well, ok i'll take any help i can right now thanks gil. this PC about on it's way out. not doing any writing for major productions or for money just for myself and loops .i just want to produce a decent sound and a quality outcome. thanks for your input and advice i'l look for PM thanks again
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From 2 moths I'm working on MacBook. I'm sure that I will never come back to PC with the musical stuff. Especially for ASIO problem with just one program.

With Mac I can move up my imagination about recording and playing. You can connect more interfaces than one, at the same time U can use onboard sound card. Everything works together. And U decide how it work, where to play which channel. This is great thing for me.

Did You think about that change?
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Unless you’re going mad with the number of tracks and having loads of VSTs running simultaneously, you don’t need a super-super machine. There are important things you need:

An SSD. Hard drive speed is king for modern DAWs.

A fast interface with good quality ASIO drivers.

The more RAM you can throw at it, the better your track concurrency will be.

But in truth, $500 or thereabout will probably get enough for what you need. But an SSD is vital. You don't need a big SSD - 128 to 256GB is more than enough so it'll keep the cost lower - just get a 1TB external drive for archiving your recordings onto when you're done.
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mpointon wrote:
Unless you’re going mad with the number of tracks and having loads of VSTs running simultaneously, you don’t need a super-super machine. There are important things you need:

An SSD. Hard drive speed is king for modern DAWs.

A fast interface with good quality ASIO drivers.

The more RAM you can throw at it, the better your track concurrency will be.

But in truth, $500 or thereabout will probably get enough for what you need. But an SSD is vital. You don't need a big SSD - 128 to 256GB is more than enough so it'll keep the cost lower - just get a 1TB external drive for archiving your recordings onto when you're done.


I like your reasoning, but i disagree about that you can get that for $500! :P

From my PM to Mike:

Well, so there are a few factors that you need to consider: CPU, RAM and Storage. The more amount of VST effects you run while recording will give a heavy CPU load, but if your not using a lot (or any) VST effects you can survive with an average CPU. RAM will always be good to have, i would say a bare minimum of 8GB, but preferably 16GB. Storage i would go for a fast SSD as your system drive, and a bigger mechanical drive for storage :) Do you have an audio device/card? I would recommend Steinberg UR22 MKII, cheap and reliable, Yamaha pre-amps in the input gives you a decent sound straight into the card
Edited by eGiL on October 20 2017 14:59
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