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 Post subject: Computer for graphic design/music recording
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Hi guys,

I am a graphic designer (using mainly Adobe CS6), musician (Reaper with lots of vst plugins).

My computer died a couple of days ago (apparently the power supplied died and somehow damaged the motherboard... I changed the power supply, but can't load Windows...)

I've started looking for a new computer, but I have been out of the loop for some time and I am clueless as what to get. :(

I will be reusing parts of the old computer (hard drive, keyboard, mouse, tablet, monitors) and my budget is $500-550.

I've considered getting a Mac Mini (2011), but I am concerned I might not be able to use it for recording... I also do not want to purchase any new software, so I will need a PC, fast enough for graphic design and recording projects.

Your help and ideas for building/buying one will be greatly appreciated!

Cheers!


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 Post subject: Re: Computer for graphic design/music recording
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:26 am 
Clawhammer
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For your use case, and right around $450 you're best money will be spent on a 3770k ($230), a Z68 or Z77 -if you like to OC- motherboard ($130) and 16Gb of Magic ram ($80). I assume you'll also be recycling your gpu, if you even need one.


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 Post subject: Re: Computer for graphic design/music recording
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:30 am 
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What Kleinkinstein recommended is pretty much all you need to replace if you're going to recycle much of the computer.


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