I’m about to custom build a computer. I might have Monarch Computer do it for me. I’ve come up with a list of hardware and I just wanted to run it by some people who are more knowledgeable than myself to make sure everything is compatible and that it is the smoothest running machine for the price.
This machine will be used for recording, mixing, editing audio. It will be used to play back multi-channel audio (mostly home brewed music, and very occasionally DVD’s). It will be used for number crunching applications (largely experimental) and a little bit of non-programmer programming. It will also be used for internet applications and word processing. This computer is designed so that it will be powerful while at the same time minimizing noise. I am not a gamer and I have no intentions of becoming one. Below is the list of basic parts I have come up.
380 watt TruePower
Intel D915PBLL 533/800 MHz system bus, S/PDIF in and out, onboard 7.1 audio, (http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/bl/index.htm
Intel P4 550 3.4 GHz LGA 775 1MB cache (Retail Box w/ fan)
1 GB (2 pcs 512) DDR2 (533) PC-4200 Corsair (VS1GBKIT533D2), underclocked to 800MHz
Gigabyte ATI Radeon X300 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI Express, Model "GV-RX30128D"
Aopen 16X Double Layer DVD+/- RW Black Burner, 2MB buffer, Model DUW1608, OEM, ATAPI / E-IDE interface
Samsung 160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, 8MB Buffer, 7200RPM, Model SP1614C, SATA interface
Echo Mia MIDI, PCI interface
Does this setup sound like a good idea?
I do not know a whole lot about memory performance. There are many other options.
I’m not sure whether or not the motherboard has any kind of graphics support. So I may not need the graphics card. I chose this card primarily because it does not have a noisy fan.
Some one reccommended that I use two hard drives, onw for programs and the other for data. Would I need two hard drives for doing stuff like audio editing?
I have heard of compatibility problems with the Intel’s 915 chipset. As far as I know this only occurred with some Pro Tools product. They may have fixed it by now, and I, by no means, need to use Pro Tools.
Thanks a lot. Your opinions and feedback are appreciated.