First of all, thank you SO MUCH for the combined wisdom of this site. I've been spending the last few days going through reviews on the site to put together a list of components, and the information here is INVALUABLE. Definitely going to donate once I finalise my rig.
I'm looking to put together a PC for recording and editing voice over using REAPER at home. Tired of having to move my laptop (with its windblower of a fan) into another room.
I've read most of the recent posts around putting together a DAW, but I suspect my requirements aren't as heavyweight.
My key priorities, in order, are:
Energy-efficient (will be keeping it on 24/7)
Powerful enough to deal with audio that typically involves 1 stereo track and a minimal processing chain
It'd be nice if it has enough grunt to play mid-range games, but definitely not a selection criteria.
Here's what I've come up with. It's a combination of ideal components and some sacrifices based on what's available to buy in Australia.Build
Antec SOLO case
Antec 650W Signature power supply (I know this is a bit of overkill)
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO mobo
Athlon II X4 635 CPU
Mach XTreme 2x4G DDR3 1333Hz
Intel 2.5" 80G SSD (for OS)
WD Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB drive
I've read a lot around the common wisdom of going with an Intel i5 or i7 for audio production, but I'm not convinced yet that I'd be taxing the system enough with just voice recording to warrant that.
I couldn't find comparison on thermal/power characteristics for the RAM, so I've gone on price. Also, the Pioneer DVD burner was pretty much picked out of the air.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Would love feedback on anything I've done wrong here, or other options I should be considering.