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 Post subject: PC Build For Music Production
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:48 pm 
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So! Here's the deal, I'm a bedroom music producer currently building a computer for my passion, I want quietness more for the sake of it, I'll record now and then but main purpose is monitoring/producing. I have audio treatment so noise floor is very low, I am also building a surround sound system.

Here are the components:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jv3zFt


CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700x 3.7 GHz

CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

RAM G Skill Tridentz RGB 16GB 3200 MHz CL14 (8x2)

Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VII

Storage Samsung 960 EVO 1TB

GPU MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

Display Asus ROG Swift PG279Q IPS 4ms 144 Hz QHD

Power Supplier Corsair RM650i

Case NZXT H700i ATX Mid Tower Case

I went with the MSI 1060 because I read it is the quieter 1060 there is, the RM650i has fan control and low output level (18.3 dB). I also chose transitioning from HD to SSD for lower noise and faster transfer times while compromising on storage space, 1TB will be though and I will have to make it work, but that'll force me to stay organized, if things get out of control I'll upgrade to 2TB.

Still researching on CPU cooler, I was suggested the Dark Rock Pro 4 so that's the one I'm settling in for now, haven't researched MOBO and RAM noise output until now, also haven't researched a lot on the case, I love the NZXT esthetic so I'd really like to make it work with some of their models.

That's it, I'd like to know what CPU cooler you suggest and if the build is a good silent build, thank you for your time

Oh and will I need case fans?


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 Post subject: Re: PC Build For Music Production
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:43 am 
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Welcome to SPCR.

Some quick comments...

be quiet! cooler: should work ok. Might not be the absolute best in thermal performance, but the low rpm fans should be inaudible during live mic sessions.

RAM: might have a height conflict with cooler and closest RAM slot. Be sure to look at Asus' RAM qualified vendor list as AMD CPUs/mobo's are a bit twitchy.

PSU: You might consider the RM650x (2018) as an alternative. Cheaper, passive fan for your loads.

Storage: If 1TB storage is tight...consider a different strategy. Go with the 500GB 960/970 EVO NVME M.2 drive for your OS/Apps/scratrch disk and use a cheaper SATA drive (860 Evo or Crucial MX500) for data storage. What's your backup storage plan?

GPU: good gfx card if you need it...what apps will require this gaming card?

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 Post subject: Re: PC Build For Music Production
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:25 am 
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adem4 wrote:
Still researching on CPU cooler, I was suggested the Dark Rock Pro 4 so that's the one I'm settling in for now, haven't researched MOBO and RAM noise output until now, also haven't researched a lot on the case, I love the NZXT esthetic so I'd really like to make it work with some of their models.
That's it, I'd like to know what CPU cooler you suggest and if the build is a good silent build
The case seems to have a huge clearance for CPU cooler, i would suggest to take a look into Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power to me $50 is where the best coolers for the money are, but if you want to spend more, Thermalright Le Grand Macho.

adem4 wrote:
Oh and will I need case fans?
You should first test whats included, if you dont like it or need more airflow, then consider the following.
For 120mm: Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM (secondary if you are not into noctua colors and want to match the case, Phanteks PH-F120MP_BK_PWM)
For 140mm: BeQuiet! SILENTWINGS3 PWM BL067 (secondary, in case you want to match the case, a very good fan imo Thermlaright TY147A SQ).

I agree with steve into going RMx series, its a good PSU, if you were to want a higher efficieny PSU, consider Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanuim, to me the best PSU on the market.

Btw wondering about the choice of monitor, if you game its a great monitor, but if you dont you can find a cheaper alternative. Now if you dont game, nor use the cuda cores of the gpu, then i would suggest to wait a month or two for intel i9 9900K, which should be a 4-5ghz 8core with iGPU.

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 Post subject: Re: PC Build For Music Production
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:37 pm 
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Thank you both for your answers! I'll deal with them in order

Thanks for having me, Steve!

I'm considering the Le Grand Macho since a lot of people have been suggesting it to me (and because it looks nice heheh).

About the RAM I might have a problem, the QVL only lists the F4-3200C14D-16GTZR as compatible and not the F4-3200C14D-16GTZRX wich I chose because it's supposed to work best with AMD's CPUs, someone also pointed out that I might have a height problem between the cooler and the RAM... not sure what to do about it.

Regarding the PSU, I was originally considering the RMX but thougth that the RMi was giving me more due to its fan control and low noise output, but didn't know the RMX had passive fans, can you explain better why would the RMX be better than the RMi? The passive fans mean they only turn on when absolutely necessary, right? That is reason enough for favoring it instead of the RMi?

Storage: someone in another thread suggested me purchasing a 2TB Sata SSD that would cost me virtually the same. Your suggestion is also very interesting, what do you think? Honestly the faster the better for me, just not sure if it'll pay off. I own a SSD+HD system and find it annoying to divide stuff. I currently have 1TB of external storage in a Western Digital drive, but I never got the hang of doing backups, I find it confusing, so if I lost my PC today everything would be gone (gotta fix this).

As for the GPU I will also game on this build. Workstation wise I might use it with video and image editing.

Thanks again for your response.


Thank you for your response, Abula

I'm considering the Le Grand Macho as I stated above, but there seems to be due to this year a Noctua NHd15 all black. Between those two, which would you pick?

Regarding the case fans: understood! I'll do that, I obviously liked better the aesthetic options you suggested, can't help it

PSU: 1 more point to the RMX! And I'll take a look at the Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanuim

Finally about the monitor if you read above you already know, I plan to game on it, and because of that I'll have to upgrade my GPU to a 1080 or something in 2 years, in order to drive games at QHD and take advantage of the 144 Hz refresh rate.

I know what your answer will be but I have to ask, all the components you suggested will have a quiet output right? If not possible dead quiet, fine, not looking for the absolute quieter build, just one that doesn't conflicts with the acoustics.


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