After so many years of music and fun with my beloved PC, its finally time to retire the 'ol mothership. I really dont want to, but its just constantly giving me problems and I think its time.
So! I now begin my search for a replacement. What do you guys suggest? I'm looking for something thats already built... I know its better to build a custom pc for music production and I have done so in the past, but honestly, I just dont have the time or the energy to do that right now.
Let me hear some suggestions. Give me something around the 2,000 - 3,000 dollar price range. It can be laptop, desktop, whatever. Give me options!
I think spending over 2000 grand would be excessive. Get something with a basic graphics card, but make sure it has a 4770k i7. 8 gig of ram, but you could go to 16. A smallish SSD for all programs and OS, a large HD for audio files.
2000-3000 dollar is ALOT! If the money is burning a hole in your pocket you could also decide to get a custombuild DAW PC from a specialist dealer.... just saying.
If buying of the shelf then I second @[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register] about the i7-4770 (k). If working alot with samples it might be worth getting 16 GB RAM. Depending on your needs or workflow you could get multiple SSD's -again one for booting/programs and another for samples then maybe a third one for audio/projects.
About the GPU: If you record instruments/voice in the same room as your PC, I would reconsider getting an added GPU as Intel has onboard graphics already and an extra GPU would add noise to your setup.
Also will it be a DAW dedicated PC or a one-in-all solution?
can i just say m,y p.c came no way near 2000 hell it just barly hit the grand mark and thats with an r9 290x gpu and an i7 3770k and samsung evo 8 ssds and 32 gigs of ram hell things just my be cheeper over here ion blighty or i built it myself.
If you have a budget of 2000-3000 I'd suggest you to get a decent computer for like 1000-1500 and to spend the rest on some quality peripherals. Get two (or three) nice high-end monitors, invest in a nice keyboard etc.
Having a pleasant screen to look to all day is so much more important than having those 2 strips of RAM extra or getting a CPU that works that little bit faster.
I built an i7, 16BG RAM, Z77 chipset, SSD for the OS for a stack in a rackmount case....
I know you don't want to fool with it but unless you're going to get a MacBookPro for the drivers and portability how can you justify the extra cash? Shit, I'd build the damn thing for you. If 3000 is the max budget then build the above and drop in a PCIe interface.
Pretty sure it took me about an hour to research parts and hour to build my current production PC. Top of the line when I built it for 900ish usd. But on the other hand I can be super lazy...so I get it. I dont even live in a big city and I know of at least three places within a 30 minute drive that will custom build awesome PCs w quality parts for a damn good price. There are lots of options
I can only imagine how crazy a $3000 laptop is. 6 cores and ssd's does account for some of it im sure. That being said you can get by with less. I paid $1400 for the best Asus I could find and I am completely blown away by it. I simply can't choke it up, I can run Ableton with 3 or 4 instances of Maschine, countless compressors, eq's, reverbs and delays on nearly every channel and it still only sits around 75% cpu at worst.
Its nothing crazy, but it does the trick, and best of all its cooling system is top notch. Two huge rear facing fans, one intake one output, true circulation. I sit in on my bed with no issues. Replaceable filters too!
Anyway, not trying to boast, Im really just saying you don't need to drop more than 1500 to get a VERY capable and high quality laptop.
Asus G74SX-DH71: Display: 17.3-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080) Processor: 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM quad-core (TurboBoost up to 3.1GHz) Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3GB GDDR5 VRAM Memory: 12GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4 x SODIMM Sockets (up to 16GB) Storage: 1.5TB 7200RPM hard drive
PS, take the extra cash and get yourself a Maschine Studio
Last edited by Deep Dose; 31-03-2014 at 01:48 AM..