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by Fobos / November 8, 2004 1:04 PM PST

Hello everyone. I need a PC for a specific use and I was wondering if you guys could help me get the best one. I'm going to start a music related business and I need a machine that can help me in music recording; which means that it has to be fast, with a lot of physical memory and with a kick *** sound card. I've been away from the PC world and I don't know what technology fits me better, so I need you guys to tell me what to buy.

You're help will be very welcomed.

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Only MHO but
by Ray Harinec / November 9, 2004 4:20 AM PST
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You don't need super fast. Virtually anything that you buy nowadays will be plenty fast. You don't want on board sound, but if it comes with it you can disable it. Seems that the Creative Labs Audigy series is among the better sound cards. Of course great speakers are needed to hear the sound properly, but one buys them separately from the computer.

Yes, you want a large size hard drive, if it is a new computer it should support any drive presently available, 300GB's are available, matters not whether IDE or SATA drive, although SATA is newer technology so has the best growth capability. Most mobo's now have both IDE and SATA controllers. Older ones could have a BIOS limit of 137 GB, but even then one can get around that..

Get a good DVD burner to save your music files to a data DVD from the hard drive to always have plenty of room on the drive.

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Re: Building a PC
by jconner / November 9, 2004 8:50 AM PST
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Why not look at whats being sold at Musician's Friend or one of the other music supply houses and see what they offer and then just mimic it. You are probably getting your recording software from a place like that anyway.

Be sure the system support both USB, Firewire and all the extended sound card features, including MIDI as all the inputs offered for recording come with those type interfaces.

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Re: Building a PC
by JR_nova / December 11, 2004 12:53 AM PST
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things you might want: -1 GB ram
-nvidia soundstrorm sound card
-at least 120 gb hard drive
-at least 2.0 ghz processor

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Music machine
by jcrobso / December 17, 2004 6:18 AM PST
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What kind of software? Are you talking about PC based multi track recording, etc. There are Pro cards that have 8 input channels, but are expensive. Most of the people that are in the music business use MACs, ( Mac was way ahead of PCs in multi-media at one time) I have used both the biggest advantage of a MAC is the OS which tends to have better stability than MS products. Most of the software comes in both MAC & PC versions. The downside of a MAC is the cost around $1500 to get you in door. You can put a high powered PC togther for about half that amount. Again what are your needs. John

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free class starts Monday
by MTZ / December 17, 2004 10:38 AM PST
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I just signed up for the free class here on building your own pc.
You might want to check it out.
I've been upgrading for years but there are so many more choices now I figured some help would be needed.
The lessons look pretty good.

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