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Post Date: 2023-12-19

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    Posted: 19 Dec 2023 at 2:15pm
Budget:
[@ $2000 - $2300. I realize this isn’t really enough for a dual-purpose build, but I’m trying to do the best I can.]

Expectations:
[I want a desktop for audio production and gaming that will last 5-6 years or so. Ideally, it will be able to run current games, as well as the next Elder Scrolls game whenever it comes out.]

Usage:
[I’m not doing anything heavy-duty on the audio side. Just recording my own singer/songwriter-type stuff, using a DAW and some plugins and virtual instruments (I use an external USB audio interface). I guess you’d call it Project Studio-level. I have to record kind of near my computer, though, so the quieter it is the better. I don’t game all that much, but when I do, I’d like it to look good and play smooth.]

Special Needs:
[Sound dampening case, 2 hard drives (1 programs, 1 audio), good video card]

Saved Ticket #: [4828656]

Specifications:
[If you were going to put an extra couple of hundred dollars into this system, where would you put the money? Faster processor? Better graphics card? Better fans/cooling? Thanks!]

Chassis Model: Antec Performance Series P101

Processor: Intel Core i7-14700KF (5.6 GHz Turbo) (28-Thread) (20-Core) 3.4 GHz (14th Gen)

Motherboard: ASUS Prime B760M-A AX D5 (Wi-Fi) (Intel B760) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI) (DDR5)

System Memory: 32GB DDR5 5200MHz Kingston FURY Beast RGB

Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Performance Series (80 Plus Gold)

Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series) (NVM Express)

Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (2TB Samsung 990 PRO) (NVM Express)

Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB (VR Ready)

Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black (Extreme Performance)

Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans

CPU Boost: Turbo Boost Technology

Boost Graphics Card(s): - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)

Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 11 Home (64-Bit)
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  Quote JamesAstro Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Dec 2023 at 12:57am
I'm not an expert on all of the options, but I have a few comments that might be helpful:

• For $69 more, you can upgrade your first SSD to the Samsung 990 Pro, and get 3x the performance.

• The Noctua NH-D15 cooler is a great choice. It's excellent at cooling, and it's quiet.

• If you're concerned about noise, then ask DS to upgrade your case fans to Noctua. That'll help keep your machine more quiet than the standard fans.

• Check to see if your choice of motherboards lets you adjust fan speed curves. Those curves will give you greater control over fan noise. Or, ask DS to install a Corsair Commander Pro. That's a great piece of hardware for controlling fan speed too.

Good luck with your purchase. This sounds like a fun machine!
Velox, Intel Core i9 11900K, ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero
32GB RAM, 1TB Samsung 980 Pro NVME
RTX 4090, 38" Ultrawide LG-38GL950G
Noctua NH-D15S cooler and NF-A14 fans, Corsair AX1600i PSU
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  Quote Frets Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Dec 2023 at 1:32pm
Thanks for the input! I'll definitely ask about upgrading the case fans. The $69 for a better SSD seems like a good idea, too. I think the case I picked (Antec P101) has a button to control the fan speed -- so if I understand that correctly, I should be good there. Thanks again!
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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Dec 2023 at 7:36am
I would try to get a RTX 480 Video card for gaming.
I-5 14600 KF
ASUS Prime Z790-P D5
32GB DDR5 6000MHz Kingston FURY Beast RGB
SSD M.2 2TB Samsung 990 PRO
RTX 4080 16GB
H20: Stage 3: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler
Asus PB278Q 27" 2560 by 1440
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