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    i was in best buy today and i saw they were selling pc cases which got me thinking, how hard would it be to put together a pc from scratch. i have never done it (obviously) but im not a complete idiot, and i think i could give it a shot if it were not rocket science.i am looking to buy a pc for recording (cubase) and i want something powerful. would it be cheaper for me to build a pc selecting the parts, versus buying one from a pc maker? thanks for any advice!!
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  • #2
    Yeah, building your own is cheaper.

    You need a case, power supply, soundcard/interface, video card, motherboard, processor, hard drive, monitor, mouse + keyboard, dvd/cd drive/burner, RAM, operating system. That's all I can think of right now

    Go to newegg.com. They have a learning center that tells you about each part and gives recommendations.

    I'm currently building one myself. Actually, I'm researching parts, not quite building yet.

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    • #3
      Unless you're getting around the $1500 range, you're not going to save any money anymore by building yourself. The primary benefits of building from scratch is that you know exactly what's in the PC, and possibly that all of the parts are quality.

      See my post in the bass forum.

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      • #4
        Unless you're getting around the $1500 range, you're not going to save any money anymore by building yourself. The primary benefits of building from scratch is that you know exactly what's in the PC, and possibly that all of the parts are quality.

        See my post in the bass forum.


        +1

        Also having built one yourself, it's much easier to upgrade.
        You may save money by reusing parts from any other PCs you have - kbd, mouse, monitor, harddrives, etc.
        In that way you can built the PC up in stages.

        BR
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        • #5
          the biggest thing is a LOT of research finding components that not only work but work well as a system FOR a DAW.

          i could just tell you what works best, but where is the fun in that?

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          • #6
            I built my PC about a year and a half ago and I couldn't be happier. Make sure you do your homework... research the components. Take your time and don't cut corners, so you're not "wishing I woulda bought that instead". It's not hard and you will really enjoy your PC when it's finished.

            +1 on NewEgg.com
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            • #7
              Building your own can typically be cheaper. You price search for the best parts at the best prices. There are some deals that are just too cheap to even be able to part together (low-end Dell deals with no OS can be dirt cheap). The thing I like is that I control exactly what parts go in.

              It's not all that difficult building your own. All my desktops have been self built. You'll want to make sure to follow the motherboard instructions for where to plug cables in for the PC speaker, led indicators, sound, etc.
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              • #8
                Building your own computer is definitely cheaper and a great experience.

                Hardware wise, I would recommend any of the new Intel Core 2 Duos (I use the e6300) and the GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 motherboard. I have both and they both have worked amazingly well.
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                • #9
                  Yes, this would be a good thing to do. You would gain experience, learn what each computer part does, and feel satisfied that you did something all by yourself. When you build your own computer you buy exactly what you want to put in the case. Most of the time when people buy computers from Compusa or Bestbuy they are getting tons of crap programs, demo programs, or stuff you just do not need.

                  I have also noticed that most new computers being sold have Vista installed. All I will say about Vista is, it's not quite there yet. Windows XP has matured enough so that most of the bugs have been worked out and most companies have hardware drivers for it.

                  One word of advice says it all: "research"

                  Research all the different kinds of computer parts you will need or might need. Learn what they are and what they do. Learn what makes one part better than another. If you have enough time and enjoy projects you could end up building a pretty good computer for yourself.

                  Let us know what you do.

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                  • #10
                    not a big fan of the 965 series... we use that as our low end mobo.

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                    • #11
                      Difinitely building is the way to go. Start with your processor type, then have all other parts match the compatability of the motherboard you choose to pair the processor up with. If you do this, you can't go wrong. Most parts are self explanitary as far as installation go and tend to come with manuals for set up. If you can read, you can build. Give yourself time though and be patient.
                      My rig: ESP LTD EC-REDBURN, Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100 w/ Mesa Rectifier 4X12 Cab, and Various Gadgets.

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                      • #12
                        Also, stay away from vista till MS works all the kinks out.

                        For parts use the following link to find great prices:

                        http://www.pricewatch.com

                        You can also get user opinions on the parts you choose by researching them on this one:

                        http://www.newegg.com

                        Newegg is an online store, but I like how people can post comments on the products and you get good specs on what you are looking at buying, much like musiciansfriend.
                        My rig: ESP LTD EC-REDBURN, Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100 w/ Mesa Rectifier 4X12 Cab, and Various Gadgets.

                        "From the beginning: It will always be about the music and the force behind it. The show must go on!" Rock will never die!

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                        • #13
                          not a big fan of the 965 series... we use that as our low end mobo.


                          What else do you use on the consumer level? This isn't a server, nor is it a gaming machine.

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                          • #14
                            Using newegg I spent $3200 instead of $7000 on a new quad/8gig/XP64 setup. I would also check out www.tomshardware.com for many answers to lots of questions. If you just want to buy a cheap computer and record then I can say it is hard to beat Dell's low end pricing and reliability. I have ordered about 25 Dells in the last 2 years with zero problems, repairs or failures.

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                            • #15
                              Using newegg I spent $3200 instead of $7000 on a new quad/8gig/XP64 setup.


                              You can still keep your budget under $1,500 and build a $3,000 dollar computer. That includes peripherials and input devices.

                              What do you intend on using this PC for? If it's for recording you definitely want to spend money on a dual cord processor and at least 2 gigs of RAM.
                              My rig: ESP LTD EC-REDBURN, Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100 w/ Mesa Rectifier 4X12 Cab, and Various Gadgets.

                              "From the beginning: It will always be about the music and the force behind it. The show must go on!" Rock will never die!

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