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Old 12th November 2009
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Building a Core 2 Quad now?

Now that the i5 and i7 are out, I am considering building a cheap Core 2 Quad machine as the prices drop. Basically just buying a new motherboard and CPU.

Can anyone recommend a good mother board + CPU combo that's cheap now?

It needs to have a TI firewire chip because I will be using it for Pro Tools only.
Old 12th November 2009
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The folks/post on Digi DUC would be a great start for info. Some are also here on GS.
Old 13th November 2009
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Originally Posted by Rukas View Post
Now that the i5 and i7 are out, I am considering building a cheap Core 2 Quad machine as the prices drop. Basically just buying a new motherboard and CPU.

Can anyone recommend a good mother board + CPU combo that's cheap now?

It needs to have a TI firewire chip because I will be using it for Pro Tools only.
same cost (other than having to buy DDR3 ram) so why would you?
Old 23rd March 2010
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I'm very interested in this as well. I'll just be running Sonar 8.5 in it with a Powercore Firewire/UAD-2 Quad & PCI RME Digiface.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Looking to go cheap on the MB. I'll need the standard 3 PCI-e slots with 1 or 2 PCI slots.
Old 23rd March 2010
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http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...rodlist=search

I don't think you can beat the price and quality of this motherboard.

PCI-E x16 slots 1
PCI-E x1 slots 4
PCI Slots 2
Old 23rd March 2010
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Now that the i5 and i7 are out, I am considering building a cheap Core 2 Quad machine as the prices drop. Basically just buying a new motherboard and CPU.

Can anyone recommend a good mother board + CPU combo that's cheap now?

It needs to have a TI firewire chip because I will be using it for Pro Tools only.
intel mb & 6600 or higher cpu
Old 23rd March 2010
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I just did the same thing, replaced just the MB, CPU and memory.
I went with a Asus P5Q-Turbo and an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450.
It's been a good investment for me.

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Originally Posted by Rukas View Post
Now that the i5 and i7 are out, I am considering building a cheap Core 2 Quad machine as the prices drop. Basically just buying a new motherboard and CPU.

Can anyone recommend a good mother board + CPU combo that's cheap now?

It needs to have a TI firewire chip because I will be using it for Pro Tools only.
Old 23rd March 2010
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Originally Posted by MikeyMike View Post
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...rodlist=search

I don't think you can beat the price and quality of this motherboard.

PCI-E x16 slots 1
PCI-E x1 slots 4
PCI Slots 2
Thanks!
Old 23rd March 2010
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Thanks!
You're welcome. I would pair it with an RME PCI-E card. My latency is steady at 2us with my RME 9632 and the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R. That's extroadinary.
Old 23rd March 2010
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I'd liek to see what you end up spending, because, honestly...parting out a new system, I came up with the "why bother"?

The C2Quad mobos only had 4 RAM slots, right?

If I remove the cost of HDs and case, etc that would be common to all...I want to say it was like $800 for a i7 930/12gb/mobo...and like $600 for a C2Quad/16gb(because with dual it's 8 or 16)/mobo. So, when you add in the rest of the cost of the machine...it ended up being something like $1500 for the i7 versus $1300 for the C2Quad. Given that kind of cash outlay, and the benchmarks for sampling that the i7 systems have...how long I keep computers in service says I should spend the couple hundred more.

I think it might be a little more favorable if you don't need the big ram...if you are just doing audio and 4gb will you fine...the C2quad might work out cheaper.
Old 24th March 2010
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I'm doing the same thing. I just picked up a Intel DP35DPM and am looking at the Q9300. Plan on a Win 7/64 OS and throwing it into a rackmount. It might be a few weeks before it all comes together, but I'll keep you posted. Wish us luck.
Old 24th March 2010
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Do you guys not need the 64bit RAM access?

My point is, once you put 8-12gb in it, it's almost as much as a new i7 with 12gb, which should spank it up and down for sample playback.

I suppose if I could live with 4gb, I'd do that in a heartbeat. But, I HAVE 4gb, and have banged my head on that ceiling for years, so...
Old 24th March 2010
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I really don't do a ton of tracks and am looking at adding a UAD-2 so I was thinking that would take care of me for a couple years. Please let me know if I'm nutz for going this route.



I'm only into it $60 for the board right now.
Old 24th March 2010
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Number of tracks doesn't matter...if you're not using big virtual instruments--that's what needs the RAM.

You'll be fine. I'm mixing some 30 track + some VIs with a full compliment of third party compressors/EQs on my old P4 2.6 right now. I do have some external reverbs, though, to aid the CPU...anyway--if I can pull that off with a 512 buffer and the audio (but not samples) coming from the system drive...you'll be fine.

I envy people who just use the PC for audio only. Just pay $60 for Reaper...stay on 32 bit OS...you could probably just hit Craigslist...I saw a Core2 Quad w/8gb and a 1TB HD selling for $700--hand built w/Asus mobo, etc...some Dell C2Duos w/1-2gb selling for $250...seriously--if you can't produce good mixes on those, no computer will help-you know?
Old 24th March 2010
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Thanks popmann. I'll just go see what I can do on a build. It's a project I've always wanted to do anyway. I'm on a P4 2.8HT now, and doing OK, but I'm out of buses for the outboard I'm looking at.
Old 24th March 2010
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I just did the same thing, replaced just the MB, CPU and memory.
I went with a Asus P5Q-Turbo and an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450.
It's been a good investment for me.
I'm running a Core 2 Quad Q6600 on an ASUS P5QL Pro board, 4gigs of crucial ballistix ddr2, great system, really stable.
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe x1
3 x PCI

I only built this system last May and it has been a great upgrade over my P4 system. It has plenty of power, and I was still running fairly large sessions on my P4. If it's the same price to go I5 or I7 go nuts but a quad system will give you more than enough power to do big projects.
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