Feel free to hi-jack this thread for your own PC Build
My 2011 MacBook Pro has been in decline for years and it is time for an upgrade. Please help me build the most stable, reliable desktop Windows PC for $1000 (more or less). This would be dedicated solely to music production and would not be used for any sort of video/image editing or casual personal use at all (No Netflix, YouTube, etc). I plan to disconnect it from the internet aside from DAW updates. Last time I built a PC was about 13 years ago for gaming, so I am way out of practice.
I’ll be running a combination of Renoise/Reaper, two of the leanest DAWs out there. No Orchestral Libraries or Kontakt or anything like that. I don’t think I’ll need the most powerful machine on earth. I’m pretty set on the Babyface Pro FS as the audio interface.
The specs I’m looking at right now (which of course will be upgradeable, something I miss greatly)
- i5 or i7 CPU
- 16gb RAM
- 256gb SSD M.2 NVMe (Boot Disk and to run DAWs off of)
- Second 256gb SSD (Internal or External, to write/record to)
- Ports: 3-4x USB, 1-2x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, 1x HDMI
- Possibly a very inexpensive graphics card to lighten the load on the CPU
- Windows 10 Pro 64
Case, power supply, motherboard and cooling I’m clueless. Let’s leave monitor, keyboard and mouse out of this, I have those covered.
Any tips, recommendations, suggestions? Specific components, brands, things to look out for, ways to optimize the build for music production, etc.