Description

This build is specifically for my small Home Studio. It's only my second ever build (The first being well over ten years ago), and it's probably something a hard core gamer would turn their nose up at, but for me, it's without question, and without exaggeration, THEE fastest, best performing computer I've ever had.

I designed it based on systems sold by Sweetwater Music, and using partpicker to put it all together. It took me a while to get piece by piece, and I had a little hiccup when the first Motherboard arrived DOA. I also screwed up, and didn't install standoffs, when the new Motherboard arrived.

Now that it's all together, I absolutely love it, and I'm REALLY excited about it. I know it's going to sound goofy, but one of the things I'm most impressed my is how quiet it is. The case is an iStarUSA D-400 Rack Mount chassis, and came with an iStar 120mm fan, and 80mm fan. I installed the three Noctuas, and it was SO quiet, I had to peek inside to make sure they were running.

I'm obviously new to this so I'll fill in the details section, and add pictures soon.

Part Reviews

Case Fan

I haven't done any testing yet, but it's in my iStarUSA D-400 Rack Mount Chassis along with two NF-A8s, and they're all DEAD quiet. Like to the extent that I had to open up the case, and see for myself that they were running.

Case Fan

I haven't done any testing yet, but I have two of these in my iStarUSA D-400 Rack Mount Chassis along with an NF-F12, and they're all DEAD quiet. Like to the extent that I had to open up the case, and see for myself that they were running.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! I love seeing a DAW every now and then in the sea of endless gaming rigs. What audio interface are you running?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. The Audio Interface is a Presonus Quantum, along with two Prosonus DP-88s. It was actually the Quantum that dictated my Motherboard choice, given that it was just about the only one I found with a Thunderbolt port.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Any consideration on the Xeon-Ds? I built a home lab server with a supermicro mITX with 10Gbe SFP+ to an SSD array on a SAN and am loving it. Not sure the hardware requirements for audio work. How do you have that 4U beast racked?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of my stuff is on an old (But still really slick looking) Quik-Lok Z-Stand. That stand has optional four-space racks, and this is in one of those racks.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The gaming enthusiast in me turns his nose up at it, like you mentioned in the write up.

But then the hardware enthusiast in me that isn’t such a **** and appreciates things much more says, great build! +1

I don’t know much about the pc requirements for audio production, but it looks like you have a great rig going. And should you ever want to turn it into more of a high end gaming rig, you are a simple gpu swap away as you are already loaded with great parts.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Mannnnnnn....... When I was researching, and shopping, and saw thousand-dollar GPUs, I nearly reconsidered. But then, I only needed one so as to save all the processing power for the DAW, and I'm running three monitors.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you but 2 1tb hard drives when you can get a 2tb for 10$ more? and for a 1500 build you should a least be able to get a 1070ti or 1080. Most 1200$ builds have a 1060 or 1070. Also why did you get a 140$ powersuply? you only need a 500 watt psu and those are up to 100$ less.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Because in this DAW setup each drive will house a separate data-set. The 3TB Drive is a hot-swappable backup from all the others. When the time comes that I need more space, it'll be cheaper, and I'll get it.

The video card is only in this setup to maximize the processor efficiency in DAW applications. Its not a gamer system, so that card doesn't need to be robust.

I got that power supply because I like it. It came very favorably reviewed, and gives me plenty of headroom..., you know, in case I turn gamer, and need a super-video-card....

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I think so too, but it's not really a showy case, looks nice, but cables give it a more industrial look that I like.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Touche.