Yep I’m doing it again. My gigabyte z68 ud5 b3 board worked great. Only major trouble was using the Motu 8pre with on board fire-wire but have since sent in that interface to be fixed so looks like the PC was not to blame.
I have decided to do another build and walk you all through it, this time I am armed with 100 times more knowledge. To be fair I will admit that I got an offer from a gamer on my last build and may be selling it for a little more than it cost me to put it together. At first I was going to do this build for another location but now this will probably be my main DAW. Let’s cut to the chase.
Here is what I discovered on my 1st build journey, the biggest mistake is a lack of planning, I plan on making zero mistakes that are within my power on this build. I will order the parts, build it and do the industry standard memory, hard drive and burn in tests to prove it’s reliability with the goal of low latency large track counts and most importantly reliability yep I said reliability twice on purpose!! actually 3 times now!!!.
So this time I decided to consult an expert 1st. I wont mention who because I’m not here to market for anyone, I’m here to help people from making mistakes that keep them from making music during a 1st or new build.
So here is where I start
Consult with a pro DAW builder on what parts to buy with low latency and tried and true trusted stability in mind. I want what works I do not want to beta test anything for myself yet I do want the cost benefit and learning benefit of building the DAW myself, After my first build and some advice from a great coach (Tony Robbins), yep start making fun of me now!!! I realized the best way to avoid mistakes is to consult an expert 1st, this should be no more than 50-80 dollars depending on who you talk to.
I will then order the parts that I decided on based on that discussion, this way I know it’s legit to start and I can focus on building and testing hardware for factory or shipping faults, and I will not have to wonder, did I buy the wrong hardware? Am I chasing my tail? not fun stuff to do and it can be avoided.
I will meticulously build the PC with all the advice I got, I’m especially excited to find out what the current industry standard way is to apply arctic silver (the thermal paste I will use).
I will then run full 24 hour tests on the pc to make sure the hardware is solid before installing any DAW software
I will then run a test project at low latency with lot’s of automation and then I will dance around the room.
I will post every little detail of my experience on this board to help out new builders in 2012, I will probably get the opportunity to use the newer chip-sets and CPU’s as long as the consult I get can confirm they are 100% good to go and that I have nothing to worry about except maybe a DOA. Otherwise it will probably be an i72600 which wont be as interesting but again this is about a solid build based on a solid plan of action for ultimate success.
- I will again pay a consult to advise me on bios and win tweaks that are confirmed working 100% in his tests, that way I’m not guessing and it should be worth the money.
Disclaimer: I will ask but may not actually be able to post the exact configuration, I’m a business consultant and know first hand that I may be advised not to share this information, my goal is not to have to do that. This is more of a sound plan post. My goal is to set you up to go step by step in creating your own plan of action that follows my path of success not to have you exactly copy the build.
I’ll update how it goes and let’s face it, if for an extra 100 dollars or so you can have nearly guaranteed results it has to be worth it, it’s called role modeling, so join me on this experience and we will see how it goes, I think it will go well. If it doesn’t than at least you will learn what not to do!!! It will take some time to do based on my work schedule but it will get done and I will post about it all.
This is what is in excel so far not much but gives you an idea of my plan…
Pc Build Part 2
Consult 30 min with expert to choose Parts Type Cost
Graphics Card (2 monitors)
TI Firewire PCIe card
Thermal Paste recommended application
Make it quiet Parts
I want compatibility with the motu 8pre
What chipset is the best for stability right now
What should I order to make my case quite and fans quiet
Order Suggested Parts
Yes I know some of you may want to answer my questions and you have all been very helpful, so honestly feel free to jump in, but I will be going with advice from my consult on this one, once I have it of course.