My new DAW specs...comments?

I plan on ordering this stuff this week, so any suggestions would be great. I’m spending a little over 2k and would like it to last me 4 years or so. Is there any place I could cut some corners and save a little bit of money?

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

Intel BOXDX79SR LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9Q2-64GBZL

Video card:
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

OS Drive (for Win 7 64):
OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Samples/Audio Drives:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active

I’ll be using my sound card (RME Fireface UFX) and video card (Blackmagic) from my current system.

drop the SSD or get a more reliable brand (crucial, Intel)

it wont improve audio performance, only make windows a tad snappier
you need 1.35v ram ONLY and what makes you think you need 64gig ram? are you doing serious film composing?
or using Adobe CS6? plus you should be buying 1600 not 1333…

if doing video editing you need a better card 560 minimum or 640
you need seperate drives for audio and samples they should never reside on the same drive…


As I’m about to build a similar system, why the 1.3v on the ram? most ram is 1.5v these days.


for socket 2011 you have to have 1.35v
the 3960X will work with 1.5v the others will only work with 1.35v

1155 you can get away with 1.5v
also its best to have samsung chips on the ram… (gskill does not, nor 99% of ram)

wow, I didn’t know that about the ram. I’m pretty ignorant about PC parts. that’s why I posted here :slight_smile: Thanks for the heads up. I picked that RAM because it was the only 64 gig package besides the corsair (which I think was the same voltage). I’m still debating on the chip: 360X is $1,029 and 3930K is $569. But I guess I could overclock the 3930k and save some bucks.

I went with that SATA drive because it was SATA III, the other ones I saw were all SATA II. I thought III would make a difference.

Really? :astonished:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL in a ASUS P9X79 Deluxe with an Intel 3930k CPU won’t work?

Are you suggesting that 1.35v is a limitation for all socket 2011 motherboards? I ask because I read that the JEDEC standard voltage for the PC3 12800 memory bus was 1.5v… which is what I find most DDR3 1600 memory kits above 16Gig for the X79 chipset spec’d at. I agree for the sake of energy efficiency (heat = noise), 1.35v would be better, but I haven’t been able to find any memory solution above 32Gig that is spec’d at less than 1.5v…not even from Samsung.


I’ve been having a dig around and I’m not sure about this 1.3v thing either as I can’t find and 8 gig sticks less than 1.5v and they’re specifically sold as X79 quad memory kits.


here is the short story.
when intel sent out processors for vaildation to every one (including us) they sent out only 3960X.
3960x will work with 1600 1.5v (still a large amount of incompatibility particularly the first 3-4 months.)

when the 3930k and 3820 came out there was massive incompatibility with these. they have a different memory controller than the 3960x. we had to go thru revalidation with these after thinking the platform was tested and ready. a nightmare as orders were stacking up…

if you use 1.5v ram you will have to run the ram at 1066 or 1333 and it might work
there is 1.35v 8 gig sticks just very hard to find in the wild as the system builders are buying it all up…

thanks Scott,

Ok then, here’s the question: is it worth buying the 3960 then instead of the 3930 with the huge price difference?


depends, personally heck no… but i over clock i would much rather pay $600 for the 3930k and run it @ 4.5-4.7GHz
vs $1000 for 3.4GHz turbo to 3.9 and the 3960 does not over clock any higher than the 3930

are you in the US? i can sell you some 1.35v 8 gig sticks… newegg did have them but i dont see them now/ samsung original with samsumg chips of course…
mine are from Top Power

Does AMD have these 1.35 v RAM Issues etc …??? pls dont get me wrong , m not deviating , i should think many here use AMD … any comments ??? Reviews???

AMD still uses 1.65v and few people would have an AMD at this point as they are much slower

Scott no, I’m in the UK,we’ve know each other since Nuendo 1 days (under a different name!)


How about Asus Mother boards they have this Mem OK feature … any memory is A- Ok feature … a memory rescue tool , with a push button to patch any memory incompatibility … could this solve this issue ??? sam