New PC Setup?

Hello Everyone,

I’m on a 2011 Macbook Pro and it’s starting to struggle on bigger projects so i think it’s time to get a new system.
I’ve been a Mac user for quite some time but Apple is not updating there line-up so i’m leaning towards building a Windows desktop.

I never build a pc so i was wondering if someone could give me some advice on the list i created?
Did some research so i think everything should work together but some expert advice is very much appreciated :smiley:

CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X
MOBO: ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 32GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB
CASE: Fractal Design Define R5
COOLING: Corsair Hydro H110i
PSU: Corsair RM1000i
My current SSD for (OS) and Seagate SSHD for Samples etc.

Some advice on this build would be great!



Hi Justus

We are working on PCs for a long time and didn’t even look at Macs.
( ops, … doesn’t mean Macs are any bad…I am not starting on that topic again …LOL … well I might …)

Your line-up seems quite future proof, but your CPU is somewhat too heavy for the job, imho.
An i7-5960X costs about 1000 $ over here. We run systems on i7 3930K for half the price and they laugh
at any project we have thrown at them… Moving pics or audio.
X99X is a nice Mobo with lots of gaming power. If you don’t play on the machine there are more affordable ones.
The PSU is rather strong, but this is not necessarily a mistake. Maybe you run lots of extra stuff in the box.
The GTX 960 will handle everything Nuendo on 25% of its power, but for the occasional Gaming … Why not…

Have fun with it! A new machine is always exciting. Maybe have a look those Xeon set-ups.
That is where we will be going from now on …

Cheers, Big K

Hi Big K,

Thank you for your advice and taking the time to reply. My apologies for my late reply.
I know my list is a little bit overkill, but i’m also taking into account that plugins nowadays eat cpu’s for breakfast.
On my current setup i really have to be careful and manage what i can use. For some reason that really is a vibe killer when creating.

Maybe i should take a look at the i7 3930k as well.
Any advice on a cheaper motherboard and maybe a graphics card?

Thanks again for your time!

my cpu is an i7 6700K and I would not go lower, but thats just my opinion. I think, that it depends on, how much latency you can accept.