Hi, guys. After some research I’ve decided to go the i7 2600 route. Here’s the setup I’m planning:
CPU: Core i7 2600K
RAM: 16GB = 2x Kingston HyperX 8GB Kit (2 x 4096MB) DDR3 1600MHz PC3 12800
MOBO: GA-P67A-UD3-B3 (rev. 1.x)
Already got the i7 2600k and the RAM, the mobo is still negotiable, but can’t be any more expensive than that.
I want to buy a budget PCI with solid ASIO drivers soundcard. The models I’m thinking of are:
a) M-Audio Audiophile 192
b) M-Audio Delta 1010lt
c) ESI Juli@
d) EMU 0404 PCIe
I’ll be essentially producing using 24 bits /44.1-48 Khz only.
I’ve had a mixed experience with an M-Audio Audiophile 2496 many years ago, but many swear by their interfaces today, so I’d like to know how they behave with newer setups and Windows 7 x64.
Which are your experiences with these interfaces? And since I’m sending the analog outputs from my XENYX 802, which will get me lower input noise in your opinion? Also, will PCI Express give more stability and lower latency than PCI?
I’m also after a cheap but good and quiet cooler. I like Zalman and Noctua coolers, but I’m open to suggestions.
Any help appreciated.
P.S.: WIll my Corsair HX520 - 520W do the job, pins and power?