Finally time to build me a new rig.

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dustyschaffner
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So my current rig is now four this year and I still love it to death but it's getting old. I have been updating and replacing a few parts as time has passed and a recent reformat has left this thing as reliable as a freight train. Currently I use it for web browsing and hard gaming (FPS), as well as recording and mastering music.
I am an audiophile and my current rig has my trust in maintaining audio fidelity. I want my new rig to hold the same reputation.
So far I have been distracted by all this audio gear, spending some $3,000 on new pro-audio gear to use in my room/home studio. The problem with that is, I have let my computer knowledge slip. I still know everything I used to know, but I know nothing of the new gear that's coming out. This is why I come to ask your help.

My current rig is this:
Motherboard - XFX nForce 750a SLI <--has to go
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 x2 7750BE (Codename Kuma) 2.7GHz stock clock
CPU cooler - Corsair H50
Video Card - XFX ATI Radeon 5770 blower style <--good card but want better
Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE
PSU - CM Silent Pro-M 750w I think. Modular.
Memory - PNY 3GB (3x1GB) 667MHz
HDDs - Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 320GB, MTD 7200RPM 180GB
Disk Drive - DVD-ROM, CD-RW

I was planning on my new rig looking a little like this:
Case: Cooler Master HAF-X
Motherboard: ?
Memory: ?
CPU: Phenom x6 1100T
Video Card: Radeon 6970 of some brand
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi HD
PSU: ? <--something around 850w would work
HDDs: WD Caviar 500GB, 500GB, and 1TB. Probably two blacks and a green
>>or possibly SS would be nice.
Disk Drive: Must be CD-RW, DVD-R at least, and BR-ROM
CPU Cooler: Corsair H70?

I want USB 3 or course.
Fill in the blanks for me.
Also, this computer is going to be used in a sound recording environment so it MUST be SILENT. I need quiet fans that will still keep this rig cool.
Also going to need an analog fan controller. (one that doesn't make noise when used)
New monitors would be nice too, but I will make my own decision on that. Also will be running EyeFinity some time in the future.
Here is the current looks of everything:

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Also, I do need a good amount of HDD space because my recordings are done in WAVE format (losless). The amount of sound data in that format can very quickly pool up. A majority of my recordings are over 20GB (even the short ones).

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Memory: 8GB should suffice for whatever you need. I reccomend Mushkin enhanced redlines: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226179
they are a bit on the tall side but if you are getting an h70 then you don't need to worry about that.

Cooling: If you are getting the h70 be wary of the fans that come with it, they are VERY noisy. The h70 is a bit thick so it needs some decent airflow to cool. On the other hand, the h60 is much thinner so if you hook up 2 quieter fans to that it should keep your cpu cool and your rig nice and quiet.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&cm_re=h60-_-35-181-015-_-Product

PSU: You probably don't even need 850W You could go with something around 600W. My current rig which is running an i7-2600k oc'd to 4.5 GHz and 2 gtx 580s in SLI with an 850W PSU never goes above 500W power consumption even when I'm playing something like crysis.

Motherboard: I can't really speak for any AMD motherboards, sorry.

Hard Drives: SSDs are nice, they are quiet, cool, and super fast. If you are going to get one go for a 120GB or 240GB (or the equivalent in RAID 0). A 120GB is enough to hold windows, your programs, and a couple of games. If you will just be using the hard drives to store your music you could get some wd caviar greens or blues in RAID 1; they are reliable and fast enough(I get around 80-100 MB/s real transfer speeds with a blue). Don't pay more for the SATA 6Gb/s label on a HDD because they will never even touch the 3Gb/s mark. However, SSDs are starting to break 3Gb/s which is why 6Gb/s was introduced.

Case: I believe the Haf X can get a bit loud so I would definitely get a fan controller if you want to keep it quiet.

Hope this helps you reach some decisions and keep us posted on this build! :)

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I am seriously considering SSDs now. Quiet, cool, light on power, and fast.
I always thought the H70 wouldn't need as much air flow on the soul principle of surface area of that thick radiator.
HAF-X can have it's fans turned down. My current rig has all case fans running on minimum all the time. Since I introduced that external H50, there is very little heat that gets produced inside.
I think I will get another Silent Pro-M 750W. They have nice flat modular cables that are black, and it is super quiet. Also leaves me room to modify/upgrade.
I will start my own research on motherboards but would still like input from you guys.
The memory I will take into consideration, as well as the RAID1. I was originally going to steer clear of RAID because it can be a hassle sometimes but having an on-the-fly backup from RAID1 would be very nice to keep my projects safe.

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Also, a specification on motherboards. I want full ATX or EATX. I won't take micro ATX.
I also will not take MSI, based on past experiences.
AMD chipset of the higher models.

UPDATE:
Looks like I might be using this motherboard here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631
Any feedback, pos or neg?

Also, this drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232

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I should have said that thicker radiators are more resistant to airflow. While it wouldn't take as much airflow to cool the H70 it takes a lot more pressure to get that air through there as opposed to a thinner one like the h50 or h60.

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Ok, is the H60 any good? I'm thrown off by it's looks. Should I go for that or another H50? So far the H50 on my current rig is just awesome, I think it could handle an 1100T pretty good too.

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Ok, a total cost of everything so far, with HDD and SSD being the last pieces to the puzzle that I estimated to $500, it looks like I will be spending close to $1,877.

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Case: Cooler Master HAF-X
Motherboard: ASUS 890GX
Memory: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1066MHz
CPU: Phenom x6 1100T
Video Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon 6970
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi HD
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800w
HDDs: WD Caviar Green 1TB (x2)(RAID1) ~300GB Caviar Black for OS and small programs, ~500GB Cav. Black for games
Disk Drive: LiteOn BD-R, DVD-RW, CD-RW. (NewEgg Item# N82E16827106346)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50

XFX and HIS seem to have quite a few bad reviews on this particular video card, so I went with Sapphire. They seem to be the only company to hold a solid 5-star rating.

I am going to take my time with this rig, so that it gets built to be a reliable rig. The last one I rushed on ended up having two parts DOA because I wasn't reading reviews for reliability.

Let's pray this motherboard doesn't come DOA either. It has a few bad reviews but unfortunately, most of the motherboards aren't viewed much better.

Was going to go SSD but forget it, they are still WAYY too expensive.