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PC build for music production. No Gaming.!!

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I have a tentative build that I want on pcpartpicker but I have a few questions.

  1. Since I will be doing minimal gaming, do I need a separate GPU and if so, how good of one should I get? Does it help with running my DAW or video editing?

  2. Would you recommend 16gb of ram or should I get more?https://solitaire.onl/ 9apps.ooo/ https://bluestacks.vip/

  3. I was going to wait and shell out for an Ryzen 3000 series processor since it's out next week, but perhaps I should buy a 1600 since they are so cheap right now and wait a bit to upgrade. Thoughts?

Thanks!

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So, it kind of depends on what type of music you're producing. I've done a lot of research on this (in the market for a new DAW PC myself), and from what I gather Intel processors are better for low-latency single threaded performance, which is what you want if you're doing live tracking and care about audio delay. Intel processors tend to have lower total thread counts (for the same price) with higher per-thread performance, so are better if you're using a ton of VST's on each track and want low latency. AMD processors tend to have higher total thread counts with lower per-thread performance, so this is better if you have a ton of tracks with not too many VST's on each; or if you're okay increasing your audio buffer (and latency). Like if you are mixing really large projects and not live tracking anything.

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That said, the new AMD processors are just about to be released, so this could change. I would wait until someone does some actual benchmarks with the DAW software you're using.

For RAM, the more the better, and with prices so cheap right now I'd definitely go for 32GB if you can swing it. More RAM means more audio can be stored and on-call without making (slow) calls to the hard drive. So if you're using large sample libraries or have a lot of audio tracks in your project, more RAM is better. If you're using mostly synths and not audio / samples, lots of RAM isn't quite as important. But I would still say 16GB is the minimum you'd want.

 
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4 hours ago, lovelash said:

So, it kind of depends on what type of music you're producing. I've done a lot of research on this (in the market for a new DAW PC myself), and from what I gather Intel processors are better for low-latency single threaded performance, which is what you want if you're doing live tracking and care about audio delay. Intel processors tend to have lower total thread counts (for the same price) with higher per-thread performance, so are better if you're using a ton of VST's on each track and want low latency. AMD processors tend to have higher total thread counts with lower per-thread performance, so this is better if you have a ton of tracks with not too many VST's on each; or if you're okay increasing your audio buffer (and latency). Like if you are mixing really large projects and not live tracking anything.

 

That said, the new AMD processors are just about to be released, so this could change. I would wait until someone does some actual benchmarks with the DAW software you're using.

For RAM, the more the better, and with prices so cheap right now I'd definitely go for 32GB if you can swing it. More RAM means more audio can be stored and on-call without making (slow) calls to the hard drive. So if you're using large sample libraries or have a lot of audio tracks in your project, more RAM is better. If you're using mostly synths and not audio / samples, lots of RAM isn't quite as important. But I would still say 16GB is the minimum you'd want.

 

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