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A few years ago I cannibalized the off the shelf HP desktop I had.
It was a nightmare process for me. I was limited to using AMD processors, the PSU was crappy, and the machine kept hitting me with the BSOD every time I opened Cubase. I was beyond frustrated with it so I switched to Mac after a year of dealing with that while I was in the middle of working on stuff.
I like macs. I'm sure I'll always have a macbook in my arsenal just cause. But the storage on these really sucks. It wasn't so bad a few years ago when you could pick up a stock macbook for ~$1,000 and upgrade the RAM and storage on your own instead of spending $500-$700 to move from a 128GB SSD to 1TB. But I'll stop with the mac talk here .
Over the last few years I've had a couple of Dell latitude laptops that have been great. Tons of space, fast drives, no compatibility or BSOD issues. So I know that Windows is great as long as the hardware is up to par.
I really want to get a Windows PC again for a few reasons:
-I use a few different DAWs and beta test a few things that are only Windows compatible.
-I've got some awesome qwerty keyboards that are craving windows.
-I want to get into coding and learning C++. Which a mac is less than ideal for.
-Storage space! I want to have 2 or 3 storage drives in there. An SSD and two 7200 rpm drives.
-Basic video production in Adobe Premiere elements.
-I'd like to be able to game casually if possible.
I'm looking to spend under $1,000 on a PC build (or a solid off the shelf computer if you know of one) and would like your help
I've already got the monitors, keyboards, and mice covered; so I'm just looking to put together the actual desktop.
All I know at this point is that I want Windows 7, 3 internal drives, 8GB of RAM*, an Intel quad-core, and a reasonable amount of ports (A few USBs, maybe a firewire or thunderbolt port...)
Ideally I'd like to be around $700 (give or take $100. Preferably take lol).
At least on the initial components (meaning, I can wait on the other drives that aren't the boot drives if needed) if not the entire thing.
If I can save by avoiding components that aren't critical for audio work like the case style, GPU...whatever else, and sacrifice the ability to be able to game or do video work on it I'll survive.
*I've had 16GB of RAM in my computers before, but I think realistically 8GB is more than I've ever used.
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