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axb312

Senior Member
Hey guys ,

Please give me your feedback on this build.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vtBz29.

Main intention is to be able to use lots of Kontakt instances and be able to do some post processing with a low buffer size.

Have doubts about the motherboard.

What do you guys think?
 

MarcelM

Senior Member
the i9 9900k needs a better cooler. dont think the one you picked is enough.

a noctua dh15 or be quiet dark rock pro 4 would do the job, but liquid cooling is the best option for an i9.
 

Monkberry

Member
I recently completed my first i9 9900K build and I went with Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master MB, Be Quiet Dark Rock 4 CPU fan, G.Skill Trident 3200 64 GB RAM, Gigabyte RX580 video card. The Dark Rock 4 cpu fan barely fit with the G.Skill memory but it all worked out. The only regret is the Be Quiet Dark Base Pro 900 Rev2 case because of the PSU Shroud design and it is gigantic. The good part of this case is the ability to load it up with SSD's and HDD's if you want and it is super quiet, even with fans running. I chose to go with fan cooled instead of liquid as eventually you will have to add more liquid and I had a fear of the possibility of leakage. I would definitely upgrade your motherboard choice. I'm looking forward to overclocking my system but so far I see absolutely no need to and I use a lot of Spitfire, Orchestral Tools orchestral libraries in Kontakt so I'm working it pretty hard but it doesn't break a sweat.
 

Denkii

Active Member
  • Exchange the ram for corsair 3000mhz CL15 - should go for the same price (at least in EU)
  • Exchange Mobo for e.g. Gigabyte Aorus prime (better MOSFETs and I THINK it has more USB ports)
  • Get a gold certified 650W (or more) PSU instead
  • Why 2 cooling paste?
  • Upgrade GPU to a cheap 1060 instead. Should be about 20 bucks more but offers significant power boost over 1050ti.
  • Personal preference: I'd get an open mesh chassis (e.g. meshify C) and the Noctua nh-d15 instead. Keeps everything cooler thus less fan noise even though it's open (keyword airflow)
  • I'd get a 256gb C: drive SSD so you can use those 1TB drives separately if you want/need to.
 

MarcelM

Senior Member
you wont notice a difference when he uses that machine as a daw by changing the ram.

gfx card is more than enuff for a DAW - he could even go with a cheaper one.

i mean if he can upgrade for just a bit then your suggestions make sense, but its not needed really.
 

Denkii

Active Member
Correct, it's not needed. But why spend 150 on something you can't use on anything else if you can spend 170 for something that enables you for much more if you feel like it?

Also: the ram makes a (teeny tiny) difference. Not only is it clocked higher but more important it has a lower cas latency. Why spend the same money for something that's worse is all I was wondering. Just giving my opinion here - it's his money after all.
 
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axb312

Senior Member
Correct, it's not needed. But why spend 150 on something you can't use on anything else if you can spend 170 for something that enables you for much more if you feel like it?

Also: the ram makes a (teeny tiny) difference. Not only is it clocked higher but more important it has a lower cas latency. Why spend the same money for something that's worse is all I was wondering. Just giving my opinion here - it's his money after all.
Makes sense man. Will look into those.

Trying to sell my current system right now. Once thats done - we can do this.
 

Denkii

Active Member
Also for the love of God: please don't try to go for a silent chassis with an i9 9900k. Keeping it cool while it's under heavy load is a pain. If you try and pull that off with air coolers in a silent chassis, you'll have a lot more noise AND a higher temperature. Trust me I've been there ;)
 

Pictus

Active Member
A way better build for you:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7c6FzY


-The Noctua NH-D15 is better as you can see in the charts
https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8842/quiet-dark-rock-pro-4-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html

-Thermal Paste Round-up: 85 Products Tested
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108-11.html

-The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO got better VRM and you can add a Thunderbolt card later.
https://be.hardware.info/reviews/8855/14/23-intel-z390-moederborden-review-+-vrm-test-welk-bord-is-echt-8-core-waardig-benchmarks-vrm-test

-Faster and cheaper RAM

-One 2TB NVMe SSD is way faster than 2 SATA, so you can install
all there with no performance loss, you can create 2 partitions
in the big NVMe SSD, one small for the OS/Programs and one big
for the rest. The Corsair MP510 is fast, got big endurance and
good price.
https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/corsair_force_series_mp510_m_2_ssd_review,1.html

-For audio workloads I prefer AMD GPUs, see why
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/1212416-dpc-latency-better-amd-graphic-cards-3-card-comparison.html

-An excellent ventilated case with USB-C port
https://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/usb-type-c-everything-you-need-to-know-2932202
https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3177-fractal-define-r6-case-review-mid-tower

BTW, now it is not the time, wait just a bit because AMD is launching new CPUs
https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-9-3900x-and-ryzen-7-3700x-cpu-benchmark-3dmark-leak/
This means Intel will lower the current prices and the new AMD CPUs may be better
or equal and less expense than the Intel options.
 

Desire Inspires

To the stars through desire....
I don’t know. Is it really the right thing to do to spend all of that money on technology? Isn’t it better to spend that money on training to become a better composer?
 

pderbidge

Senior Member
I don’t know. Is it really the right thing to do to spend all of that money on technology? Isn’t it better to spend that money on training to become a better composer?
I often ask myself this same question, especially when I listen to compositions(midi compositions) from great composers that had much less access to the tools that are even commonplace now. Nevertheless, I'm currently faced with the situation of needing to upgrade from Win7 to Win10 and really don't want to go through all of that pain only to have to do it again because I may decide I need to upgrade hardware later on, therefore I've decided that while I do my upgrade to Win10(which I can still do for free before the end of the year) that I will take the opportunity to just upgrade the whole system as well. Still, I look at the money I'm spending and wonder what type of lessons are currently available that I could be investing in.
 
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