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Pictus

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I am in a simular situation (building a pc for music and some light gaming), and this thread is very helpfull. The only thing that remains a bit difficult for me is the choice of motherboard. I would like one with plenty (10+) usb ports, wifi/bluetooth, and good quality overall. But there are so many to choose from and I am having a hard time reading and understaning the specs. Cant even find out the number of usb ports... Anyone who has the perfect motherboard (socket 1151 - That I know) to recommend?
For the Z390 chipset the best motherboards are the Gigabyte Xtreme/Master/Designare/Ultra/Pro.
The Xtreme/Designare have built-in Thunderbolt ports, but they do not like Thunderbolt version 1
audio interfaces, Thunderbolt 2 or 3 = OK. For the other models you can add a TB card later.

My choice would be the Designare or the Ultra.

You will have more USB ports by using the motherboard internal readers, check the manual.

I would select a case with USB-C port like this
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VNF48d/fractal-design-design-define-r6-usb-c-blackout-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-def-r6c-bko
 

StillLife

Senior Member
Thank you all. I currently have the following on my list:

Fractal design define r6 usb-c
Gigabyte z390 Ultra
i9 9900
64 gb 2666
4 tb Samsung SSD
Noctua cooler
Be Quiet! 650 watt
Gigabyte GForce gtx 1050ti Windforce

I am currently on a 2013 I74770 machine (with internal and external ssd) and really want to experience a boost in speed and performance when working in Cubase 10, Maschine, Adobe creative suite and occasional light gaming. When making music, my track count hardly exceeds 40 tracks, but I do like to use fx and some vsti's that are heavy CPU hitters (Spitfire Glass and Steel, Diva). What do you think? Would the above build make me smile? Or should I wait / is this not the time to upgrade / swap some elements for better ones?
Thanks in advance.
 

Pictus

Active Member
I prefer AMD GPUs, see why
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/1212416-dpc-latency-better-amd-graphic-cards-3-card-comparison.html
For the price of Nvidia 1050ti you may get AMD 580/570
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=392,391

For cooler, Noctua NH-D15
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4vzv6h/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd15

For PSU I like the silent Corsair CP-9020180
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VgQG3C/corsair-rmx-2018-850w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020180-na
Look at the review, up to +-250W the fan does nor spin and up to +-600W the noise is +- 10dBA
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-rm850x-v2-psu,5568-5.html

For backup with external drive, ICY DOCK DuoSwap MB971SP-B
 

Pictus

Active Member
You are welcome, the cooler is the wrong model, the Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is for AMD.
For the Intel it is the https://azerty.nl/product/noctua/683612/nh-d15-koeler-voor-processor-voor-lga1156-am2-am2--am3-lga1155-am3--lga2011-fm1-fm2-lga1150-fm2--lga1151-lga2011-3-square-ilm--lga2066-

Why buy a SATA SSD Samsung 860 EVO 2TB for €327,59 when you can buy a much faster and also bigger endurance NVMe SSD CORSAIR Force Series MP510 2TB https://azerty.nl/product/corsair/3698633/force-series-mp510-solid-state-drive-1920-gb for €303,95 ?

Buy the Case R6 with USB-C https://azerty.nl/product/fractal+design/3614663/define-r6-usb-c-black-towermodel-uitgebreide-atx
 
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StillLife

Senior Member
You are welcome, the cooler is the wrong model, the Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is for AMD.
For the Intel it is the https://azerty.nl/product/noctua/683612/nh-d15-koeler-voor-processor-voor-lga1156-am2-am2--am3-lga1155-am3--lga2011-fm1-fm2-lga1150-fm2--lga1151-lga2011-3-square-ilm--lga2066-

Why buy a SATA SSD Samsung 860 EVO 2TB for €327,59 when you can buy a much faster and also bigger endurance NVMe SSD CORSAIR Force Series MP510 2TB https://azerty.nl/product/corsair/3698633/force-series-mp510-solid-state-drive-1920-gb for €303,95 ?

Buy the Case R6 with USB-C https://azerty.nl/product/fractal+design/3614663/define-r6-usb-c-black-towermodel-uitgebreide-atx
Brilliant, thank you!
 
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