Question Audio Production Build $2000 budget

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I am looking to build a PC for high-profile audio production using mainly Pro Tools and Adobe Audition.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zLd9Jf

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-2666 CL18 Memory ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 665p 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 4 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($519.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB CHALLENGER D OC Video Card ($400.01 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.48 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($107.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1994.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-22 11:30 EDT-0400

For a $2000 budget, this is what I came up with. I will be using this for gaming as well, hence the 5700XT. And yes, I am aware that optical drives are obsolete, however I do still have PC games that are on optical media that I would rather not purchase again.

Any help would be apprecaited!
 

ScrewySqrl

Champion
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Hold off a couple weeks, shoudl be able to get a r7-5800X instead, and a ~20-25% improvement in capability . Might also have a 6700 or 3070 to consider at that price point

There is no reason to buy a 4TB SSD for storage. get a 240-256GB SSD for scratch drive use, and get a 4TB Spinny drive for storage ($100ish)

Here's my suggested changes:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor * ($449.00)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4S ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: OLOy 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($206.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA SU635 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba N300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB STRIX GAMING Video Card ($499.00) *
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Antec NeoECO Gold ZEN 700 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($85.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1894.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-22 11:53 EDT-0400


* -- stand ins for yet unreleased items

I swapped out yout $400 4TB SSD for a spinny drive, upped the NVMe to 2 TB and added a SATA SSD scratch disk for your work., swapped the 5700XT for a RTX 3070, and upped the CPU to the r7-5800X. I also went with a less expensive AS Rock motherboard nd Antec power supply.
 

Corwin65

Honorable
There is absolutely no reason to spend so much on a GPU for Music Production. It will not offer anything that will help performance, but since gaming is also something you want to do then it makes sense. I have one SSD for OS and Applications, one for Music Production, and one for Gaming. I find it easier to keep them all separate.
 
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There is absolutely no reason to spend so much on a GPU for Music Production. It will not offer anything that will help performance, but since gaming is also something you want to do then it makes sense. I have one SSD for OS and Applications, one for Music Production, and one for Gaming. I find it easier to keep them all separate.
That makes sense. I do have a little more than $2000 to spend - I'm thinking about maybe taking the above suggestion and getting a 4TB mechanical hard drive, and maybe a 2TB SSD for games while keeping my NVME SSD. Does that make sense?
 
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Updated list here:


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($439.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: OLOy 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($206.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial BX500 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Black 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($194.56 @ Amazon)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Challenger Pro OC Video Card ($403.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.48 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($178.67 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2186.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-22 15:49 EDT-0400


This does go a little overbudget, but taking previous suggestions I have been able to upgrade the parts accordingly. I am using the current-generation parts as an estimate for the price of upcoming parts.

Keep in mind this budget is strictly for the computer, hence why I am being a little flexible, as my budget for the entire audio setup I'm looking at is much more.
 

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