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E8400 vs. 9850/9950 Black Edition - Recording Computer

formula428

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This computer is being built for studio recording & gaming.

What should I get...(and price is a consideration too):

E8400 + EP45-UD3R mobo for $265
or
9850 B/E + MA790X-UD4P for $200
or
9950 B/E + MA790X-UD4P for $220

Other parts are:

eVGA 9800GTX card
G.Skill 2x2GB 1066DDR2
WD 640GB SE16 HDD
500W Rosewill v2.01 PS
 

Ravenica

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For gaming i say go with the e8400 combo.. But since your doing studio recording the extra cores would come in handy..
 

Ravenica

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I agree these days.. It would be a waste if anyone were to buy a dual.. Since the new quads are as cheap as duals..
 

Ravenica

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I have to say if your considering on using vista 64-bit or already using.. I think the quad would be a better choice..
 

NatteDraak

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By the way, do consider a seperate harddrive used solely for audio tracking. You don't want anything to happen other than writing streaming data to the disk, and turning off the page file prevents swap file reads while tracking as well.
 

NatteDraak

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Keep your recording software installed on the system drive, and of course I meant ONLY have the page file running on the system drive, but off on the tracking drive.
 

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My x3 sits at 3.4 on stock voltage. Games like a pro with a 4870 1gb. The extra core is nice all around as well. The e8400 is a great chip but pretty much strickly for gaming only these days.
 
9850 B/E + MA790X-UD4P for $200 being that price is a consideration (and thinking that your recording software can run multiple threads across those four cores).

I've got a Phenom 9600BE @ 2.6GHz that has pretty much been encoding non-stop for the last month - works like a champ.

Just be sure to *ungang* the memory controller ...
 

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