[LAU] New workstation | DAW pc

Kjetil S. Matheussen k.s.matheussen at notam02.no
Sat Sep 11 13:12:46 UTC 2010

On Sat, 11 Sep 2010, rosea grammostola wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 2:20 PM, Kjetil S. Matheussen
> <k.s.matheussen at notam02.no> wrote:
>> rosea grammostola:
>>> Hi,
>>> Thanks for all the info so far.
>>> I have gathered some components:
>>> Processor: i5 750
>>> Heatsink: ?
>>> MB: Asus P7P55D
>>> Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB(2x2GB) PC3-10666
>>> HDD: 2 x Western Digital WD5000AADS (Bulk, Caviar Green) (500GB)
>>> Case: Antec SOLO
>>> Fan: Nexus 120mm Real Silent case fan
>>> DVD: Lite-On iHAS124 24xDVDRW
>>> PSU: Seasonic S12II, 380Watt, ATX
>>> Screen: Lenovo L1951p 19" or ThinkVision L197 19inch (1440x900) Wide
>>> Flat Panel LCD (Analog/Digital) HDCP TCO 03,MPR-II
>> That cabinet has the PSU placed at the top.
>> If you want a silent case, but one which is cheaper
>> than antec p183, maybe fractal design could
>> be an alternative?
> Thanks.
> I didn't see scientific sources which confirms that the 'PSU on bottom
> approach' is better ;)
> I was thinking to follow this approach
> http://www.silentpcreview.com/article826-page1.html
> It just needs one fan...

Bad design. He says himself that:

"The dedicated intake duct ensures that 
the PSU fan never ramps up unless absolutely needed. In actual use, it 
should just about never ramp up except maybe in very hot weather under 
long term high load conditions."

"Long term high load conditions" is something you probably
experience when working with audio. Even just watching a web
page with flash cause high long term CPU usage. There's nothing
more irritating than fans suddenly ramping up.

>> Also, I would buy one harddrive at 1GB instead of two at 500GB.
>> Harddrives these days are so fast anyway, that you probably don't
>> need to run RAID or anything for multitracking. (Even the
>> slowest HD should be more than fast enough.)
>> In your setup, the harddrive is also likely to make the most
>> noise. (not because the ones you have picked is noisy, quite
>> the contrary, but because the other parts should be quite silent)
> True, but how do you backup your stuff?

Oh, I don't. :-) When using plain ext2/3/4 file systems you
receive hints (strange pauses, eventually a random file is
corrupted) that something is wrong long before everything is lost.
I've never lost anything important, but have replaced
my HD many times.

> Plus people seems to advise a
> special drive for audio stuff.

Some people advice scsi or 7000rpm drives as well. It made
sense 10-15 years ago, but probably not anymore...

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