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Bad Love Junkie DAW

by detwolverine

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Date Published

Jan. 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.354 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

Description

I put this build together for my father-in-law after a Christmas conversation spawned the idea. He is a musician who wants to do a lot of his own production work and wanted a new computer that would be used as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). He is not experienced with these programs, but wanted to get into it and learn. He said he's always done things the "old-fashioned way" but wanted to go modern. There are so many tools this will unlock for him and I'm excited to see what he can do with his music. From my research on what these types of machines need, I knew I would need snappy core speeds and plenty of fast storage. He also will have this in his home recording area so I wanted it to look great as well. His mostly one-man-band name is Bad Love Junkie, hence the title. Most of the parts were bought at Microcenter who always has the best prices on CPUs and Mobos, they also price matched the few parts that Amazon or Newegg had cheaper as well.

Overall the building went really smooth, lots of fun. This is my 9th or 10th computer I've built in the last couple years, most for our small business office, but I always put a little more into the ones that have personal meaning to them. The case had some challenges, mostly with cable management because it lacks a basement or good places to route the fatter cables from the power supply. I got around that by ordering a sheet of black plexiglass and shaping it to fit above the psu. I also used black spray paint to shorten the window height from the bottom. Last was adding an Elvis bobblehead as Elvis is one of his favorite artists and it helps add some personality to the build.

We spent a few days going over what he was looking for as an audio interface and went with the Presonus Audiobox with 4 inputs. I had it recommended from a friend who does a lot with music and reinforced from research around the web. The Audiobox comes with the very well regarded Studio One production software as well. I was able to get my wife's guitar hooked up and recorded a few minutes of my mangled attempts at making sounds that in no way resembled music. I made sure all the drivers and extensions were correct for him to be able to start right away when I deliver it to him this weekend.

This isn't the flashiest build on this site, lots of good ones around with custom watercooling and the best graphics cards. But this should do its intended job very well and hopefully will provide him years of quality performance.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast, not too hot with a 240 mm AIO cooling it off. Actually got it to overclock to 5 GHz fairly easily, but wanted it to be stable and last for many years so toned it back. Just amazing how easy it was to start stress testing at 5 GHz.

CPU Cooler

Pretty good AIO, I pretty much always go with Corsairs because out of the 8 or so I've used I haven't had one issue come up with any of them. There are prettier coolers out there, but it is effective and reliable.

Motherboard

Pretty good mid-range board. Wish it had a few more fan headers, but not like that was a surprise having looked it over before purchasing. Not sure how good the VRMs are as my 5 GHz overclock was only for an hour just to see if I could get there. I have it scaled back to an easy 4.8 now with the 8600k.

Memory

Not sure why Crucial memory isn't more popular, never very many reviews on any of the usual sites. Might be a little plain looking but every set I've purchased overclocks right to the correct clocks and timing and does its job with no errors.

Storage

So fast. I have nothing else to add, haven't owned it very long. Just literally blinks through things that used to take a few seconds even with standard SSDs.

Storage

Doesn't pretend to be an NVMe, but its as good as a sata SSD with no wires to deal with it. I like it.

Storage

There are some long term reliability issues I've read about with these Seagates, but haven't personally ran into any. It's an average HDD.

Video Card

Pretty efficient little card, no need for an extra PCI cable so that's always nice. I wouldn't use it for a gaming rig since I like to play at the highest settings and frame rates at 1080p, but that's not what I bought it for. No complaints.

Case

Eh. Good for the price I'd have to say. Really could use a basement, just make one if you dont want to stare at the mess of cables coming out of even a modular PSU. I wish they would have either made some kind of basement, PSU shroud, or not cut the window so stinking low, that area of a case is always ugly, why make it so visible? I liked the modularity, easy to take the drive cage and ODD cages out. For under $60 though, I'd buy it again for a budget build.

Power Supply

Never had an EVGA Bronze fail on me yet over the years. Fingers crossed.

Optical Drive

It correctly reads discs.

Wireless Network Adapter

Heads and tails better than my old Panda adapter. I pulled the Panda out, plugged this in, instantly my internet was snappy again.

Comments Sorted by:

lmhicks101 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

You have a very beautiful build. +1 My only gripe is the PSU. My cousin had a silver fail on him and luckily he was next to it and put the fire out before it got anything else other then the PSU. If you're spending more then $800 its not worth skimping $40 for a PSU when that could get you a gold.

detwolverine submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the compliment. Haven't had a problem yet with any evga power supplies ive used in other builds. Nothing too power hungry in this build either. Time will tell I guess. I dont really consider evga bronze to be skimping, just a reliable lower priced option from my experience. Hopefully I dont ever have to come back here and post a you were right.

lmhicks101 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Deffinetly hope you never have to. EVGA is deffinetly an amazing brand but for me after my cousins went up it’s ny personal rule of thumb. Im positive there’s people who use the cheapest of cheapest PSUs and Nevermind have issues then there’s people that buy $200 PSUs that go up in a year and take the whole rig. Just luck of the draw