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Music Studio Computer Stopped Working!

 Sorry for the lack of output lately!  My studio computer stopped working!  I walked into the studio, heard this loud POP! and it was gone.  Experts say it was a transistor on the motherboard.  Rather than repair this 12 year old friend, I ordered a new one from AVADIRECT.  A custom H570 desktop with the following hardware:

  • Define 7, No PSU, E-ATX, Grey Mid Tower Case
  • TUF GAMING H570-PRO WIFI, Intel® H570 Chipset, LGA 1200, DP, ATX Motherboard
  • Core™ i9-11900K 8-Core 3.5 - 5.3GHz Turbo, LGA 1200, 125W TDP, Processor
  • 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) HyperX FURY DDR4 3200MHz, CL16, Black, DIMM Memory
  • PULSE RX 580 8G G5  Video Card (already owned, thank goodness!)
  • PRIME Ultra Platinum, 80 PLUS Platinum 1000W, Fully Modular, ATX Power Supply
  • Dark Rock Pro 4, 163mm Height, 250W TDP, Copper/Aluminum CPU Cooler
  • AS5-3.5G, 3.5g, High-Density Polysynthetic Silver, Thermal Compound
  • 1TB XLR8 CS3140 2280, 7500 / 5650 MB/s, 3D-NAND, PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe, M.2 SSD
  • WH16NS40, BD 16x / DVD 16x / CD 48x, Blu-ray Burner, 5.25-Inch, Optical Drive
  • Dynamic X2 GP-12 Black 120mm, 1200 RPM, 52.3 CFM, 19.4 dBA, Cooling Fan
  • Standard Wiring with Precision Cable Routing and Tie-Down
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit DVD OEM
I went with the H series chipset since I only run one monitor.  It should be interesting to see if the XLR8, running PCI-Express 4.0, is as fast as they say it is.  Advertised Sequential Read of up to 7,500 MB/s and Write of up to 5,650 MB/s.  The expanded processor speeds going from a 4 core 2010 I-7 processor (INTEL, Core™ i7-920 Quad-Core 2.66GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache) to the latest 2021 I-9 processor (Core™ i9-11900K 8-Core 3.5 - 5.3GHz Turbo) should also help.  I considered an AMD processor but was told by experts that Intel is still the best for audio file processing.  Also, the motherboard has an expansion card to add Thunderbolt 4 capacity if I need it later.

Inside Cubase 10.5, my old system would hesitate if:
  • too many effects side processors were open
  • 10 or more audio files 
  • running 1080p video tracks
I will post more info on capacity later once I get setup.

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