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2018/06/06 13:08:27 (permalink)

Hardware specs needed

A good buddy of mine wants to do some light recording (1 line input/1Mic input) using Garage Band on his MacBook Air Laptop.
He want's to get an audio interface to record vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, and harmonica. 
 
Would his MacBook have enough to do this?
Here's the specs:
 
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory 2GB 1333MHz DDR3
Graphics Intel HD 3000 288 MB
 
Yeah, I know it's very little, but is it worth getting an interface (something like the Scarlett Solo)?
 
 

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    Jim Roseberry
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    Re: Hardware specs needed 2018/06/07 18:35:27 (permalink)
    Recording won't be an issue...
    Mixing is where the slow CPU clock-speed would be an issue.

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    Re: Hardware specs needed 2018/06/12 14:51:01 (permalink)
    After speaking with him, he's decided to get a new machine (PC) . He's also planning on doing some very light midi stuff, but mostly audio (as above). 
    Although I'm just a novice/hobbyist, I've offered to help him build one as he's not comfortable doing it on his own.
     
    What are some good options to build a machine for under $1000 budget?
     
    I know Newegg, PC Partpicker, Micro center, Amazon etc...have the deals, but some suggestions on the Motherboard (full ATX?), CPU (AMD or Intel), Power Supply etc... to do light DAW work would be greatly appreciated.
     
      

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    Re: Hardware specs needed 2018/06/12 17:38:09 (permalink)
    Mesh
    After speaking with him, he's decided to get a new machine (PC) . He's also planning on doing some very light midi stuff, but mostly audio (as above). 
    Although I'm just a novice/hobbyist, I've offered to help him build one as he's not comfortable doing it on his own.
     
    What are some good options to build a machine for under $1000 budget?
     
    I know Newegg, PC Partpicker, Micro center, Amazon etc...have the deals, but some suggestions on the Motherboard (full ATX?), CPU (AMD or Intel), Power Supply etc... to do light DAW work would be greatly appreciated.
     
      




    For a decent budget build for light use probably go with a microATX board (9.6 × 9.6 in) and the best power supply you can afford. 
     
    The main limitation with microATX is you usually only get 1 PCIe 16x slot (for optional GPU), and 2 PCIe 1x slots for expansion cards.  And probably only 2 RAM slots instead of 4.  If these limitations may be an issue down the road, go with full ATX (12 × 9.6 in). Also consider a full ATX case for the extra room to maneuver inside during the build.  But performance wise, there should be no difference with same chipset between ATX and microATX.
     
    For light DAW work a combo deal with an AMD CPU and mobo would be most budget friendly.  I have always used Intel, but that is just my preference.  But some folks around here are happy with their AMD rigs, so that is a personal decision.  I suspect it may not really matter until you start comparing high-end rigs and latency specs that you may run into any performance issues with Intel vs. AMD.
     
    I suspect that you could build a decent machine for way under $1000, including 16GB RAM and SSD. See PC Partpicker for that estimate. 
     
    Good luck!  Sounds like a fun project.

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    Re: Hardware specs needed 2018/06/12 19:50:38 (permalink)
    I thought it might be more useful for him to have a full ATX board if he decides to upgrade components in the future.
     
    I've also preferred intel and chose to go that route, but will let his budget (more or less) dictate that.
    For now, I put this build together, but I'm always open to any advice/suggestions to get the best bang for the buck. :))
     
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WXRmCb
     
     EDIT: I had a compatibility issue and found the i5 8400
     
    post edited by Mesh - 2018/06/13 18:47:06

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    Re: Hardware specs needed 2018/06/13 18:48:42 (permalink)
    Would that PSU be a bit overkill for the system above?

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