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PC build for Cubase advice

Post by shokizm » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:03 pm

Hi All,

My Dad has asked me to build him a PC for Cubase - around £1k budget.
I'm good with gaming PC specs - but is there anything i need to look out for with a Cubase-aimed machine?
for example - is it more Processor-heavy or RAM-heavy?
and - is it more about Single-core speed or Core-count?
Finally - is there a particular soundcard-range to go for? - i guess on-board sound won't really cut it? (whereas for games/films/other uses on-board is usually fine).
Anything else i should think about?
He currently has my old PC (i5 3something, 8gb ddr3) linked up to some kind of Yamaha piano-thingy - but its only USB so don't need midi as far as i'm aware.

Thanks in advance guys :D

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Re: PC build for Cubase advice

Post by Vital Few » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:55 am

Hi Shokizm

Since you are in the UK, then try to visit https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/pro-audio-computers/

Here you can configure your PC to what ever you want. The DAW 100 is a good bid. Though I would ditch the spinning drive and replace it with a 1 TB samsung 970 EVO NVME.

As for sound card? Is that within the 1000 pounds budget? Because this is what makes the entire difference.

You can buy soundcards from about 100 pounds for some realy cheap stuff (that sounds like crap) up to Prism Sound that are expensive but sounds like a dream.

Cubase Pro 10, Dual Xeon E5-2670, 128 gigs of ram, Samsung EVO 860 1 TB primary, Samsung EVO 960 2 TB secondary, Komplete, Waves, Softube, a bunch of VSTi's, Prism Sound Titan.

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Re: PC build for Cubase advice

Post by shokizm » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:10 pm

Many thanks :)

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Re: PC build for Cubase advice

Post by CUBASE6_USER » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:16 am

I have the 9th gen i7 9700K 8c/8t , it's a really good CPU for low latency workloads 8 real cores all running at 5Ghz ....
Some folks mentioned that 8 gen 8700k 6c/12t is also a really good choice.
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Re: PC build for Cubase advice

Post by Maha » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:06 am

Just went through the excercise with some DAW-aware computer techies.
First, study this video....'CPU Performance vs. Real-Time Performance in Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)'
at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsLLEkswzE

The main issue with DAW PC's is VST latency - you need to be able to lay down new tracks while your DAW is listening to lots of existing audio + VST instruments AND manages to keep the audio latence low enough not to drive you crazy. A system that's good for gaming or video rendering will not necessarily be so great for a DAW.

What throws most computer experts off the mark is, most 'powerful' systems are good for heavy lifting (ie, rendering - think: Semi-trailer!), whilst a powerful system for a DAW needs a different kind of power - speed! (Think - Ferrari! V12) The holy grail for DAW systems is keeping the buffers low on your audio input whilst staying well short of any kind of VST clipping.

In practical terms, I found the i7 8700K with a Samsung M.2 Drive + 32GIG of ram (With extra money spent on getting a better quality motherboard & ample powersupply) did the trick. Win 10 is NOT DAW ready but with a good few hours of work can be made nimble, stable, spike-free and non-intrusive. (See my other recent post for details on how to fix win10, and lock it down so that Microsoft will not be able to undo all your good work with the next unnecessary upgarde).

Good luck
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Re: PC build for Cubase advice

Post by mitchiemasha » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:06 pm

I built my signature for just over £900. My main goal was speed when preset browsing and silent operation.
W10, CP10, i7 9700k OC 5.0, Noctua NH-U9S, MSI z390, 16Gb 3000Mhz DDR4, PCIe NVME 970 Pro, AC-1 Carillon Case, Be Quiet SP11, Virus TI (Integrated), Yamaha CS2x (Custom Mapped), Dynaudio BM5's mkII & Eve SC305's.

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