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#1 Mar 10 2012 at 2:53 PM Rating: Decent
So I want a new computer mainly for FFXIV and music. Music-wise I want to be able to run programs like Fruity Loops and music making software. In the FFXIV sense I want my computer to be able to run on exceptional quality, with mods like windower and communication tools. I have not looked into what tools people use while playing FFXIV yet but recall many advanced players using 'blinkmenot' and chatting programs. I'm leaning more towards a laptop for mobility. Any input would be appreciated. For price range I'd like to keep it under $1000 but can be persuaded if really sold on an idea. Ty everyone
#2 Mar 10 2012 at 3:17 PM Rating: Decent
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You're not doing that for under a thousand, especially in a laptop.
#3 Mar 10 2012 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
Would it be feasible in a tower?
#4 Mar 10 2012 at 9:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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What are you doing specifically with audio. Are you capturing one track at a time? multiple tracks in real time? short duration songs, longer pieces? Thats all going to determine what speed and what capacity you will need in your hard drives, and given that drives are still insanely expensive, thats a definite concern. If you need high speed 1-2TB drives, you probably won't be able to keep it under $1,000. If we assume you can live with a smaller, standard 7200 rpm drive then we can probably put something together for a desktop for that price. A laptop in that price range is possible (look at one of the Dell Studio 15 series for example) but isn't going to be ideal. Realistically you are going to want a very high end sound card too for your audio capture unless you already have an external interface of some sort., and even then you'll want something decent for playback, so factor in another $150 or so for a good card. That doesn't leave you much room for a decent gaming video card at all.

Basically your low to mid range desktop gaming computer cost is going to look something like this:
Case $70
Motherbaord $120
Processor $250
Power supply $70
Ram $50ish
HDD $100ish
Video card:$150ish
Operating system $190

Which would put you right at about $1,000. You could skimp on the case a bit and get a crappy one, same with the processor, and then you might be able to come in closer to $900, but I wouldn't reccommend it. A good mid to high end computer is going to start closer to $1,500 though.

If you want, I can write up a $1,000 build, but it won't do what you are looking to do with it well. Neither will the sub $1,000 laptops. A good rule to remember with laptops is 25% more expensive for %25 less performance over a comparable desktop.
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#5 Mar 10 2012 at 11:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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$190 for the OS? Win7 64-bit Home Premium OEM is $99.

Edited, Mar 10th 2012 11:03pm by Jophiel
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#6 Mar 11 2012 at 12:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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I figured he would want Ultimate for a music PC. home premium is workable too, but for what he's talking aobut using it for, the media PC features in Ultimate would actually come in handy.
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#7 Mar 12 2012 at 11:04 AM Rating: Decent
Thanks for all the input. So I guess what I wanna do when I rethink it is make it so I can play FFXIV to high conditions, and work on the music side of it in upgrades. Guessing I wanna go for a desktop. Whatever I wanna do mobile, besides gaming, I can do on my phone.
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