Composers Workstation / DAW Computer Build – Corsair 550D, i7-4960X, Noctua NH-D14, ASUS


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This is an EPIC unique twin-PC build required for orchestral music composition. It’s comprised of a ‘master’ and a ‘slave’ PC with very similar characteristics. This is all 9 parts of the original mini-series combined to one incredible 3.5 hour tutorial in 4k resolution!

An extra special thanks and shout-out to Chip Chase in Australia for creating the awesome thumbnail used for this video!!!

Master PC Parts List:

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D

Motherboard: Asus P9X79 WS

CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1866

SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC Edition

PSU: Seasonic PLATINUM-1000 ATX 1000

ODD: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

Card Reader: Bytecc U2CR-318

Drive Adapter: StarTech BRACKETFDBK 3.5in Hard Drive to 5.25in Front Bay Bracket Adapter

Wireless Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe

Bluetooth: AZiO BTD-V201 Micro Bluetooth Adapter USB 2.0

Total Cost: $2,800

Slave PC has twice the RAM, no card reader or Bluetooth, but has a different video card, power supply and in addition to the 256GB SSD, has two Samsung 750GB SSDs in RAID 0.


PSU: SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W

SSD in RAID 0: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 750GB

Total Cost: $3850.00

Total combined cost: $6,650 (as of October 2013. Not including software, sound card or mechanical hard drives being moved over from old PC).

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  1. VInce Morath says

    Wow…..that was some build. I would have been sweating bullets on those builds. Especially when you had the problem of the wifi card not working and then the slave unit not turning on. Thanks for sharing Carey. That was a great learning experience for me.

  2. Edward Gold says

    Protools and Cubase are two of the most used Digital Audio Workstations. Both very powerful. Both use a lot of CPU time.

  3. DAN GATES says

    i know this is dated video but i want to thank you for taking the time out to make all your videos and this build top shelf great looking build

  4. Darren Gilhome says

    great videos to watch

  5. Veni Vidi Vici says

    Hey Carey, I have a possible reason why some PSU manufacturers includes the "booze" bag. With the price you pay, they want you to feel you're getting a premium product so they put a lot of effort to make that happen. I agree with you, a waste of money. Unless the booze bag is to protect the PSU during shipping? Who knows. The bag is probably worth and adds $1.00 to the cost. The sticker is just for advertising so if friends or family sees it, chances are they will ask about it hence making them buy it for this PC since you were happy with their product. The sticker adds about $0.25 to the cost too haha.

  6. Darlene Miller says

    Your very good at what you do,thanks for the video.

  7. User account control says

    I like how those sata data cables match your shirt.Great video!

  8. Natural Nordic Nutrition says

    One big project, split into a dozen. Carey is a patient man.

  9. Art Vader says

    The audio software Sibelius is named after the composer.Jean Sibelius – Wikipedia

  10. Mother Fynest says

    Is this like what Paul Hardcastle does?

  11. Mark Kurzava says

    Since this video is nearly 5 years old, do you have a more recent DAW build? Also I found that is no longer a valid domain name, that is the website no longer exists.

  12. HVAC A to Z says

    I like that you always explain every build, (handling the CPU, memory, etc.) keep up the good work.

  13. Truckguy1970 says

    You're like me with the aesthetics that issue with the card would also drive me nuts lol

  14. Steve Sibaja says

    64GB of Ram that is fast the perfect match to run 64 Bit for Windows

  15. Rev John O'Toole says

    worth while video to watch even now

  16. Gary Beltz says

    Just posting an update a lot of the parts in the video are showing as unavailable/out of stock on the links you provided they either aren't made anymore or Amazon is no longer carrying them.

  17. FuriousMess says

    Really enjoyed this one. If you were local I'd take my stuff to you! Getting a Lenovo Legion next week that I'm putting in a Samsung 512gb 970 Evo Pro M.2 in and a single 16gb RAM stick for a total of 24gb. Hobbiest video/audio. Thanks for all the GREAT info. Two thumbs up, Roger

  18. Photon Elementary Particle says

    thank you for explaining the use of adhesive tape for lubricating the thermal paste on the Cpu. I now also apply the technique to all my Cpu / Gpu's.

  19. Eric Gudmunsen says

    I enjoyed that! I'm just about to build a similar rig with the same heatsink but my gpu is way smaller so I should be okay.I really think that you should have put in the Benny Hill theme when you were replacing the motherboard though. ?Thanks for your efforts.

  20. MrSprocket2u says

    one question … why are you not wearing a earth trap .. ?

  21. Double K says

    my fav out of all yo vids! keep up the good work!

  22. platterjockey says

    A DAW build is what i'm interested in building next, so the parts are of real interest. I'm just going to try to do it cheaper. I've built a few computers, so I know how to do it, but your vids always provide tips all system builders can use. Thanks for all you do! Keep them coming! Question: what do you recommend for silent PCUs? I like CoolerMaster, but haven't seen their product much lately.

  23. Ronnie says

    Cool, a 'Go-Faster' badge from Carey, now that's the finishing touch.

  24. NDF says

    like the way you broke it and didn't edit it out : )

  25. thePC technic says

    I have a seasonic psu and corsair case and I have the same issue

  26. Anthony Rock says

    go faster stickers! zooommmmmm! I actually hate stickers. I mean, HATE THEM. HATE THEM! yeah. whatever. very important comment.

  27. Paul Haywood says

    Now ….that's a serious music computer!!!!

  28. Orlando Productions says

    Keep these videos coming very informative to the point …. thanks

  29. greg20711 says

    Great builds, Carey & learning too. Luv your videos!

  30. Robert Clark says

    I use Cubase. I do not need too much of this hardware as I have a workstation keyboard that has its own abilities …I am old school but I am learning more and more about software but I will Never loop or take others work and make a PC gen "beat" to it. That's all great for the kids but I write my music. Shout out to this video man. That's a ton of stuff. lol.

  31. Rikard Weimann says

    if you people watched older or newer vids corsair gigabyte miscamunication i wish it was corsair that was off but its gigabyte sad there awsome just like msi

  32. Gregory Hafen says

    Exactly the video I needed to view. Now I can give more quality advice to my first customer. Perfect Corey, Thank you Sensei for the quality education and the great videos you always provide.

  33. Matteo Cirillo says

    did a great job

  34. Michael Capps says

    hello my name is Michael capps I have been watching your videos for the last month it has been very informative I want to thank you personally for stepping forward antiquing the stress out of learning how to build how to run a computer I also watch a video which was a public service to warn people about computer techs that's Jam senior citizens it pisses me off that it happens to senior citizens I know this upsets you and it might discourage you at times but I appreciate what you were doing keep up the good work God bless you

  35. Ivan Powers says

    Sigh… LOL, OK, you broke the door off the damn machine with actual force, then complained that they break to easy.. That's hilarious.. .. I;m getting some pop corn.

  36. Cristobal Garcia says

    03:28 He won't use just headphones, he will use good studio monitors as much as good headphones… (maybe more the monitors) so the PC must be super quiet.

  37. SunTai says

    I would have definitely forgotten about the I/O shield..and who know what else. Thanks for this video!

  38. leen in't hout says

    Hey Gary does the computer perform any faster with that engraved plate of yours, now now don't get cross with me because in your own words you allways chuck out all off the other stickers to and say, yes you know.Anyways keep up the good tutorials, build my first computer watching all of your videos, thanks for that and good luck.Leen

  39. Rikki Boodram says

    Hey Carey, excellent build video. When I buy Corsair cases I normally would buy a Corsair power supply with it 🙂

  40. 37375 says

    Coke-a-cola !…….Yea !……..

  41. Ares Xena says

    Honestly, I just sit here sometimes looking at your video for 3 hours.

  42. anievestor says

    Hi Carey. Great video. I am not a beginner but very interested in the outcome and how well the unit performed? Why?, because I built a unit for me for the same application my main DAW!. Do you know if the client is getting a clean sound from the unit? I current am having clicks and pops that I can't control. Any advice?

  43. Elsif says

    This was great I would love to see more use-specific build types, especially DAW. I love gaming, but EVERY video is about FPS 🙂

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